Video Writing Prompt: Oz the Great and Powerful

Stephen Eldridge, TeachHUB

The world of Frank L. Baum's The Wizard of Oz comes to life again in the upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful. Set before the events of The Wizard of Oz, the film depicts the adventures of Oscar Diggs, a stage magician who finds himself contending with real witches in the fantasy world of Oz.

Use this exciting trailer to get your students thinking and writing about the power of appearances and the difference between goodness and greatness.


3-5 Make-Believe Magic

In Oz: The Great and Powerful, the character of Oscar Diggs is a stage magician who entertains people with tricks. However, in Oz the people he meets believe his magic is real and that he can help them.

Write a short story about a character that tricks people into thinking he or she can do magic. Do they help people? Are they selfish? Write at least five sentences to tell your story.

6-8 Good Witches and White Lies

In the trailer, the good witch Glinda encourages Oscar Diggs to let people believe he can do real magic so that he can help them. Does this dishonesty make you think Glinda isn't so good? Or are there times when white lies are good, or even necessary? Write two or three paragraphs to explain.

9-12 Goodness vs. Greatness

The character of Oscar Diggs says "I don't want to be a good man, I want to be a great one." What do you think he means by this? Does "greatness" have connotations that make it very different from "goodness"? Do you think it is better to be good or to be great? Which would you rather be? Write three to five paragraphs to answer these questions.


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Oz: The Great and Powerful

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