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Meera Syal explores how comic effects can be created in writing using exemplification from '1066 and All That' by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. She focuses on timing, pace, rhythm, the rule of three and how through use of these constructions the reader's expectation is inverted.
As a bridge between reading and then writing, students could explore how the constructions described in this clip are used for comic effect in other texts they have read. They could then move on to developing their own moments of comedy in their own writing. This could also be taken beyond the written text to moving image texts.
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