Video Writing Prompt: Wreck it Ralph

Jessica Hannan - TeachHUB

In the movie, "Wreck it Ralph", we are intrudced to the main character, "Ralph", a building-wrecking, perceived video game bad guy. After 30 years, Ralph decides that he is tired of his stereotype and attempts to jump to the good side of game land in order to change his image. Once there, Ralph teaches those around him some valuable lessons about judging people too quickly and our ability to change ourselves and in turn people's perceptions of us.

This Exclusive Video Writing Prompt helps students explore some prematurely conceived notions about people in certain professions as well as false impressions they may have about their peers. It also allows them to explore how they themselves may have been unfairly judged and how they overcame that obstacle.


Grades K-2: Picture yourself
Draw a picture of yourself as a movie character. Is your character good or evil? What does your character do? What is your characters name?

Grades 3-5: 
In the movie clip, Ralph says, "It's hard to love your job when no one else seems to like you for doing it."  
What kinds of jobs are out there that make others not like the people doing them?
What is something positive you could say about people in that profession?

Grades 6-8: First Impressions - Not Always Correct
Have you ever stereotyped or judged someone else too quickly, but once you got to know them better, found that you were completely wrong? Explain what happened (without using names) and what made you realize that your first impression of that person was wrong.

Grades 9-12: Breaking Down Stereotypes
In the movie clip, Ralph was stereotyped as "mean" even though he wasn't. Think about a time when you felt like you were stereotyped.  In a minimum of 3 paragraphs, explain the situation including what stereotype you were placed in, how it made you feel, and if you did anything to break down that stereotype. 

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