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Friday, October 21, 2016


Verbal Irony

Situational Irony

Dramatic Irony

IRONYis a hard concept to teach. I have developed a series of exercises I use at the beginning of class to help make the "AHA Moment" happen. Here is an example of how I teach IRONY. This activity comes from my sister site  


Watch the following video carefully. Write your answer on your index card. Find at LEAST 2 (TWO) examples of IRONY in the short film. Your answer needs to be in complete sentences. Complete sentences, i.e. written with proper grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and with a subject and verb. Again, give 2 (TWO) examples of irony in the video and EXPLAIN why that event was IRONIC.

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As I have said before, IRONYis a hard concept to teach. I have developed a series of exercises I use at the beginning of class to help make the "AHA Moment" happen. HERE GOES...

Watch the short video. Which of the three types of Irony is being illustrated in the video? Defend your answer.

HOW DO YOU TEACH IRONY?  Let us know here at The THings You Can Read!


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Definition of Irony: Irony is the contradiction between what happens and what is expected. There are three types of Irony:

Situational Irony: Irony that occurs when something happens that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters or the audience.

Verbal Irony: Irony that occurs when something contradictory is said, i.e. Sarcasm.

Dramatic Irony: Irony that occurs when the audience is aware of something that the character or speaker is not. 

One of the short stories I like to use to teach irony, foreshadowing, inferencing, characterization, (dynamic, static, flat), symbolism, and suprise endings is "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry.  Here is one of the  many activites we do to work with this classic short story:  I call it BE THE ILLUSTRATOR. I have divided an abriged version of the story up into sections that each require an illustration.  Before we start, I let students know that "IF YOU ARE NOT GOOD WITH PEOPLE...DON'T DRAW PEOPLE!  Use things that represent the people (good time to talk about symbolism with your students too.).  I give them a few class session (maybe three 20 to 30 minutes segments of class) to work on it(where I can help) then what ever is left is for them to finish on their own before the test on the last leaf.  Enjoy!

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