ERIC Number: ED193690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Reluctant Thinker and the Uses of Voice Parody in the Classroom.
Airaudi, Jesse T.
Student writers should be encouraged to move beyond a "jargon" or "public discourse" model of writing. This can be accomplished by capitalizing on the students' knack for imitation by turning it into public parody. After being divided into small panels of three, four, or five members, students are assigned a voice and topic and asked to develop a parody. Suggested voices and topics include (1) a bureaucrat announcing an energy conservation plan in the home, (2) a politician admitting to being caught red-handed at some shady deal, (3) a weather announcer with tomorrow's weather, (4) a spokesperson for a company explaining to the public why prices must go up, or (5) a commercial sales person selling a new "wonder" product. One class period is enough, most students can construct the parodies from these topics "cold." Each group is encouraged to develop its parody solely for the entertainment and approval of the other members of the class. This parody technique carries over to each students' serious writing--by laughing themselves out of their affectation, the way is cleared for the students' own voices to emerge. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (34th, Denver, CO, October 16-18, 1980).