Tag Archive for parody

World Lit: DIY Inferno Friday!

Standard:
  • ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).

Learning Target: I can modernize Dante’s Inferno and create my own version of Hell; I will analyze the source material of the original text and transform it to my own liking.

Activator: Daily video! This is a parody of a song I’m sure you’ve heard, “Let it Go.” Yes, from Frozen! This is the Dante’s Inferno version!

Work Session: Today you guys will be doing a “Make Your Own Inferno” project. Just follow the directions on the packet and have fun, be creative!!

There will be no major writing project for this unit – THIS PACKET IS YOUR MAJOR WRITING GRADE FOR THIS UNIT. In other words, DO THIS FOR AN EASY A.

Closing Session: Trade your packets with a friend and enjoy how sick and twisted your classmates can be!

Assessment: Packets will be graded

Differentiation: Process (student pull out); product (various means of assessment for different DIY Infernos)

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… https://www.theonion.com/

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)

American Lit: Identifying the Elements 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 identify the elements of satire and analyze how a satirist uses humor to develop a position.

Opening Session: Let’s preview what satire is! This is a clip from the Colbert Report from 2014 about the introduction of the Apple Watch.

Work Session: Today we’re reading an article called “Let’s Hear It for the Cheerleaders.” You guys are going to read this article independently and then complete the chart and the quickwrite on page 272. You do NOT need to do the Second Read questions.

After that, we will do the “Determine the meaning of unknown words” section on page 273 together. This is all about using context clues and patterns of word changes to determine the definition of a word you’re unfamiliar with. These are really good skills to have, especially for test taking!

Closing Session: Do the “Check Your Understanding” on page 273 on the sticky note I give you and stick it to the board when you’re done!

Assessment: Informal (Book check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

DIY Inferno Friday

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).

Learning Target: I can modernize Dante’s Inferno and create my own version of Hell; I will analyze the source material of the original text and transform it to my own liking.

Activator: Daily video! This is a parody of a song I’m sure you’ve heard, “Let it Go.” Yes, from Frozen! This is the Dante’s Inferno version!

Work Session: Today I’m out in professional learning, which means I’m trapped in an all-day meeting. While I’m gone, you guys will be working with Mr. Carlson, Ms. Thorpe, and one of our amazing subs to complete a “Make Your Own Inferno” project. Just follow the directions on the packet and have fun, be creative!!

There will be no major writing project for this unit – THIS PACKET IS YOUR MAJOR WRITING GRADE FOR THIS UNIT. In other words, DO THIS FOR AN EASY A.

Closing Session: Trade your packets with a friend and enjoy how sick and twisted your classmates can be!

Assessment: Packets will be graded

Differentiation: Process (student pull out); product (various means of assessment for different DIY Infernos)

Don’t Mock Me For Being Thursday!

This is the only day this week where we’re really gonna have a lot to get through, so I really appreciate you guys buckling down and working your butts off!

Standard: ELA10W2, Subheading 3: The student produces persuasive writing that structures ideas and arguments in a sustained and logical fashion

Learning Target: Students will read a selection from the textbook about King Arthur, and begin writing their own parody or satire.

Activator: Daily video!

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

This is our last selection from the books, and it’s a more modern story, written by Mark Twain. It’s called “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” We read chapter 5, using the partner-pause-card strategy we worked with at the beginning of the semester :)

After reading Chapter 5 (I think that’s enough reading for today, don’t you?) we sat down to work on our own parody writing! Today we’ll be brainstorming ideas, but we may also have time to get started on writing. Here’s the skinny:

  • You’re going to write a short story (minimum 2 paragraphs, maximum 2 pages, unless you’re Breyonna, who writes the size of Texas)
  • This story should star a modern character – someone from Osborne High School, perhaps!
  • This character should travel back in time to Camelot, in King Arthur’s court!
    • What to the Knights of the Round Table think of an OHS student?
    • What does a typical OHS student think of the knights?
    • How to they interact with each other?
  • Remember, a parody is supposed to imitate another author’s style, so when we imitate Mark Twain’s plot, we’re making a parody of his work. If you want to take this into the realm of satire, you should be making some kind of criticism, either of Camelot, or of OHS.

…Sound like a lot? Well don’t freak out, because today is just brainstorming! We’ll write more on Monday 🙂 So we’ll go over brainstorming strategies today, pick our favorite, and roll with it!