ENG 3U – A goodbye to summer, some review, and effective group work

Good morning! Our goals for this week are as follows:

1. Finish up our study of satire & rhetorical devices;
2. Review and implement effective group work strategies;
3. Begin our study of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

That’s a tall order, considering that Friday is a PD Day. Let’s get started, shall we?

First things first. It’s the last day of summer. Feel free to cry. Now, and to review the elements of satire, your task is to write a thank-you note to the season. Together, we’ll take a few minutes and brainstorm what we love (or love to hate) about summer.

Remember the elements of satire discussed in class:

– Tone (This is the emotion conveyed in the writing – is it witty, sarcastic and/or ironic? Good.)
– Rhetorical Devices (These make up your persuasive tactic tool belt. Go back to your list for reference.)
– Exaggeration (to point out the possible downside of summer).

Your task is to write a 200-word satire. Titles can include (but are certainly not limited to):
A Thank You Note to Summer
Farewell Summer, We Barely Knew You
A Lament to Summer Vacations Gone By


On a completely separate note, here is the link to the effective group work strategies video we viewed on Friday:


Please ensure that you view the video at some point today and if you haven’t already, take notes on the major points discussed in the video.


The rest of this post has been borrowed from our good friend, Mr. Pedrech. Please read

  1. Satire is the attempt to use humour (and irony) to point out flaws.
  2. Create a list of 4-5 of the subject’s flaws.
  3. Write your 200 word satire, ensuring that the literal meaning and the inferred meaning are different.  For example, I might write that “Students who swear openly in class should be praised.” Clearly, I don’t think we should praise students for swearing openly in class; thus, the literal meaning (we should praise students who swear) and the inferred meaning (students who swear shouldn’t be praised) are different.
  4. Satire works best when the exaggeration (or the hyperbole) increases as the satire continues. Thus, consider saving your best bit of satire for the end of your piece.

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