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Satire in Fiction – Grade 12 Elements of Satire Attachment A Name: _________________________________ Satire is a literary device that uses irony or wit usually in a humorous way, to comment on or criticize a person, group or event. Usually the intention of satiric writing is to force a change in behavior or to sway public opinion. Satire includes these forms of humor: Parody is the simple imitation of a style—for example, comedians who imitate politicians’ voices or gestures simply parody that person. Caricature often exaggerates a person’s peculiar features or style. If a public figure has a lot of hair, for example, a caricature of that person might show him with a huge lion’s mane on top of his head in place of his hair. Satire often involves elements of both parody and caricature, but it is usually more complex than either of them. While satire intends to be humorous, its ultimate goal is usually a serious one. Satire has been used to call attention to dangerous living conditions, hypocritical public figures and business leaders’ illegal actions. A good satire makes its audience laugh and causes them to reconsider an issue. **ironictimes.com or the onion.com Analyzing Satire 1. Whom or what is the piece making fun of? 2. As the audience, are we being asked to reconsider the way we think about anything? If so, what? 3. In what specific ways does it mock its subject? 1 Satire in Fiction – Grade 12 Organizing your Satire Attachment B Name: _________________________________ Person or Place 4. Who or what is the target of your satire? 5. What is it about your subject that you would like people to reconsider? 6. Who is your audience? 7. What type of satire would be most effective for your audience (a story, a poem, a comic, a cartoon, a video, music)? 8. What kinds of things might you be able to parody or caricature to mock your subject? 9. How would these things look or sound in the medium you chose? 10. Use the back of this sheet to outline your satire. Be sure to include a synopsis of your plot. 2 Satire in Fiction – Grade 12 Attachment C Satire Rubric CATEGORY 4 3 2 1 Content Covers topic in-depth Includes essential Includes essential Content is minimal OR with details and knowledge about the information about the there are several factual examples. Excellent topic. Subject knowledge topic but there are factual errors. No attempt at subject knowledge. Satire appears to be good. errors. Satire is planned satire. is well thought out and is Satire seems well thought but awkward in places. effective. out, and it works fairly well. Mechanics and No misspellings or Three or fewer Four misspellings and/or More than 4 errors in writing style grammatical errors. misspellings and/or grammatical errors. spelling or grammar. Effective word choice mechanical errors. Word Some good word choice, Ineffective writing style (for written and clear writing. choice is good, and but writing is mostly and poor word choice project) writing is mostly clear. bland. throughout. Presentation Makes excellent use of Makes good use of font, Makes use of font, color, Use of font, color, (for multimedia font, color, graphics, color, graphics, layout, graphics, layout, effects, graphics, layout, effects layout, effects, etc. to effects, etc. to enhance etc. but occasionally etc. but these often project) enhance the presentation. the presentation. these detract from the distract from the presentation content. presentation content. Originality Product shows a large Product shows some Uses other people's ideas Shows little or no amount of original original thought. Work (giving them credit), but evidence of original thought. Ideas are shows new ideas and there is some evidence of thought or creative and inventive. insights. original thinking. documentation. Crazy Use of wordplay Use of one word with dual meaning You will work in groups of two As a pair, you decide who takes the modern day pamphlet and the historical pamphlet. As a pair, you will plan an essay on a topic you know will elicit a response from your peers. Choose your topic and begin. You will have to conduct research and consider how the modern day topic connects to some historical event or movement that is similar in some way. Decide on a topic that you feel passionately about, then research what issues in history relate to the current issue as a starting point. For example, famine or economic crisis that Swift satirized can be a topic that is relevant to today. You can get ideas for your pamphlet by researching and making connections. Your finished product must fit on one piece of paper. You can decide to create a tri-fold or bi- fold pamphlet. You may use font and graphics that enable you to effectively make your point. If you need more room, use smaller font. Do not resort to large font to take up space. If you are attempting to waste space, then you have no argument. You may want to use the problem-solution format that we used in class to get started. 3 Satire in Fiction – Grade 12 Use the denotative and connotative word list to help guide your attempts at “word play” and come up with at least one word to “play” with your readers. You will receive a project grade for this. We will vote on one or two per class period (your choice) and we will “publish” that pamphlet and see if your satire invites debate from students outside of class enough to get them to engage in a pamphlet war. Of the two periods, the pamphlet (group) that gets the most responses in the pamphlet war… 4 Satire in Fiction – Grade 12 Possible topics Airport Security Immigration NEW PRODUCTS No Gas, No Problem! Here's the first truly all-electric car, and it's a ragtop to boot! Never stop at a gas station again, except to use the pay phone to call your jealous pals, still probably tooling around town in their fossil- fueled dinosaurs. Under $1000 (pending government crash-test results). MISCELLANEOUS Archaeologists Find Cache of Bronze Age Weapons in England Justifying Roman invasion of 43 AD. PEOPLE SCIENCE Royal Family CERN Scientists: Proof of Extra Takes in Latest Dimensions Possible Next Year 3-D Film Advise holding off buying that 3-D TV. “The zombies appear to be New Marine jumping right Species into your lap,” says Prince Philip. Discovered in BUSINESS Deepest Ocean Depths Corporate Profits Highest on Disgusting Record Last Quarter creatures have been lurking miles CEOs modestly share credit with their beneath surface, just waiting to take “hardworking employees” back in China. over. Dubai Real Estate Market Collapses “Do Buy Dubai” campaign a bust. Irish Banks' Ratings HEALTH / MEDICINE Downgraded by S&P Monkeys Whose Mothers Ate High From “Blarney” to “Malarkey.” Fat Diets More Stressed 5 Satire in Fiction – Grade 12 Even worse when their fathers drank, CONSUMER NEWS smoked. Lead Found in 1 in 6 Hospital Patients Harmed by Children's Medical Care Drinking Glasses About the same odds as Russian Parents urged to Roulette. return them if Study: Alcohol More Dangerous Than their kids start Heroin, Cocaine acting a little goofy. Despite industry's “Drink Responsibly” campaign. ENHANCED AIRPORT SECURITY BOON TO SMALLER CARRIERS Shown: passengers wait to board flight on Naked Air, which does not use scanners. WORLD NEWS U.S., South Korea Begin War Games Promising “fun for all.” Taliban Leader in Talks With Afghan Government Turns Out to Be Imposter Millions paid to someone named Curveball. Report: Global Poverty Doubled in Era of Trade Liberalization Reflecting high cost of “free” markets. ALSO IN THE NEWS . . . DHS to End Color- Coded Terror Alert System Reverting to simpler system of “All Clear” or “Duck and Cover.” The U. S. now has the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of any major country on earth because: 6 Satire in Fiction – Grade 12 A ) The top 1 percent of income earners make more than the bottom 50 percent. B ) 80 percent of all new income earned from 1980 to 2005 has gone to the top 1 percent. C ) The top 1 percent now owns more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. D ) The top 1 percent now owns more members of congress, supreme court justices, judges, governors, state legislators, tv networks and newspapers than the bottom 99 percent. Hint: everyone passes this quiz. 7
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