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NCTE: Exploring Satire

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will define satire, irony, and parody based on their understanding of the terms. They are presented with basic definitions and examples of satire, irony, and parody, and encouraged to expand their definitions and understanding of the terms.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Explain lesson objectives and examples of satire, irony, and parody, identifying how these devices abound in our society.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Use definitions of satirical devices to write examples of satire.
  • Discuss satire and its devices.
  • Gain appreciation for and understanding of how satire is created.
  • Analyze articles for satirical devices.
  • Compare and contrast satire with reality.
  • Identify potential audiences for satirical pieces.
  • Identify and evaluate satirical devices used.
  • After the Activity

    Review the various terms discussed. Have students use the Elements of Satire.edc resource file: Satirical Devices to create study notes, incorporating the definitions and examples for future reference.