Help students examine how relationships evolve and discuss digital citizenship topics

  • November 20, 2022

Ralph Breaks the Internet is a sequel to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph. The first movie features Ralph struggling with his identity as a character in international journal . Along the way he becomes best friends with Vanellope von Schweetz, who’s also struggling to accept herself, and specifically the fact that she glitches. By the end of Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope accepts her glitch as an advantage and Ralph allows his friendship with Vanellope to evolve.

Though many kids will have seen the first movie, there’s no need for them to in order to understand the sequel. Building on the first movie, Ralph Breaks the Internet shows Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship in flux as they struggle with their different needs. Running alongside this core plot is a rich exploration of the digital world. While it’s mostly played for laughs, those moments offer great opportunities to discuss very real topics we all encounter when we go online.

Things to Know About This Guide:
This guide offers two different approaches to teaching Ralph Breaks the Internet:

Show a few specific clips paired with discussion questions.
Show the entire film paired with a more in-depth lesson plan.
Feel free to use either approach, or even combine the two into one lesson (or an entire unit) based around the movie. If you only have a single class period, showing just a few key clips below might be perfect. If you decide to help students delve deeper into the topic, you might show the entire film and have more extensive discussions over multiple days. Of course, you could also use some combination of the two, adapting the lesson to best suit your class’s needs. Use the Active Viewing Guide if it fits your needs.