The following notes help students contextualize Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal." They give background information and summary of each section of the essay. This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.


  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-01.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

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This rhetorical analysis of Swift’s Modest Proposal is presented in 12 thorough, detailed slides. Initially, background information and context of the time in which this essay is written is offered. Then, the essay is examined and critiqued paragraph by paragraph, explaining and analyzing satire. This slide show offers opportunity for critical thinking and discussion of a high level.

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