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). YOU MAY NOT WRITE A SATIRE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT MHS. Thanks! 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 emphasize 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 pattern) 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. Scoring 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 effectively pushed. 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 incorporated. 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 meaning. 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?