AP Lang: Humor Week, Day 3

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

Learning Target: I can analyze how an author uses rhetoric to create humor in an essay.

Opening Session: Satire ala The Simpsons!

Work Session: Today we’re going to be examining a pretty famous text called “A Modest Proposal.” We’re going to listen to an audio recording of the entire essay, which will take about 30 minutes, and then have a little discussion over it.

  • Why would Swift suggest something as outrageous as eating babies?
  • What was actually the problem? Was it hunger? Was it the Irish?
  • What would have been a more reasonable solution?
  • How do you think the public reacted when the essay was published?

After a little discussion, I want you guys to take a stab at your own sort of satire. I would like for you to write your own “modest proposal”. Remember the things that defined the original – your idea needs to be absolutely ludicrous, the problem you’re solving should be something that people perceive as real, but your solution needs to be so outlandish as to make it obvious that it’s not really a problem in the first place. For example, Jonathan Swift saw that other people thought there were “too many Irish,” so he proposed the idea of eating Irish children, which is so ridiculous that it makes it obvious that there is really no problem in the first place. This will be a journal entry, so I’m only looking for 1-2 paragraphs, nothing huge.

Closing Session: Share out! I would love to hear what you’ve written!

Assessment: Formative – Friday Journal Check

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Independent Reading book

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