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Seeking Social Justice Through Satire: Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"

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Seeking Social Justice Through Satire: Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"

Grades 10 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Nine 45–50 minute class meetings, plus additional class meetings for students’ presentations
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John Wilson Swope

John Wilson Swope

Cedar Falls, Iowa


International Literacy Association


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May 03, 2018

I plan on using parts of the lesson, but I agree that it'd be nice to have an answer key.



October 28, 2016

I enjoyed many parts of this lesson - found students didn't really understand the cartoon. Also, some of the line numbers don't correspond correctly to the guided reading.

This could be improved if there was a key included


Emily Fink

April 11, 2016

Fantastic unit plan and resources! I tweaked the final project assignment a bit (used some of a PBS resource, too: http://www-tc.pbs.org/now/classroom/satireoutline.PDF). I also created a more detailed grading rubric for my final project. All in all, the content, trajectory and pacing of this unit are terrific.



March 30, 2016

Agreed! Answers to the questions and chart would be most appreciated! I am modifying this lesson bit to use with my Seniors in the upcoming weeks; though I have been teaching for 17 years, I've not yet taught A Modest Proposal, so having a guide for myself would be very helpful. If one is available, could you please email it to me? Thanks!


Liz Rockett

February 16, 2016

I am with Jonathan. I love the lessons and the printables, but having examples of answers would be extremely helpful. The satiric devices chart is great, but again, having answer examples would be helpful.


Jonathan D. Cole

February 19, 2014

I have really enjoyed your lesson! I was wondering though, do you have an answer key for some of the questions, I want to make sure I am understanding the questions and desired answers correctly. Other than that, I thought it was excellent!



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