Honors 11: Satire Unit Intro

We began today defining satire and discussing/taking notes on the satire spectrum (Horatian Satire to Juvenalian Satire). We used this onion article and accompanying questions to further our conversation.

We also discussed the difference between burlesque humor (cheap laughs/1D) and satire (wit, irony, sarcasm, caricatures, juxtaposition, hyperbole, ridicule, etc. to depict societal issues to evoke change.) We watched some examples from Key and Peele and The Onion. Here’s a juvenalian example from 2006 (Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner). Watch the audience reaction.

More satire examples are in the attached calendar.

Here’s your homework: Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” Annotate. You will have a quiz tomorrow.


About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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