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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. 
Students discuss irony. For this language arts lesson, students identify irony and give examples of irony from their lives, a book, and current events. Students classify types of 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. Although the video can easily stand alone, it would be work best when shown with the other two in the series.
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. The resource also includes the transcript of the video and a short quiz to test for understanding of the presented terms. Part of a series of seven videos.
“And isn’t it ironic. . . don’t you think?” After a brief overview of the different types of irony, learners examine the lyrics to Alanis Morissette’s song, “Ironic,” identify the examples of irony used in the song, and analyze the effects. The worksheet could be used as the basis of a group activity or for whole-class discussion.
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.
In this identifying irony worksheet, 9th graders read 6 paragraphs, identify the type of irony being used (dramatic, situational, verbal) and explain their answer.
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. The animation is cute and helps to demonstrate the concepts. Try out the provided assessment questions and supplementary information provided.
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. Part of a series on writing a fictional narrative in response to "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin and using dialogue effectively, the video demonstrates how to weave verbal irony into a draft. The narrator describes verbal irony, provides an example, and models rereading and revising her own draft. Class members can view the video and then try out the techniques on their own drafts with teacher support. While most videos on this site include slides of the video, this one does not.
After examining the definitions of situational, dramatic, and verbal irony viewers are presented with a series of situations and asked to label the type of irony each example represents. The photos alone make this slide show worth a look.
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. This lesson spans 8-10 days, and your learners will be sure to remember it for years to come. 
Ironically, there is nothing ambiguous about a series of colorful slides on irony and ambiguity. The terms are defined and examples given. Practice exercises are also included.
Students identify the use of irony in literature. They demonstrate their understanding of irony and its role in the literature they read.
Students investigate the literary concept of irony and how it fits into literature. They also brainstorm real life examples of irony and how they apply to people. Students identify their favorite examples of irony.
A precise and well-organized study guide for all five acts of Shakespeare's MacBeth. The questions for inquiry range far, and include important details of the plot, analysis of direct quotes dealing with characterizations and conflics, and exploration of many literary, poetic, and dramatic devices occurring throughout the play. Use this as skills practice, a reading check quiz, or as a productive group work activity.  
Young scholars conduct Internet research on the Dust Bowl before participating in a group activity about the characters from "The Grapes of Wrath". As part of a character analysis, they collaboratively write a dramatic monologue for their character. Groups write their monologue based on given criteria.
Students explain that in reading dramatic poetry, they should bring with them the skills they apply to reading of plays. All conclusions about character and situation must be inferred from what the characters say in the dialogue.
What are the three types of irony? High schoolers engage in a lesson 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. How can irony also occur in our everyday life? High schoolers brainstorm real-life examples. 
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. They describe the use of social class and values, money, and clothing as symbols with at least two supporting details.
Students discuss how much they understand of satire and parody. They read an article about an Iraq news parody show. They create and act out their own parody skit. They write an essay about using humor in grave situations.

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