Virginia Convention TWIST Analysis

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TWIST-ing Speech in the Virginia Convention

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Another great way to engage your students is through the creation of storyboards that examine Tone, Word Choice, Imagery, Style, and Theme. This activity is referred to with the acronym “TWIST”. In a TWIST, students focus on a particular paragraph or a few pages, to look deeper at the author’s meaning.


TWIST Literary Analysis

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Using an excerpt from the Patrick Henry speech, students can depict, explain, and discuss what the purpose of Henry’s speech is, while analyzing his voice.

TWIST Example for “Speech in the Virginia Convention”

Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned with contempt from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained - we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left to us!


T

TONE

Henry’s tone is passionate, intense, and pleading.
W

WORD CHOICE

slighted, violence, insult, disregarded, spurned, noble struggle, fight
I

IMAGERY

"...and we have been spurned with contempt from the foot of the throne!”
S

STYLE

Henry uses repetition in the beginning of the section to highlight all of the responses the colonists’ efforts have been met with in their pleas to the throne. His exclamations drive home the passion of the only choice they have left.
T

THEME

This passage highlights the immediacy of the situation that the colonists are in. They have appealed to the King, and he has rejected them; if they wish to preserve their freedom and not let their struggle be in vain, then they must go to war and fight for their “noble struggle.”


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Perform a TWIST analysis of a selection from “Speech in the Virginia Convention”. Remember that TWIST stands for Tone, Word Choice, Imagery, Style, Theme.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose any combination of scenes, characters, items, and text to represent each letter of TWIST.
  3. Write a few sentences describing the importance or meaning of the images.
  4. Finalize images, edit, and proofread your work.

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