Negative versus Positive Humour ***BRAND NEW***

Negative versus Positive Humour ***BRAND NEW***

It is important for any student to understand the difference between the two types of humour - one that hurts and offends, compared to the type that makes you feel good, energised and relaxed, and there are no victims that feel bad. These ten worksheets focus on helping Middle School students identify the difference between the types of humour. The worksheets analyse the Sarcastic Wit, the Nit Wit, and the Clowning Wit. I have found that teaching humour in the classroom is such fun - of course - and it can have relevance to many parts of the curriculum. Answer key included
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How to Tell a Joke ***NEW***

How to Tell a Joke ***NEW***

Telling a joke to a group of people is a real art - and no-one ever teaches us how to do it! These worksheets explore some key aspects of joke telling and they can be great fun in any middle classroom. I suggest setting the ground rules with the class right at the beginning so that any inappropriate material is not used as a joke.... but that never really happened in any of the lessons that I conducted with my students, so hopefully it is a non-issue for your class as well. This pack includes 12 pages of worksheets plus an answer key showing some suggested answers to the questions about jokes. Headings in the pack include: - Defining a joke - Putting on your humor hat - What is the best joke you have ever heard? - Know your audience - Joke types - How to write your own joke - How to deliver a joke I really enjoy working with humor in my classes and I have about a dozen packs of worksheets that worked in my class in my TES store. ******************************************** I'd be really disappointed if anyone is not happy with these packs, so if that's you, please get back to me and your money will be very happily refunded. I'd really like some feedback too, so all comments most welcome.
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How To Interview a School Visitor ***NEW***

How To Interview a School Visitor ***NEW***

From time to time a special visitor comes to the school and your class might be called on to ask them a question. How often is that question very ordinary, may be a bit embarrassing, and sometimes it may not really excite the visitor? I have used these worksheets to prepare my students to come up with some more interesting questions to ask the visitor to the class or the school. My students sometimes also need to visit a local politician or business person as part of a class project, and I use these worksheets to again prepare them for the visit. I find these type of interpersonal communication skills so important for later life and that's why my store is full of activities around public speaking, using humor and interviewing techniques. I hope you find this pack useful to start the topic of interviewing.
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How to Write & Present a Speech **NEW**

How to Write & Present a Speech **NEW**

The ability to construct and confidently present a speech to any audience will always be one of the most sought after skills required in any form of employment. Any student needs to master the skills to speak confidently, and this pack of worksheets will provide every student with some unique insights to how to speak confidently. Topics include: - Developing a hook to involve the audience - Telling a story to engage the audience - Develop a Call to Action to finish off the speech - Tips to gain confidence with public speaking - And the importance of seeking feedback about a speech that was delivered. These topics and more are covered in these 20 plus pages of activities aimed for the Middle School Student
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Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Great Value bundle combining two popular packs focussing on public speaking, the techniques used by others and the process in writing and presenting a speech. Each worksheet in each pack has engaging activities for the Middle School student to start to master one of the most important skills that any adult needs in their private and public lives - no matter what career they pursue. Ove 50 pages of tips, ideas and activities for the student to self-guide their way to speaking mastery. PLUS, a free fun pack is included to check on those speech trip-ups that will get in the way of any good speech. Nothing worse than saying the wrong thing, when you really meant something else. The effect can be catastrophic.
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Pranks, Hoaxes & Scams

Pranks, Hoaxes & Scams

Great fun pack that investigates the types of Pranks, Hoaxes and Scams that are carried out in a variety of circumstances - on the web, in the classroom, in the news and so on. Students identify the differences and get an understanding that this is not a new thing - it all started with Jonathon Swift (Gulliver Travels). These pen and paper worksheets explore this type of humor and discusses the impact it might have on the victim. I really enjoy teaching about humor in the classroom and this is another of my packs that my classes have been working on. I also use the topic to cover off some 'bullying' issues and make sure that all students understand that a prank can often have a negative effect on someone else - and so needs to be avoided. The pack is also great for introducing the topic of email scams and how they can impact people who are not wary. 28 pages including a comprehensive Answer Key I'd be really disappointed if anyone is not happy with these packs, so if that's you, please get back to me and your money will be very happily refunded. I'd really like some feedback too, so all comments most welcome. ************************************************************ Learn more about the author at Malcom Brown
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Sarcasm - Worksheets & Movie **NEW**

Sarcasm - Worksheets & Movie **NEW**

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” - Groucho Marx “The problem with common sense is that most people are morons.” - The Sarcasm Society Sarcasm can be witty, but in the school environment it can be hurting. Teach your students to recognise sarcasm and to be careful with its use. This bundle includes a great introductory Full Quality narrated slidedeck that introduces the topic of sarcasm. The slidedeck includes: - samples from Groucho Marx, - how sarcasm can hurt others, - some samples for students to test their sarcasm detector, and - some examples for sarcastic body language. The bundle also includes a starter pack of humour worksheets centred around the topic of Sarcasm. Topics include: - Irony v Sarcasm - Sarcasm Detector - Sarcasm as Verbal Bullying - Groucho Marx and his form of Sarcasm - Comparing Sarcasm with being Sincere - Plotting types of Sarcasm on the Nasty v Nice scale, and the Funny v not Funny scale ... and more Great fun for the classroom, but this pack also relates to the topic of emotional bullying and how some words that seem funny to others can impact a victim's feelings.
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Fun with Malapropism

Fun with Malapropism

What's a Malaprop? "It is the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect, as in, for example, “dance a flamingo ” (instead of flamenco )." This pack has more than 170 Malaprops that are fun, challenging and great for learning about correct English. Many of the Malaprops include common mistakes that English speakers make. Translating what the speaker was meaning needs some hard thinking in some cases. An answer key is provided at the end.
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Gun Control | Gun Rights **NEWLY UPDATED**

Gun Control | Gun Rights **NEWLY UPDATED**

A challenging topic, but one that needed to be discussed in my class. The worksheets cover both sides of the debate about gun control and the right to bear arms, and students are encouraged to develop their own opinions. The worksheets created a lot of discussion by focussing on the slogans, the statistics and analyzing and rewording the Second Amendment. This pack includes 12 worksheets on different aspects of the topics and like all of my work, approaches the activities from a cross-curriculum point of view. So the activities include graphing tasks, language analysis, interpreting political cartoons and identifying arguments in a debate. There is also an answer key at the end of the pack, with possible responses to all debating points and** mistypes have been corrected in this updated version.**
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Graffiti Activity Pack **NEW**

Graffiti Activity Pack **NEW**

Some great investigative worksheets on the cross-curriculum topic of Graffiti. Here I have used student interest in the topic to explore various cross-curriculum areas such as math, social science, debate, visual arts, and history. I find the cross curriculum nature of these units provide so many learning opportunities. The packs covers the following topics: - Street Artists such as Banksy - School policy on dealing with graffiti - Investigation on graffiti removal products - reading a chart - Experimenting in Street Art - Art v Vandalism arguments - Creating a Tag - History of Graffiti - Graffiti Poetry Response This is NOT a course in Graffiti, but rather a stimulus pack of activities that uses various skills to investigate the topic of Graffiti. Suitable to Middle Schools Students in both interest and ability level. 23 pages in total Answer key included. For more information about the author, go to malcombrown.com.au
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Sarcasm - Yeah Right ***Powerpoint Presentation***

Sarcasm - Yeah Right ***Powerpoint Presentation***

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” - Groucho Marx “The problem with common sense is that most people are morons.” - The Sarcasm Society Sarcasm can be witty, but in the school environment it can be hurting. Teach your students to recognise sarcasm and to be careful with its use. This is a great interactive Powerpoint set of slides that cover the different types of sarcasm that can occur. The slides includes - samples from Groucho Marx, - how sarcasm can hurt others, - a short video of how sarcasm was used in a 'Friends' episode, and - some interactive tests for students to test their sarcasm detector. 41 slides Answer key included 90 minute activity
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Story Telling with Google Earth Placemarks (MAC)

Story Telling with Google Earth Placemarks (MAC)

Create fun storyboards that students then place on to geographic locations on Google Earth. The storyboards can be used to walk through a story showing each step of the plot on Google Earth - using images and descriptions - but they can also be used to create a tour of anything that you can think of. This pack shows students how to create their own simple Tour on Google Earth, by creating a storyboard(Word template included), setting up Placemarks, inserting images and description as well some activities at each location, then recording the tour for others to view. Very motivating. Also includes an assessment Rubric, answer key, 12 worksheets, and a Word document Storyboard template. Note that there are some very minor steps included that apply to Mac users only.
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Clowns and Slapstick

Clowns and Slapstick

A slapstick was originally a harmless paddle composed of two pieces of wood that slapped together to produce a resounding whack when the paddle struck someone. It was soon used by jesters to playfully smack others in a play and soon came to be the descriptor of similar type of physical comedy. Great printables around the theme of Clowns and the comedy method of slapstick. Research how slapstick is created, the principles of clowning and the history of both. These printables are challenging and varied and all centred around the comedy of slapstick. Humour is a great way to engage students in the classroom and this Middle School Resource was great fun in my classes. 15 great worksheets that students can complete on their own, and teachers can use to build on with other activities and interests. 17 pages Duration 1 week
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The School Uniform

The School Uniform

The School Uniform is always a matter of conversation and debate in schools and this thematic unit explores various aspects of the School Uniform discussion. As a thematic unit it covers a variety of topic starters including colour charts, infographics, budgetting, design, debate, SWOT analysis and more. A thematic study is always great for the creative teacher who can use these study starters to explore different directions around a them. The package is attractively presented and provides two pages of teachers notes to assist in further study explorations. My kids thoroughly enjoyed working through the topic - as expected, there was much debate! 25 pages (The pages shown here are samples only) 1 week duration
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