Schedule for the Memoir Project (and Choice Memoir):
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.
Broadcast News Segment:
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.
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!”
Moving forward, we will be studying satire in a variety of genres and we prepare for crafting our own original modest proposals.
Over the next three weeks, you will be exploring the poetry of the Romantics. Click HERE for complete instructions and the project rubric.
1. Select a TOPIC or POET to be the focus of your anthology:
2. Select ONE long poem and TWO short poems from the list for your chosen topic/poet.
3. Complete a FRACTIONS analysis for your three poems.
4. Create an AP-style Poetry Analysis PROMPT and RUBRIC for one of your poems (or a pair of poems for a comparison prompt).
5. Write a RESPONSE to your prompt in a timed setting and score your own essay using the rubric.
6. Create a ONE-PAGER for one of your poems.
7. Write an ORIGINAL POEM related to the topic you chose or inspired by the poet you chose as the focus for your anthology.
8. ASSEMBLE the components of your anthology.
Throughout this unit, you will read, analyze, and adapt one Shakespearean Comedy. Click HERE for a digital copy of the instructions.
The five play selections in this unit are:
I do have a class set of print copies for use during class time, but if you need to access the plays outside of class, they are available from the Folger Shakespeare Library (http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/).
Be sure to ANALYZE your comedy with your group.
Script Adaptation Example (Remember that you are not adapting one scene–you are adapting the primary plot as a One Act Play)
As you begin writing your research paper, be sure to use the Thesis and Outline Planning page that you received in class. This will be checked for completion as part of your process grade.
The RUBRIC for your research paper can help guide you through the drafting process. Be sure to reference the rubric to make sure your paper meets the expectations for the assignment.
Here are the IMPORTANT DUE DATES:
*Please note that we have decided to give you the Christmas Break to finish the final draft so that you have time, if needed, to give your best work. However, you are welcomed and encouraged to submit your final draft BEFORE you leave for the break.
Peer Review Questions:
As you begin your research, you will be gathering sources and then citing and annotating those sources. All of your sources, along with their annotations, will be compiled in an Annotated Bibliography .
You will need to locate ten sources:
Once you have located and printed sources, you need to begin annotating. This process involves:
The next step will be to create an Annotated Bibliography. Here is an overview of the formatting for an Annotated Bibliography (full example here):
To set a hanging indention, you will need to adjust the ruler in your document:
For new paragraphs within the same annotation/source, you will need to adjust the indention setting accordingly:
When citing your sources, remember to use The Owl (link above in “Helpful Resources”) and the container concept for the 8th edition of MLA: