Lesson: Folly, Vice and Everything Nice
Author: Ivy B
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 11 - 12
We are entering the 18th century in our literature studies. The period between 1660 and 1785 was a time of expansion for England; the empire increased in size and changed internally. Political and social changes led to new ways of thinking during the time period known as the Restoration. The changes that occurred during this time greatly affected literature. We are going to explore some of those changes as we explore the literature. The activities we do online will focus on satire. They are designed to help you understand what satire is and how it is used. Once you have a firm grasp on the definition of satire and the different uses for it we will begin to explore satire from the 18th century.
Strategy tutor is designed to help you explore satire in many different forms. You are going to develop the common characteristics of satire by exploring first folly and vice then Juvenalian and Horatian satire. The goal is for you to learn the differences between a gentle ridicule of follies and formal attacks on vices. These activities will strengthen your understanding of satire so that you are able to apply it to satirical work from the 18th century. You will be assigned a partner to work with throughout these activities. You are expected to participate in both on-line and class discussion. Once you have a completed each activity you will discuss common characteristics of satire as a class. Once arriving at these at these common characteristics, I will combine partner pairs in to small groups. Each group will create a short skit with at least three characters. You will present these during class. The dialogue should give a snapshot into contemporary teenage life critiquing human follies or vices through the use of irony, ridicule or humor.
Directions will be more detailed in each activity. Activity One: Folly? Vice? Everything Nice? Activity Two: Horace and Juvenal - Two types of satire Activity Three: Satire and all that Jazz