Satire Writing – due Friday, 3/7
Satire: A technique that exposes human weaknesses or social evils. Satire may use exaggeration, wit, irony or humor to make its point. The satirist may adopt a tone ranging from good natured humor to biting ridicule or scorn. Satire may serve to entertain, to instruct or to reform. The satirist hopes that because of his or her satire people will look at themselves in a new light and change their foolish ways. The satirist’s job is to point out that foolishness.
As an English teacher, I suggest making a list of things that really bug you. And I don't mean petty annoyances...I mean things that really "crawl up your a**." Think about situations in your personal life, current events, polarizing issues, political situations, etc. Students tend to write their best and be their most creative when they are making fun of things that genuinely irritate them. So let’s watch the YouTube video “How to Write a Satire” by Mister Sato 411 before we begin writing our own! (see hyperlink below)
Possible topics for your satire:
Saggy pants People running red lights Health care issues Nuclear proliferation Cheating on tests Getting a date to prom Illegal immigration Drunk driving
Drinking age Poor job market Drug trafficking Toxic waste disposal
High gas prices Littering Reality TV Annoying Habits
Two party political system Homelessness Media Bias (Fox News, MSNBC)
Obesity in America Student Apathy Texting while driving
Public Nuisances Breaking up with a girlfriend/boyfriend
Politicians’ bad habits (corruption, bad grammar, addictions, sex scandal, memory loss)
Write a paragraph introducing your subject and gaining credibility for your persona (a fictional narrator or speaker through whom the author speaks). Use a reasonable tone to create credibility. Use Logos (speaker uses facts, logic to persuade), Pathos...