Unraveling *Irony* in Rod Serling*s Twilight Zone
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Mr. Sochocki Honors English 10 A
SSR & Log
Unveil Essential Question
Into to Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone
Clip from Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval Documentary
The New Twilight Zone Intro (1985)
View Mini-Episode “A Small Talent for War”
Discussion and Writing Activity
1: an area just beyond ordinary legal and ethical limits 2: a world of fantasy or illusion
First known usage dates back to 1908
World War II Army Veteran (injured in the Philippines) Awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Philippine Liberation Medal Writing became an outlet for him to deal with his nightmarish experiences from the war Wrote for radio and television Created, hosted, and wrote for The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling’s Night Gallery Won numerous awards for his work Married and had two children His chain smoking habit most likely contributed to his death at the age of 50
Aired from 1959-64 (156 episodes) Acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest American television series of all-time
Anthology series that included a wide range of genres such as drama, fantasy, horror, psychological thriller, science fiction, and suspense Tackled social issues in an unconventional way to avoid being censored or losing sponsors Famous for its “twist endings”
Irony: “Irony is a special kind of contrast between appearance and reality—usually one in which reality is the opposite from what it seems. One type of irony, is situational irony, the contrast between what a reader [viewer] or character expects and what actually exists or happens.”
From The Language of Literature Grade 9 page 1134
The New Twilight Zone Intro (1985) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFyh4mU6ps
View Mini-Episode “A Small Talent for War” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbT1fCHOj fI
Why is the ending of “A Small Talent for War” ironic? This episode aired over 25 years ago during the Cold War, but is it still thought-provoking today? Why?
What value does “strangeness” have in literature, film, and television? Explain.
Mr. Sochocki Honors English 10 A
Vocabulary Quick Recap of Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone, and the Key Concept of “Irony”
“I See,” “I Think,” and “I Wonder” Activity
View the Episode “Eye of the Beholder”
1). Write about the use of irony in the TZ episode “Eye of the Beholder” in regards to the view of “beauty.” This is the one with pig people being “attractive” and “normal” people being ugly. 2). In the real world, can the “eye of the beholder” be biased or blind by what it sees? For example, could this episode’s message be applied to bullying or any form of discrimination? Explain.
The young sleuths of Mr. Sochocki’s class will put on their thinking caps, pick up their magnifying glasses, and witness a world of illusions turned inside out. The brilliant Twilight Zone episode “Eye of the Beholder” will be the vehicle for their learning that will be culminated by an introspective writing assignment. Along the way, they will “see” irony and at the same time will reflect upon the deeper implications at hand, which can be unsettling to discover. Ultimately, students will develop a more sophisticated understanding of irony that has relevance to their own lives and may even awaken a more mature attitude towards others.
Sharpen their writing skills by producing a polished and thoughtful paper on the highlighted concept of irony Raise awareness on the neighboring concepts of “suspense” and “inference” too Dissect the craft of the episode and explain why it is extremely effective
Engaging “See, Think, and Wonder” activity Collaborate and build off of one another’s insights and ideas Play detective! “Open mic” opportunity to share exerts from their finished product with their classmates Applause for each volunteer
Make real life connections to the learning at hand Freedom to explore a wide range of topics such as superficiality, closed mindedness, racism, sexism, homophobia, diversity, or socioeconomic status Unique way to tackle bullying Goes to the root of what it means to be different which can be very arbitrary Remind students of the dangers of smoking