A modest Proposal” Name Directions



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A Modest Proposal”
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Directions: Jonathan Swift’s short piece of satire is considered the finest in the English language. As an Anglo-Irishman (individual born in Ireland from English parents) he lived in two worlds. He was acutely aware of the mistreatment of the Irish by the English because of imperialism. As a result, he wrote a bit of satire with a “modest” solution to solve the poverty problems of the Irish people. He is not serious about his solution, but has written it to shame the English upper class and point out the horrors of colonization. Your job is to read the text and find his solution (you should find it within the first two pages) and then write that solution below. Then, you need to create a chart of positive and negative results that would arise if the solution were enacted.
Solution to the Irish poverty problem:___________________________________________________________________

Positive Results: Negative Results:



Key terms:
Qualitative: a world view where things have inherent value within themselves (people are important, life means something, morality is considered)
Quantitative: a world view where things are important only in terms of numbers and outcomes
Swift uses all four elements of satire in his work. You need to find examples of three of the four elements of satire. After you find the example, copy down the quote [list page #], list the element of satire used [this has been done for you], and then write commentary about how Swift uses that element and toward what ultimate purpose. A sample has been done for you for the element of sarcasm.



QUOTE

ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY

Element of satire: sarcasm

“Therefore, let no man talk to me of other expedients: Of taxing our absentees at five shillings a pound…of teaching landlords to have at least one degree of mercy toward their tenants” (507-old text).


Swift uses the element of sarcasm, saying one thing and meaning the opposite, to conclude his work. He states that no one should “talk to [him] of other expedients” or solutions, but in reality the list of solutions he presents are rational ideas that at one time or another he proposed to the English government. Swift’s sarcasm illustrates the point that the English government has turned a deaf ear to any reasonable approach to dealing with the Irish people; moreover, Swift wants the reader to contrast his horrific recommendation with a final list of ideas that have been ignored as English landlords allow Irish tenants to starve and refuse to have “one degree of mercy” toward their plight.




QUOTE


ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY


Element of satire: irony – CONTRAST BETWEEN EXPECTATIONS AND REALITY







Element of satire: exaggeration – HYPERBOLE – USED TO EXPRESS STRONG SENTIMENT OR COMIC EFFECT







Element of satire: understatement - OPPOSITE OF HYPERBOLE; SAYING LESS THAN WHAT IS MEANT








Assignment- Taking the information from your pre-write and comprehension chart, write a single paragraph on the following topic:
Clearly explain what Jonathan Swift’s main point is in “A Modest Proposal”

and then examine how he uses the elements of satire to present his argument.

Requirements:

    • This must be typed

    • You must follow MLA format (sample heading listed below)

        • -12 font, double space, pg. # after citation (no works cited page necessary)

    • You must have an opener (question, quote, powerful statement)

    • You must have a thesis with title, author, genre mentioned

      • In Swift’s satiric work “A Modest Proposal,” he argues that__________

    • You must have examples with textual support and commentary

      • -Use your pre-write page- it should already be organized for you

    • You must have a summary sentence

    • This must be a minimum of 14 sentences. Put it all in one paragraph.


On the back of this page is a sample MLA paper. The paper itself states many of the requirements and formatting issues related to MLA. Read it for information and look at the format for a visual example of how to do it.
When you finish, staple your typed paragraph to the chart/quotes/commentary worksheet.

Keep this sheet for your notes if necessary.
Points:
10 points for the chart
15 points for the quote/commentary pre-write (2 per quote / 3 per commentary)
30 points for the typed, MLA formatted paragraph
55 total points

Joe Smith


Ms. Eberhart
Honors World Lit. & Comp.
April 17, 2011
“A Modest Proposal”
This is a sample of MLA format. When using MLA format, you should use size twelve font and and make sure to double space. When you use a quote, make sure you format it “just like a quote in a formal, multi-paragraphed essay with the page number and author displayed after the quote” (Fogelstrom 2). The period goes after the parentheses, except when you have a quote that goes over four lines of text. When you have a quote that goes over four lines of text, it will look like the following with a double indentation on the left side:

For long quotes that use over four lines of text, make sure you continue to double

space them. These quotes do not have any quotation marks around them, but they still require you to cite the page number. If you mentioned the author immediately before this quote, then just cite the page number. (5)

Notice that the period for the separated quote is before the parentheses. Also, notice that the margin goes back to one inch on the left side after the quote is finished. Because this is a single paragraph and fourteen sentences long, you should get a good idea about how long your paragraph should be. You might have to use more than the fourteen sentences required and that is fine, but make sure you have one inch margins on all sides. In the end, what you say will be more important than just trying to get to a certain minimum amount of sentences. Finally, make sure that you consult this MLA sample sheet for a visual example of proper formatting.



Directions: Jonathan Swift’s short piece of satire is considered the finest in the English language. As an Anglo-Irishman (individual born in Ireland from English parents) he lived in two worlds. He was acutely aware of the mistreatment of the Irish by the English because of imperialism. As a result, he wrote a bit of satire with a “modest” solution to solve the poverty problems of the Irish people. He is not serious about his solution, but has written it to shame the English upper class and point out the horrors of colonization. Your job is to read the text and find his solution (you should find it within the first two pages) and then write that solution below. Then, you need to create a chart of positive and negative results that would arise if the solution were enacted.
Solution to the Irish poverty problem:___________________________________________________________________

Positive Results: Negative Results:



Key terms:
Qualitative: a world view where things have inherent value within themselves (people are important, life means something, morality is considered)
Quantitative: a world view where things are important only in terms of numbers and outcomes
Swift uses all four elements of satire in his work. You need to find examples of three of the four elements of satire. After you find the example, copy down the quote [list page #], list the element of satire used [this has been done for you], and then write commentary about how Swift uses that element and toward what ultimate purpose. A sample has been done for you for the element of sarcasm.



QUOTE

ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY

Element of satire: sarcasm

“Therefore, let no man talk to me of other expedients: Of taxing our absentees at five shillings a pound…of teaching landlords to have at least one degree of mercy toward their tenants” (507-old text).


Swift uses the element of sarcasm, saying one thing and meaning the opposite, to conclude his work. He states that no one should “talk to [him] of other expedients” or solutions, but in reality the list of solutions he presents are rational ideas that at one time or another he proposed to the English government. Swift’s sarcasm illustrates the point that the English government has turned a deaf ear to any reasonable approach to dealing with the Irish people; moreover, Swift wants the reader to contrast his horrific recommendation with a final list of ideas that have been ignored as English landlords allow Irish tenants to starve and refuse to have “one degree of mercy” toward their plight.




QUOTE


ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY


Element of satire: irony







Element of satire: exaggeration







Element of satire: understatement








Assignment- Taking the information from your pre-write and comprehension chart, write a single paragraph on the following topic:
Clearly explain what Jonathan Swift’s main point is in “A Modest Proposal”

and then examine how he uses the elements of satire to present his argument.

Requirements:

This must be typed

You must follow MLA format (sample heading listed below)

-12 font, double space, pg. # after citation (no works cited page necessary)

You must have an opener (question, quote, powerful statement)

You must have a thesis with title, author, genre mentioned

In Swift’s satiric work “A Modest Proposal,” he argues that__________

You must have examples with textual support and commentary

-Use your pre-write page- it should already be organized for you

You must have a summary sentence

This must be a minimum of 14 sentences. Put it all in one paragraph.
On the back of this page is a sample MLA paper. The paper itself states many of the requirements and formatting issues related to MLA. Read it for information and look at the format for a visual example of how to do it.
When you finish, staple your typed paragraph to the chart/quotes/commentary worksheet. Keep this sheet for your notes if necessary.
Points:
10 points for the chart
15 points for the quote/commentary pre-write (2 per quote / 3 per commentary)
30 points for the typed, MLA formatted paragraph
55 total points
This covers three separate standards and will be used a formative assessment as well as a summative assessment.

Smith 1


Joe Smith
Mr. Fogelstrom
English IV
January 20, 2010
“A Modest Proposal”
This is a sample of MLA format. When using MLA format, you should use size twelve font and and make sure to double space. When you use a quote, make sure you format it “just like a quote in a formal, multi-paragraphed essay with the page number and author displayed after the quote” (Fogelstrom 2). The period goes after the parentheses, except when you have a quote that goes over four lines of text. When you have a quote that goes over four lines of text, it will look like the following with a double indentation on the left side:

For long quotes that use over four lines of text, make sure you continue to double



space them. These quotes do not have any quotation marks around them, but they still require you to cite the page number. If you mentioned the author immediately before this quote, then just cite the page number. (5)

Notice that the period for the separated quote is before the parentheses. Also, notice that the margin goes back to one inch on the left side after the quote is finished. Because this is a single paragraph and fourteen sentences long, you should get a good idea about how long your paragraph should be. You might have to use more than the fourteen sentences required and that is fine, but make sure you have one inch margins on all sides. In the end, what you say will be more important than just trying to get to a certain minimum amount of sentences. Finally, make sure that you consult this MLA sample sheet for a visual example of proper formatting.


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