Lesson Plan

Humour on Television - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 3 and 4

Author: This unit was created by Peter Oakes as part of a Media Education course taught by John Pungente at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, 1993.


In this lesson, students compare humour on television to humour in their own lives. In small groups, students will tape humorous television programs and discuss the elements that make these shows funny and entertaining. Students will compare and contrast these programs to their own families and lives and discuss what might happen if these were real, and not fictional situations. As a final activity, students will storyboard and develop their own productions.


Students will 

  • compare the reality of television humour with humour in their own lives
  • view television humour as a construction with specific purposes
  • understand that each member of the audience brings a different meaning to the term “humour”
  • engage in co-operative activities

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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