The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Cracking Comedy in 8.3O

Mark Twain said it best when he wrote, 'The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.' Students in 8.3O have been exploring this complex and multifaceted idea, looking closely at how humour plays a fundamental role in making connections between individuals and groups from all walks of life. In the creative writing unit in English, Talk About Funny, students have been studying a range of comedic devices authors use to develop humour. They have been developing range of skills from joke and pun writing, to producing more complex forms of humour such as misdirection and satire.

Not only are students getting the chance to explore a new and challenging form of literature, but they are also having fun through crafting and publishing their own unique comedies. Some memorable stories so far include a man who was in 'deep' trouble when jumping off the 10m diving board, a boy who was in his 'element' in Chemistry class, and a story about a butcher who would 'meat' his soulmate at an Aussie barbeque.

So, if you are feeling a little down and need a lift, keep an eye out for 8.3O's comedy stories that will be published in the Raven next term, because laughter really is the best medicine!

Miss Lisa O'Toole
Year 8.3O Homeroom Teacher