Parody Teacher Resources

One needn’t be an aficionado of late night television to enjoy parodies. The deliberately humorous imitations of political figures, events, artists, writers, and genres has long been a mainstay of the social criticism and literature of free societies.

An examination of how writers use this literary device is a key part of analysis and builds critical thinking skills. Don Quixote parodies the romances of Cervantes’ time. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels pokes fun at travel literature. Shakespeare, too, takes on traditional love poetry in “Sonnet 130,” and political cartoons are used with great effect on the editorial pages of newspapers.

Miss Selle's Science Songs offers a parody One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" to introduce middle schoolers to the scientific method. Use this lesson to encourage class members to try their hand at crafting parodies about school while practicing 6-trait writing. 

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Parody Hilarity

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Upper grade and middle school writers study the art of parody. In this language arts lesson plan, learners study the work of Lewis Carroll, read and discuss parodies from the book, Alice in Wonderland, and construct their own parody...
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Miss Selle's Science Songs - You Know All Your Variables (One Direction Parody)

For Students 6th - 8th
Introduce middle school scientists to scientific variables and the scientific method with a musical video. The song is a delightful parody of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." It belts out the definitions of controlled,...
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Sing a Song of Science

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Using parodies of popular music to introduce and reinforce concepts in secondary classrooms.
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Advertising and Healthy Decisions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze alcohol and tobacco ads and create parodies of them. The eight lessons in this unit include discussions about why teens smoke or drink, the psychology behind the advertising, and writing persuasive letters to agencies,...
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Soliloquy On B

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Patrick Stewart engages in a soliloquy about the letter “B.” He identifies its characteristics, and names words that begin with “B.” It's a great parody of Shakespeare's famous speech.
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Parody

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Expand your students' literary likings with this quick PowerPoint about parodies. A detailed definition of a parody on the second slide precedes different examples of parodies in pop culture. Tip: Show videos of famous parodies your...
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Marketing to Teens: Parody Ads

For Teachers 8th - 11th
High schoolers deconstruct advertising messages by analyzing parody ads and exploring the purpose of satire. Then they create their own parodies based on real ads discussed in class. A creative activity to extend any study of media,...
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Everyone Likes Singing a Parody

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Familiar songs get an educational spin with a parody writing lesson. Scholars take their favorite songs and change the lyrics to reinforce topics taught in the classroom.
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How to Write a Silly Song Parody

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery—and it's a great way to learn about poetic structure! Young poets use familiar tunes to write a song parody based on straightforward guidelines.
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Impersonating Great Poets Using "Science Verse" by Jon Scieszka

For Teachers 5th - 7th
A great way to bring poetry and parody into your language arts classroom, this lesson mimics famous poems based on Jon Scieszka's Science Verse. The activity not only allows the class to see examples of poem parodies, but to create their...
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Satire, Parody, and Humor in Catch-22

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Laughter is the heart of dark comedy. It makes the unbearable bearable. Joseph Heller crafted his dark comedy Catch-22 to enable readers to laugh at the painful realities and underscore the absurdities of a war where people you don't...
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My Blackberry Isn't Working

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
This worksheet starts out on a strong note by using a humorous video called "My Blackberry Is Not Working" from BBC One to teach parody. While they watch the short video, viewers fill out a chart about the electronic brands, noting any...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: The Market Roller Coaster

For Students 9th - 12th
Hop on the stock market rollercoaster! This political cartoon analysis has scholars examine a cartoon about the ups and downs of a volatile market. Background information and a quote provide context for analyzing the cartoon, and 3...
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Why Is Aristophanes Called "The Father of Comedy"?

For Students Higher Ed
Set your class racing to find copies of Aristophanes’s plays with an engaging introduction. A well-designed video helps college-level viewers who are gaining an understanding of ancient Greek history learn that the social commentary in...
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Errors vs. Rhetorical Devices

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Is there a difference between writing errors and employing rhetorical devices? This presentation argues that there is a difference, but it might be a finer point than one would think. Addressing double entendre, oxymorons, and parody,...
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Turning Assets into Action in the Fight Against Hunger

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can one person change the world? Scholars research and analyze the topic of world hunger. Using video clips, parodies, and primary source evidence, they uncover a current campaign to end world hunger. Collaborative groups openly...
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Self Portrait Propaganda Poster

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Using age-old propaganda methods alongside a modern resource, class members take pictures of themselves and turn them into parodies from another image, or they create entirely new versions of propaganda. They view photographs of past...
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"Keep Calm Parody"

For Teachers 6th - 8th
With a computer and some creative thinking, young graphic designers learn the basics about clip art and inserting images to create a parody poster. They watch a video that discusses the story behind the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster,...
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Trigonometric Music Video Parody

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Dust off those dance skills and warm up those vocal cords—math meets song in this student-centered and engaging project. Budding videographers are challenged to integrate trigonometric concepts and features into a Weird-Al-style parody...
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Visual Puns - Paper Mache Sculpture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the pop art movement and create a sculpture in the pop art style based on a visual pun, or play on words. The scholar's work may use humor, allegory, metaphor, or be in the form of a parody. Visual examples are provided, and some...
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Christmas Remakes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
"The first hotel," the agents did say, "was to certain poor travelers in fields where they strayed." Start the holiday season with this Christmas activity, which incorporates several important language arts skills. Students begin by...
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The Price of Happiness: On Advertising, Image, and Self Esteem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Are your students aware of the effect advertising can have on their self-image, self-esteem, and happiness? This lesson from the Media Awareness Network is aimed at increasing that awareness and mitigating any negative effects it might...
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Leaks and Gossip: Examining WikiLeaks Through Political Cartoons

For Students 9th - 12th
Use political cartoons to spice up a discussion on national security! Two cartoons, one by Normal Rockwell in 1948, the other a parody of Rockwell's by Chuck Asay in 2010, depict the dangers of leaking information. Background information...
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D: Dance

For Students Pre-K - K
Dance starts with the letter “D!” Elmo, Big Bird, and Snuffy dance with the letter “D.” This is a parody of the old iPod commercial.

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