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.
Hilarious Text (Lesson 5.2) -- 10 points
Find a text that you believe to be humorous.
Write a paragraph about why the text was comical to you
Comedic Anecdote (Lesson 5.4) --10 points
Think stand-up comedian
Write a brief funny story about something in your life.
Make sure to include an illustration.
Comic Strip or Political Cartoon (Lesson 5.7) --10 points
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.
Attach a paragraph explaining why you created the cartoon the way you did. What message did you want to get across and why?
Write a well-developed analytical paragraph that examines the comic characters/caricatures and explains the author’s purpose.
Poem (Lesson 5.14) -- 10 points
Write a poem with at least 3 hyperboles in it.
Publish it on plain paper with an illustration.
Textual Analysis (Lesson 5.15) -- 100 points
See project guide for more details and rubric
Find a short story or poem that you think is funny
Write an essay in which you analyze the humorous elements that were used.
How do the elements contribute to the humor of the piece?
Comedian Research 10 points
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.
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.
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.
Use a tree map to plan your essay
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
Move into the body of the essay. Use humorous vocabulary words in your analysis.
Each body paragraph should contain a topic sentence, examples from the text and commentary that describes the humor or explains the intended response (effect).
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.
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.
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
Read backward for spelling mistakes
Ensure your essay is in 3rd person
Do you use strong sentences with varied beginnings
Are there any dead words in your work?
Are all of your sentences complete sentences
Read your essay out loud. Do you notice any weird phrasing?
Type your final copy OR write it neatly in black ink.