Assignment: Red Riding Hood Observations
For your first observation this semester, you will write an observation on the Red Riding Hood Packet of stories with three sections, each with one “explanation” subsection.
Red Riding Hood Observation Tasks
Here are the areas that I want you to look for as you read, and then think about in your writing for the Red Riding Hood stories:
Noticing Red Riding Hood’s Character Traits or Motivations and Explanation( ignorant/friendly, naughty, resourceful )
Based on the three versions of the story, what character traits do you see Red exhibiting? And/or, what motivations do you see driving her? Name at least three character traits or motivations (you may mix and match as you see fit, or they may be all traits or all motivations). In the explanation section, explain how the evidence you select supports the observation you’re making.
Noticing The Wolf’s Character Traits or Motivations and Explanation( Crafty, greedy, imprudence)
Based on the three versions of the story, what character traits do you see the Wolf exhibiting? And/or, what motivations do you see driving him? Name at least three character traits or motivations (you may mix and match as you see fit, or they may be all traits or all motivations). In the explanation section, explain how the evidence you select supports the observation you’re making.
Commenting on Key Differences Between the Stories and Explanation
In the final section of your Red Riding Hood Stories Observation, choose at least two of the stories (you may write about all three if you wish) and explain what you see as the most important differences in the story, including the ending (you must write about how the story ends, but may include other differences that you see as important as well). Please write about at least one difference between two stories that you find significant as well as comparing at least two of the endings. In your “observation section,” you’ll present details side by side while keeping the reader oriented between the two stories; in this section, I would like you to analyze the differences in the stories you present, and explain as best you can what you think those difference mean. (Obviously your analysis doesn’t have to be your final analysis forever—you will read and think more and your thoughts may change, but do your best at thinking on this on your own for now. Here’s another pro-tip: thinking takes time.)
Hopefully this all makes sense! Do your best on this, your first Observation assignment; I will grade and give feedback quickly, and if there are any surprises, you will have a chance to revise.
Length, Scope of Work
Due to the tasks required here and the extra spacing between headers, your first observation assignment will likely (and should) run at least two pages. You might find that your observation takes you a decent amount of time to complete (at least two hours), perhaps in more than one sitting—that is okay and appropriate (and perhaps even healthy as you adjust to being in summer school after a few weeks off). Please budget your time accordingly—these observations are not meant to be quick or small tasks; this is where some of your mental work takes place. Remember this work reflects your learning and is not meant to be rote, and the text you write here can feed directly into your essay or be revised accordingly.
Use MLA format for Observations, with one exception: please single-space your text (see “Robber Bridegroom” example observation for an example of the exact format I want). Here is a good resource for MLA formatting if you’re not familiar:
Highlights of the format for Observations:
- Single space your observations except for “hard enter” spaces after identifying info (name, date, etc.), title, headers
- use page numbers with your last name (e.g. xxxxx 2), but not on the first page
- include a works cited entry after your final paragraph
- I will provide you the info you need to write a works cited entry; I expect your MLA works cited entry to be 90% perfect and not sloppy. I will give you feedback on this if necessary, but the website above can teach you exactly as much as I can