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What are the three types of irony? After reviewing dramatic, situational, and verbal irony with your readers, present them with this two-page document. They read six excerpts to determine which type of irony is used in each. After identifying the type, they explain what led them to that conclusion.
7th - 12th Language Arts 71 Views 143 Downloads
What is Verbal Irony?
Attitude and tone of voice are everything when it comes to verbal irony. In addition to modeling and defining verbal irony, the narrator of this short video also explains the difference between verbal irony and sarcasm, that bit of nastiness when the speaker takes the word play one step beyond saying the opposite of what is meant, and is pointed and mean.
3 mins 7th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 17 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Using examples from Socrates to Johnny Carson, this slideshow presents your students with the history and definition of dramatic irony, satire, situational irony, and tragic irony. This presentation would be useful in a language arts class, a writing seminar, a sociology lecture, or in a linguistics course.
12th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 20 Views 58 Downloads
In on a Secret? That's Dramatic Irony
Struggling to get your learners to understand irony? Try out this video, which clarifies each type of irony before going into more depth on dramatic irony. The narrator relates this type of irony to both horror and comedy films and stresses that it builds tension that leads the action.
3 mins 7th - 12th Language Arts 25 Views 40 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Craft Dialogue with Multiple Meanings by Using Verbal Irony
Sometimes people and characters say one thing, but mean another. This is known as verbal irony and is a difficult concept for pupils to grasp. Grow their understanding of verbal irony by asking them to use it in their own fictional narrative.
7 mins 7th - 9th Language Arts 5 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Exploring Contrasts in "The Lanyard" by Billy Collins
Middle schoolers analyze the speaker's ideas and tone in the Billy Collins poem "The Lanyard." After identifying how each of the five senses is addressed in the poem, they compare images to draw conclusions about the speaker and his mother.
9th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 92 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"The 1,000,000 Pound Bank Note" by Mark Twain
Compare real events from Mark Twain's life to events in the story. Middle school readers identify point-of-view, its purpose, and its reliability by citing two examples. They describe the tone of the story using four examples and identify irony using three examples.
7th - 9th Language Arts 9 Views 124 Downloads
A Modest Proposal: Irony Made Understandable with Rock and Roll
Who doesn't love music? Poems and songs will engage your high school class in a discussion about irony. Use songs like "Rockin' in the Free World" or "Born in the U.S.A." to illustrate the ironic point of view. Print the lyrics so learners can see the written words.
9th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 91 Downloads
“The Story of an Hour”: Extension Activities
Enhance and extend instruction of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin with one or all of these ideas. You might want to cover characterization and summary, or improve understanding of context clues and irony. You can cover any combination of those topics and skills with the activities, presentations, worksheets, and other additional materials included here.
7th - 9th Language Arts 65 Views 60 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Irony in "The Gift of the Magi"
Use O. Henry's ubiquitous tale of love and poverty to explore irony. After reading the story, middle schoolers identify examples of all three kinds of irony in the story. With partners, they brainstorm original examples of irony. Then the pairs merge into larger groups to create and present skits that demonstrate irony based on the ideas they developed.
8th - 11th Language Arts 22 Views 211 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Elements of Style: Literary Devices
How does an author develop his or her personal writing style? This presentation starts by looking at E.E. Cummings and some of his most notable works. As an author with a lot of style, he's the perfect example! Then, terms such as figurative language, symbol, irony, and imagery (among others) are defined and examples are given.
7th - 12th Language Arts 48 Views 141 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
What is Rhetoric Anyways?
Rhetoric from Aristotle (logos, pathos, and ethos) to the rhetorical triangle (audience, speaker, subject) and SOAPSTone (speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, tone) here’s a presentation about the art of rhetoric that will entertain as well as inform.
9th - 12th Language Arts 80 Views 181 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Shakespearean Comedy on Film
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close critical analysis and to compare the play to its film version.
9th - 12th Language Arts 20 Views 81 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Study Guide for Second Semester English Exam
Thorough and all-encompassing, this study guide summarizes an entire semester, or possibly a year, of language arts vocabulary words. Vocabulary from The Diary of Anne Frank, Night, Romeo and Juliet, and various short stories is listed for review, as well as the elements of drama, stories, and literature.
8th - 10th Language Arts 50 Views 535 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Isn’t it ironic that many situations labeled ironic aren’t? Properly labeled examples of verbal, dramatic, and situation irony are defined and illustrated in a short, animated video that uses passages from literary works as models.
9th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 11 Downloads
Test Review Sheet: Irony, Comma Rules, and Sentence Variety,
Covering vocabulary, literary analysis, and grammar, this worksheet would be a great study guide or homework assignment for an eighth-grade Language Arts class. Though the five stories by Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, and Oscar Wilde are very specific, a teacher could work their own material into this format.
7th - 9th Language Arts 46 Views 370 Downloads
Analyzing the Use of Irony in a Short Story
Ninth graders examine how literature connects to real-life and see how irony aids in the development of theme. They read Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, and discuss elements of foreshadowing and situational irony. Then learners will write a composition explaining how the author uses irony to develop the theme.
9th Language Arts 27 Views 192 Downloads
Figures of Speech Slide Show
This slide show on figures of speech includes definitions, images, and examples from real texts for several common terms: metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, irony, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and imagery. The presentation is colorful, easy to read, and omits any distracting animations.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 166 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
What are the three types of irony? High schoolers engage in a lesson plan about the use of irony while reading O.Henry's short story "Gift of the Magi." They'll discuss rising action, climax, and resolution in the text before highlighting the use of irony.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 142 Downloads