Parody Teacher Resources

One needn’t be an aficionado of late night television to enjoy parodies. The deliberately humorous imitations of political figures, events, artists, writers, and genres has long been a mainstay of the social criticism and literature of free societies.

An examination of how writers use this literary device is a key part of analysis and builds critical thinking skills. Don Quixote parodies the romances of Cervantes’ time. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels pokes fun at travel literature. Shakespeare, too, takes on traditional love poetry in “Sonnet 130,” and political cartoons are used with great effect on the editorial pages of newspapers.

Miss Selle's Science Songs offers a parody One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" to introduce middle schoolers to the scientific method. Use this lesson to encourage class members to try their hand at crafting parodies about school while practicing 6-trait writing. 

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