Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood

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The earliest known written form of the Little Red Riding Hood was by a Belgium priest in the 11th century. His version was a poem that told about a tale that the locals would tell. The tale wasabout a girl wearing a red baptism tunic who wonders off and encounters a wolf. The first actual published account of the story did not come until the 17th century in Europe by a man named Charles Perrault. Most versions that we are familiar with today descend from Perrault's version. There are many different versions of the story that are told all around the world. A version that we may not be familiar with, The Wolf and The Kids, is told in parts of Europe and all of Asia. The Wolf and The kids has the same ultimate ending as other versions but a different spin on the story line and characters. Despite the ever-changing characteristics of this story, there is always the same underlying message. This message is that people are not always who they seem to be. Because this is a timeless and universal message, it allows for this story to live on and to be remade in many different cultures.


The Original Little Red Riding Hood

The story of Little Red Riding Hood is presumed to originate from the story published by Charles Perrault. In this story, the young girl ventures to another village to take cake and a pot of butter to her ill grandmother. While in the woods, the girl met up with a wolf who wanted to eat the girl, but didn’t due to woodcutters nearby. The wolf prompted the child to tell him exactly where she was going. The wolf raced the child to the grandmother’s, ate the grandmother up, and presumed to get into the bed. When Little Red Riding Hood arrived at the house, she was greeted by the wolf impersonating the grandmother. The wolf told the girl to take off her clothes and into the bed with him. The girl was confused by the large arms, legs, ears, eyes, and teeth. This is when the wolf devoured the girl. The moral of this story is that children should not talk to strangers.

We chose third grade for this lesson because they are at the level where they are able to relate the stories to each other. The students are at the level where they are able to compare and contrast the different books.

Grade Level Explanation

For the final activity in this unit, the students will create their own version of any of the stories we discussed throughout this unit. Their story must revolve around a similar theme, but students are allowed to choose different settings, characters, and they can change some minor details as well. Students will be responsible for coming up with the text and illustrations for the story and then each student will share their story with the class.

Unit Finale


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