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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|
- Published Comments
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.
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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