by The Onion Staff
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
A Modest Proposal
- Jonathan Swift
In this famous work of satire, Jonathan Swift proposes a ridiculous and immoral strategy to deal with with overcrowding, overpopulation, and poverty in Ireland.Pair "Natural Selection Kills 38 Quadrillion Organisms in Bloodiest Day Yet" with "A Modest Proposal" and ask students to compare these two works of satire. Does contemporary satire differ from the satire from two centuries ago?
Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences
- The Onion Staff
In this humorous article from the satirical news site The Onion, a wealthy teenager uses his wealth and connections to escape charges for causing a terrible drunk driving accident.Pair "Natural Selection Kills 38 Quadrillion Organisms" with "Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences" and ask students to compare and contrast these two works of contemporary satire. How does the author of each work use humor and hyperbole to make a point?