Satire Analysis-A Modest Proposal Whited Brit Lit/Comp Writing

Satire Analysis-A Modest Proposal
Brit Lit/Comp
Writing Situation: Satire is a complex form of expression that ridicules a subject--an institution, person,
trend, practice, idea--by presenting that subject with ironic humor calculated to expose various
absurdities (follies, abuses, stupidities) associated with the subject. It employs a number of different
techniques to achieve its purpose, which is often to make some kind of social statement. Jonathan Swift
was a satirist in the early 18th century and wrote A Modest Proposal in order to express his frustration to
a very specific audience about a specific problem.
Writing Directions: In a well-developed and organized essay, analyze how Swift’s use of satirical
techniques in “A Modest Proposal” conveys his attitude toward groups of people at that time. Your
essay should consist of an introduction with strong thesis, body paragraphs that support the thesis using
quotations from the text, and an effective conclusion that rounds out the thesis.
Standards Addressed:
ELACC11-12W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts,
and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of
a. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds
on that which precedes it to create a unified whole.
b. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended
definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the
audience’s knowledge of the topic.
c. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create
cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
d. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and
analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and
conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or
explanation presented
ELACC11-12RL1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says
explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters
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