Comedy as a Genre Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the genre of comedy. You'll use a video lesson to learn about this genre and then students will apply their understanding in activities, discussion questions, and a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define comedy
  • describe characteristics of a comedy
  • identify characteristics of comedies in text


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Comedy samples for student analysis, one for each small group

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5

Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Ask students to think about the last thing they read or saw on television or social media that they found laugh-out-loud funny.
  • Once identified, have students write about it for five minutes.
  • Now divide students into small groups and ask them to share their lol moment, noticing and noting similarities of each.
  • Share as a whole group, listing similarities on the board.

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