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Humor Writing: Activities for the English Classroom

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Author(s): Bruce Goebel

Divided into four chapters—(1) Humorous Words, Phrases, and Sentences, (2) Funny Stories and Essays, (3) Light Verse, and (4) Parody—the book offers more than 150 activities you can use to help students develop writing skills in voice, word choice, style, and organization while exploring a variety of genres.

Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-8141-2213-6

Stock No.: 22136

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In an educational environment of high-stakes tests and school accountability, humor has been virtually banned from the classroom. That’s a shame, and perhaps a mistake, since student success depends on engagement, and young adults seem to be naturally drawn to comic media. How can you take advantage of your students’ interest in humorous material?

According to Bruce A. Goebel, incorporating humor writing into the classroom not only reduces student anxiety but also provides them with an opportunity to study and practice the careful and effective use of language.

Divided into four chapters—(1) Humorous Words, Phrases, and Sentences, (2) Funny Stories and Essays, (3) Light Verse, and (4) Parody—the book offers more than 150 activities you can use to help students develop writing skills in voice, word choice, style, and organization while exploring a variety of genres. Depending on your purpose and needs, you can either sprinkle brief lessons throughout your instructional units or create an extended humor writing unit.

Perhaps most important, these activities offer students the rare opportunity to express their creative, divergent-thinking sides in an increasingly serious classroom space.

151 pp. 2011. Grades 9–12. ISBN 978-0-8141-2213-6.

No. 22136

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