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.
If you missed class last Monday and Tuesday, you missed our introduction to SATIRE. We read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and analyzed it in small groups.
We also looked at the following clips from the Colbert Report in which Stephen Colbert alludes to Swift’s original satire in two different segments of “The Word.”
Colbert also referenced Swift when he was embroiled in a controversy over a satirical comment that was deemed racist. In response to the Twitter uproar (#CancelColbert), Colbert said: “When I saw the tweet without context, I understood how people were offended. The same way I, as an Irish-American, was offended after reading only one line of Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ I mean, ‘eat Irish babies! #CancelSwift’” Trend it!”
Other support documents are available on Oualline’s Classroom Resources Page. This page includes support for crafting thesis statements, organizing body paragraphs, embedding textual evidence, and writing introductory and conclusionparagraphs. It’s great–you should check it out!
Need help with MLA formatting? Check out these instructional videos:
This week, we are diving into prose analysis, one of the key skills that you will need to develop this year in English IV Honors. Each day this week, we will work on honing your analytical skills in order to help you grow as a thoughtful, effective writer. Below you will find links to the PBL packet and Google Slides from class.
Welcome to English IV Honors! I am thrilled to have you in my class this year. I commend you for choosing to challenge yourself in this advanced English course and promise to work diligently to prepare you for the challenges you will face later (much sooner than you realize) in your college-level English courses. I am confident that if you strive each day to contribute your best effort and work to create high quality products, you will find success in this course—and beyond. Your senior year will be filled with excitement and memories and laughter and tears…and probably a bit of stress, but we will get through it together. Who’s ready for the challenge? I am. You are. Let’s do this.
Hello future students! I am looking forward to a great year in English IV Honors, and I hope you are, too!
Your first assignment for English IV Honors is SUMMER READING! I know, I know–you don’t think those two words should go together. However, I think you will really like the memoir selections we picked this year. If you need a new copy, the full instructions can be viewed or downloaded below:
We expect you to:
Select one of the three memoirs.
Read and annotate your selected memoir.
Be prepared for future assessments and assignments.
If you want to get ahead, you may begin working on the reading journal, which will be due the second week of school and will count as 50% of your first AA grade.
If you have any questions about this assignment or about what to expect next year, let me know! I am looking forward to meeting you in August.