There are many words and phrases in the English language that make negative references to wolves. Childhood stories also portray wolves as "the bad guy", teaching children from an early age that wolves are dangerous. This lesson looks at the villain in the story of "The Three Little Pigs" as well as at a list of descriptive ways we attribute negative characteristics to wolves and how this symbolism can color how we think of wolves.
Students write their own short story showing the wolf as "the good guy". Finally, students read a variety of wolf stories from different cultures and analyze how each viewed the wolf.
At the end of this activity, the student will:
- Analyze phrases/idioms with the word "wolf" in them.
- Describe the characterization of the "Big, Bad Wolf".
- Write a short story showing the wolf as "the good guy".
- Analyze a number of wolf stories to determine how various cultures viewed wolves and why they may have taken this view.
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