Satire: The Art of Indirect Persuasion

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A free press is entitled to its opinions. While the news pages report the facts of events, editorial pages feature writers' and cartoonists' opinions about events to either directly or indirectly persuade. Introduce viewers to the art of indirect persuasion with a presentation that defines different types of indirect persuasion (sarcasm, irony, satire) and provides examples of these types.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the class into 12 groups, assign each a different type of fallacy used in satire, and have them prepare a presentation that explains the logical fallacy
Classroom Considerations

  • Preview the presentation to determine if appropriate for your learning situation
  • Many of the examples are political in nature and required an understanding of current events
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  • The colorful 33-slide presentation includes images and examples for each concept
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