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.
The clip can help when explaining parody and can be used as a general illustrative example or an effective starter.
Alternatively, issue students with the phrases, ‘in order that’, ‘when drawn up’, ‘under these circumstances’, and ‘besides this’ and ask them to discuss, in pairs , in what sort of text these phrases might be found. Give them the ‘1066’ extract (a written version from the clip) and ask them to identify its key language and punctuation features. Watch the clip to check their responses. Re-iterate the definition of parody. Ask students to write a parody incorporating 5 of the features mentioned in the clip.