Writing with Humor
Authorities on Creativity and Humor remind us that the process of “getting the joke” requires the mental skills of making a leap of understanding, of sensing obscure relationships, or making relevant connections.
  1. Laughter Alert: Discovering casual, unstructured comic responses
  • Allow cartooning as an option for written reports
  • Humorous brainstorming – Example; How many different ways can you think of … for catching fish? ……. for eating an apple?
  • Posting cartoons without captions – students write the caption and share their ideas
  • Set up a class humor box – Students write original one-liners, puns, jokes, etc. during the week to be read on Friday before lunch or dismissal.
  1. Comic Similes
  • Have students invent original similes, looking for humorous connections and expanding the use of descriptive language. (He was as happy as…..a flea on a dirty dog.)
  • Ask for completion of sentences based on human emotion. ( He was as frightened as…. A goldfish at a shark convention.)
  • Keep a jar or box of mind-stretcher words. Have the students draw two and discover or create hidden relationships and similarities that might lead to a riddle. (How are the full moon and an old sock the same?..... They are both better appreciated from a distance.)
  1. Jokes, Gags, One-Liners, and Puns
  • Using words from reading and spelling lists, have students write DAFFYNITIONS (Career- the part of an automobile that eavesdrops)
  • Have students make booklets of collected puns. (A play on words alike in sound but different in meaning, as in, “ He was rocked to sleep when a stone hit him on the head.”
  • Rewrite the ending of Fairy Tales- Instead of a heroic ending for the story, substitute a comic ending.
  • Write and record an original radio show including sound effects. (Crumpling paper for the sound of a fire)
  • Compile a book of “Common Sayings”- awesome, catch you later
  • Tongue Twister Writing
  • Write “Tom Swifties” – “Get to the point,” he said sharply.
  1. Lyrics
  • Using familiar songs, write new lyrics for a different holiday or subject such as math, science, or social studies. Example: To the tune of Jingle Bells, write a pumpkin carl for Halloween.

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