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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.



Irony Worksheet 1
Here is a great worksheet to help students practice or review irony. They will read examples of irony and determine which of the three types of irony is used (verbal, situational, or dramatic). Then they will explain their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9.
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Irony Worksheet 2
This worksheet has 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
This worksheet has six more practice problems. Students read the passage, determine whether it is using situational, 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 irony worksheet. It is double-sided and has five problems. Students read the passages, determine how it is ironic, and explain the irony. 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 your irony skills sharp. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8.
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Irony Detectives Activity
Here's a fun irony activity. Students read the crime related passages, which have something ironic in each. Based on the clues in the passages, students will determine which type of irony is used (verbal, situational, or dramatic). Then they will make their cases by explaining their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8.
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I hope that these irony worksheets and activities will help you or your students master irony. Irony is a tricky skill and it’s really great to get some extra practice with it.

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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ELA Standards: Literacy

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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66 Comments

  1. Olivia

     /  August 15, 2019

    Great materials, Mr Morton!
    Thank you for your generosity.

    Reply
  2. Fabio Schneider

     /  March 26, 2019

    This is beyond my wildest dreams !
    ( I am ” a little exhausted ”
    towards the end of an interesting school year – and here is all I need to get back in the game. Fantastic !
    Have a wonderful day, Sir

    Reply

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