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Humor: A Write It Activity

It’s not easy to be funny! Scholastic helps students inject some comedy into their writing with this six-step writing workshop.


6–8, 9–12

Activity Type

  • Writing Activities

The Write It: Humor activity incorporates interactive tutorials, exercises, publishing opportunities, message boards, and creative ideas to help students transform funny ideas into hilarious stories.

The activity features five main sections:

  • Brainstorm: These four exercises help students tap into their wit and imagination. 
  • Draft: Students learn how to employ the elements of surprise and parody. Plus, they learn how to exploit their most embarrassing moments with help from bestselling humorist David Sedaris!
  • Review: How to offer and receive feedback from others.
  • Revise: Students find four ways to improve their humorous pieces — or how to go back to the drawing board and try a new idea.
  • Polish: How to proof for silly mistakes, such as misspellings or incorrect grammar.


Learning Objectives

  • Students study the genre of humor writing and select mentor texts.
  • Students may use this interactive site to develop a humorous essay.

Susan Cheyney

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