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Intro to Satire

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Liza Gardner

on 5 February 2013

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Satire What is satire? Satire is a literary tool that can be used to criticize the world around us. Satire is often funny or ridiculous when we first see it, and so we are entertained, but there is a larger problem that the writer is trying to get us to see. This episode of "Family Guy" satirizes censorship from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a government agency known for its aggressive enforcement of indecency complaints. Ok, so we know what makes good satire. But why is the writer trying to get us to see a "larger problem?" This means the writer sees a social problem that he/she thinks people need to be aware of. Satire is a way to bring attention to this issue. "The Boondocks" is a comic strip and animated television show known for being controversial, presenting satire that looks at issues of race, politics, and terrorism. How does a writer create good satire? A writer uses irony, hyperbole, and understatement to help the audience see the problem through his/her eyes Mom says, "Once you're done with your very important work there, let's take a little break for some fun by doing our chemistry homework." Example of verbal irony: Example of hyperbole: I will die if I have to listen to Ms. Gardner talk for much longer. Example of understatement: Your friend says, "I haven't seen him in a minute." The writer is making a social commentary. AMERICAN FILM BOOKS, ESSAYS AND NEWSPAPERS So where have I seen satire before? TELEVISION Let's look at some examples and test your understanding of satire. "The Simpsons" Introduction/Opening Credits Watch a clip of "The Simpsons" introduction
On the graphic organizer, write what you see
Be prepared to share your answers in class Satire in "The Simpsons" Use your graphic organizer to write down what you see Intro to Satire, Day 2
Where do you still have questions?
What do you not understand? Remember our goal!
To "understand the difference between what is written and what is meant." The Daily Show with Jon Stewart A "fake" news show
Draws attention to the problems in news and broadcasting Jon Stewart satirizes issues of inequality in U.S. society, including race, poverty, women's rights, war, and politics. "The Daily Show" Activity Watch the clip "Satire on the Street"
Complete the graphic organizer http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-15-2008/satire-on-the-street
Left column:
(Individual work)
What is happening Right column:
(Class discussion)
What it means Remember the instructions! What did you write in the left column? What are the characters doing in the clip?

What are they saying?

How are they acting? "The Daily Show" from 1/21/2013 http://www.thedailyshow.com/collection/423230/obama-s-inaugurations/423033 Watch what is happening
What does Jon Stewart want you to think about?
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