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Literature: Irony

What is irony? Students can learn about the different types of irony using these web sites. Teachers can explore lesson plans on irony. Included are eThemes on literature themes and reading in the content area.


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Students can read this encyclopedia entry on irony. Click on "Sinking of the Sultana" for a story with ironic overtones. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Read this definition and example of irony. NOTE: The site includes ads.
What is physical irony? These photographs in the "Gallery" are examples of physical irony. NOTE: Teachers may want to select the photographs for students to use.
Read this article "The Anatomy of Sarcasm: Researchers Reveal how the Brain Handles this Complex Communication." Find out why autistic children have trouble interpreting irony.
Did September 11 spell the end of irony? Read this article on "The Final Irony." NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can read about the complex history of "irony."
Students in grade six through eight will use a short story to identify theme and irony in this lesson plan. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Find "Lesson 14: Isn't Life Ironic!" This lesson plan is for high school students.
This lesson plan is for grades nine through twelve.
Students in high school learn how to analyze political cartoons.
High school students reading Frederick Douglass's narrative of his life learn to recognize irony in this lesson plan.
This lesson plan using "Julius Caesar" is for grades nine through twelve.
These sites are about survival during natural disasters and in other dangerous situations. Find out which books for teenagers deal with a survival theme.
Explore different reading strategies by visiting these websites. The websites are for students and teachers and explain how students can improve their reading skills. Some websites have tips for teachers on teaching different reading strategies.

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