The element of humor in this strategy is great and necessary! Explaining inference is intimately related to explaining why a joke is funny. If you have to – it stops being funny. Humor, however, is not to be underestimated. The relationship between getting a joke and getting an inferred point in literature is stark, indeed! Think about it. Those who get jokes the first time are your sharpest, most insightful readers – aren’t they? They certainly are in my classes. With this evidential postulate in mind as you go through these lessons, students will learn to infer implicit ideas by examining ironic statements. They’ll also learn to explain why and how irony is present. Finally, they will learn to create ironic statements, completion statements, as well as wholly creative activities!