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8th Grade Comedy Profile

You are trying to land a job as a comedian. In order to convince the board of comedy to hire you, you must have a portfolio showcasing a wide variety of your talent. All of the following are components are necessary in your comedy profile.


  1. Hilarious Text (Lesson 5.2) -- 10 points

    1. Find a text that you believe to be humorous.

    2. Write a paragraph about why the text was comical to you

  2. Comedic Anecdote (Lesson 5.4) --10 points

    1. Think stand-up comedian

    2. Write a brief funny story about something in your life.

    3. Make sure to include an illustration.

  3. Comic Strip or Political Cartoon (Lesson 5.7) --10 points

    1. Publish your comic strip/or political cartoon. It should be colorful and well thought out. Be sure to include characters, plot, theme, and strong visual images.

    2. Attach a paragraph explaining why you created the cartoon the way you did. What message did you want to get across and why?

  4. Caricature (Lesson 5.10) -- 10 points

    1. Find an appropriate caricature for a celebrity, or musician.

    2. Write a well-developed analytical paragraph that examines the comic characters/caricatures and explains the author’s purpose.

  5. Poem (Lesson 5.14) -- 10 points

    1. Write a poem with at least 3 hyperboles in it.

    2. Publish it on plain paper with an illustration.

  6. Textual Analysis (Lesson 5.15) -- 100 points

    1. See project guide for more details and rubric

    2. Find a short story or poem that you think is funny


    3. Write an essay in which you analyze the humorous elements that were used.

    4. How do the elements contribute to the humor of the piece?

  7. Comedian Research 10 points

    1. Research what different types of jobs a comedian can have. Look at elements like their lifestyle, and how much they get paid, where can they work, why they become a comedian.

    2. Write a page reflection on the life of a comedian. With the knowledge you have of comedians, thanks to the research you have done, why DO you want to become a comedian? Support your response using the research.

Your profile should be neatly presented with illustrations.


Analysis of a Humorous text
You are to write a critical analysis of a humorous text of your choice. You are to explain how the author uses humor to communicate a universal truth, and evaluate his or her effectiveness.
Steps

Prewriting

  1. As you read, annotate the text. Notice the author’s use of humor, identify the level(s) of comedy and at least two elements of humor. Make connections, and analyze important passages. Note the intended comedic effect on the reader.

  2. Use a tree map to plan your essay


Drafting

  1. Introduction--begin with a hook and then provide some general background information about the story (a brief overview of the characters and plot). Finally craft a thesis statement that clearly identifies the level of comedy and the elements of humor in the text
  2. Move into the body of the essay. Use humorous vocabulary words in your analysis.


    1. Each body paragraph should contain a topic sentence, examples from the text and commentary that describes the humor or explains the intended response (effect).

    2. First Body Paragraph: Write a topic sentence that identifies the levels of comedy and states how humor is created in the story. Provide examples from the text to support the topic sentence and explain the effect of the text and/or reader.

    3. Additional body paragraphs: Write a topic sentence that identifies how an element of humor functions in the story. Provide examples form the text to support the topic sentence and explain the effect of that element on the text and/or reader.

  3. Finish your draft with a conclusion that discusses the universal truth revealed throughout the text and evaluates the effectiveness of the author’s use of humor to communicate this truth.


Edit and Revise

  1. Edit

    1. Read backward for spelling mistakes

    2. Ensure your essay is in 3rd person

    3. Do you use strong sentences with varied beginnings

    4. Are there any dead words in your work?

    5. Are all of your sentences complete sentences

    6. Read your essay out loud. Do you notice any weird phrasing?

  2. Publish!

    1. Type your final copy OR write it neatly in black ink.



Rubric

Exemplary (19-20 points)


Proficient (17-18 points)

Emerging (15-16 points)

Ideas

The essay insightfully:

~Identifies and analyzes two or more elements of humor used in the text

~Uses detail form the text to support the analysis

~Uses humorous vocabulary to discuss humor

~Identifies and explains the level(s) of comedy represented in the text

~Evaluates the author’s effectiveness in communicating a universal truth through humor



The essay accurately:

~Identifies and analyzes two or more elements of humor used in the text

~Uses detail form the text to support the analysis

~Uses humorous vocabulary to discuss humor

~Identifies and explains the level(s) of comedy represented in the text

evaluates the author’s effectiveness in communicating a universal truth through humor



The essay:

~Identifies one element of humor used in the text

~Does not uses detail form the text to support the analysis

~Uses common vocabulary

~Insufficiently or inaccurately identifies and explains the level(s) of comedy represented in the text

~Insufficiently or inaccurately evaluates the author’s effectiveness in communicating a universal truth through humor



Organization

The multi-paragraph essay is logically organized to enhance the reader’s understanding.

It includes and innovative introduction with an insightful hook, relevant and concise background information, and a strong thesis; well-developed body paragraphs; and a perceptive conclusion.


This multi-paragraph essay is organized. It includes and introduction with a hook, relevant background information and a clear thesis; detailed body paragraphs and a conclusion

Organization is attempted, but key components are lacking.

Conventions

Writing is virtually error-free.

Writing is generally error free.

Writing contains errors that distract from the meaning.

Evidence of Writing Process

There is extensive evidence that the essay reflects various stages of the writing process.

There is evidence that the essay reflects stages of the writing process.

There is little or no evidence that the essay has undergone stages of the writing process.

Annotated Text

There is evidence of a thoughtfully and well annotated humorous story.

There are some annotations on the short story.

There are few annotations to the short story.






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