Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Richler as Satirist
Ask the students to define the term satire, or have them look it up in a good dictionary. Explain that satire wittily ridicules people, ideas, and organizations, revealing human foibles, hypocrisy, and inconsistencies. Ask: Why do you think a satirist chooses this form of expression? What effect is the satirical writer trying to have on the audience?
Outline the Opportunity
Direct students to the topic Mordecai Richler Was Here on the CBC
Digital Archives website. Divide students into groups of four and assign each
group one or two clips from the site. Students should find and record examples
and sources of Richler's humour, particularly satire. Circulate to make sure
each group records accurate information.
Have the students regroup so that each member of the new group viewed different clips. Students will then take turns presenting their notes, while the others in the group comment, respond, question, and discuss.
Revisit and Reflect
Have groups offer samples of Richler's satire and the characters or characteristics he was satirizing. Lead a discussion about what motivates his satire and what the effect is.
Students can find and collect additional, current examples of satire from newspapers, comics, television programs, films, advertisements, and political cartoons. Students can keep a log of the information they find using the download sheet Richler as satirist.