This game is used to introduce students to the concepts behind Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal." Students will be randomly assigned to different social classes; then they will learn what it was like for poor Irish tenants who paid much of their wages to absentee landlords. 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


satire jonathan swift modest proposal game



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-04-14.

Component Ratings:

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

Reviewer Comments:

This excellent simulation is a hands-on introduction to poverty. While it might be tied to Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, it can also stand alone. Technically, the lesson is complete and describes how cards could be made. The content of this lesson is correct and is in sync with current thought. The pedagogy is appropriate and creative, reflecting best practice in a meaningful way.
Fliss Newton
May 27, 2012
I might be thick but how do you set this up?
James Daly
As a first year student teacher, I cannot wait to try this game out with my seniors. Thank you.

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