Social Stories for Telling Jokes

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Learning about appropriate ways to tell jokes is an important social skill for students to develop. This lesson offers social stories that help students understand the nuances and emotions involved in joke-telling.

Telling a Good Joke

If you're trying to help your students socialize with others, then you probably spend some time thinking about the use of humor. One great way children can connect with each other is through a joke. When students tell jokes, they show that they understand common cultural referents and the importance of being able to share laughter within a community. At the same time, when it comes to telling jokes, students need to understand appropriate behavior, timing, and language. One way to help students with joke-telling is to provide them with social stories, or explicit anecdotes told from a child's point of view, and dealing with the feelings and behaviors relevant to the skill you're trying to teach.

How to Tell a Joke

Sometimes, when I'm spending time with my friends, I think of something really funny I want to tell them. This might be something I thought of by myself, or it might be something funny that I heard someone else say and want to repeat. I think it will make my friends smile and laugh. Things like this are called jokes.

When I tell a joke, I feel excited, but also a little shy. It's important to make sure everyone is listening when I'm telling a joke. I can say, ''Want to hear a joke?'' That will help people know what I'm about to do.

When I tell a joke, I should speak in a loud, clear voice. I should take my time saying what I need to say. I should make eye contact with my audience and use expression in my voice. Sometimes, it makes the joke funnier if I pause a little bit before saying the last line. The last line of a joke is usually called a punchline!

After I tell a joke, my friends might laugh. I need to remember that they are not laughing at me, they are laughing at the good joke I told! It's fun to laugh along with them. It feels good when I can make my friends laugh by telling them a funny joke.

Telling Appropriate Jokes

My friends and I like to tell jokes together. When we tell jokes, we all laugh and have a good time together. Telling jokes is a great way to enjoy each other's company!

When I tell jokes, it's important to keep them appropriate. An appropriate joke is a funny joke that does not hurt somebody's feelings. When we tell appropriate jokes, we do not laugh at other people; we laugh with other people at the funny part of the joke.

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