Exploring Satirical Propmt

Jordan White
AP English
11th Grade
February 18, 2016

Exploring the Satirical Prompt

  1. What elements of satire did you notice upon your first read of the article?
  * The elements of satire I noticed when I first read the article were sarcasm and exaggeration.
  2. What rhetorical strategies contribute to the satire? How are they effectively used?
  * Humor, tone, diction, exaggeration, and appeals to authority are the rhetorical devices used in this essay. The essays refer to “pseudoscience”, “science-sounding literature”, and “an intelligent-looking man in a white lab coat” to point out that the research behind the shoe inserts is not scientifically valid. The author clearly uses the mocking descriptions to show that the public is easily being fooled by advertisers.
  3. What are the key differences between student response 2A and student response 2B? How do you account for the three point difference in scores?
  * 2A uses more information from the article and he refers to and quote the article more than 2B does.
  4. Explain the score received by the writer of 2C. Where do you think this writer might have missed an opportunity to craft a much stronger essay? Where are the opportunities for improvement?
  * The second writer only went over surface points of the article. There could have been a lot more done with article. More information was used in 2A’s essay and the writer used all the information they could in this essay.
  5. Based on your evaluation of the question, responses, and scoring commentary, what advice would you give to your classmates for approaching a question which requires an insightful analysis of satire?
  * Based on my evaluation I would advise my classmates to know what the prompt is asking and use all the information possible from the prompt in their essay. They need to make sure that they read the prompt carefully so they know what they’re talking about.