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Exploring Satire with The Simpsons

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Exploring Satire with The Simpsons

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Junius Wright

Junius Wright

Charleston, South Carolina


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish." The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season. Episode #7F01.

  • Television, and DVD Player or VCR

  • Headphones for each student (recommended)

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  • To review the techniques of satire, you can complete Exploring Satire with Shrek before beginning this more detailed exploration of satire.

  • Make an overhead or copies of the Opening Sequence from The Simpsons, or copy the info to a sheet of chart paper. You might also write the list on the board while students watch the opening segment in Session One.

  • Make copies of additional handouts, or make overheads that students can refer to as they work on these sessions.

  • If possible, obtain headphones for students to use during Session Two. Because students will be exploring a Website with many audio features, the classroom will quickly be filled with competing audio clips. Headphones will help you control the room and keep students focused.

  • This lesson focuses on the "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" episode of The Simpsons; however the activity works well with many other episodes. Additional suggestions are included.

  • If you are not already familiar with the show, The Simpsons Official Website, The Simpsons Archive, and the Wikipedia entry on The Simpsons can provide you with background information and sample episodes.

  • Test the Interactive Character Profiles from The Simpsons Official Website 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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