Satire Assignment Honors British Literature Due: November 15, 2008

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Satire Assignment

Honors British Literature

Due: November 15, 2008

(Rough Draft Due: November 13, 2008)
The Task:

You are going to create a satire in which you examine some aspect of social institutions, government (or government institutions), or human behavior that you firmly believe needs to improve significantly.

Your satire must have a specific focus, and must follow the steps of satire discussed in class, and must attempt to incorporate the elements of satire.
Your subject must be topical, meaning that the topic is something that your classmates would recognized (*although, in accordance with the elements of satire, your actual subject will be disguised or cloaked in some way).
Assignment Specifics:

  • Your satire must be a minimum of 2 pages in length (double-spaced), and may not exceed 5 pages.

  • You must follow the four steps to creating a satire (as discussed in class).

  • Your satire must be a narrative (story).

  • Your satire must include the following:

    • A specific metaphor used to “disguise” the subject.

    • Hyperbole and litote to accentuate the aspects of the issue that you wish to emphasize

    • A clear contrast to the point that is targeted so that we may recognize the shortcomings or virtues that you wish to stress

    • Clear organization and presentation of “facts” that are designed to appeal to the reader’s sense of logic and order
    • Language or examples that compel the reader to take notice, but simultaneously does not offend

  • Your satire must also…

    • Incorporate sentence patterns 1, 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2 (at least 1 example of each pattern)

    • Be consistent in tone/voice

    • Be of sufficient length to adequately address the topic you have selected.

  • You must complete the brief outline attached.


See reverse side for the rubric.







Outline is fully completed (9)

Outline is at least half complete (but not fully complete) (5)

Outline is less than half complete (1)

Four Steps

All 4 steps are fully followed, including the set-up, exaggeration, satiric irony is used, and the relative edge is effectively pushed.

The 4 steps are followed, but lack some polish (any one of the four steps).

The 4 steps are followed, but there is a lack of consistency in the use of each step.

The 4 steps are not completely incorporated, or it is evident that pieces are missing from the steps.

There is no clear sense that any of the four steps are used.

Elements of Satire

The elements of metaphor, hyperbole, litote, satiric irony, “facts,” organization, and consistent voice are all effectively incorporated.

The elements are all incorporated, however, they all may not be effectively used.

The elements are all incorporated, though many of them are awkwardly integrated into the narrative.

More than 1 of the elements are not incorporated into the narrative, or they are very poorly incorporated.

More than half of the elements are missing from the narrative.

Effectiveness of Satire

Very effective! It is clear what the actual issue, is, and the point is made clearly, without offense or too weak or aggressive of an argument.

Nicely done! It is clear what the actual issue is, and the point is made clearly, without offense, though some refinement would polish the narrative well.

Good effort! It seems pretty clear what the main point is, thought the narrative may be too weak or too aggressive, but does not offend.

The general idea is clear, but the actual subject may be too vague or obscured, OR the narrative has an offensive tone.

It is very unclear as to what the actual subject of the narrative is.


Excellent construction of voice/tone through word choice and sentence structure. Very consistent.

A clear effort is made to develop voice/tone through word choice and sentence structure. Mostly consistent.

There is an attempt to use word choice and sentence structure to develop tone/voice, but it is inconsistent.

Some words and sentences are an apparent effort to create tone/word choice, but there is little consistency.

No clear attempt to use word choice or sentence structure to develop voice/tone.

Word Choice

Precise and well selected.

Words are generally precise, though a few may be slightly off with regards to meaning.

Word choice is adequate, but lacks consistent precision.

Word choice is vague, though an occasional word is very precise.

Word choice is vague and lacks any real clarity of meaning.

Sentence Fluency

Excellent use of the patterns to keep prose engaging.

Consistent use of varied sentence structure and incorporation of patterns to help keep prose engaging.

Most sentences are varied, but the same structures are used repeatedly (e.g. many simple sentences).

Few sentences are varied in structure.

Sentence structures are bland and lack any variation.


No mistakes!!! 

1-2 mistakes that disrupt meaning.

3-4 mistakes that disrupt meaning.

5-6 mistakes that disrupt meaning.

7+ mistakes that disrupt meaning.

Satire Outline

[Must be fully completed and attached to the satire for full credit on “Outline” section of the rubric.]

I) Topic: The topic of this satire is….

II) The Set-up: Explain your method to “set up” the target in this satire.

III) Exaggeration: Explain your efforts to exaggerate or distort your target.

IV) Irony: Explain how you have attempted to include irony/satiric irony in your narrative.
V) “Hook”: Explain how you have attempted to “wake up” or “hook” the audience without overstepping the line, thereby creating offense.
VI) Sentence Patterns

Indicate on your narrative your created patterns (1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 2). Yes, actually mark them on your paper.

VII) Other: Is there anything that you think the reader should know or understand in order to really understand your satire OR is there anything that you attempted to create, but think may require some explanation?

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