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Perhaps the hardest part of teaching writing to kids, is motivating them to actually write. "What.. you want me to write! Can't we just talk about it?" "That much! You want me to write that much!"
I have found that the video writing prompts from TeachHub create great discussion and are a good incentive to write. I've even found them reviewing the clip again once we've finished. Some of the clips are taken from current movies but others are really interesting YouTube clips. Check them out. Each writing prompt includes writing suggestions for all age-groups. I've included below those for the Wreck-it-Ralph clip.
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Video Writing Prompt: Wreck it RalphBy: Jessica Hannan - TeachHUB
In the movie, "Wreck it Ralph", we are introduced 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?
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.
A great teacher never strives to explain his vision- he simply invites you to stand him. (Rev R. Inman)