I use this in my AP English Language and Composition to teach the basics of reading and understanding satire.

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Intro to Satire

by Sarah Lorntson

This is a SMART Notebook file that I use to introduce the concepts related to satire and parody. Students will be able to define satire and parody, identify common devices of these writing forms, and analyze the purpose behind satirical works. This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.
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Poverty Simulation Game

by Sarah Lorntson

This game is used to introduce students to the concepts behind Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal." Students will be randomly assigned to different social classes; then they will learn what it was like for poor Irish tenants who paid much of their wages to absentee landlords. This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.
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"A Modest Proposal" Notes

by Sarah Lorntson

The following notes help students contextualize Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal." They give background information and summary of each section of the essay. This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.
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"A Modest Proposal" Quiz

by Sarah Lorntson

This is a very difficult AP exam-type quiz about the reading. I allow the students to use their textbook and I also use the AP-style of grading so as not to punish kids so severely for wrong answers. This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.
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This is a SMART Notebook file to accompany the satirical essay "Now I Know How Much Better China Is!" The essay compares and contrasts China with the US, and although the speaker seems to favor China, the odd evidence points at the satire. This lesson brings students through a literal interpretation, and then a deeper understanding of the author's true message and purpose. This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.
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Use the 2006 AP English Language Exam prompt: William Hazlitt's "On the Want of Money" to assess students' understanding of satirical devices. I assign the prompt in class, in a timed environment to simulate the AP test. An additional prompt can be the 2005 exam question about "The Onion." This prompt asks students to analyze a fake advertisement for shoe inserts. This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.
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The Hazlitt prompt "On the Want of Money" from the 2006 AP exam is a perfect compliment to the satire unit. I time the students in class to simulate an AP testing experience. The satirical essay examines the "horrible" effects that middle-class life has upon people. This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.
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