A good way to review reported speech for ESL, EFL or ELA students. Activate their previous knowledge of backshifting and pronoun shifting when reporting speech.Also highlights the role of paraphrasing and rewording when reporting speech.
Students compare a joke told directly to a joke reported and note grammatical differences as well as differences in the nature of the joke.
The lesson could be extended with a discussion of how humor works or how the reported or speech can influence the meaning of what he or she is reporting.
One of my individual activities for teaching reported or indirect speech. Buy them all for the discounted price of $9 total at: What Did you Say?: Fun Activities to Teach Reported Speech, a 22 page book of activities and ideas of teaching reported or indirect speech.