Reflection: Modeling Have I Got a Deal for You: The Infomercial as Satirical Genre - Section 2: The Teacher as Satirical Cartoonist


When I gave the assignment to create a satirical cartoon, I did so w/ the intent of creating one myself, even though my artistic abilities are woefully limited. 

As fate would have it, that evening I saw a Facebook post about the University of Texas's new football coach and his $25 million dollar contract, which I find nothing short of disgusting, and which I think says a great deal about his character. Simply, I don't know how anyone can in good conscious demand that kind of money when educators of all stripes are so egregiously underpaid. 

Then I learned that the proposed education budget for teacher salaries being sent to the state legislature here in Idaho is $21 million less than last year's budget. Indeed, the highest state employee is the Boise State University football coach. 

This information came together in a force of synergy that gave me the idea for my cartoon, and even though some may argue that my voicing my opinion to students about these obscenities is questionable, I did so in the context of the assignment, and I did so with the intent of showing students how their create gestures articulate ideas important to me. The relentless undermining of teaching as a viable profession bothers me immensely. I'll shout it from the rooftop if given the opportunity. 

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Have I Got a Deal for You: The Infomercial as Satirical Genre

Unit 7: Take a Little Trip: The Middle Ages and Chaucer
Lesson 3 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze the target, the satirical techniques, and the desired reform in Rick Riley's satirical essay "Weighed Down by Too Much Cash? Don't Worry, I'm Here to Help."

Big Idea: A parody of an infomercial works as an editorial commentary.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, Fictional Literature, satire, Cartoons, Chaucer, Life of Riley, Rick Riley
  60 minutes
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