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.
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.
Kaylee/ March 16, 2019
i can’t find my kids assignment answers anywhere?
gabby/ March 7, 2019
hi i have a worksheet that we are working on in class and i need help one it and the teacher is not answering me and i am trying to ask a question and it is making me mad because she is not helping me please help me and
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.
sunni blanton/ February 26, 2019
I felt the same way. I went to read this with my 4th grader and stopped – I was like what???!! Totally inappropriate for younger ages. Might need to be thrown out all together. It is not painting a good scene at all for any age child.
Mr. Morton/ March 6, 2019
I welcome you to edit the worksheets using the provided RTF files until they fit your standards of decency. Best wishes, friend.
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!!!
Mr. Morton/ April 6, 2017
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.
Isabelle & Laura/ January 10, 2017
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.
Isabelle & Laura
Flyingfish/ September 18, 2016
This is really helpful and thank you so much!
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.
Mr. Morton/ April 18, 2016
Thank you for the kind words and best wishes!
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.
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!
Mr. Morton/ May 5, 2016
Ha ha. You put it nicely. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment.
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
Mr. Morton/ March 15, 2016
I am slowly but surely improving and expanding the content and scope of this site, but everything takes time, even replying to these comments…
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)
Mr. Morton/ March 15, 2016
I’ll see what I can do. Thanks.
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.
Mr. Morton/ March 15, 2016
I find it to be ironic, but some people treat irony more stringently than others. Thank you for your contribution.
MRS.Patterson/ February 17, 2016
what about answers for worksheet 4
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.
Mr. Morton/ April 27, 2015
Thank you for your input. You’ve added value to the discussion.
Angelina Vinent/ March 4, 2015
Thank for sharing these worksheets! You have saved me so much time. I will continue to use your website.
Cindy/ February 19, 2015
Is there an answer key available for #4? Thanks
Rachel/ December 16, 2014
Love using these activities! Is there an answer key for Irony 4?
grazia/ November 30, 2014
God bless You!
this is one of the greatest sites I’ve ever surfed….! Thanks
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.
Mr. Morton/ November 19, 2014
Poe can be tough. Maybe try a different worksheet?
Karen/ November 5, 2014
I cannot get the links to the Irony quizzes to work on my Android tablets. Can you advise?
Mr. Morton/ November 5, 2014
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.
Karen/ November 5, 2014
I can’t get the links to the tests to work on my android tablets.
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.
Atef Mekdad/ October 10, 2014
You were of a great help.
Carl Richard C. Dagalea/ October 6, 2014
May we have the answers for Worksheets Number 4? Thank you very much. 🙂
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
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!
George/ November 4, 2013
Good worksheet, great for using in school
joe hosni/ November 1, 2013
this web site is amazing guys
David/ October 15, 2013
You have the best resources!
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!
Mr. Morton/ October 5, 2013
Thank you for saying so.
Brenda/ September 29, 2013
Thank you so much. I didn’t even understand irony that well!
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!
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.
Rosa/ August 11, 2013
Excellent worksheets! Thank you.
Shirley/ July 10, 2013
Thanks for the worksheets. 😀 They saved me from thinking. <3 ^_^
Debdraudt/ December 17, 2012
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!
tete/ December 7, 2012
we need more fact about irony
Mel/ November 6, 2012
Thanks! You just made my planning so much easier. 🙂
Mrs. J/ November 4, 2012
Wow!!! Great activities for my ESOL students!!! Thank you very much!!!
SuCar/ October 30, 2012
Excellent small group activities!
Emiliy/ October 19, 2012
This is by far the BEST site I’ve found for useful reading worksheets! Thanks!
Miss Rees/ September 24, 2012
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Annabelle/ August 1, 2012
Thanks a lot it help and a fun/helpful activity!!!
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.
Mr. Morton/ August 10, 2012
I’d like to, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon. Thanks for visiting!
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.
vance emery/ February 7, 2012
you helped me out a lot thanks.
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Nancy/ September 26, 2011
Your ppt and detective activity are great and really saved me a bunch of work tonight!
Myisha/ May 9, 2011
These were great activities. You are a favorite!
Mr. Morton/ May 11, 2011
Thank you kindly.