When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning – missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story. Popular authors often include puns as a way to capture and hold a reader’s interest. Students love puns!
A pun is a joke that takes advantage of different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but mean different things.
Puns can be used to help your student become better readers and thinkers. After discussing what a pun is, ask the student to identify the word(s) used in the pun and the original word that was replaced in the pun.
Example: “Freeze a jolly good fellow.” (freeze, for he’s)
The word “freeze” was used instead of “for he’s”.
Note: If your student is working on screen reader tech skills, practice the command to navigate by line by line, pausing to think about each pun. With Puns 2, students can listen to the question and try to answer the question before navigating to the answer. Navigate by characters to see how the important word in the pun is spelled. (Example: The important word in this pun is spelled f-r-e-e-z-e.) Braille readers may find using a refreshable braille display is helpful to figure out the play on words!
If the student is learning to use more advanced keyboard commands, then ask the student to underline, bold or highlight the word(s) in each sentence that creates the pun.
Download Puns document here.
By Diane Brauner
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