1. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
2. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.
3. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
4. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative sources, using advanced searches effectively; avoid plagiarism and follow a standard format for citation.
1. Take notes on literary devices used in humor.
2. Identify those devices in the following works and determine which are satires, parodies, or neither:
"People Who Are Destroying America - Teachers"
"The Fake Grocery Scene" and "Finale" from The Interview
"Lawyers Association Distinguishes Between Satire and Parody"
“Is the Obama Satire Funny”
“A Day Without a Mexican”
"High School Students Demand Wars in Easier-to-Find Countries"
"How to Write About Africa part 1 and part 2"
"Miss Kindergarten America"
"Dating Your Mom"
"Silent But Violent"
"Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby"
"Brain-Dead Teen, Only Capable of Texting and Rolling Eyes, To Be Euthanized"
"A Diversity Bake Sale Backfires on Campus"
Tips for phrasing your explanations:
Pun – One meaning of the word is X; another meaning is Y
Dramatic irony – Readers know X, but the character thinks Y
Situational irony – Readers expect X, but Y happens instead
Verbal irony – sarcasm; person says X, but they really mean Y
Euphemism – person wants to say a harsh thing, but they say a light-hearted thing instead
Hyperbole – something minor or untrue is made to seem major and true
Understatement – something major is made to seem minor/small/simple
Juxtaposition – metaphor/simile; ideas that are opposite from each other
Oxymoron – words that are opposite from each other
3. Research 2 opposing viewpoints of an important societal issue that you want to satirize. On your blog, format your findings as you would an annotated bibliography, writing your findings underneath a full hyperlinked citation. You should have 2 sources refuting your issue, 2 sources supporting your issue, and at least 1 of those sources should include statistics/hard facts. Each of your source summaries should be at least a paragraph. As always, include a creative title and image; categorize it as "Satire"; and do NOT plagiarize.
4. Create a satire (500-words written or 3-minute video) that uses humor to show how ridiculous one viewpoint is. The satire must use some of your research and at least 3 of the literary devices we studied. NOTE: Slapstick and onomatopoeia will not count.
5. Post your satire on your blog along with an explanation answering the following questions: NOTE: Write in full coherent sentences as if the reader doesn't know the questions. Also, your audience should be specific and clearly articulated.
1. Describe the aesthetics of the post (Is it neat or cluttered? Indented correctly? Interesting photo? Visible font? Etc.)
2. On a scale of A to F, how is the grammar/spelling/punctuation?
3. Which part(s) made you smile/laugh/roll on the floor and why? If nothing did, suggest a joke that could have been made.
4. Rate the offensiveness. Is it not offensive at all? Does it cross the boundary a bit too much? Or is it in between?
5. What seems to be the theme/message/serious commentary?
6. Rate the embedded research. Was it integrated well or did it seem out of place? Too much? Too little?
7. How original is this satire? Have you seen similar ideas or is this a unique perspective?
8. How long is it? If it's text, paste into http://www.wordcounter.net/ for number of words. Paste only the satire, not the reflection.
Evaluations must be published by 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. If you finish early, you can jot down the new vocabulary.