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Puns in Literature Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are puns and how do they impact meaning? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts about puns. A pun challenge gives students practice with puns.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'pun'
  • explain the purpose of puns
  • decode puns in writing

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1.E

Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others' writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language.*

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.4.A

Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.5

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.5.A

Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

Materials

  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson, one for each student
  • A stopwatch

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