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The Parodyfor Classroom Use Mike 2006


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The Parodyfor Classroom Use Mike 2006

  1. 1. The Parody for Classroom Use WMWP Summer Institute Thursday July 20, 2006 Michael B.
  2. 2. Humor in the Classroom <ul><li>What is its value and how do you use it? </li></ul><ul><li>Write for 5 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Share with your group for 5 minutes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is parody? <ul><li>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.” </li></ul><ul><li>Satire is “a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn.” </li></ul><ul><li>(definitions courtesy of </li></ul>
  4. 4. Justification <ul><li>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.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Justification <ul><li>Reading or writing a parody increases understanding of the original work, and puts it in a new perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>What literary skills are strengthened by comparing an original and its parody? </li></ul>
  6. 6. How I use parody with my 11 th grade Drama/English class <ul><li>Read Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze the four characters </li></ul><ul><li>Read Durang’s “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” </li></ul><ul><li>Write a response paper on how this parody reflects/changes/exaggerates the original </li></ul><ul><li>Write a parody of a play we read in class this semester </li></ul><ul><li>Perform the parodies for the whole class </li></ul><ul><li>Write a reflection of the process, investigating what you did to make your parody </li></ul>
  7. 7. Your Turn <ul><li>Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life” </li></ul><ul><li>Oliver Wendell Holmes’s “Parody of ‘A Psalm of Life’” </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss this parody with your group </li></ul><ul><li>Now write your own parody of the poem on your table </li></ul>
  8. 8. Applications <ul><li>How might this be useful in your classroom? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Hurley, John. “Using Parody to Teach Some Writing Elements.” </li></ul><ul><li>Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie . </li></ul><ul><li>Durang, Christopher. “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls.” </li></ul><ul><li>Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “A Psalm of Life.” </li></ul><ul><li>Holmes, Oliver Wendell. “Parody of ‘A Psalm of Life.’” </li></ul><ul><li>Dahl, Roald. Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes . </li></ul><ul><li>Pretty much any film by Mel Brooks </li></ul><ul><li>The Onion newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Greeting cards by Dug Nap </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Colbert’s TV show and web site </li></ul>