Visual humour

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Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10

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This resource focuses on how humour is created in images, films and multimodal texts. It includes activities and reading strategies to support the analysis and understanding of the processes of visual humour in texts. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(EN4-2A) effectively uses a widening range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing texts in different media and technologies

(ENLS-5A) recognises and uses visual texts, media and multimedia for a variety of purposes, audiences and contexts

(ENLS-6A) reads and responds to a range of written texts in familiar contexts

(ENLS-7A) uses strategies to obtain meaning from and interpret a range of texts

(ENLS-9A) composes texts for a variety of purposes and audiences

(EN4-5C) thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information, ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts

(ENLS-12C) responds to texts in ways that are imaginative and interpretive

(ENLS-13C) engages critically with texts using personal experiences

(EN5-2A) effectively uses and critically assesses a wide range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing a wide range of texts in different media and technologies

(EN5-5C) thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and increasingly complex ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts in a range of contexts

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACELA1529) Understand how accents, styles of speech and idioms express and create personal and social identities

(ACELA1531) Understand and explain how the text structures and language features of texts become more complex in informative and persuasive texts and identify underlying structures such as taxonomies, cause and effect, and extended metaphors

(ACELA1764) Analyse how point of view is generated in visual texts by means of choices, for example gaze, angle and social distance

(ACELA1542) Understand how rhetorical devices are used to persuade and how different layers of meaning are developed through the use of metaphor, irony and parody

(ACELA1548) Investigate how visual and multimodal texts allude to or draw on other texts or images to enhance and layer meaning

(ACELA1560) Analyse and explain the use of symbols, icons and myth in still and moving images and how these augment meaning

(ACELA1572) Evaluate the impact on audiences of different choices in the representation of still and moving images

(ACELT1630) Identify and evaluate devices that create tone, for example humour, wordplay, innuendo and parody in poetry, humorous prose, drama or visual texts

(ACELT1638) Experiment with the ways that language features, image and sound can be adapted in literary texts, for example the effects of stereotypical characters and settings, the playfulness of humour and pun and the use of hyperlink

(ACELY1724) Compare the text structures and language features of multimodal texts, explaining how they combine to influence audiences

(ACELY1725) Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas

(ACELY1735) Explore and explain the ways authors combine different modes and media in creating texts, and the impact of these choices on the viewer/listener

(ACELY1745) Explore and explain the combinations of language and visual choices that authors make to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts

(ACELY1756) Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues

(ACELT1815) Create literary texts with a sustained ‘voice’, selecting and adapting appropriate text structures, literary devices, language, auditory and visual structures and features for a specific purpose and intended audience

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Visual texts, advertisement, Humour, literary techniques, pun, parody, metaphor
File type:
Centre for Learning Innovation
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Resource ID: a6279906-64c5-44d9-9b7a-01dce0c79eaa