Project: Comedy Writing and Publishing

Teacher: Angela Pugh
School: Airline High School
Location: Bossier City, Louisiana USA
Start Date: 01/30/2009
End Date: 05/08/2009
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

Some students exhibit exceptional creativity. I am looking for mentors with a sense of humor who are patient and willing to help students analyze the elements of humor and improve their ability to write clearly and humorously. This will provide additional opportunities for critiques of their work.

Description:

Students will maintain copies of all correspondence and biweekly checkpoints in a project binder. Every two weeks these binders will be checked for fluency and completion. Students will maintain a portfolio of all creative writings associated with the project. The teacher will evaluate each draft of comic writings. Students will complete a self-evaluation at the conclusion of the project.

Benchmarks:

Students demonstrate knowledge of different types of comedy and are able to analyze the techniques used to create humor. Students employ the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, editing, and publishing) to create a portfolio of writings to include parody, sarcasm, stereotypes, and political satire.

Duration:

14

Grade Level:

10

Content Area:

English/Language Arts; Technology

Student Outcomes:

Students will maintain copies of correspondence and biweekly checkpoints in a project binder. Every two weeks, students will submit these binders to be checked for fluency and timely completion. Students will maintain a portfolio of all comedic writings associated with the project. Portfolios and writings will be shared at the AIM Expo.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

At the end of the project, students will submit a self-evaluation explaining the successes and failures they experienced during this assignment. Students are encouraged to examine the ways in which they were able to set and meet personal goals and the improvement in their writing writing skills.

Teacher Role:

Teacher will provide mentors and students with necessary reading materials and will guide the students in their creative endeavors. The teacher will correspond with mentors regularly to keep them aware of neccessary changes and will act as a facilitator for the project and as a monitor of the quality of student work.

Mentor Role:

The mentors will aid students in establishing and meeting project goals, including meeting deadlines. They will aid the students in the writing process and in understanding the elements of comedy, like sarcasm, stereotyping, parody, and satire. The will also aid students in using critical thinking methods to identify forums through which they might publish their work.