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English 10 Honors: American Literature
English 12/LIT 115
AP English Language and Composition/ENG 121 » A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
Pages 858 through 864 in The Norton Reader

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Grappling With Archaic Prose: Discussion Preparation Questions: “A Modest Proposal”


Learning goals:  Students will know:

·        How to determine context through research

·        How to define satire;

·        How to detect satire;

·        Methods used to effect change including hyperbole, irony and absurdity;

·        Arrangement as a rhetorical strategy;

·        The significance of specific diction choices;

·        How diction evolves and how to “translate” archaic prose

·        How voice and the creation of a persona can be employed as effective tools in satirical writing



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