Red Riding Hood
Learn about the characters, settings and problems in an early traditional story.
Stories have these three main features:
the characters are who is in the story
the setting is where the story takes place
the plot is what happens in the story
the plot of a story usually has a problem in it
The setting in a story is the place where a story is set.
If you were writing a story today you might set your story in any of these places:
a theme park
In the past, nearly everyone lived near a wood or a forest.
Imagine it is hundreds of years ago. People lived in simple wooden cottages. There were no books with stories in, no television, and no electricity.
In the evening, families would gather round the fire to eat. They would tell each other tales that would pass the time until bedtime.
Wolves lived in the woods at that time and they were very dangerous. Children needed to know that it wasn’t safe to go into the woods.
The best way to teach children this message was in a story.
The first traditional stories…
were set in a wood, a forest or a cottage
had characters such as a wolf, bears or pigs in them
these characters act like people
had a problem in them
had a good character in them
and in the story the good character meets a bad character
What do you think the message of red riding hood is?
This is the plot of Red Riding Hood…
Red Riding Hood is walking through the woods. She is a kind girl who is taking a basket of food to her sick grandmother.
She meets a wolf in the woods. The wolf pretends to be nice to find out where Red Riding Hood is going.
Once the wolf finds out that she is going to her grandmother’s cottage, he rushes to the cottage and gets there before her.
When Red Riding Hood gets to the cottage, the wolf has just eaten Grandmother and is sitting in bed in grandmother’s clothes.
Although Red Riding Hood thinks her grandmother seems strange - her grandmother’s eyes and ears looks big and her voice is very croaky, Red Riding Hood does not realise that it is the wolf. Suddenly the wolf tries to eat her too.
Red Riding Hood screams and a woodcutter rushes in and saves her. He
grabs the wolf and makes him spit out Grandmother.
The message in this story is…
It is dangerous to go into the woods on your own, because you might get tricked by a nasty wolf.
There are three parts of the story Red Riding Hood:
The setting - where the story takes place
This story takes place in the woods
The characters - who is in the story
There is a good and a bad character in this story
The plot - what happens in the story
The bad character causes a problem for the good character in this story
1.Where is the setting at the beginning of the story?
2. Who is the good character in Red Riding Hood?
3. Who is the bad character in Red Riding Hood?
4. Where is the setting at the end of the story?
5. What was the message in the story?
6. If you were living at the time of this story would you have listened to the message? yes or no
Explain your answer.
7. Which character did the writer of the story want us to like?
8. Why do you think the writer wanted us to like this character?
9. Why is the wolf the only character in the story that appears in two different ways?
In Red Riding Hood there is a warning about not going into the woods on your own
There is another warning in the story of Red Riding Hood that could apply today - this warning is:
Don’t judge someone or something by how they look. People or things are not always what they seem.
List the two times in the story when Red Riding Hood did not heed this warning
Imagine that you are Red Riding Hood. Write an email to your friend Snow White.
10. Tell her how why you didn’t realise at first that Grandmother was actually the wolf!
11. You are going to make a poster about the traditional story Red Riding Hood.
Before you start, make some notes about the key points in this story:
12. Why was Red Riding Hood set in a wood?
13. Who was the good character in this story?
14. What was the warning in Red Riding Hood?
15. Why were warnings were put in children’s stories in the past?
Before you begin this activity plan your poster:
Use a large sheet of paper to make your poster. When your poster is finished, you could show and explain your poster to someone else.
End of lesson Thinking Activity
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Introduction to Traditional Stories
Red Riding Hood