Day 4

A Confederacy of Dunces Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    John Kennedy Toole and Jonathan Swift

    Kind of Activity:

    Group Discussion


    Students will compare two text written in the same tradition and discuss their commonalities and differences.

    Common Core Standards:



    It is clear from its title that A Confederacy of Dunces was inspired by the work of the satirist, Jonathan Swift. In this activity, students will read A Modest Proposal by Swift and discuss where they see Swift's influence in Toole's writing. A copy of the full text with a helpful glossary can be found at or via this link: A Modest Proposal. (If you wanted to extend this lesson into a more in-depth...

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