The Parodyfor Classroom Use Mike 2006Presentation Transcript
The Parody for Classroom Use WMWP Summer Institute Thursday July 20, 2006 Michael B.
Humor in the Classroom
What is its value and how do you use it?
Write for 5 minutes.
Share with your group for 5 minutes.
What is parody?
A parody is “a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule.”
Satire is “a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn.”
(definitions courtesy of www.m-w.com)
In his essay “Using Parody to Teach Some Writing Elements,” John Hurley described parody as “an effective pedagogical device [that] provides a neat way of teaching recognition of, and appreciation for, form.”
Reading or writing a parody increases understanding of the original work, and puts it in a new perspective.
What literary skills are strengthened by comparing an original and its parody?
How I use parody with my 11 th grade Drama/English class
Read Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie
Analyze the four characters
Read Durang’s “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls”
Write a response paper on how this parody reflects/changes/exaggerates the original
Write a parody of a play we read in class this semester
Perform the parodies for the whole class
Write a reflection of the process, investigating what you did to make your parody
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life”
Oliver Wendell Holmes’s “Parody of ‘A Psalm of Life’”
Discuss this parody with your group
Now write your own parody of the poem on your table
How might this be useful in your classroom?
Hurley, John. “Using Parody to Teach Some Writing Elements.”
Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie .
Durang, Christopher. “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls.”
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “A Psalm of Life.”
Holmes, Oliver Wendell. “Parody of ‘A Psalm of Life.’”