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Exploring the Power of Puns

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Read and analyze a variety of Shakespearean and contemporary puns using Visual Thesaurus computer software. Middle and high schoolers analyze a pun as a class; in small groups they analyze a Shakespearean pun using contextual clues and...
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Shakespearean Puns

For Students 8th - 12th
Tickle your funny bone with a worksheet that presents five famous puns drawn from Shakespeare's Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing. Readers identify the play on words as a homographic or homophonic pun. 
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Understanding Puns

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
"Dad jokes" aren't the only ways to hear some groan-worthy puns! A poetry lesson explores how figurative language, particularly puns, can make poetry funny, before class members create their own silly poems.
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Playing with Puns

For Teachers 12th
"O pun" the door on this activity. Have your pupils compare the puns and word play in scenes from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to those in Gary Blackwood’s The Shakespeare Stealer. Warm up and introductory activities, as well as...
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Homophones: Fun with Puns

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
What is a homophone for aloud? Or right? Fifth graders complete a list of 24 homophones, choosing another word that sounds like a given word but has a different meaning. At the bottom of the page, they write punning sentences to practice...
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Ambiguity and Puns

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Get a giggle from this presentation about puns and ambiguity. From ad campaigns to old jokes to pictures of animals made out of vegetables, the slides are amusing, informative, and bizarre. The presentation spends more time providing...
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Lesson 3: Puns

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Encourage more pun-derstanding of word play in your literary scholars as they explore Brian P. Cleary's book Rhyme and Punishment: Adventures in Wordplay. Although this isn't suggested, consider beginning this study by simply showing...
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Visual Puns - Paper Mache Sculpture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the pop art movement and create a sculpture in the pop art style based on a visual pun, or play on words. The scholar's work may use humor, allegory, metaphor, or be in the form of a parody. Visual examples are provided, and some...
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Exploring the Power of Puns

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze why puns are funny. In this puns usage instructional activity, students work in small groups to analyze Shakespearean puns, then write their own puns to share with the class. Students are encouraged to use...
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Career Capers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Introduce your middle school writers to a higher level creative writing activity. They become familiar with the literary term pun, and illustrate their writing with clipart they find online. They complete a worksheet on puns in which...
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Playing with Puns

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the wit of characters in two plays. For this drama lesson, students read The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood and Twelfth Night by Shakespeare. Students analyze the puns used in both plays and write essays that...
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Punning Vocabulary

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners analyze and practice presenting vocabulary words in out of the ordinary ways with word play, frisky words and puns. They also identify the correct definition of each word and then use them in gimmicks to add flair and fun to the...
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Puns

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Nothing's better than the sound of children's laughter. This humorous presentation should have your young learners laughing. Jokes and puns are the focus. Classics such as, "Why did the turkey cross the road?  To prove he wasn't...
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The Pillsbury Doughboy

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Mourning the death of the Pillsbury Doughboy (from a yeast infection and pokes in the belly), this presentation discusses the use of puns, metaphors, and polysemes. The slide show continues by discussing other popular metaphors and...
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Visual Puns or Composite Imagery

For Teachers 1st - 9th
Young scholars discover art that contains composite imagery and visual puns. They create their own picture of composite imagery and explain the visual pun. Students develop skills using the drawing media.
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Puns

For Students 4th - 8th
In this puns instructional activity, students create puns of their own after reading examples of puns. Students read 12 examples of puns on this instructional activity.
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Pun Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students increase their knowledge of homonyms and become familiar with puns.
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Lesson Plan for Puns

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine what puns are and how they are useful in poetry. They examine how they are used in advertising slogans, Valentines, and everyday language. They create posters depicting their favorite pun.
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Headlines

For Teachers 9th - 12th
See the effects of puns, letter play, alliteration, and rhyme in newspaper headlines. Writers use such language effects to have their headline stand out. Examples are given with a slide prompting practice at the end. Use in a journalism...
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Bird Visual Puns

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students create visual puns. They draw the name of bird from a basket and then create a visual pun illustration based on the bird's name. Students evaluate their drawing using a rubric and then present their work to the class.
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What Makes Jokes Funny?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Explore how language is used for comic effect. Middle schoolers determine which of the three formulas for jokes (double meanings, unexpected outcome, humorous mental image) make each of 18 classic, corny examples funny. They complete a...
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Errors vs. Rhetorical Devices

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Is there a difference between writing errors and employing rhetorical devices? This presentation argues that there is a difference, but it might be a finer point than one would think. Addressing double entendre, oxymorons, and parody,...
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How to Write Funny Poetry — Chapter 4: Making It Funny

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
You've got your topic—now how do you make your poem funny? Explore ways to make a poem humorous, including puns, exaggeration, silly words, and surprising endings, with a helpful poetry lesson.
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 10th - 11th
I have a pair of ducks; one can’t swim. Viewers are introduced to several literary terms (paradox, oxymoron, pun, irony, etc.) that are defined and illustrated with examples. Then they are asked to identify the figurative language used...

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