Ethos Education

Wreck-It Ralph: Don’t Label Me!

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Assembly Objective: 

  • Why is it that some people seem to label themselves as ‘bad’, or get labelled that way by other people? This assembly will help young people to explore the Bible’s teaching that we are not limited by the labels that we, or others, place on us – and in particular that we can all become better people.

Film: 

  • Wreck-It Ralph (Disney, 2012) certificate PG. Click here to buy the DVD online.

Bible: 

Supporting Values Education:

  • The value of Respect derives from an underlying belief that everyone is valuable. This assembly enables pupils to explore their view of themselves – and, in particular, how we can all develop into better people.

OPENING ACTIVITY

Labels (game)

  • For a small group prepare a set of sticky labels by writing a different adjective on each one (e.g. happy, sad, angry, friendly, grumpy, annoying, rich, poor etc.). Stick a label onto the back of every pupil and tell them that without looking at it, they have to work out what sort of person they are. They can do this by asking questions of others in the room. Pupils are not allowed to tell the others what their word is, but must answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  • With a larger group, choose some volunteers to come to the front and have labels stuck onto their foreheads (watch out for hair!). They must take it in turn to ask questions of the whole group and try and work out what their label says.
  • We have suggested fairly innocuous adjectives – if you know the group well you could include words such as ‘ugly’, ‘bad’ and ‘unloved’.
  • After the game is over, talk about how it feels to have a label that you can’t change.

FILM CLIP

  • Play the clip from Wreck-It Ralph (Disney, 2012), certificate PG.
    • Start time: 00:00:35 (chapter one, ‘My name’s Ralph, and I’m a bad guy’)
    • End time: 00:06:35 (‘I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.’)
    • Clip length: 6 minutes
  • If you can’t show the clip, read the following:
    • Ralph is the bad guy in an arcade game called Fix It Felix Junior. Ralph describes himself as a professional wrecker with a temper. He says he is very good at wrecking things, but that the point of the game is to fix things. Felix gets a medal when he fixes things, but there is no medal for people who wreck things. Ralph says that he is very lucky but that it’s hard to love your job when no one likes you for doing it. Felix and the ‘nicelanders’ live in nice homes, and Ralph lives in a dump, surrounded by a pile of bricks. He sees Felix and thinks that it must be nice being the good guy. We then realise that Ralph has come to Bad-Anon. The others in the group tell him that being a bad guy doesn’t mean that you have to be a BAD guy and that you must just love yourself. Ralph says that he doesn’t want to be the bad guy anymore, and this causes the others to react badly. They tell him that you can’t change who you are. They then finish by saying the ‘Bad Guy Affirmation – ‘I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.’ Ralph doesn’t join in.

TALK

Download the Wreck It Ralph Labels Assembly PowerPoint for use with this talk.

Scripted Talk

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome to our assembly.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • I’d like you to take a moment to have a good look around the room. Look at all the people sitting here. There are people that you know well and others that you only know to look at. There are people that you find it easy to like and others that you don’t get on with very well. Now, I’d like you to think for a moment about one other person in the room. I’d like you to think of a word that describes them. Don’t say it out loud, just think it.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Now I’d like you to think about yourself for a minute. If someone else in the room picked you, what word would they choose to describe you? Maybe the word you’re thinking is something kind and loving, but maybe it’s something cruel and unkind. Now imagine what it would feel like to have that word written on a label that was stuck to your school uniform. If it was a kind word, we’d feel rather pleased, but if it was an unkind word we would probably feel very sad.
    • In our assembly today we are going to think about the labels we put on other people and on ourselves. We don’t mean real labels, but the names that we call ourselves, and the thoughts that we think about ourselves and other people. We’re going to think about whether it is possible to change those labels.
    • Now, let’s have a look at someone who is stuck with a label he really doesn’t like.
    • Play the clip from Wreck-It Ralph (Disney, 2012), certificate PG.
      • Start time: 00:00:35 (chapter one, ‘My name’s Ralph, and I’m a bad guy’)
      • End time: 00:06:35 (‘I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.’)
      • Clip length: 6 minutes
    • If you can’t show the clip, read the following:
      • Ralph is the bad guy in an arcade game called Fix It Felix Junior. Ralph describes himself as a professional wrecker with a temper. He says he is very good at wrecking things, but that the point of the game is to fix things. Felix gets a medal when he fixes things, but there is no medal for people who wreck things. Ralph says that he is very lucky but that it’s hard to love your job when no one likes you for doing it. Felix and the ‘nicelanders’ live in nice homes, and Ralph lives in a dump, surrounded by a pile of bricks. He sees Felix and thinks that it must be nice being the good guy. We then realise that Ralph has come to Bad-Anon. The others in the group tell him that being a bad guy doesn’t mean that you have to be a BAD guy and that you must just love yourself. Ralph says that he doesn’t want to be the bad guy anymore, and this causes the others to react badly. They tell him that you can’t change who you are. They then finish by saying the ‘Bad Guy Affirmation – ‘I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.’ Ralph doesn’t join in.
    • Ralph really wanted to change his label. He had always been a bad guy, and the others were telling him that he could never be a good guy, but he wasn’t sure that that was true. Ralph wanted to be like Felix. He wanted to have friends and even win a medal for doing well at his job. He seemed like a nice person, he did his job well and he really wanted change, but nobody seemed to think that was possible. Did you notice what all the other bad guys said at the end of the meeting? They said:
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • ‘I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.’
    • They had decided that there was no point in trying to change who they were because they would always be bad, but Ralph had other plans.
    • In the Bible there is a story about a man who had been labelled as a bad guy. His name was Zacchaeus and he had done some bad things. He was a tax collector who collected money from people, and he often cheated people so that he became richer. He was also a short man, not very tall. Nobody liked him. When he heard that Jesus was coming to town, Zacchaeus wanted to see him for himself. I wonder what happened next. Let’s find out. As I read this story, I’d like you to help me by joining in with some actions. When I say the words:
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • ‘Zacchaeus’, you rub your hands together and say ‘Money, money, money’.
    • ‘Jesus’, you punch the air and shout ‘Hooray’.
    • ‘The crowd’, you put your hands over your mouths and say ‘Mumble, mumble, mumble’.
    • ‘Everyone’, you look cross and say ‘Grumble, grumble, grumble’.
    • Read Luke 19:1-10 (CEV)
    • Jesus was going through Jericho, where a man named Zacchaeus lived. He was in charge of collecting taxes and was very rich. Jesus was heading his way, and Zacchaeus wanted to see what he was like. But Zacchaeus was a short man and could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree. When Jesus got there, he looked up and said, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry down! I want to stay with you today.’  Zacchaeus hurried down and gladly welcomed Jesus. Everyone who saw this started grumbling, ‘This man Zacchaeus is a sinner! And Jesus is going home to eat with him.’ Later that day Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘I will give half of my property to the poor. And I will now pay back four times as much to everyone I have ever cheated.’ Jesus said to Zacchaeus, ‘Today you and your family have been saved, because you are a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man came to look for and to save people who are lost.’
    • Nobody liked Zacchaeus. If he had labels stuck on his front they might say things like ‘cheat’ and ‘thief’ and ‘bad guy’. But Zacchaeus was like Ralph. He wanted to change. He was fed up being the bad guy – he wanted to be a good guy.
    • When Jesus saw Zacchaeus looking at him from up the tree, he didn’t just look at the label. He looked at Zacchaeus’s heart and he helped him to change. Jesus forgave Zacchaeus and told him to pay back all the people that he had robbed. He gave him a fresh start, a new label – ‘good guy’.
    • Sometimes we get stuck with labels that we would like to change but it can be hard because other people are a bit like the crowd. They only see the label. Perhaps if we all decided today that we would help each other to change we might find that we’re not stuck with those labels any more. Instead of thinking ‘I can never change’ or ‘That person can never be good’, we can help one another to become good guys.

Headings and Bullets

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • Look around the room.
      • People that you know well and others that you only know to look at.
      • People that you find it easy to like and others that you don’t get on with very well.
      • Think about one other person in the room.
      • Think of a word that describes them.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Think about yourself.
      • If someone else in the room picked you, what word would they choose to describe you?
      • Kind and loving or cruel and unkind.
      • Imagine what it would feel like to have that word written on a label that was stuck to your school uniform.
      • If it was a kind word, we’d feel rather pleased, but if it was an unkind word we would probably feel very sad.
      • Labels.
      • Not real labels, but the names that we call ourselves, and the thoughts that we think about ourselves and other people.
      • Is it possible to change those labels?
      • Introduce the clip.
      • Ralph is someone who is stuck with a label he really doesn’t like.
    • Watch the clip.
      • Start time: 00:00:35 (chapter one, ‘My name’s Ralph, and I’m a bad guy’)
      • End time: 00:06:35 (‘I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.’)
      • Clip length: 6 minutes
    • If you can’t show the clip, read the following:
      • Ralph really wanted to change his label.
      • He had always been a bad guy, and the others were telling him that he could never be a good guy.
      • He wasn’t sure that that was true.
      • Ralph wanted to be like Felix, to have friends and even win a medal for doing well at his job.
      • Nobody seemed to think that was possible.
      • Did you notice what all the other bad guys said at the end of the meeting?
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • ‘I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.’
      • They had decided that there was no point in trying to change who they were because they would always be bad.
      • Ralph had other plans.
    • Introduce the Bible story.
      • A story about a man who had been labelled as a bad guy.
      • Zacchaeus had done some bad things.
      • He was a tax collector who collected money from people, and he often cheated people so that he became richer.
      • He was also a short man, not very tall.
      • Nobody liked him.
      • Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus for himself.
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • Join in with the actions.
      • ‘Zacchaeus’, you rub your hands together and say ‘Money, money, money’.
      • ‘Jesus’, you punch the air and shout ‘Hooray’.
      • ‘The crowd’, you put your hands over your mouths and say ‘Mumble, mumble, mumble’.
      • ‘Everyone’, you look cross and say ‘Grumble, grumble, grumble’.
    • Read Luke 19:1-10:
      • Jesus was going through Jericho, where a man named Zacchaeus lived. He was in charge of collecting taxes and was very rich. Jesus was heading his way, and Zacchaeus wanted to see what he was like. But Zacchaeus was a short man and could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree.
      • When Jesus got there, he looked up and said, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry down! I want to stay with you today.’  Zacchaeus hurried down and gladly welcomed Jesus.
      • Everyone who saw this started grumbling, ‘This man Zacchaeus is a sinner! And Jesus is going home to eat with him.
      • Later that day Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘I will give half of my property to the poor. And I will now pay back four times as much to everyone I have ever cheated.
      • Jesus said to Zacchaeus, ‘Today you and your family have been saved, because you are a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man came to look for and to save people who are lost.’
    • Nobody liked Zacchaeus.
      • If he had labels stuck on his front they might say things like ‘cheat’ and ‘thief’ and ‘bad guy’.
      • But Zacchaeus was like Ralph – he wanted to change.
      • He was fed up being the bad guy – he wanted to be a good guy.
    • Jesus saw Zacchaeus looking at him from up the tree.
      • He didn’t just look at the label.
      • Looked at Zacchaeus’s heart and he helped him to change.
      • Jesus forgave Zacchaeus and told him to pay back all the people that he had robbed.
      • He gave him a fresh start, a new label – ‘good guy’.
    • Our labels:
      • Sometimes we get stuck with labels that we would like to change but it can be hard because other people only see the label.
      • Perhaps if we all decided today that we would help each other to change we might find that we’re not stuck with those labels any more.
      • Instead of thinking ‘I can never change’ or ‘That person can never be good’, we can help one another to become good guys.

RESPOND

Reflection

  • If you have the resources give each child in the room a label that says ‘Good Guy’. Ask them to close their eyes for a moment and think about all the other people in the room. Ask them to think about the person they thought about at the beginning of the assembly. Ask them to remember that anyone can be a good guy.

Prayer

  • Thank you God for the story about Zacchaeus. Thank you that Jesus didn’t just see his label, but he saw his heart. Please help us not to label each other with bad words. Forgive us when we have thought or said bad things about each other and ourselves. Help us to remember that we can be good guys. Amen

YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Wreck-It Ralph (Disney, 2012) certificate PG. Click here to buy the DVD online.
  2. Wreck it Ralph Labels Assembly PowerPoint.
  3. A set of sticky labels with adjectives for Labels opening activity.
  4. A sticky label for each child with ‘Good Guy’ printed on it for Reflection.

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