Irony Activities & Games

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Irony can be a tricky concept for students to understand and identify in text. Use these games and activities to help reinforce student application and comprehension of irony using cooperative learning modules.

Getting Active with Irony

Learning and fully understanding the three types of irony - situational, dramatic, and verbal - may leave some students needing a bit more. That's where hands-on games and activities can help. When students are given many ways to interact with and apply understanding, they gain more conceptual knowledge and are able to take their skills to another level.

These games and activities are for students who have been introduced to irony.

The Irony Act

Setting - Small groups


  • Copies of familiar fairy tales, such as The Three Little Pigs
  • Copy of children's book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka


  • Read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs aloud to students.
  • As you read, ask students to record examples of irony.
  • When finished reading, divide students into small groups to share their irony examples. Then, ask them to identify which type of irony is being used.
  • Share answers as a whole class. Which are dramatic? Verbal? Situational?
  • Give each group a chance to look over the gathered fairy tales and choose a favorite.
  • Ask groups to re-write the story, adding irony similar to the kind they noticed in the read-aloud.
  • After story re-writes, give groups time to prepare a skit to demonstrate the irony.
  • While watching skits, have classmates write examples of irony. Then, discuss after each performance.

Extensions and Adaptations

  • Adapt this multi-class activity to your students' level by stretching out for many periods in order to scaffold and support, or assign as homework for more advanced students to work independently.
  • Perform skits in front of the student body, or invite parents and other staff to watch. Consider recording and uploading to your class website.

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