ESL Comedy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, ESL students will be exposed to the world of comedy. They will discuss comedy with peers, view comedic examples, tell jokes and write original captions to humorous images.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about comedy
  • Use comedy orally by telling a joke
  • Write a comedic statement


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Appropriate joke books for children or access to a website with kid-friendly jokes
  • 5-7 images with captions (you can find these with a simple online search)
  • 2-3 short video clips of a kid-friendly comedian
  • Chart paper
  • Markers


  • Comedy
  • Funny
  • Silly
  • Sarcastic
  • Humor
  • Joke
  • Comedian

Lesson Instructions

  • Ask the students to talk with a buddy about what makes them laugh. Call on students to share responses.
  • Explain that today they are going to learn about comedy. Write the word 'comedy' on the board. Point to the word and have students repeat it after you.
  • Talk about what comedy means as a class. Tap into any prior knowledge that students have with the word.
  • Use 'comedy' in a sentence. Have students use the word 'comedy' in a sentence and share with a neighbor.
  • Repeat this process for the remainder of the vocabulary words.

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