Le petit Chaperon Rouge

The year is 1697. Charles Perrault, a Parisian, had Little Red Riding Hood published. Since then the villain, the wolf, has been accused of eating Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma. The wolf wants his criminal record cleaned up. He demands a retrial. He claims he ate because he was hungry. After all, doesn’t one eat to survive?
Come listen to the historical testimonies as well as the cross-examinations. Decide the verdict. Come play a part in this episode of experiential learning.

First, check out this 21st century French version of the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTH8pN5NtsM

Then, read the story. Gather the facts.

Perhaps you are considering working in the legal field. Here is your chance to be a lawyer, judge, bailiff or court reporter.

I. Interpretive Task:
First, we need to get the facts. We will read two versions of “Le petit Chaperon Rouge.” If you want, you can listen to a Frenchman read the story. We will study everyone’s version of the events. And then, let’s prepare to give the wolf his retrial. Judges, lawyers, bailiffs, experts – prepare your robes and uniforms.
See student packet below for the stories, their links and complete instructions.

*Extra Credit: Prepare “la galette” that “le petit Chaperon Rouge” brought to Grandma. The recipe and link are included in student packet.


II. First Presentational Task
French Legal System:
Le petit Chaperon Rouge is French. La grand-mère is French. The wolf is French, too. Therefore, the trial takes place in France. We will follow French legal procedure. Let’s learn the French names of the key legal players. Everyone gets a role. We need to arrange the classroom so that it looks like a French courtroom not an American one. Let’s learn how a French trial is run. The judges, bailiff, and jurors will need to learn the principal legal phrases needed for the running of the trial.
See PowerPoint presentations below.

III. Interpersonal Task:
Lawyers, prepare your list of witnesses. Witnesses, prepare your testimony. Meet with each other. Discuss the case. Prepare either the defense or prosecution of the wolf.

IV. Second Presentational Task
Let the trial begin!

Teacher Resources:

1. Here is the student packet complete with instructions and handouts:


2. .FLENJprovides rubrics for each of the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational.

3. Compare/contrast French and American courtrooms:

4. French legal phrases used in a trial: