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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


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Poetry Reading and Interpretation Through Extensive Modeling

Students will research, read, clarify, analyze, and interpret John Berryman’s poetry and create a sustained evaluation of a given poem in a three- to four-page essay.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Style-Shifting: Examining and Using Formal and Informal Language Styles

Students observe how language features vary when shifting from an informal to a formal style or vice versa. By engaging in style shifting in both speech and writing, students become aware of how we all change language styles depending on the contexts in which we are speaking or writing.


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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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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   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 17

William Carlos Williams was born in 1883.

Students write imitation poems, review grammatical structures, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press or Stapleless Book to publish their finished work.


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   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 17

On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.

Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

Students use this graphic organizer to describe similarities and differences between three objects or ideas.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Accent on Meter: A Handbook for Readers of Poetry

Accent on meter: A Handbook for Readers of Poetry offers practical ways of teaching students about the close connections between the meaning, rhythm, and meter in poetry.


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