American Lit: The Tone of Satire

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can analyze an author’s use of genre and detail for satirical purposes and explore the impact of ridicule on the perception of a writer’s subject.

Opening Session: Are you familiar with The Onion? If not, let’s visit the website and learn a little about their specific brand of news…

Work Session: Today we’re reading an article called “Girl Moved to Tears by Of Mice and Men Cliffs Notes.” This article is a satire from The Onion, so you can expect it  to be funny. After we read it together, I want you guys to answer the Second Read questions on page 278.

Then, I want you to practice by writing your own satirical piece. Choose your topic, using the ones we saw on The Onion as inspiration, and write a short 2-3 paragraph satirical article in which you practice ridiculing a subject and writing in a humorous way.

Closing Session: VOCAB QUIZ!!! Hahaha you thought I forgot, didn’t you? Well good news, this is our LAST quiz of the semester!!!

Assessment: Informal (book check), Formal (vocab quiz)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding), Product (modified length)

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