This is a common core project that compares/contrasts media to fiction by showing the similarities and differences between Hoodwinked, the movie, and the Grimm Brothers' version. The project includes presenting a newscast as well as writing comparison/contrast paragraphs. It also includes a Venn diagram and poster project should you choose to use it. What is awesome about this project is that it can be adjusted to so many grade levels. It takes about a five to seven days to complete the project.
The kids really enjoy this project, and the movie Hoodwinked is still age appropriate and clever for the middle school student. The comparison/contrast writing is simplified by separating the comparison from the contrast. I have found that it is difficult for middle school students to combine these concepts, so separating them takes a step in the right direction.
For elementary school students, you could just complete a standard Venn diagram. While the older kids could build on it with the paragraph writing.
You could also set up a tri-level poster. There has been a large emphasis with Common Core on placing emphasis on close reading. Divide a poster (size of your choice) into three sections from the portrait position. On the top, write "Little Red Riding Hood." In the middle, write "Similarities," and on the bottom, write "Hoodwinked." The kids would then draw five colored images in the empty section for each space representing the elements noted on the Venn diagram. You could choose a higher or lower number of images. We discuss the Venn diagrams that were created in small groups or complete in small groups, but the posters are drawn individually. Then, of course, display them with pride.
Give this activity a try. It is not disappointing.