Once upon a teen….Jennifer Hillhouse and Sarah Cross IH TorresVedrasLittle Red Riding Hood – Version 1Adapted from P. Pullman’s Grimm Tales (Penguin,2012)Once upon a time there was a girl. Everyone loved her.She had a grandmother who one day made a cap for thegirl. The cap suited the girl so well that she wanted towear it all the time.One day the girl’s mother sent the girl to visit her grandmother, to takeher a cake and a bottle of wine.The girl kissed her mother goodbye and left. Her grandmother lived inthe woods. The girl started to walk along the path through the woods.After a few minutes a wolf came up to the girl. She didn’t know whatkind of animal he was, so she wasn’t afraid of him.The wolf wanted to eat the girl. When he understood that the girlwanted to visit her grandmother, he knew that if he was careful he couldeat them both.The wolf walked with the girl through the woods and showed her wherethe flowers grew. The girl saw the flowers and decided to make abouquet for her grandmother. She stepped off the path and into thewoods. She picked the flowers one by one, each one took her awayfrom the path and into the woods.The wolf left the girl and ran to the grandmother’s house. He knockedon the door, lifted the latch and went inside. He leaped at the old
woman and ate her up. He put on her clothes, put her cap on his head,pulled the curtains and got into bed.The girl gathered her bouquet for her grandmother and rememberedwhere she needed to go. She went back to the path and went to hergrandmother’s home.She was surprised when she got there and saw the house, because thedoor was open and there was no light. She went into the house, went tothe bed and opened the curtains. She saw her grandmother and wassurprised by her appearance. The wolf leaped out of bed and ate the girlup. He got back into bed, went to sleep and started to snore.A huntsman walked past the house. He heard the wolf’s snores anddecided to check if the old woman was ok. He went inside, looked at thebed and saw the wolf. He thought about shooting the wolf with his riflebut he decided not to. He thought that he could still save the oldwoman.He put down the rifle, picked up some scissors and started to cut openthe wolf. After a few snips the girl jumped out, and the grandmothercame out after her.The girl ran outside and picked up several stones. They put the stones inthe wolf and sewed him up again. They woke the wolf up. The wolf sawthe hunter with his rifle, panicked and ran, but he didn’t get far becauseof the stones and he fell down and died.The huntsman skinned the wolf and went home. The grandmother atethe cake and drank the wine, and the girl decided never to leave thepath again and to always do what her mother wanted.The End.
Little Red Riding Hood – Version 2Adapted from A. Carter’s The Fairy Tales ofCharles Perrault (Penguin, 2008)Once upon a time there was a girl. She lived with hermother in the country. Her mother loved her and hergrandmother loved her more. The grandmother madethe girl a hood like ladies wear when they ride. Thehood suited the girl.One day, the mother baked some cakes and sent the girl to visit hergrandmother who was sick. The mother wanted the girl to take thegrandmother some of the cakes and a pot of butter.The girl went to the next village to visit her grandmother. As she walkedthrough the wood, she met and talked to a wolf who wanted to eat her,but he didn’t because he knew there were woodcutters in the wood aswell. The girl didn’t know how dangerous it is to talk to wolves.The wolf decided that he would take one road to the girl’s house and thegirl would take the other and they would see who got there first. Thewolf ran off on one path and the girl took the other. The girl didn’t rush.She gathered nuts, chased butterflies and picked flowers.The wolf arrived at the grandmother’s house and knocked on the door.He went in, threw himself at the old woman and ate her up. He closedthe door behind him and lay in the grandmother’s bed and waited forthe girl.The girl arrived at her grandmother’s house and knocked on the door.She went inside. The wolf threw himself at the girl and ate her up too.The End.
What’s missing?• Adjectives• Adverbs• Range of narrative tenses• Linking words and time expressions• Dialogue: direct / indirect speechLet’s make this a proper story…The girl ran outside and picked up several stones. They put the stonesinto the wolf and sewed him up again. They woke the wolf up. The wolfsaw the hunter with his rifle, panicked and ran, but he didn’t get farbecause of the stones and he fell down and died.Here’s one we made earlier…The little girl hurried outside and quickly picked up several heavystones. After they’d put the stones into the wolf they carefully sewedhim up again. The hunter warned Red and her Grandmother not to gettoo close. He then gently nudged the snoring wolf and softlymurmured, “Wakey wakey, rise and shine!”The evil wolf woke up, saw the big, strong hunter with his enormousrifle, panicked and started to run. However, he didn’t get far becauseof the stones that were weighing him down. Clutching his belly, hedramatically dropped to the ground and died.
Suggested Lesson OutlineThis lesson was done with students aged 14-16, at B1+.1) Class discussion - What was your favourite story when you werechild? Elicit classic fairy tales.2) Elicit key features of a story:• Events which happen at different points in time.• Thematic structure – something of interest which changesover the timescale of the story, e.g. evil is defeated or amajor event is survived. The theme of the story is often theresolution of the problem. Narrative without theme iscommentary rather than a story.StagingAn opening, often formulaic in fairy tales. ‘Once upon a time…’ or‘Жили-были...’Introduction of charactersDescription of the settingIntroduction of the problemA series of events which lead to...The resolution of the problemA closing, often formulaic in fairy tales. ‘And they all lived happily everafter.’A moral, which may or may not be explicitly stated.
3) Red Riding Hood – elicit or introduce as an example of a classicfairy tale. Elicit the stages (see flowchart above).4) Divide the class in half. Each half reads one version of RedRiding Hood. After reading, pairs discuss the questions below.Follow up with class feedback and discussion.• What happened in your story?• How are they similar? How are they different?• Which ending do you prefer and why?5) Let’s look at the language. Pairs or groups discuss what’smissing from the text.• Adjectives• Adverbs• Range of narrative tenses• Linking words and time expressions• Dialogue: direct / indirect speech6) As a class, analyse one paragraph of text. Elicit ideas and addadjectives, adverbs, narrative tenses etc. (see list in stage 5)7) Option 1 – Divide the class into groups, get them to repeat Stage 6with different parts of the text. Pin the finished results up (in order)round the room with a blank sheet of paper next to it. Students walkround, read the story and provide feedback.Option 2 – Divide the class and get them to repeat Stage 6,however they are all working on the same section of text. Infeedback, compare, justify and debate choices before deciding on afinal class version.8) Students leave with a working knowledge of how to write a goodstory.