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This bundle includes a PowerPoint lesson with three video clips, guided notes for your students, and a built-in skit activity with a handout. It was originally designed for high school students, but can easily be used for younger students! It can easily be used while studying literature or on its own.
This lesson uses humor and pop culture to teach students about irony, including video examples from Romeo and Juliet, Mean Girls, and Spongebob Squarepants.
This lesson begins with a general definition of irony and delves into examples with photos (such as "nothing is written in stone" carved into stone, and cats chasing dogs). It also acknowledges non-examples of irony, such as "rain on your wedding day" (thanks Alanis Morissette!). The lesson then discusses dramatic irony, verbal irony, and situational irony with definitions, visual images, and video clips. The photo slides for each example of irony are hyper-linked to the clips, allowing you to choose whether to show the clips or simply discuss the example with your class.
Students can follow along with the lesson by filling in the guided notes that are included.
This lesson culminates with a fun activity in which your students divide into six groups (two for each type of irony - you can assign the types or let them claim them!) and come up with an example of their type of irony that they can act out for the class in the form of a short skit.
For this activity, each student should receive a copy of the Irony Skits handout that is included - here, they can write down the details of their own group's skit (for your approval) as well as the details of the other groups' skits as they are presented. This is a great way for students to take notes and study later!
After all the skits have been performed, the students will vote on the best skit and explain why it was the strongest. There is also an option on the handout for students to individually reflect on which skit within the categories was the strongest and why.
This lesson is both fun and effective, and my students loved the skit activity and the references to popular movies and television shows!
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