Understanding Puns

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"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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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Project a few puns from the example links and see if class members can explain why they are funny
  • Have an informal contest to come up with the funniest and cleverest pun; give the winner a goofy prize
Classroom Considerations

  • Advanced students may not require frontloading from the PowerPoint presentation; differentiate as necessary
Pros

  • Direct instruction helps English learners with figurative language concepts that may not translate directly
  • Applies literary analysis and poetry skills in a fun way
Cons

  • None