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Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Roald Dahl

Teacher Guide by Elizabeth Pedro

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Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Lesson Plans

Student Activities for Little Red Riding Hood And The Wolf Include:

Roald Dahl’s narrative poem, “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”, is a humorous, contemporary spin on the well known fairy tale. In this version, Miss Riding Hood has an unexpected surprise for Wolf!

Little Red Riding Hood And The Wolf Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Compare and Contrast Texts

In this activity, students will compare and contrast "The Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" poem with the original fairytale.

Example 1:

  • In the poem she says, “But Grandma, what a lovely great big furry coat you have on”.
  • In the fairytale, she says, “Grandma what great big teeth you have”.

Example 2:

  • In the poem, when Little Red Riding Hood pulls out a gun and shoots the wolf.
  • In the fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood gets eaten by the Big Bad Wolf.

Example 3:

  • In the poem, the girl is wearing wolfskin fur, instead of a red cloak.
  • In the original fairytale, the woodcutter kills the wolf, and rescues the grandma and the girl.
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"Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" Character Map


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In this activity, students will depict the characters of the poem, paying close attention to their physical and character traits, and identifying the character’s actions that demonstrate these traits. Students will also identify the challenges the characters face.

Characters included in the character map are:

  • Wolf
  • Grandma
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Narrator

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical / Character Traits, What actions show these traits?, and What challenges does this character face?
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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Frayer Model for "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"


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In this activity, students will demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words using a Frayer Model. After choosing a word, students provide a definition, characteristics, examples (synonyms), and non-examples (antonyms) of the word. Students may be provided the vocabulary word, or they can use words that they have discovered through their reading of the text.

This example uses the word wail:

  • Definition: to utter a long, mournful cry, as in suffering
  • Characteristics: "But Grandmamma was small and tough/ And Wolfie wailed, 'That's not enough!”
  • Examples: fuss, grieve, howl, moan, sob, whimper
  • Non-examples: happy, approve, compliment, gloat

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Student Instructions

Create a Frayer Model for one of the vocabulary words from "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf".


  1. Choose a vocabulary word and type it into the center title box.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary and enter it into the description box under Definition.
  3. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the Definition cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  4. Think of at least three characteristics that help expand the meaning beyond the definition.
  5. Provide written and visual examples of the word.
  6. Provide written and visual non-examples of the word.



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Structural Elements of Poems

In this activity, students will identify the structural components of the poem, including stanzas and lines. Students will also determine the rhyme scheme in each stanza by labeling the lines with the letters of the alphabet. Most importantly, students will analyze and describe the main idea of the stanza.

The example provided is for the first stanza:

  • Lines: 16
  • Rhyme Scheme: AABCDDEEFFGGHHII
  • Meaning: Wolf is hungry and gobbles up the frightened grandmother, but he is not satisfied.
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A Quick Synopsis of "Little Red Riding Hood And The Wolf"



Wolf decides he is in the mood for a decent meal and knocks on Grandma’s door. Terrified, Grandma knows she will be eaten. Wolf is not satisfied with the Grandma, since she was small and tough, so he decides to wait for Little Red Riding Hood to return from her walk in the woods. The wolf dresses in grandma’s clothes, curls his hair, and waits in Grandma’s chair.

When the little girl comes in, she comments on Wolf’s big ears and eyes; the wolf responds that they will help hear and see her better. The wolf is quite happy that he is about to eat the child, but the little girl compliments the wolf’s fur coat. The wolf gets angry at her for saying the wrong line, but states that he will eat her anyway. Little Red Riding Hood smiles at this, pulls out a pistol hidden in her knickers, and shoots the wolf.

A few weeks later, the narrator comes upon Little Red Riding Hood in the woods and finds that she looks much different; she is not wearing her red cloak. Instead, she wears a lovely, furry, wolf-skin coat.



Essential Questions for "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"

  1. How do the characters respond to challenges?
  2. Why did the author write this version of Little Red Riding Hood?
  3. Does the rhythm and rhyme of this poem contribute to the poem? Why or why not?



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