This worksheet is a tool for students to identify and analyze dramatic irony in literature. It provides a structured format for students to document instances where there is a discrepancy between what a character thinks or says and what the audience or reader knows to be true. Students are asked to fill out sections detailing the character’s thoughts or statements, the knowledge the reader possesses that the character does not, and an explanation of why this situation is considered ironic.
The worksheet’s aim is to teach students to recognize dramatic irony, a literary device where the audience has more information than the characters within the story, creating tension or humor. By completing the worksheet, students practice critical reading and thinking skills, learning to notice when an author uses dramatic irony and to understand its impact on storytelling and audience engagement. This exercise also helps students explore character development and plot dynamics, as dramatic irony often reveals the limitations or misunderstandings of characters within a narrative.