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Friday Funnies

My sixth grade reading students look forward to “Friday Funnies.” Each day of the week I take the news paper and clip out comic strips (usually four or five only) that illustrate aspects of language use. I use an overhead projector to display them for the class. Often they provide excellent examples of puns, double entrendre, or simply quality writing. They’re also an excellent, brief vehicle for cultural education. In addition, by asking “do you get this?” I am able to see where I need to structure lessons in critical reading.


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