An Age-Old Target Of Satire

An Age-Old Target Of Satire

Your Thinking About Satire


Complete a Quick Write.

  • How has your thinking about satire changed after your work in Lesson 15?
  • How has your thinking about your target of satire changed?

Open Notebook

Share your thinking with your classmates. While it’s great to work in small groups, sometimes there’s a benefit to sharing big-picture thinking with the whole class to stimulate others’ thinking and push your own forward, too.

Targets of Satire Project

Work Time

Although the steps for today are presented as they are for other lessons, in a linear way, you don’t have to go in order. You might begin thinking, for instance, about creating your presentation to start with, and move back to this task.

How much viewing and reading you have to do today depends on what you accomplished in the previous lesson. But even if you made your way through all the texts, there will probably be some you want to revisit.

You’ll probably want to begin by discussing the homework and the satires you found.

  • Which ones did you enjoy?
  • How did they compare with the satires on your target group that you’ve already seen?

Targets of Satire Comparison

Work Time

As you move through your texts and videos, you’ll want to think about what you are gathering on how this target group has been dealt with through the years. Take notes and discuss with your group as you work.

  • How do the various satires compare with one another? What, in particular, is commonly satirized about your topic? Are there universal qualities?
  • Where on the satirical tone scale would you put each—more Horatian or Juvenalian? Can you make any generalizations about the level of harshness of satire for your target?
  • What lines can you excerpt from the texts or videos for your presentation?

Open Notebook

Satirical Strategies

Work Time

Work with your group to study the satirical strategies that are used in each of your works.

  • What strategies can you find? And which are most important? Identify just two or three per work, and be sure you have text support for each.
  • How do they contribute to tone?

Open Notebook

Group Presentation Creation

Work Time

The final part of the Targets of Satire Project is the group presentation.

  • Go back through your notes and consider what you’re saying, in a big picture way, about your target group and how satirists through the centuries generally have handled it.
  • Begin to create your presentation, which you’ll give to the class in Lesson 18. Make sure your presentation addresses the questions and meets the requirements described in the Targets of Satire Project.

Try to set a realistic timetable for what you hope to accomplish when. You have the rest of class today, Lesson 17, and homework time after both lessons to prepare.



Consider how far along your group is with the Targets of Satire Project.

  • Discuss with your group who will work on what before the next lesson.

Group Presentation Creation


Your group will present its findings during Lesson 18.

  • Based on what you decided with your group members, continue working on your presentations.