Resource Roundup: Mentors for Teaching Satire & Humor Writing

When people ask me if I’m excited for summer, I sound my barbaric yawp over the schoolhouses of the world–but not for the reasons most suspect.

Don’t get me wrong: I love waking up to my own internal clock and sipping on my coffee slowly. I love having time to wade through all the house projects that fell on the back burner during the school year. I love talking extra long walks with my dog and watching him chase butterflies. I love swimming in the chilly lake waters of Maine as my husband fires up the grill.

But at the risk of sounding like a total teacher’s pet, I’m going to tell you one of the reasons I really love summer:

Summer provides ample time to reflect on my teaching practice, curate new resources, develop curriculum, and read all of those books stacked next to my bed.

This summer, as Rebekah and I take a little break from the blog to work on other teaching-related projects, we are offering a resource roundup: sundry resources and reblogs that we hope will sustain a summer’s worth of reflection, rejuvenation, and revelation for you!

This week’s Resource Roundup offers 5 mentor texts for teaching a satire and humor writing workshop. All of the articles were curated by students.

“Dad Delivers State Of The Union Rebuttal Directly Into Television Screen.” The Onion. Onion Inc. 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 30 May 2014.

“Man Hoping People Notice How Many Folding Chairs He’s Carrying At Once.” The Onion. Onion Inc. 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 30 May 2014.

“Mom Packs Encouraging Note In Own Lunch.” The Onion. Onion Inc. 28 Apr. 2014. Web. 30 May 2014.

“New App Matches You With Others In Vicinity Who Wasted $2.99 On Same App.” The Onion. Onion Inc. 17 Apr. 2014. Web. 30 May 2014.

“Obama Spends Another Night Searching Behind White House Paintings For Safes.” The Onion. Onion Inc.  22 Apr.  2014 Web. 30 May 2014.

– Allison

Do you teach humor writing or satire? If so, which texts do you use to support student writing? Feel free to leave a comment or find us on Twitter @allisonmarchett @rebekahodell1

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