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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


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rachel cummings

November 15, 2012

it would be helpful to know which episodes the sample answers are based on.


Jessica S

November 28, 2010

The Simpsons does attack social institutions and reveal flaws. There is more emphasis on the social criticism itself than a call to action, as in almost all satirical entertainment aside from documentaries, because a direct "call to action" within a comedy would fall flat.


Glynn Scott

November 13, 2010

Using a similiar lesson with the movie Sherk, I received nothing but positive results from my students. I work in an inner city school where many of my students view television and movies as strictly entertainment. This lesson and the Sherk one, allowed me to show my students how television can be used to convey messages about society and cultural norms. Forme, having my students learn that there is more to television than meets the eye, helped me to open up a discussion about the "realness" of what many of my students see on television.


George Wilkerson

April 01, 2010

I teach a course on Satire & Humor in America wherein we define satire as "the use of irony, derision, or wit to attack a social institution; it reveals flaws and intends to move the reader/viewer/listener to action." I would argue that there is no such intention on the part of The Simpsons. It's simply a parody and caricature. If it results in any sort of viewer action meant to change a social institution, it's purely accidental.



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