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Learn about a Parody of a Traditional Story - The Three Little Pigs

 

 

 

 Do you remember what a parody is? 

 

 

 

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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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 Download the story outline here 

 

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Once upon a time, deep within the countryside, there lived a young wolf named Growler. He had a beautiful coat, green eyes and a bushy tail.

Growler was a friendly and charming soul and well liked by all the creatures in the neighbourhood. He worked as the local vegetable grower, and made tasty vegetable soups and stews. He had turned vegetarian years ago, for he was far too kind and fond of other animals to eat them!

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One sunny morning, as Growler was combing his fur coat, Mrs Twitcher, the rabbit, called by to inform him that there would be three pigs moving into Rosehip Cottage later that day.

Growler liked the idea of having three new neighbours. 'How exciting,' he thought to himself. 'I must go round later to welcome them.'

Meanwhile, three little pigs named Oinker, Squeaker and Snorter were busy packing the last of their belongings. They were looking forward to moving to their new home in the countryside.

Their Aunt Snout was there to see them on their way.

"Now remember," she called after them, "wrap up warmly, don't forget to wash behind your ears, and most important of all, beware of wolves!"

Aunt Snout had told her nephews all about how wolves loved bacon for breakfast.

"Especially the bacon from tender little pigs like you three," she had warned.

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Oinker, Squeaker and Snorter arrived at Rosehip Cottage at two o'clock and began to unpack. The thoughtful Growler had seen the three little pigs arrive, and had promptly gone outside to pick some vegetables to offer them as a welcome gift.

 

He gathered a selection of potatoes, carrots and cabbages into a basket, and put on his best shirt and tie. He had a slight sore throat and cough, but it was far too important a day to go to bed with a cold!

 

Growler was excited and rushed over the stream as fast as he could. He was quite out of breath when he arrived at the cottage, and his sore throat was making him huff and puff noisily. He knocked at the door and waited, but no-one answered. The curtains twitched, but still no-one came to the door.

 

Meanwhile, inside the cottage, Oinker, Squeaker and Snorter were unpacking, when there was the sound of deep, throaty huffing and puffing at their little front door. Squeaker bravely peeped through the curtain, then half whispered and half squeaked:

 

It's a wolf! He's brought a basket of vegetables... it looks as though he's going to put us all into a stew!"

 

Immediately, the three little pigs started to panic. They all began hopping about and squealing with fear.

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Growler heard the commotion and decided to look inside to see what was going on. He could not breathe through his poor, blocked-up nose, so his mouth hung open, as he peered through the window. Inside, he spied three little pigs, hopping about in a frenzy.

 

'Goodness,' he thought, 'something must be wrong!'

 

"I must break this door down!" he exclaimed, loudly.

Back inside the cottage, Squeaker whispered:

 

"Did you hear that?" "He's huffing and puffing and he's going to break our door down!"

 

"He's hungry too," gasped Oinker. "Did you see how his tongue was hanging out of his mouth?" he added in disgust.

 

On the other side of the field, a helpful woodcutter heard the hullabaloo and hurried over.

 

"What on earth is going on over here?" he asked Growler.

 

The three pigs, thankful that someone had come to save them from the wolf, listened as Growler explained:

 

"I was simply calling on my new neighbours, to offer them this basket of vegetables as a welcome gift, but I think there's something wrong with them. They're all hopping about and squealing in the most alarming manner."

 

On hearing this, Squeaker got the surprise of his life. 'Well,' he thought, 'you can't believe all you are told, can you?'

 

 

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Oinker opened their door in surprise. He realised that Aunt Snout had been wrong to say that all wolves were evil creatures and, as a result, they had all been very rude to their new neighbour!

 

Oinker, Squeaker and Snorter apologised to Growler and invited him and the Woodcutter to stay for dinner. The three little pigs learned that they must not judge any creature, until they had got to know them properly.

 

The three, apologetic little pigs and the 'not-so-bad' wolf all lived happily ever after.

 

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Questions

 

write-your-answer 1. Which traditional story does this story parody?


write-your-answer 2. Find four adjectives in the first paragraph of the story that tell you what Growler looked like.

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write-your-answer3. Find three adjectives this part of story that tells Growler is a good character:

 

Growler was a friendly and charming soul and well liked by all the creatures in the neighbourhood. He worked as the local vegetable grower, and made tasty vegetable soups and stews. He had turned vegetarian years ago, for he was far too kind and fond of other animals to eat them!

_______ , _______ ,  _______


write-your-answer 4. Find one adjective this part of story that also tells you that Growler is a good character.

 

The thoughtful Growler had seen the three little pigs arrive, and had promptly gone outside to pick some vegetables to offer them as a welcome gift.

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write-your-answer 5. Find three things that Growler did that made the pigs afraid of him.

 

a. _______

b. _______

c. _______

write-your-answer 6. What two things did the pigs do after they panicked about being put in a stew?

a. _______

b. _______


write-your-answer 7. What made Growler think the pigs might be in trouble?


write-your-answer 8. The pigs thought Growler's tongue was hanging out because…

_______ , _______ , _______

write-your-answer 9. Who was surprised to hear that Growler was calling on them with a basket of vegetables?

_______ , _______ , _______

write-your-answer 10. What did Aunt Snout say was more important that wrapping up warmly and washing behind your ears?


 

write-your-answer 11. Explain what happens in this parody that is different to the original story.



write-your-answer 12. Did you like this story better than the original one? NO | YES

Explain your answer:


 


 

write-your-answer 13. What is the message in this story?

a. all wolves are bad

b. all wolves are good

c. not all wolves are bad

 

write-your-answer 14. Why did the artist pick this picture of Growler? 


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write-your-answer 15. Why do you think that the title of the story The Big Bad Wolf? ends with a question mark?


 


 

write-your-answer 16. What do you think would happen in a traditional story if there were no bad characters in it?


 


 

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Extension Questions

 

write-your-answer 17. Make a list of the names of the characters in the parody of the three little pigs that you have just read. One has been done for you.

 

a. Aunt Snout

b. _______

c. _______

d. _______

e. _______

 

write-your-answer 18. If you could be one of the characters in this story who would you be and why?


 

 


 

 

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The film company is not happy with the ending of the film.

Look at the ending...

 

Oinker opened their door in surprise. He realised that Aunt Snout had been wrong to say that all wolves were evil creatures and, as a result, they had all been very rude to their new neighbour!

 

Oinker, Squeaker and Snorter apologised to Growler and invited him and the Woodcutter to stay for dinner. The three little pigs learned that they must not judge any creature, until they had got to know them properly.

 

The three, apologetic little pigs and the 'not-so-bad' wolf all lived happily ever after.

 

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write-your-answer 19. Think of an alternate ending to the story and design your own storyboard to show the film company. 

 

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Download the blank storyboard here

 

 

 

 

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End of lesson Thinking Activity

Finish the sentence below.

I think the best partner rule I have is...

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Homework

 

A Parody of a Traditional Story 

  

The Three Little Pigs

 

 Download the homework here 

 

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