The purpose of this resource is to identify when sarcasm is being used
by a conversational partner, and also recognize when to use it
appropriately based on the situation.
First, students learn to utilize the included checklist
to determine if the words of a speaker in a social situation match various criterion (such as situational/conversational context, facial expression, etc) and therefore, if sarcasm is present or not. There is a mini-lesson, example, and 20 practice pages with real photographs
. I have also included audio clips
of myself reading the descriptions of the pictures to help students listen to the tone of voice (M4A files that can be played on iTunes or Windows Media Player). Alternatively, a peer, teacher, or therapist could also read this part, if desired.
Next, students review a list of Dos and Don'ts to help in deciding when is an appropriate time
to use sarcasm themselves. There is also an example, and 20 practice pages with real photographs.
Each page in the resource comes in both color
(for teletherapy or an iPad) AND greyscale
for easy printing.
For more social language activities, see:
Using Body Language to Identify Emotion
Social Acts Conversation Scripts
Understanding Social Situations
Taking Turns in Conversation: Questions and Comments
Social Language Lesson: Conversational Turn Length
Problem Solving Visual Support
For more figurative language activities, see:
Illustrated Idioms in Context
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