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Exploring Satire with Shrek

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Exploring Satire with Shrek

Grades 9 – 12
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Junius Wright

Junius Wright

Charleston, South Carolina


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • DVD or VHS copy of Shrek

  • Fairy tales for students to satirize (see Website section for suggestions)

  • Television, and DVD Player or VCR

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Literary Elements Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.


Plot Diagram

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.


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  • This lesson plan works well after an exploration of fairy tales; however, if students are already familiar with fairy tale traditions, their prior knowledge will be adequate for the lesson.

  • In this lesson, students write satirical versions of favorite fairy tales individually. The instruction below ask students to choose their own tales; however, depending upon resources and students, you can have students work in small groups, rather than individually. Additionally, you can narrow the fairy tales that students choose, bringing in 4 or 5 stories for students to choose among rather than having them select tales themselves.

  • In addition to choosing fairy tales from the Websites listed in the lesson, you can supplement the choices with children's books from the library.

  • Test the Literary Elements Map interactive and the Plot Diagram interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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