TWIST Analysis for "The Scarlet Ibis"

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The Scarlet Ibis TWIST

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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 few pages, to look deeper at the author’s meaning.


TWIST Literary Analysis

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Using the first paragraph of “The Scarlet Ibis”, students can depict, explain, and foreshadow what will happen in the story, while getting a good idea of the author's voice.

TWIST Example for “The Scarlet Ibis”

It was in the clove of seasons; summer was dead, but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree. The flower garden was strained with rotting brown magnolia petals and ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox. The five o'clocks by the chimney still marked time, but the oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle. The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house, speaking softly the names of our dead.


T

TONE

Grief: Memories of those who have died, perhaps a child.
W

WORD CHOICE

dead, not born, bleeding, stained, rotting, brown, ironweeds, rank, untenanted, empty cradle, graveyard, drifted, dead
I

IMAGERY

“…the oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle.” This image of an empty nest, suggests a missing child.
S

STYLE

The author uses foreshadowing in the following lines: “summer was dead, but autumn was not yet born”; “…last graveyard flowers were blooming”; “speaking softly the names of our dead”.
T

THEME

The narrator speaks in a past tense, using words and imagery that sound like the theme could be the passing or memory of a loved one.


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Perform a TWIST analysis of a selection from "The Scarlet Ibis". 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.
  5. Save storyboard to assignment.

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