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Irony Detectives Activity

Looking for a fun activity to help your students better understand the three types of irony? Check out the irony detectives activity. I always pump up students by asking them questions like, “What do detectives look for?” and so forth.

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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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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  1. Elvira Bayalas

     /  September 9, 2015

    Thanks a lot. Its a big help in making my lesson plan in literature.

  2. joann jenkins

     /  September 28, 2013

    Thanks! This is very helpful in getting students to really know the differences of irony.


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