What is satire?•Expresses an opinion or makes a point•Uses humor, exaggeration and sarcasm•Takes the opposite side of the argument and defendsit in a ridiculous, comical way. •For instance if I was for Capital Punishment I would write about how capital punishment is wrong because deaths are good for population control.•In a satire you are trying to persuade your reader orargue a point. You’re trying to SHOW how ridiculousthe opposing argument is.
Examples۞The Onion website۞The Colbert Report۞The Simpsons۞South Park۞The Daily Show with John Stewart۞Not Another Teen Movie۞Vampires Suck
Confusion?Parodies and satire are often confused since bothSEEM to make fun of something.• Satire is criticizing a • Parody does not have the belief, opinion, or agenda of persuasion. argument. It is still • Parodies are focused on making a point. making fun of something – The Colbert Report, or The simply for laughs. Daily Show are two great – Weird Al songs are a examples. strong example. – Both try to show you the ridiculous side of serious issues (and sway your opinion).
Writing your own Satire• Read the example satire on pages 260-261 in the orange Write Source book and answer the following questions: – What is the literal main point? What is the implied (true) main point? – What elements of satire did the writer use? Find at least 2 specific examples. Explain if you found them to be effective or not. – In a satire you are trying to persuade your reader or argue a point. Explain whether you found the satire to be persuasive. (consider the audience) – A satire relies on humor and wit to reveal a weakness in an issue (not a person) and it should be done without malicious intent. Explain whether you found the satire to adhere to this. Find at least 2 specific examples to support.
Brainstorm your topic:• The purpose of your satire is to express your opinion about a timely issue in our community (Sioux City) or our school (NHS).• Look at the Sioux City Journal editorials for possible topics or talk to students and teachers at North for what issues are bothering them.• Make a list of issues that are bothering you for both Community and School:In the Community: At School:
Satirical Elements you must use:• Hyperbole – extreme exaggerations• Sarcasm – mocking, scornful tone• Irony – opposite of what you expect to happen or mean
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