The biggest challenge I have with this unit is convincing them of the difference between satire and humor. Just because you’re making fun of something, doesn’t really mean you’re satirizing it. Additionally, just because people aren’t actively laughing doesn’t mean that it’s not satire. Satire is the act of being ridiculous in order to expose flaws and hopefully to bring about change. Making fun of something is just making yourself feel better. There’s plenty of room for overlap, but in a project like this, there needs to be a clear difference.
It’s sort of like training people to use their powers for good. A skilled satirist can make lots of money and wield great influence; just look at the nightly talk shows around the cable networks. Someone who just insults people usually diminishes himself. It makes all the difference to know the difference.