What is humor?
(Not all stories will have all these characteristics.)
It is the presence of one or more of the universal characteristics of humor
that make events more likely to be perceived as funny by the observer.
Incongruity (Oxymorons are examples of incongruity or
inconsistency: jumbo shrimp, act natural, working vacation.)
An unexpected future or result
Pleasant surprise (When a reader is mildly surprised or
tricked, it can be perceived as humorous.)
Emotional chaos remembered in tranquility (It wasn’t
funny at the time.)
The reaction to humor may be physiological (laughter),
cognitive (internalization, appreciation), emotional
(gladness), or a combination of these.
literature the same book.
What ais a of students reading circle? All
A literature circle is group
groups in the class will be reading the same genre.
The groups will meet to read and understand sections, to review for
presentations, to discuss the book, to encourage and motivate.
Groups are NOT to enable a student to NOT read the book and just
gather information from others in the group. This helps no one
and will reflect in everyone’s grade!
At the end of the section, groups will work together to prepare and
present a PowerPoint on their book.
The grades for the students will be recorded from the PowerPoint
presentation, student participation in the group exercises, and
various worksheets and assignments given by the teacher.
You MUST read the book in order to achieve passing scores on
Once you choose a book, it is yours. There will be no switching
Only five students per group. Do NOT choose a group simply
because your friends are in it. You will be stuck with this book for
five to six weeks, and you will have to read it; choose a group by
Nobody understands Wallace
Wallace. This reluctant school football
hero has been suspended from the
team for writing an unfavorable book
report of Old Shep, My Pal. But
Wallace won't tell a lie-he hated every
minute of the book! Why does the dog
in every classic novel have to croak at
the end? After refusing to do a rewrite,
his English teacher, who happens to
be directing the school play Old Shep,
My Pal, forces him go to the
rehearsals as punishment. Although
Wallace doesn't change his mind, he
does end up changing the play into a
rock-and-roll rendition, complete with
Rollerblades and a moped!
Moose Flannagan moves with his family
to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison
guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a
special school. But Natalie has autism, and
when she's denied admittance to the
school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins
to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms
Moose's family has used for dealing with
When Moose meets Piper, the cute
daughter of the Warden, he knows right off
she's trouble. But she's also strangely
irresistible. All Moose wants to do is
protect Natalie, live up to his parents'
expectations, and stay out of trouble. But
on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.
Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This
time around it's Trace Middle School in
humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still
the same old routine: table by himself at
lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed
bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him
around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson
mashing his face against the school bus
window that one day, he might never have
seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he
had never seen the running boy, he might
never have met tall, tough, bully-beating
Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice,
he might never have discovered the
burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner
of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never
discovered the owls, he probably would
have missed out on the adventure of a
lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a
Carl Hiaasen reads from Hoot greater purpose in the scope of the
universe. Because if it wasn't for Dana
The Herdmans are the worst kids in
the history of the world. They lie,
steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit
little kids. So no one is prepared
when this outlaw family invades
church one Sunday and decides to
take over the annual Christmas
None of the Herdmans has ever
heard the Christmas story before.
Their interpretation of the tale — the
Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies
and Herod needs a good beating —
has a lot of people up in arms. But it
will make this year's pageant the
most unusual anyone has seen and,
just possibly, the best one ever.