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Funny Story Writing Prompts

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Many students love to work with humor, and giving them a chance to write funny stories can be a great way to involve them in the writing process. The prompts in this lesson will get your students off to a strong start with writing funny stories.

Writing Funny Stories

So many students benefit from the opportunity to express themselves through humor. Often, children love to laugh, and they like learning that writing does not always have to be a terribly serious endeavor. Moreover, funny writing gives students a chance to experiment with words, ideas and structures that they might sometimes feel more cautious about using.

At the same time, some students do not know where to start when it comes to writing funny stories. They are so used to being asked to take writing seriously that the chance to write funny stories might be confusing to them. This is where prompts come in! The prompts in this lesson do not do the work for students, but they give students something to start with, helping structure the rest of the task. You can modify these tasks to meet the interests and abilities of students in your class.

Funny Story Writing Prompts For Young Children

The prompts in this section are great for students in grades K-2. These students may not be able to write a great deal, but they can still get something written that they feel proud of and excited about.

  • Imagine that a talking dog is walking down the street and meets up with a talking hippopotamus. Write a story about the conversation they have with each other and the plans they make together.
  • Write a story about a person telling a very funny joke. In the story, include the joke and tell about what happens when the person tells it.
  • Take the point of view of a piece of gum that someone else is chewing. Write the story of your day from the gum's perspective. What does it feel like inside someone's mouth? What do you see, hear, and feel around you?
  • Write a story that uses as many different silly and ridiculous words as you can. Try to make sure every sentence has at least one very silly word.

Funny Story Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary

Students in grades 3-5 are more experienced writers and also have more sophisticated senses of humor. These prompts will help them make use of their newly achieved understandings.

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