Kind of Activity:
To provide the biographical and historical context necessary to understand ITALIC[Gulliver’s Travels] as a work of political and social satire.
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3 ; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6
“Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own, which is the chief reason so few are offended by it.” – Jonathan Swift
Spend 10-15 minutes introducing the students to Jonathan Swift as a historical figure and writer, focusing in particular on his writings as a satirist. This website might be a good starting point for information...
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