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Ironic, Isnï¿t It?

Ironic, Isnï¿t It?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.89

     challenging words:    boogeyman, VerbalDramaticSituational, prankster, oregano, best, accessory, irony, shaving, summarize, accessorize, literal, spraying, prank, dramatic, humorous, unaware
     content words:    Famous Parsleyed Potatoes, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan

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Ironic, Isnï¿t It?
By Brenda B. Covert

1     Isn't it ironic? The more you try to be ironic, the more difficult it is! Do you know what else is ironic? Irony has nothing to do with ironing! Irony [EYE-ruh-nee] is the humorous or scornful use of words to express the opposite of what one really means. What is said or written is not what is meant. In this lesson, you are going to try your hand at ironic [eye-RAHN-ik] writing.
2     There are three types of irony. Think carefully about each type because you get to choose which type you attempt to create for this assignment.
3     4     Verbal irony is the use of words to mean something other than their literal meaning. Most sarcastic comments are ironic. For instance, the person who says, "Nice going, Einstein," isn't really paying anyone a compliment. Along those lines, suppose you write about a character who works as a cook. Cookie names a potato recipe "My Famous Parsleyed Potatoes." There are two ironies; first, the potato dish is not famous, and second, oregano replaces parsley in the dish! A teenage character might say, "I was so happy about getting braces that I skipped all the way to the orthodontist's office."
5     Most likely, you have used irony in speaking to others. Write down something you've said that was the opposite of what you really meant:


8     Dramatic irony is the suspenseful knowledge that a character is unaware of. It's when you know the boogeyman is hiding in the attic, but the hero of the movie doesn't know that. You want him to get a clue and stay away from the attic. "Don't open that door! Get out of the house!" The irony is that the hero thinks he is safe when you know he's in danger. There is that element of contrast again.
9     Think of cartoons, movies, or books with which you are familiar. Choose an example of dramatic irony from one of them. Name the source and summarize the irony here:

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