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.
Introduce the idea of parody and ask students to identify which of the three extracts is a parody: 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. Then show the clip.
Students could write their own parody in the style of a news, science or history report, perhaps about a family member or famous person.