Fresh Comedic Talent

23 Nov

My Year 8 students have been studying sitcoms, with a focus on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  After spending a lot of time discussing ideas, I wanted to move to a discussion of language.

To do this, I first asked each student to come up with a potentially humorous scenario and write that scenario on a piece of paper.  Then, I collected these scenarios, and redistributed them so that each pair of students had a scenario.  Finally, I asked each pair to come up with a funny exchange that engaged with the provided scenario.

A number of my students found this task difficult, struggling to construct witty exchanges.  As such, we had to discuss HOW humour was created through language.  After a discussion of stereotypes, subversion of expectations and diction students were better able to tackle the task.


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