Lesson Plan

Deeper Meanings

Do your students understand the deeper meaning or humor behind a play on words? In this lesson, students will learn how to interpret the meaning of oxymorons and puns, identify key words, and explain the meanings!
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify nuances in word and phrase meanings when reading puns and oxymorons.
  • Students will be able to explain the meanings of puns and oxymorons.


(5 minutes)
  • Post sticky notes on whiteboard in a random order.
  • Invite the students to look at the words and decide which words are similar. Have students come up to the board and take off sticky notes that match, placing them on a separate area of the board.
  • Ask the students to share examples of how each word can be used.
  • Tell the students that just like these words, sometimes words or phrases have a deeper meaning. Tell the students that today we’re going to analyze oxymorons and puns and find the deeper meaning.