• Overview

Fictional texts take reality and wrap it in extraordinary circumstances. Incorporating fictional text in all classes allows science teachers to encourage students to think "What if" or math teachers to discuss the probability of events or history teachers to critique the interpretation presented. Comedic texts allow creative thinkers to hyperbolize, question reality, and think about the role of the anti-hero. Allowing them to pick their own comedy to read but building reading groups around key elements of the genre, students not only exercise creative thinking skills, but they also build their capacity to draw connections between similar texts. 


  • CCSS Alignment (Fiction)  RL 8.1 – 8.9


Places to Get Published 



Reading Bookmarks




Great Comedic Texts



A Caricature; The Absurd; A Farce; A Parody;  An Ironic Piece; Anecdotes; Banter; Catch Tale; Dark Comedy

Core Conflicts

Character vs. Self  & Character vs. Society

Writing Techniques

Hyperbole; Juxtaposition; Irony; Illusions; Incongruity; Harmony; Balance; Dissonance; Analogies; Timing; Repetition; Rhythm

Typical Characters

Blocking Character; Impostor;  Buffoon; Lovable Loser; Meddling or Nosy Neighbor; The Charmer; Flawed Side-Kick; The Neurotic; The Materialistic One;  Trickster;  Fool; Straight Man; Storyteller

Plot Types

The Underdog Hero; Metamorphosis; Universal/common Foibles; The Wise Fool; Impossible Becomes Possible; Guardians of Social Order; A Vision of Society in Which Man would Like to Live; The Durability of the Ordinary Person


 Objectives - Student will Create and/or Evaluate:


1. Outsiders who question reality

2. Conflict between character & society

3. Characters that mirror social conflict

4. Characters who are stronger than expected

5. Believable anti-heroes/fools

6. Character flaws linked to lovable traits

7. Outcast characters that find a home

8. Self-deprecating characters

9. Imaginary worlds that relate to real life

10. Anecdotal scenes that magnify/make fun of reality

11. Satiric/exaggerated scenes

12. Made-up/alternative words to visualize scenes

13. Irony with absurd/juxtapose scenes

14. Rhythm/cadence through tools like alliteration

15. A climax that creates change in the society

16. Untrustworthy characters that complicate the plot

17. Magical/fantasy elements that follow rules