Reading Books in PublicThis was on Shane's blog here at eNotes the other day (http://blogs.enotes.com/book-blog/2008-02/hemingway-hates-the-puritans).I love "The Onion"!  You know...

Reading Books in Public

This was on Shane's blog here at eNotes the other day (http://blogs.enotes.com/book-blog/2008-02/hemingway-hates-the-puritans).

I love "The Onion"!  You know you've seen this in real life: 

"Man Reading Pynchon on Bus Takes Pains to Make Cover Visible."  http://www.theonion.com/content/node/31366

I love satire and have used the Onion examples in my Advanced Comp courses.  You might also be interested in listening a fabulous story on "This American Life" about how the Onion operates.  http://www.thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=348 

 

 

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I have not yet read the Onion, but since it seems to be a satire, I would imagine it would be a good way to introduce students to the writing of satire as a prelude to teaching Swift's "A Modest Propsoal." Is this a good assumption?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One of the articles I like to use both for satire and for website (source) credibility is similar to lnorton's.  This article recounts the crisis in California as it relates to their velcro crops.

http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html

Haven't used this in a while, and when I just looked for it, I also found another site for possible satiric writing.  Must admit I didn't have time to look at it thoroughly, but it looks promising. 

http://krishna109.newsvine.com/_news/2010/01/11/3742672-californias-velcro-crop-under-challenge-

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lnorton | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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I also like to use the faux-journal-article "Body Rituals of the "Nacirema." This article is written as an anthropologist's observation of a strange culture. Nacirema, of course, is "American" spelled backwards. I find the article is a great way to introduce the concept of cultural lenses/viewing society critically, and I often use it to introduce some of the concepts that my students will need to fully understand/appreciate satire.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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"The Onion" sounds great! Any other texts like this that can be used to explore similar concepts? It is so great to have a resource like this to share ideas and strategies like this!

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lnorton | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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I use The Onion to help explore the concept of source credibility (specifically sources on the web). We talk about how important it is to examine a source's intention (in this case, to entertain/correct, not to inform). Some students actually thought The Onion was a regular news source, and considered the stories to be "credible" and worth citing. 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I have not heard of The Onion, but I'm going to give it a check. I  have students who love to outdo each other with the "If Chuck Norris...." jokes, and this might be a little more interesting to them.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I love "The Onion" also.  I used to keep my copy at school for satire, etc. examples in my composition and journalism classes until one of my younger gifted students swiped it from my shelf and took it home.  Some articles are appropriate for school and some are not...you can imagine how angry this child's parents were that I was using such "filth" in my classroom.  UGH.

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