by Maude Barrows Dutton
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Ant and the Dove
- 620-560 BCE
In this short fable, an ant and a dove protect each other from danger.Pair “The Ant and the Dove” with “The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the treatment of others. How does the kindness that the Dove shows the Ant eventually benefit the Dove? How does this compare to the King’s approach to how he decides he should treat his people? Ask students to compare the similar themes of these two texts.
The Emperor's New Clothes
- Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author best known for his collection of fairy tales, such as “The Little Mermaid.” In “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” two conmen manage to convince the emperor to wear clothing that is invisible to the foolish or stupid. Embarrassed to admit he cannot see the clothes, the emperor strips, puts them on, and walks naked through the streets.Pair “The Emperor’s New Clothes” with “The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler” and ask students to compare the two leaders. How is the Emperor punished for having too much pride in himself in “The Emperor’s New Clothes”? How might the King in “The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler” have suffered if he continued to be an unjust leader?
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
- 620-560 B.C.
The classic fable of a sheep herder boy who lies and pays the price.Pair “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” with “The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler” and ask students to compare the themes of the two stories. How does the boy’s behavior in “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” get him into trouble? Ask students to consider the lesson in “The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler.” How might this lesson have helped the boy in “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” avoid losing his flock?