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Lesson 1: Australian Humour Introduction



Time Introduction: Teaching Approaches



 Roll call
 Australian Quiz: As students enter the room they will
take one of the quizzes to complete quietly while they
wait for everyone to arrive.

 Introduction to Australian Humour unit
 Big Idea for the Unit: How does Australian
humour explore and reinforce ideas related to
our culture? What makes Australians laugh?
 Students are presented with the Key
Knowledge and Skills they should have
achieved by the end of the lesson
 Brief explanation of Summative Assessment

 The quiz will enable
students to settle into
the lesson quickly and
acts as a ‘hook’ to
engage them in the new
Australian Humour unit.

 The introduction enables
students to gain an
understanding of what
they are expected to
know, understand and
do by the end of the

Time Main Content Teaching Approaches


 Australian humour mind map activity
 Students will spend 5 minutes individually
constructing a mind map which addresses the
following questions:
1. Who are some famous Australian comedians?
2. What are some examples of humorous
Australian TV shows, movies or
3. What are some words or phrases that are

 The mind map activity
encourages students to
brainstorm their pre-
existing knowledge
about Australian humour
 The pop stick method
will be used to select
students to contribute in
the class discussion to
Key Knowledge and Skills students should achieve in the lesson
• You will develop an understanding about the different types of Australian humour.
• You will be able to identify how a variety of sources integrate components of Australian humour.

Unit/Topic: Australian Humour (Distinctly Australian)

Lesson: 1 and 2 (double lesson)

Lesson Objective: Students will begin to develop an understanding about the different elements of
Australian Humour.

Level: 9 English Pathways




considered to be examples of Aussie humour?
(Only appropriate examples please)
 Students will be selected at random (pop stick
method) to share an idea.

 Introduction to Australia’s distinctive humour
 Students will watch a news report about
Australia’s distinctive style of humour
 Discussion Questions: students will be selected
at random to share a response.
1. What elements of Australian culture were
shown in the clip?
2. How was Australian humour described in
the news report?
3. Which Australian TV, radio or comedy icons
were present in the clip?

 Australian lingo and slang
 Students need to spend 2 minutes individually
writing down some examples of Australian
lingo and slang.
 Working with a partner, students will share
their ideas with one another and compose a list
of their 5 best examples
 Each pair will share an example with the class.

 Introduction to Australian humour and different types
of humour
 Students will be provided with a brief
background about Australian humour
 A list of different types of Australian humour
will be presented to the students.

 Examples of Australian humour
 Dry Humour: Explanation, Don’t be Un-
Australian television advertisements and
response questions.
 Self-Mocking: Explanation, Hamish and Andy
clip and response questions
 Absurd humour: Explanation and questioning
 Black Humour: Explanation, We Can be Heroes
Clip and response questions.
 Irony and Slapstick: Explanation.
 Satire and Parody: Explanation, The Chasers
War on Everything Clip and response questions.
*If time permits
 Australian Humour in The Castle
ensure that everyone
has a chance to

 The news report about
Australian humour has
been used to reinforce
some of the ideas
students suggested
during the mind map
activity and to assist
those students who
were struggling to think
of some examples.

 The Harvard Thinking
Routine; Think, Pair,
Share has been
incorporated here to
ensure that all students
will have some ideas to
contribute in a class

 The students will be
presented with the
information about
different types of
humour in both a
written and visual form.
This strategy will appeal
to the varying learning
profiles that exist in the
 The YouTube clips will
appeal to the interest
levels of students as
contemporary sources
have been used.
 Students will watch a brief scene from The
Castle through twice.
 As they watch the clip they will need to take
notes on the handout they are given in
response to the following three categories:
1. Terminology and language: slang and lingo
2. Self-mockery
3. References to Australian culture

Time Conclusion Teaching Approaches

 Lesson wrap up (reminder of lesson objectives and
what we covered in the lesson.
 Explanation of where we will be heading next lesson
 Quiz Answers and announcement of quiz winner

(Include equipment required for class and/or for teacher preparation)


 Computer and overhead
 White board and white board markers
 Australian Humour PowerPoint
 Australian Quiz
 The Castle response sheet
 Don’t be Un-Australian lamb commercials
 Hamish and Andy: The Chocolate Factory clip
 We Can be Heroes clip
 The Chasers War on Everything Clip
 The Castle clip
 Australians Distinctive Humour News Report
 There will be no assessment in this lesson but students are introduced to their summative
assessment task for the unit.