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March 2014: Using Humor in Your Writing
Do you enjoy humor? Irony is a delightful, often subtle form of humor that is found in many of the most beloved pieces of great literature.
In this lesson, you will see how Jules Verne has used situational irony to introduce an element of humor into his adventure tale, Around the World in Eighty Days.
As you work with the text, you will become familiar with characteristics of irony, and will begin to include them in your own writing.
I hope you’ll enjoy this unit!
Janice Campbell is a writer, conference speaker, and lifelong learner with an abiding love for classic literature. She graduated with honors from Mary Baldwin College (an English major, of course!) and is author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, Get a Jump Start on College, and other resources. She is also Director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (www.NAIWE.com). In every facet of her business life—writing, speaking, and NAIWE—Janice’s goal is to share knowledge and resources that can help ordinary people do extraordinary things. You can find her online at www.Everyday-Education.com and www.Janice-Campbell.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
This course is designed to provide a strong literature-based writing component to your student’s studies. It is worth 1/2 a unit (0.5 academic credit) if done alone.
If you plan to use it as part of a full English unit, you will need to add these items:
• Four or more full-length works of classic literature
• A solid roots-based vocabulary program such as Dynamic Literacy’s Word Build
• An 8-15 page research paper on the topic of your choice (this can be on a history topic, or a study of an author’s life and work, for example)
- Janice Campbell
* Please be informed of your own state’s academic requirements. http://schoolhouseconnect.com/state-homeschool-laws/
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