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Humorous Narrative Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Sometimes, the best way to get students writing is to encourage them to be funny. This lesson offers some prompts and topics for students to use when writing humorous narrative essays.

The Benefits of the Humorous Narrative Essay

Do you teach any students who are reluctant writers? Or maybe your students love to write, but you want to help them become braver and more creative about expressing their ideas and opinions fully? One genre you might consider is the humorous narrative essay. Humorous narrative essays are written like stories and are filled with humor; a good humorous narrative essay will keep its readers amused and even laughing. What makes this essay a narrative is that it tells a story, whether about a student's own life or about somebody else. What makes it an essay, however, it that the story includes reflection, structure, and a bigger purpose than only the story. Humorous essays can be challenging for some students to write, even while they are engaging, so it is helpful to start with narrative essay topics that students can understand. This lesson gives you some topics that are likely to get your students going as writers, and get you laughing as their audience!

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