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From Dr. Seuss to Jonathan Swift: Exploring the History behind the Satire

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From Dr. Seuss to Jonathan Swift: Exploring the History behind the Satire

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

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Calendar Activities

Professional Library

 

CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 30

Jonathan Swift was born on this day in 1667.

Students explore satire and parody in television and film, advertising, and journalism and create a display that highlights their findings.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 21

Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.

Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 3

Read Across America Day celebrates Dr. Seuss.

After sharing The Cat in the Hat and other patterned books with students, groups brainstorm sets of rhyming words and create a story using these words.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Using Children’s Literature to Spark Learning

Presents two brief articles--the first discusses purposes for using children's picture books in a secondary classroom, activities for children's literature, and integrating children's books into the classroom curriculum; and the second discusses using folktales in the classroom to engage reluctant readers and writers, suggests ideas/topics for folktale writing projects, lists writing prompts, and recommends folktales.

 

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