Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?

by Judie Haynes

Why does Little Red Riding Hood wear a red cape? Why did she stop to talk to a stranger? What questions would your English language learners ask if they could interview characters from this classic fairy tale? Stimulate imagination and develop oral language with this creative lesson.

Lesson Topic

Interviews from Little Red Riding Hood

Proficiency/Grade Level:

Advanced beginners to low intermediate ESL students in grades 3-8.

Content Concepts and Skills:

Social language; interviewing techniques; question formation

Lesson Objectives

Students will:

1. Demonstrate comprehension of play or story, "Little Red Riding Hood."
2. Help construct interviews based on what they have learned about the chaacters in the play Little Red Riding Hood.
3. Develop peer conversation and cooperative learning skills.

Materials Needed:

Personalized interviews developed for each character

Instructional Sequence:

Sample Interview Questions

These are sample questions made up by a group of Advanced beginning 4-5th graders

Interview Questions for Little Red Riding Hood

1. Didn't your Mother tell you not to talk to strangers ?

2. Why didn't you listen to your Mother?

3. What were you doing in the woods by yourself?

3. Do you ever change your clothes?

4. How old are you? Do you go to school?

Interview Questions for Mother

1.Why didn’t you visit your own mother when she was sick ?

2. Did you know there was a wolf near your house? Would you still send Little Red Riding Hood to visit Granny?

3.Why do you dress Little Red Riding Hood in that outfit?

4.What kind of cookies did you make?

Interview Questions for Interview Questions for the Wolf

1.Why didn’t you eat Little Red Riding Hood when you first saw her?

2. Where did you come from?

3. Are you male or female?

4. How did you learn to talk?

5. Didn't you feel silly in Granny's nightgown?"

Interview Questions for Interview Questions for Granny

1.What are you sick from?

2. How did it feel to be in the wolf’s stomach?

3. How old are you?

4. What nationality are you?

Interview Questions for Interview Questions for the Hunter

1.What did you do with the wolf when he died?

2. Why did you cut open the wolf’s stomach?

3. Are you married? Do you have a family?

4. If you are not married, will you marry Little Red Riding Hood's Mother?


At the end of their interviews, students should get back into one large group and share what they have learned about their partners' characters. Have each student share one question from his/her interview along with the response.

Bulletin Board Idea

Have students draw and color a large picture of the character they interviewed. You can use commercially-made characters for this activity.

Students should then write up their interviews and post them on your bulletin board.

Related Links

Real and Fictional Wolves
Help your young English language learners conduct research using nonfiction books. Teach students to make comparisons between fiction and nonfiction using a Venn Diagram.