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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


National Council of Teachers of English


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Rae Rowe

November 03, 2017

I just discovered this lesson while trying to create something more interactive to differentiate my instruction. Thank you for providing these ideas with so much detail that I can follow the steps and begin something wonderful.
I will repost after using the lesson and let you know how it went.



January 13, 2011

i used this with my seniors, some of whom were struggling with swift: "is he really such a monster?" "how could he suggest that?" the butter battle book was helpful because of the humor-- then we began to write our own satiric pieces about things here at school. from bad teachers to bad cafeteria food, i discovered a slew of problems at our school. eventually students will develop this into a longer, more detailed piece, showcasing their grasp of persuasive techniques, diction, and tone. it's been fun.


Hedi England

June 22, 2010

My high school seniors love this lesson! I wish they paid attention to everything I teach the way they paid attention to Dr. Seuss. They were enthusiastic about generating their own definitions for satire and eager to see how this applied to Gulliver's Travels.



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