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December 7 and 8. Read chapters 23 and 24 whole class working on individual roles for lit circle Notes on Parody and Satire Write a parody or satirical short story in pairs or triplets. Will be due for presentation class after next. Academic.

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  • (Greek: "beside, subsidiary, or mock song"): A parody imitates the serious manner and characteristic features of a particular literary work in order to make fun of those same features. The humorist achieves parody by exaggerating certain traits common to the work, much as a caricaturist creates a humorous depiction of a person by magnifying and calling attention to the person's most noticeable features.

  • The term parody is often used synonymously with the more general term spoof, which makes fun of the general traits of a genre rather than one particular work or author. Often the subject-matter of a parody is comically inappropriate, such as using the elaborate, formal diction of an epic to describe something trivial like washing socks or cleaning a dusty attic.



  • An attack on or criticism of any stupidity or vice in the form of scathing humor, or a critique of what the author sees as dangerous religious, political, moral, or social standards. Satire became an especially popular technique used during the Enlightenment, in which it was believed that an artist could correct folly by using art as a mirror to reflect society. When people viewed the satire and saw their faults magnified in a distorted reflection, they could see how ridiculous their behavior was and then correct that tendency in themselves. The tradition of satire continues today. Popular cartoons such as The Simpsons and televised comedies like The Daily Show make use of it in modern media.


Write a satire or parody

  • In pairs or triplets, you will write a parody or satire about three pieces of advice you would give youth of today.

  • Think about Mark Twain’s advice on lying or what to do with people who offend you and how he presented his material in a tongue-in-cheek manner, with sarcasm (a form of irony).

  • Refer to “Harrison Bergeron” or “Luck” for some ideas.

  • You will have this class period and next to write your satire.

  • On the third class date, your group will present your satire.

Write a satire or parody!




  • Honors: Satire typed to turn in next class. about

  • Honors: Keep up with your quotes through chapter 30.

  • Honors: Critical perspective power point turned in via email by Monday – or zero!

  • Academic: Make sure you have read through chapter 24 and your packet is up to date