Satire and British Lit

On Monday - we had a debate about the lottery. I asked you if the lottery was a good idea. More than 80% of you thought the lottery was a good idea, yet many of you had nothing to add as to back up your stance. Three of you had strong reasons why the lottery is not a good idea, which included the reason that most people never win. Now, watch the fourteen minute video below and post a response on your blog. Has your opinion changed, explain? How does John Oliver effectively satirize this topic? What did you learn about the lottery from this video?

Use the satire vocabulary you have just reviewed and watch the following video clip. What type of satire is being displayed and what kind of techniques does he use? Does this article help illuminate the article that you read regarding translators. 

According to Sherman Alexie, the author of "Every Little Hurricane" what misconceptions do we have about Native Americans?

We have read about, wrote about and discussed domestic violence and the Ray Rice case. Now, let's look how people are satirizing this story. Remember - satire uses humor to criticize or bring about change. How well do the following two clips satirize the topic? What makes it effective? Be specific? Comment on this in a blog post that is at least one paragraph long. When you are done read the posts of your classmates and comment on their posts.

Take a look at the video below and think about the underlining message? What is it? What techniques are being used? Do you think the message is relavant? Does the producer of the video achieve the desired goal? Copy these questions into a blog post and respond in a thoughtful, well developed response. You may include an image if you feel it enhances your response. When you are done, read and respond to at least five of your classmates posts. Don't just say, "good point" or "great post"; anyone can say that! You are smart, thoughtful seniors - think deeply and respond appropriately!

Welcome to the Brit Lit Satire Blog where we will explore how the satirist uses ridicule and smart humor to shed light on human weakness and what he or she believes as correctable flaws in society.  We will begin the course by looking at political cartoons and many short selections. Many times the selections that we will read will be humorous, but other times they  may be more serious. Since satire is often delivered in an indirect way, rarely stating straightforwardly what he intends, our classroom focus will be on what the satirist is “saying,” what point he is making, and what change he is advocating. Be prepared to share your interpretations both verbally and in writing.
We will reflect on our thinking practices and how we come to our conclusions. We will work independently and in both small and large groups to crack the code of the satirist’s message.

As we become skilled at interpretation, we will deal with longer works, including TV shows, feature-length films and novels. (adapted from Janna Bronemann syllabus)

Direct Satire - What  is being satirized here? Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert at the Emmys


Senior Satire Blogging Assignment

Over the course of this semester you will be reading, responding to posts and writing in your own blogs. Blogging has become a very effective way to communicate, convey opinions and to respond or “cover” a topic of interest. For instance, there are blogs about:
-          Music and Musicians
-          Books and Authors
-          Book Groups
-          Concert Tours
-          Favorite TV Shows
-          Celebrities
-          NASCAR
-          Cross Country Trip
-          Backpacking experience through Europe of the Himalayas
-          Etc.
In order for you to get familiar with blogging please complete the following.
1. Set up your own blog (I will guide you through this)
3. Now – Go to the resource tab on my Blog and watch the Dennis Miller Video. And answer the question in a post on your own blog.

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