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Adding Humor to Your Lessons is No Laughing Matter

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Try these seven ways to inject laughs into your curriculum, while staying on track academically.
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Shakespearean Comedy on Film

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close...
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Comedy Across the Curriculum

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The New York Times Learning Network provides the resources that permit pupils to examine and then write and perform a fake news broadcast in the vein of “The Daily Show” or “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update. The generated reports...
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Lesson: More than Brushing my Teeth

For Teachers K - 5th
Humor can often be found in everyday life. Young analysts critically examine a sculpture and apply what they discuss to their own life experiences. They perform skits of daily activities, such as brushing their teeth. Next, they make a...
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Literature and Humor

For Teachers Higher Ed
From Canterbury Tales to The Odd Couple, this presentation details the different treatments of humor in different literary formats. Numerous authors and works of literature are represented here as examples of satire, irony, comedy, and...
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Drama Terms Notes

For Students Pre-K - 12th
Comedy, tragedy, act, scene, prop. do you want to review important drama terms? Actors record the term next to its definition on a instructional activity that could be used individually or as a group activity. A link to a corresponding...
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Greek To Us - Comedy, Tragedy, and Satire

For Students 9th - 12th
The history of Greek drama is the focus of this multiple-choice quiz. Ten questions ask about historical figures and the roots of tragedy and comedy in Greek religious festivals. While studying Greek drama, use this quiz to test your...
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Clowns and Mimes

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Unless your class is afraid of clowns, this presentation is sure to interest them. It discusses the history behind clowns, the different types of clowns, and the ways that clowns contribute to the genre of comedy. Use this slide show in...
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Movies and Entertainment

For Students 6th - 8th
Test your students' knowledge of literary and cinematic genres with this matching worksheet. Twenty-one terms, such as "thriller," "western," "novel," and "horror," can be matched with their definition. Use this activity as an...
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Comic Strips

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders write and illustrate their own comic strip. Students can still look at the various comics brought in by the teacher. Remind students that this is a fun activity and that they should have fun with this activity. When...
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Cry Until You Laugh

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students write about the relationship between comedy and personal pain in their journals. After reading an article, they examine the Humber College school of comedy. They brainstorm difficult events in their own lives and create...
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"Very tragical mirth:" Romeo and Pyramus, Juliet and Thisbe

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze and compare the poetic tools Shakespeare uses in the death scenes of Romeo and Juliet to those of Pyramus and Thisbe in Midsummer Night's Dream.
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What is April Fool's Day?

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore humor by creating their own practical joke. In this April Fool's Day lesson, students read different situations in which practical jokes were taken too far. Students discuss their reactions to the jokes and identify when...
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Television: Comedy Vs. Drama

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students investigate the world of Television by contrasting specific programs.  In this visual storytelling lesson, students compare and contrast the differences between comedy and drama by making a Venn Diagram.  Students utilize the...
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Lesson 13- Lucille Ball: What's So Funny

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students study who were important in Hollywood cinema in the 1940's, 1950's and today. They participate in a comedy improv exercise.
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Do You Have a GSOH?

For Students 7th - 9th
In this humor worksheet, learners, with a partner, read and discuss thirteen questions associated with having a good sense of humor and making fun of others.
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Greek Theatre

For Students 9th - 12th
In this literature learning exercise, students identify and locate vocabulary terms and names related to the Greek Theatre. There are 24 words/names located in the puzzle.