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Parody of Red Riding Hood

 

Lesson about a Parody of a Traditional Story

 

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First read the traditional story Red Riding Hood:

 

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Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived with her mother. She was a sweet, kind girl who was loved very much, especially by her grandmother, who gave her a red velvet cloak with a hood which she wore all the time, so she became known as "Red Riding Hood".

 

Her grandmother lived alone in a cottage in the woods. One day, she became sick and very weak, so Red Riding Hood took a basket of food to her.

 

While she was walking through the woods, Red Riding Hood stopped to pick some flowers. As she was doing this, a wolf came over to her. She did not know he was a wicked sly wolf so she was not frightened of him.

 

"Good morning, little girl," said the wolf. "Where are you going with that basket of lovely food?"

 

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"I'm taking it to my poor, sick grandmother who lives in the cottage on the other side of those trees."

 

The wolf looked at Red Riding Hood, and thought to himself that a sick grandmother would make a very tasty snack. The wolf said goodbye to Red Riding Hood and she went on her way.

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However, the crafty wolf ran through the trees and arrived at the cottage before Red Riding Hood. He knocked on the door and called out, pretending to be Red Riding Hood.

 

The wolf went quietly into the cottage, went straight to the bedroom, gobbled up Red Riding Hood's grandmother, dressed himself in her nightdress and got into bed to wait for Red Riding Hood.

 

Red Riding Hood arrived at the cottage to find the door open. She called out, "Good morning Grandmother," but there was no reply.

 

Thinking that her grandmother was asleep, she crept into the bedroom to find her 'grandmother' in bed with her nightcap pulled down over her face, looking slightly different!

 

"Oh, Grandmother," she said, "what big ears you have."

 

"All the better to hear you with," came the reply.

 

"And, Grandmother, what big eyes you have," she said.

 

"All the better to see you with," came the reply.

 

"But, Grandmother, what big hands you have," she said.

 

"All the better to hold you with," came the reply.

 

"Oh, but Grandmother, what very big teeth you have."

 

"All the better to EAT you with!" replied the wolf.

 

With that, the wicked old wolf leapt out of the bed and tried to eat Red Riding Hood.

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Red Riding Hood ran across the room and through the door, shouting, "Help!" as loudly as she could.

 

A woodsman who was chopping logs nearby heard her cry and ran towards the cottage as fast as he could.

 

He grabbed the wolf and made him spit out poor Grandmother.

 

The woodsman carried the wolf deep into the forest where he wouldn't bother people any longer.

 

Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother lived happily ever after.

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Questions on Red Riding Hood

 

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write-your-answer 1. Name two places where this story is set.

a.


b.


write-your-answer 2. Who is the good character in this story?

a. Red Riding Hood


b. the wolf


write-your-answer 3. How does the storyteller make you feel about this character?


write-your-answer 4. Who is the bad character in this story?

a. Red Riding Hood


b. the wolf


write-your-answer 5. How does the storyteller make you feel about this character?

 

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Looking at a parody of Red Riding Hood

 

You are going to look at a parody of a Red Riding Hood. First read this summary which explains what parody is.

 

What is a parody?

 

The word "parody" means to copy a story but write it in a different way.

In a parody, there are usually some parts of the story that we recognise from the original story, but something will have been changed. For example: the good and bad characters may have been swapped over. 

Parodies are usually funnier than the original story.

 

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This newspaper report is a parody of Red Riding Hood.

 

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When you hear the name ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, you normally think of a sweet, kind girl who spends most of her time looking after her sick grandma.

 

But don't be fooled! Earlier today, Little Red Riding Hood was spotted being nasty to Walter Wolf!

 

Yes, that's right! Little Red Riding Hood may not be as sweet and kind as she seems.

 

It has recently been discovered that Walter Wolf is in fact a well-loved friend of the forest, who enjoys nothing more than taking long walks and spending time with the forest folk.

 

Friends of Walter have reported that for some time Walter has been saying that he is afraid to go into the forest, in case "that girl in a red cape" is waiting for him.

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Little Red Riding Hood was seen yesterday chasing the birds away.

 

"She waits for me every day, and it"s so scary," said Walter.

 

"I"m such a friendly wolf, but I can no longer go and visit my friends."

 

Confirmation was given today of Walter's story, when the Three Bears - who were out for a walk, while their porridge cooled down – witnessed Little Red Riding Hood hitting Walter Wolf with her umbrella!

 

The bears said - and we quote - "She sure did look mean."

 

Other forest friends added that she can always be seen chasing after the birds.

 

 

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Questions on the parody of Red Riding Hood

 

 

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write-your-answer 6. How is the description of Red Riding Hood in the newspaper report different from the one in the original story?

 


write-your-answer 7. Which Red Riding Hood do you like best? Explain why.

 


write-your-answer 8. How is the description of the wolf in the newspaper report different from the one in the original story?

 


write-your-answer 9. Do you think either description is true? Explain your answer.

 


 

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Newspaper reports are usually written in the past tense because they are telling the reader about something that has already happened.

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Newspaper reports often have a picture with a caption (a phrase or sentence to tell the reader about the picture).

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Newspaper reports often include a quote (the actual words said) from the people in the report.

This needs to be written in speech marks.

 

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How a story is set out

 

A story has... 

 

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A story has a setting, characters and a plot.

 

The events in a story usually follow in a time order - such as:

 

  • first this happened
  • then this happened
  • after that this happened

 

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Quiz on the parody of Red Riding Hood

 

1. Which text told us Red Riding Hood was kind?

the story
the newspaper report

 


 

2. How many opinions are in the story?

just the writer's
the writer's, Walter Wolf and the Three Bears

 


 

3. How many opinions are in the newspaper report?

just the writer's
the writer's, Walter Wolf and the Three Bears

 


 

4. Which text has facts in it?

the story
the newspaper report

 


 

5. Which text is fictional (pretend)?

the story
the newspaper report

 


 

6. Why do newspaper reports usually have a picture?

 to attract the reader's attention
 to use up space

 


 

7. Where would you find a setting, characters and a plot?

the story
the newspaper report

 


 

Score =

Scroll for all the correct answers:

 

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Questions on the parody of Red Riding Hood

 

write-your-answer 10. What is the difference between a story and a newspaper report?


 

write-your-answer 11. What is a caption?


 

write-your-answer 12. In the newspaper report, what does the word quote mean?


 

write-your-answer 13. Why is it important to use words like first, then and after in a story?


 

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write-your-answer 14. Complete the two speech bubbles.

 

The original purpose of the story Red Riding Hood was to warn children about the dangers of going into the woods on their own. Do you think the parody of Red Riding Hood in the newspaper report does this?

Give reasons for your answer.

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Do you think that the parody - the newspaper report - was written at the same time as Red Riding Hood or a long time afterwards?

 

Explain your answer.

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End of lesson Thinking Activity

Finish the sentence below.

 I worked well today whilst I was doing...

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Homework

 

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Traditional Stories - Lesson 6


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