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Irony, Three Types of Irony & Literary Analysis of Saki’s “The Storyteller” CCSS

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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10-page PDF
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Laura Randazzo


Use these materials to reinforce students’ understanding of the three types of irony (situational irony, verbal irony, and dramatic irony) and facilitate a deep reading and discussion of Saki’s attention-grabbing short story, “The Storyteller.”

This 10-page PDF package includes:

• Step-by-step suggested lesson procedure (can be left as an emergency sub plan!) with high-quality audiobook link

• Warm-up grid worksheet where students determine whether real-life scenarios are examples of situational irony, verbal irony, or dramatic irony (includes answer key)

• Full-text copy of “The Storyteller,” a short story by Saki (H.H. Munro)

• Handout with 14 short answer questions designed to get teens thinking deeply about the text (includes answer key)

• A 16-item assessment/quiz designed to be used a day or two after the lesson to determine whether students understand the differences between situational, verbal, and dramatic irony

Both the warm-up grid worksheet and 16-item assessment/quiz do not need to be used with Saki’s “The Storyteller” in order to be effective. They were designed to complement Saki’s short story, but they also work as stand-alone activities to reinforce students’ understanding of the three types of irony.

Please note: This item is NOT included in my four-week short story bundle.

This item is, though, included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Total Pages
10-page PDF
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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