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					                                     Satire Assignment
                                  Honors British Literature
                                  Due: November 15, 2008
                            (Rough Draft Due: November 13, 2008)

The Task:
You are going to create a satire in which you examine some aspect of social institutions,
government (or government institutions), or human behavior that you firmly believe needs to
improve significantly.

Your satire must have a specific focus, and must follow the steps of satire discussed in class, and
must attempt to incorporate the elements of satire.

Your subject must be topical, meaning that the topic is something that your classmates would
recognized (*although, in accordance with the elements of satire, your actual subject will be
disguised or cloaked in some way).


Assignment Specifics:
    Your satire must be a minimum of 2 pages in length (double-spaced), and may not exceed
      5 pages.
    You must follow the four steps to creating a satire (as discussed in class).
    Your satire must be a narrative (story).
    Your satire must include the following:
          o A specific metaphor used to “disguise” the subject.
          o Hyperbole and litote to accentuate the aspects of the issue that you wish to
          o A clear contrast to the point that is targeted so that we may recognize the
             shortcomings or virtues that you wish to stress
          o Clear organization and presentation of “facts” that are designed to appeal to the
             reader’s sense of logic and order
          o Language or examples that compel the reader to take notice, but simultaneously
             does not offend
    Your satire must also…
          o Incorporate sentence patterns 1, 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2 (at least 1 example of each
          o Be consistent in tone/voice
          o Be of sufficient length to adequately address the topic you have selected.
    You must complete the brief outline attached.

See reverse side for the rubric.
                          9-8                    7-6                  5-4                   3-2                     1
    Outline        Outline is fully                            Outline is at least                         Outline is less
                   completed (9)                               half complete (but                          than half
                                                               not fully                                   complete (1)
                                                               complete) (5)
  Four Steps       All 4 steps are        The 4 steps are      The 4 steps are       The 4 steps are       There is no clear
                   fully followed,        followed, but lack   followed, but         not completely        sense that any of
                   including the set-     some polish (any     there is a lack of    incorporated, or it   the four steps are
                   up, exaggeration,      one of the four      consistency in the    is evident that       used.
                   satiric irony is       steps).              use of each step.     pieces are missing
                   used, and the                                                     from the steps.
                   relative edge is
  Elements of      The elements of        The elements are     The elements are      More than 1 of        More than half of
     Satire        metaphor,              all incorporated,    all incorporated,     the elements are      the elements are
                   hyperbole, litote,     however, they all    though many of        not incorporated      missing from the
                   satiric irony,         may not be           them are              into the narrative,   narrative.
                   “facts,”               effectively used.    awkwardly             or they are very
                   organization, and                           integrated into       poorly
                   consistent voice                            the narrative.        incorporated.
                   are all effectively
Effectiveness of   Very effective!        Nicely done! It is   Good effort! It       The general idea      It is very unclear
     Satire        It is clear what       clear what the       seems pretty          is clear, but the     as to what the
                   the actual issue,      actual issue is,     clear what the        actual subject        actual subject of
                   is, and the point is   and the point is     main point is,        may be too vague      the narrative is.
                   made clearly,          made clearly,        thought the           or obscured, OR
                   without offense        without offense,     narrative may be      the narrative has
                   or too weak or         though some          too weak or too       an offensive tone.
                   aggressive of an       refinement would     aggressive, but
                   argument.              polish the           does not offend.
                                          narrative well.
  Tone/Voice       Excellent              A clear effort is    There is an           Some words and        No clear attempt
                   construction of        made to develop      attempt to use        sentences are an      to use word
                   voice/tone             voice/tone           word choice and       apparent effort       choice or
                   through word           through word         sentence              to create             sentence
                   choice and             choice and           structure to          tone/word choice,     structure to
                   sentence               sentence             develop               but there is little   develop
                   structure. Very        structure. Mostly    tone/voice, but it    consistency.          voice/tone.
                   consistent.            consistent.          is inconsistent.
  Word Choice      Precise and well       Words are            Word choice is        Word choice is        Word choice is
                   selected.              generally precise,   adequate, but         vague, though an      vague and lacks
                                          though a few may     lacks consistent      occasional word is    any real clarity of
                                          be slightly off      precision.            very precise.         meaning.
                                          with regards to
Sentence Fluency   Excellent use of       Consistent use of    Most sentences        Few sentences         Sentence
                   the patterns to        varied sentence      are varied, but       are varied in         structures are
                   keep prose             structure and        the same              structure.            bland and lack any
                   engaging.              incorporation of     structures are                              variation.
                                          patterns to help     used repeatedly
                                          keep prose           (e.g. many simple
                                          engaging.            sentences).
   Grammar         No mistakes!!!        1-2 mistakes that    3-4 mistakes that     5-6 mistakes that     7+ mistakes that
                                          disrupt meaning.     disrupt meaning.      disrupt meaning.      disrupt meaning.
                                                    Satire Outline
           [Must be fully completed and attached to the satire for full credit on “Outline” section of the rubric.]

I) Topic: The topic of this satire is….

II) The Set-up: Explain your method to “set up” the target in this satire.

III) Exaggeration: Explain your efforts to exaggerate or distort your target.

IV) Irony: Explain how you have attempted to include irony/satiric irony in your narrative.

V) “Hook”: Explain how you have attempted to “wake up” or “hook” the audience without
overstepping the line, thereby creating offense.

VI) Sentence Patterns
       Indicate on your narrative your created patterns (1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 2). Yes, actually mark
them on your paper.

VII) Other: Is there anything that you think the reader should know or understand in order to
really understand your satire OR is there anything that you attempted to create, but think may
require some explanation?