We started off today by reviewing the important academic vocabulary for this unit. If you were absent, you will need to get two pink vocab sheets from Baker and fill them out for the vocabulary words found on the "Vocab" attachment below. (Academic definitions are provided.)
After reviewing the attached notes, students were exposed to some examples of contemporary satire. One of them, the Sports Illustrated piece, is provided below. PLEASE read it; it is funny and will vastly assist in preparing for the writing assignment.
You are assigned to write a piece of satirical writing (about 1-3 pages typed and double-spaced) that demonstrates your understanding of satire as writing that uses humor/wit to ridicule people and/or institutions in order to cause change or express disapproval, as well as your attention to detail and PERFECTION in presentation (that is – no grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc., errors!). Please choose something in or about your high school to satirize. (If you want to choose something outside of HS, please ask Baker first.) And remember: there is an IMPORTANT line between mean and snarky – you are writing satire, NOT hate lit. If your piece is ONLY mean, it will not be acceptable as a piece of satire!
This is due next Friday. Have fun!