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Irony Worksheets

Irony is about expectations and opposites. I teach students that there are three types of irony. Verbal irony is when a character or person says one thing but means the complete opposite. This is more commonly known as sarcasm. Dramatic irony is when a character believes something and the opposite is true. The audience knows that the character is working under false beliefs. This can lead to hilarious or tragic situations. Situational irony is when the complete opposite of what is expected occurs. When most people think of irony, they are thinking of situational irony.

Of all the concepts with which my students struggle, irony may be the most challenging. These resources have been useful in my attempts, I hope that you may too find some use for these. As a side note, contrary to many scholars, I do believe that Alanis Morissette much lambasted song “Ironic” does, in fact, reference situations that are ironic. I am also willing to argue about it with you in the comments section at this time, but as with all of my invitations to argue with random people on the Internet, this is for a limited time only.


Irony Worksheet – Read examples of irony and determine which of the three types of irony is used (verbal, situational, or dramatic). Explain your answer. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Irony Worksheet 2 – Five more examples of irony. Students read each examples and determine whether they are instances of verbal, situational, or dramatic irony and then explain their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Irony Worksheet 3 – Six more practice problems. Students read the passage, determine whether it is using situation, dramatic, or verbal irony. They then explain their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 6-10
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Irony Worksheet 4 – Students need lots of practice to accurately identify irony. Give them some more practice with this worksheet. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Irony Worksheet 5 – Do you need more irony practice? You’re in luck! Here’s another six problems to keep the irony skills sharp. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Irony Detectives Activity– Read the crime related ironic passages, based on the clues, determine which type of irony is used (verbal, situational, or dramatic), and then make your case. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Irony Lesson – Slide show lesson about the three types of irony (verbal, situational, and dramatic).  Includes definitions and examples.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Irony

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6 – Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6 – Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.6 – Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).

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60 Comments

  1. karen

     /  September 27, 2017

    These activities were awesome. I enjoyed using them. I might caution you about the age level for the detective activity. You might want to consider moving it to a higher level like 8th-10th grade due to subject matter. I actually had parents complain to the principal because they thought it was inappropriate for their kids.

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  2. Julie

     /  April 3, 2017

    I have absolutely LOVED this site!! I homeschool and haven’t found a grammar curriculum that my 6-7th grader likes and can learn from! I found it in your site!!
    Thanks for the awesome site, tools, and ability to teach this without tears and drama!!!

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    • That’s some high praise. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. I wish you and your child the greatest possible success.

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  3. Isabelle & Laura

     /  January 10, 2017

    Dear Morton,

    We use your website for improving and practicing our English. Thank you for all your effort and time to build your website.

    We are doing Irony worksheet 4 but there is no answer sheet for it. Would you please be able to add it to your website at your convenient time?

    Thank you again.

    Kind regards,
    Isabelle & Laura

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  4. Flyingfish

     /  September 18, 2016

    This is really helpful and thank you so much!

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  5. Barbecued Beans

     /  April 15, 2016

    Hello, yes I understand but now all I want to do is thank you for making these GREAT and even AMAZING worksheets, so thank you soo much for taking a larhe part of your time to help us. I really love your work a true work of art.

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  6. bontle

     /  April 12, 2016

    I have just stumbled across this website and I have to thank you. I can’t thank you enough. I teach in a school where there are no resources and you had nonidea how this has helped.

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  7. Timid Teach

     /  April 11, 2016

    I have been using these sheets for a the past few years, I started with your Figurative Language ones in my previous school and in my new role, I have used these Irony Activities. I love them. I see the someone asked you to make more for their use, and to use an idiom, that’s looking a gift horse in the mouth. Thank you so much for what you already shared. It kept me afloat my first year of teaching!

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  8. Barbecued Beans

     /  March 11, 2016

    Yes I also use this website a lot however when I was looking up the chapter Irony, I reached the website and I simply finished it in like 30 to 45 minutes, I would really appreciate it if you would make more worksheets like the last one you made which was the detective worksheet. As for me I would also rate the page however it would be a 4/5, not because it’s bad but because sometimes it needs more problems. Thank You
    Great Job

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    • I am slowly but surely improving and expanding the content and scope of this site, but everything takes time, even replying to these comments…

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  9. The Helper

     /  March 11, 2016

    Hey, great website but it needs more stories. I recommend doing more of that detective worksheet. Thanks, I love your website and I would rate it a 4.5/5. Just please add more worksheets. Thanks(AGAIN)

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  10. Brian

     /  March 6, 2016

    Some explanation and examples of situational irony on this site are incorrect. For example, Bill Gates using an Apple computer is not ironic per se. Saying situational irony is something unexpected happening is in itself not a correct definition.

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    • I find it to be ironic, but some people treat irony more stringently than others. Thank you for your contribution.

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  11. MRS.Patterson

     /  February 17, 2016

    what about answers for worksheet 4

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  12. HBates

     /  April 17, 2015

    The presentation needs to be changed. Not all verbal irony is sarcasm. The two are not synonyms. Sarcasm is a type of verbal irony, but it is not the only one. Sarcasm’s intent is to harm and comes from a term that literally means to tear the flesh. Commenting on the wonderful weather during a tornado is not meant to harm any one and is not sarcasm.

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  13. Angelina Vinent

     /  March 4, 2015

    Thank for sharing these worksheets! You have saved me so much time. I will continue to use your website.

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  14. Cindy

     /  February 19, 2015

    Is there an answer key available for #4? Thanks

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  15. Rachel

     /  December 16, 2014

    Love using these activities! Is there an answer key for Irony 4?

    Thanks!

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  16. grazia

     /  November 30, 2014

    God bless You!
    this is one of the greatest sites I’ve ever surfed….! Thanks

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  17. Student

     /  November 13, 2014

    I have been working for ever on one of these sheets one Edger Allen Po and I have come to the conclusion that I am unable to complete the assignment and I am in 7th grade.

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  18. Karen

     /  November 5, 2014

    I cannot get the links to the Irony quizzes to work on my Android tablets. Can you advise?

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    • Hello.

      Can you please describe the problem that you are having more thoroughly,
      so that I can better diagnose the problem with you.

      What happens when you press the links?

      Do they go to the pages and the pages don’t load?

      Also, what browser are you using?
      Are you using the stock Internet browser?

      Can you install the Chrome browser?

      Let’s work through this.

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  19. Karen

     /  November 5, 2014

    I can’t get the links to the tests to work on my android tablets.

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  20. Kathryn Smith

     /  October 29, 2014

    Just a suggestion. You may want to put a footer at the bottom of your page with your web address etc. and worksheet information.

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  21. Atef Mekdad

     /  October 10, 2014

    You were of a great help.
    Thank you

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  22. Carl Richard C. Dagalea

     /  October 6, 2014

    May we have the answers for Worksheets Number 4? Thank you very much. 🙂

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  23. Dalia

     /  January 24, 2014

    Thanks a lot for sharing all these worksheets with us.They were of great help for me, saving time and effort.
    Thanks a lot

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  24. mrs. poirier

     /  January 5, 2014

    Thanks again for the excellent examples and practice for my students. This website is invaluble for teachers at every level!

    Reply
  25. George

     /  November 4, 2013

    Good worksheet, great for using in school

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  26. joe hosni

     /  November 1, 2013

    this web site is amazing guys

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  27. David

     /  October 15, 2013

    You have the best resources!

    Thanks!

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  28. JoAnn Jenkins

     /  October 3, 2013

    These are great! This is the first time in my career have I been able to present this lesson so well. Kudos to you!

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  29. Brenda

     /  September 29, 2013

    Thank you so much. I didn’t even understand irony that well!

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  30. JRICH

     /  August 21, 2013

    This is really great! My students were still having difficulty distinguishing between the types of irony. The detectives activity REALLY helped them. Thanks so so much!

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  31. Kehinde Tasanmi

     /  August 13, 2013

    God bless you. I’ve been looking out for the best ways to test my students on figurative language and you just answered my prayers. More wisdom.

    Reply
  32. Rosa

     /  August 11, 2013

    Excellent worksheets! Thank you.

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  33. Shirley

     /  July 10, 2013

    Thanks for the worksheets. 😀 They saved me from thinking. <3 ^_^

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  34. Excellent! This really saved me several hours of work tonight; having the answers as well as the student sheets was such a time-saver. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this to share with others; your efforts are very much appreciated!

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  35. we need more fact about irony

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  36. Mel

     /  November 6, 2012

    Thanks! You just made my planning so much easier. 🙂

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  37. Wow!!! Great activities for my ESOL students!!! Thank you very much!!!

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  38. Excellent small group activities!

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  39. Emiliy

     /  October 19, 2012

    This is by far the BEST site I’ve found for useful reading worksheets! Thanks!

    Reply
  40. Miss Rees

     /  September 24, 2012

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  41. Annabelle

     /  August 1, 2012

    Thanks a lot it help and a fun/helpful activity!!!

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  42. Myisha

     /  May 14, 2012

    Thank you again for your wonderful website. Is it possible that you can create more irony detective situations? My students really got a into a deep discussion about the answers.

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  43. Augustine

     /  April 29, 2012

    Thank you so much. I teach hosp. kids and this has helped alot to hone in our specific areas that they may have missed.

    Reply
  44. vance emery

     /  February 7, 2012

    you helped me out a lot thanks.

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  45. lois cox

     /  January 1, 2012

    Thanks!

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  46. Nancy

     /  September 26, 2011

    Your ppt and detective activity are great and really saved me a bunch of work tonight!
    Thank you!

    Reply
  47. Myisha

     /  May 9, 2011

    These were great activities. You are a favorite!

    Reply
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