You will consider the different ways that humor can be used by a writer to criticize people, practices, and institutions that he or she thinks are in need of serious reform. You will read satirists ranging from classical Rome to modern day to examine how wit can be used to make important points about culture.
Close reading of the texts in this unit will help you answer these 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 protestors?
- Roots of Satire
Lesson 1Defining Satire`
Lesson 3Illustrating & Describing A Problem`
Lesson 4Referencing Events`
Lesson 5Juvenalian Satire`
Lesson 6The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse`
Lesson 7Analyzing Cinematic Satire Elements`
Lesson 8Determining The Satirical Nature`
Lesson 9Juvenalian or Horatian approach`
Lesson 10Creating A Response From An Audience`
Lesson 11A Modest Proposal`
Lesson 12Studying Swift's Essay`
Lesson 13Grammatical Principles`
Lesson 14Determining The Purpose Of Swift's Essay`
- Common Targets of Satire
Lesson 15Centuries Of Satirical Strategies`
Lesson 16An Age-Old Target Of Satire`
Lesson 17Presentation Preparation`
Lesson 18Classroom Presentations`
Lesson 19A Popular Way To Voice Criticism`
Lesson 20Experts On Political Satire`
Lesson 21Group Feedback`