What are some class activities that can introduce the concept of irony before we read "The Gift of the Magi"?

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

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I have found looking at the various types of irony and then getting the kids to identify examples of the three kinds of irony from films or TV series that they know well works great. This then enables them to gain an understanding of the differences between the different kinds of irony and helps them identify them in literature.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I like the music idea and I have a PowerPoint presentation on Irony and Ambiguity followed by a musical activity using Alanis Morisette's song Ironic (edited lyrics). It worked, probably not the best thing in the world, but the students got a hold of it. Let me know if you want the entire lesson plan. It includes Daily Opener writing assignments, practice, an ambiguity art assignment, study questions for stories, and it is all based on The Gift of the Magi, The Lady or the Tiger, and The Lottery. I would be more than happy to email it to you, I'm all about sharing ideas and lesson plans. :) I tried to paste some links, but I couldn't get them to work quite right. I'll try to email them to you, although I would have liked to share them here in case anyone else needed something.


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phm | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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Hi Clane


Could you please email the material to me? I am a pre-service teacher in Australia. I intend to teach the Gift of Magi to a yr 7 class and am looking for ways to improvise.




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