ALEX Learning Activity

Seussical Satire

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: LaSheree Sanford-Davis
System:Birmingham City
School:Ramsay High School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1514
Title:
Seussical Satire
Digital Tool/Resource:
Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches Full Version
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

This learning activity uses a Dr. Seuss video of "The Star-Belly Sneetches", a satire of discrimination between race and culture. In can serve as an eye-opening experience for students.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
6 ) Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). [RL.11-12.6]

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to discuss an author's use of satire.
  • Students will be able to distinguish between what an author states directly and what an author means
  • Students will be able to understand how satire is used to make commentary about societal issues. 
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

  1.  Review the term satire.
  2.  Create small groups.
  3.  Have student groups choose a problem in society that the group feels needs to be brought to the attention of society in order for society to change    
  4. Show the video The Star-Belly Sneetches.
  5.  Have students discuss how the video uses satire to make commentary about society.
  6. Have student groups to use ToonDoo to create a comic strip which satirizes the societal ill the group chose.   
Assessment Strategies:

Use the attached rubric to evaluate the student's product and presentation.

Comic Strip Rubric


Advanced Preparation:

  • Review with the students the term satire and how it is used.
  • View the Video of The Star-Belly Sneetches.
  • Review how to use ToonDoo.
  • Print a copy of the rubric for each student.
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