The purpose of this activity is to assist students in the early stages of studying the AP Language and Composition analysis question. The additional benefit of this piece is that it introduces students to satire and basic elements of satire through the use of Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," which is always fun to do with students!
Objectives: (Students will be able to…)
•identify central argument and purpose and distinguish between the two.
•identify central claims used to support an argument.
•recognize understatement and determine its purpose.
•analyze an author's use or rhetorical strategies to support his/her argument.
Keywords: satire, Advanced Placement, analysis, rhetoric, argument, composition