ENG 3U: Dominance, Reciprocity, Communality, and Satire


Let’s start by pairing up and examining our work from yesterday. Remember that, according to Pinker, the way we communicate always falls into one of the three categories listed below. Your partner should be able to categorize your work without being told which category you chose (your partner should also indicate the three phrases/sentences that best reflect your category):

  • Dominance
  • Reciprocity
  • Communality

What’s next, you ask?

Today, you will become satirists. You will poke fun at the ridiculous and the ill-conceived. Since this teacher’s overview is so effective, let’s start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuvjDK3mpA0

Once we have a better understanding of satire, we will watch this clip; be prepared to tell me how it is satirical:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L2fsubA2-c.

Finally, I want you to write a 200 word satire of something worth ridiculing. Sarcasm is encouraged.


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