Project Instructions

It’s time to try your hand at creating satire! Think wicked thoughts to make a ‘modest’ proposal to fix a vice in our society, much like Jonathan Swift did in his ‘proposal.’ While your problem should be a serious issue, your solution, obviously, should be satirical. Your objective is to draw attention to an important social issue while proposing a ludicrous solution. The contrast of the problem and solution should make the need for reform evident.

The key to success in creating good satire is to use your own style, sense of humor, and opinions to create an informed and humorous piece that also advocates a mock “solution” to the social issue in order to call attention to the issue. In response to a current concern or issue, write or produce your own “modest proposal” for publication or production. You may present your satire in a number of ways.

Project Rubric:


Model Texts:

News Article:

Political Cartoons:

Broadcast News Segment:

Original Song:

Comedic Sketch:

Children’s Book: Dr. Seuss, The Butter Battle

Essay: “A Modest Proposal”

And finally, here is a real-world example related to our discussion about using common sense with the satirical choices you make.