American Lit: Isn’t It Ironic?

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL6 Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).

Learning Target: I can identify and analyze an author’s use of irony in a text.

Opening Session: Let’s look at these ironic pictures and talk about why each one is ironic! I will display several on the board for you to consider.

Work Session: Read ‘The Crucible’ Act II from Mary Warren’s exit – Giles Corey’s Entrance

Next up, let’s talk irony, as we did in our opening session. Think of an example of irony from a movie or TV show, and I will pick a couple people to share with the class. For example: The irony in the movie Bad Teacher is that a teacher is supposed to be a role model and Cameron Diaz’s character is cruel to the children. In the movie, Cameron Diaz calls kids fat, lazy or stupid. In addition, she steals funds that are supposed to be for activities for the children. Calling students names and stealing money is not the behavior of a role model. The movie is unrealistic in that no school would have a teacher that acts like that without the teacher being fired.

Closing Session: Students will write a Constructed Response: Discuss the irony in John Proctor’s forgotten commandment.

Assessment: Informal – Constructed Response Check

Differentiation: Process (learning style)

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