Identifying Concrete Details & Examples

Identifying Concrete Details & Examples

Specific Examples


With a partner, talk about your homework, specifically sharing your answers to the questions posed.

  • What exactly is Juvenal criticizing?
  • Are there any lines that summarize his point?
  • What specific examples does he give to prove his point?

Once you finish discussing your answers, decide on the specific example that you found to be most interesting. Share it with the rest of the class.

Juvenalian Examples

Work Time

With your classmates, take a look at the examples everyone has selected. As you take turns reading your examples aloud and talking about them, take notes and think about the following questions.

  • Which examples are the most entertaining? How do concrete details play a part?
  • Which are the harshest?
  • Are there any that are disturbing or that go too far?
  • Why make criticisms this way, in a satirical format?

Open Notebook

Concrete Details

Work Time

In groups of three, look at lines 6–14 of “Try Setting a Good Example” (“Nor can his relatives expect” to “the highest standard of cuisine.”) and discuss these questions.

  • What are the concrete details that make this passage come alive?
  • How do they help you believe Juvenal knows what he’s talking about?

Then, discuss these questions with your classmates.

  • What was your favorite concrete detail that Juvenal shared?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how strongly do you think he felt about how parents deal with their kids?
  • Do you know any adults as angry as Juvenal about this topic?

Unit Accomplishments and Guiding Questions


Review the Unit Accomplishments and ask your teacher any questions you have about them:

  • Research an aspect of modern life that you would like to lampoon.
  • Read from satirists across history to absorb the style and forms of humor and institutions satirized.
  • Write your own satire, drawing on techniques of famous satirists to criticize your target.

Then review the unit’s Guiding Questions:

  • What is satire, and when is it too harsh?
  • How can humor and irony make you more persuasive?
  • What do you think is funny? How far would you go to satirize it?
  • Who gets more reaction—satirists or protesters?