UNIT #2: AUTHOR'S PURPOSE IN FICTIONAL LITERATURE
Throughout the unit on Author's Purpose we will explore why authors write. We want to find out what the author's message is (theme), is he/she commenting on something that has happened or is happening in society (social commentary), and ultimately determine if the message is hidden in the from of parodies and satire.
We are going beyond identifying if the author's purpose is to INFORM, PERSUADE, or ENTERTAIN (as you have learned in previous years).
To learn this, we will be completing a host of learning activities--including watching an episode of The Simpsons!
2.1 Satire within The Simpsons
To understand the role of satire in serving as an author's purpose, we will view "The Itchy and Scratchy" episode of The Simpsons. As we view the episode, we will record instances of satire within the show.
When complete, we will identify the common, reoccurring satirical elements in order to identify which ones are motifs.
We will then complete the Simpsons Satirical Analysis assignment (found below).