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What Others Think

Yes, Mr. Draeger did kidnap me, but he was a fairly nice guy, even if his intellect was not quite up to par. His dog, however, was outstanding.

—Jonathan Swift

In addition to the full, unabridged text of Swift’s essay, this volume for students in grades 7-12 includes a “Pre-Flight”, a short introduction to read before reading the essay, a “Wrap Up”, a more in depth explanation and discussion of the essay, to be read after, along with “I Kidnap Jonathan Swift”, where Mr. Draeger travels back in time to interview Dr. Smith under less than ideal circumstances. If you’ve never kidnapped someone it’s not as easy as it looks. He wasn’t happy about it either. Go figure.


  • Grade Level: 7-12
  • Pages: 41
  • ISBN: 9798357617569
  • Black and White
  • Dimensions: 5″ x 8″

Sample Pages

Table of Contents

  • The full, unabridged text of “A Modest Proposal”
  • Introduction
  • Pre-Flight: Before You Read
  • A Modest Proposal
  • Discussion Questions
  • Wrap Up: After You Read
  • A Note About Wrap-Ups
  • I Kidnap Jonathan Swift
  • Swift Quotes
  • Additional Reading
  • Create Your Own Memes

Also included are open-ended, Socratic discussion questions to help students think more in depth about the essay, some quotes from Swift and a list of some of his other writings.

I don’t really know how to reveal one of the last pieces of the puzzle without sending potential readers into fits of euphoria, but here goes: there is also a portrait of Swift!

But that was not the last piece of the puzzle! There are also memes made using some great art pieces and blank memes so students can get creative.