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NCTE: Assessing Use of Satirical Devices

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students answer a brief multiple-choice quiz based on definitions provided in Activity 1, Exploring Satire. Students then write a paragraph that identifies and evaluates the effectiveness of satirical devices used in an article.

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.

Review the Elements of Satire.edc resource file for this activity.

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

    Use LearningCheck(tm) Creator to grade the multiple-choice sections of the quiz in class, discussing each answer.