Focusing on close reading of key sentences in '1066 and All That' by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman, this clip explores how parody can be created by imitating the style of an academic text. It exemplifies how the use of phrases, connectives and punctuation can work together to create humorous intent.

This clip is from:
Curriculum Bites, English
First broadcast:
4 October 2007

Can be used as an illustrative example or as part of a lesson as follows: students explore three short text extracts (one from a serious historical text, one from ‘Horrible Histories’ and a written version of the extract from ‘1066 and All That’ used in the clip); they identify which language is used to be funny and which authoritative. Introduce the idea of parody and ask them to identify which of the three extracts is a parody; then show the clip.