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Literary Parodies: Exploring a Writer's Style through Imitation

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Literary Parodies: Exploring a Writer's Style through Imitation

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

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  • Choose a set of poems from the list above to explore with your class, checking the poems to ensure that they are appropriate for your students. Additional literary parodies are available in Poetry for Cats: The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse by Howard Beard (Villard, 1994), and in Pitiless Parodies and Other Outrageous Verse by Frank Jacobs (Dover Books, 1994).

  • Make copies or overhead transparencies of the poems that you have chosen so that students will be able to see the text of the poems as you discuss them.

  • If desired, make copies of the transcript of the Guy Noir Episode from November 30, 2002.

  • Make copies or an overhead transparency of the "This Is Just To Say" Parody form, or create a form for the poem that you have chosen.

  • Make copies or an overhead transparency of the Literary Parodies Assessment checklists. Alternately, you might copy the checklists to chart paper, or design your own checklists based on criteria that the class identifies during the sessions.

  • Test the Venn Diagram interactive 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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