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Teach your students the concept of irony in all its amusing glory—including the three main types—while getting them laughing along the way! This 60+ page irony mega-bundle includes three products:
1) IRONY POWERPOINT: INTRODUCTION AND ACTIVITIES.
• Irony Definitions and Examples—funny, memorable, real-life examples of all three types of irony to help students understand and appreciate a difficult concept. Includes photos, links to videos and examples from language and literature.
• Review Activities—an entire section devoted to having students assess their learning by identifying the types of irony presented through additional amusing examples
• Thought-provoking Journal Prompts—to activate students’ knowledge about irony and ironic situations
• Close Reading Activity with “The Open Window”—students closely read Saki’s classic short story, identifying the best examples of irony and their types. Can be used in tandem with “The Open Window”—Irony and Close Reading Unit
which includes a copy of the story, coordinating handouts and much more. (See below.)
• Fun, Creative Irony Activities—a variety of activities to help students deepen their learning, including: “Most Ironic Name” dog-naming contest, a “find and improve the irony” activity using Alanis Morissette’s 1995 highly-criticized-for-its-misuse-of-irony classic song (offered as a free product on TPT, see below), and an irony skit activity in which students write and perform their own interpretations of all three types of irony.
2) CLOSE READING FOR IRONY UNIT: “THE OPEN WINDOW.”
• Detailed Close Reading Lesson Plan—enabling students to read with a purpose, extract key concepts, and comprehend at a deeper level
• Copy of the Story—(public domain) so students can mark up the text as they read; includes definitions of challenging or antiquated terms for clearer comprehension
• Irony Graphic Organizer—to help students identify and analyze examples of irony in the story and categorize by type
• Irony Skit Assignment and Graphic Organizer—coordinating with the PowerPoint activity, this fun skit assignment includes a graphic organizer for students to brainstorm ideas for a skit they will write and perform
• Printable Irony Skit Rubric—to help student understand the goals and expectations of the assignment, and make grading a breeze
• Study/Discussion Questions—to help students comprehend key plot developments, make inferences and analyze deeper meanings within the story
• Context Clues Vocabulary Activity—students make predictions on the meanings of vocabulary words from the story, revising their responses when encountering the words in their reading and using clues from the text and a dictionary to determine final definitions
• Plot Summary Chart—students summarize key events in the plot, identifying where they belong in the classic story-telling arc.
• Detailed Answer Keys—to save you time and generally make your life easier
3) “ISN'T IT IRONIC?” FUN, CREATIVE IRONY ACTIVITY
(Also offered free on TPT.)
Alanis Morissette’s 1995 classic song, “Ironic,” has long been used to teach irony. However, this has been much to the dismay of many English teachers and irony purists who point out (perhaps in the ultimate irony) that not all the examples in this song about irony are actually ironic. In this activity, students listen to the song, then rate each scenario in the lyrics by its degree of irony—whether strong, mediocre or weak. They then take the weaker examples and brainstorm ways to make them more ironic. Works well as an individual or group activity!
You and your students will love this mega-bundle of activities—and they will understand and appreciate irony like never before!
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Thank you to Julie O’Connor
for her colorful speech bubble art used in this resource!