The Legend of Sleepy Hollow TWIST

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow TWIST
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Lesson Plans by Anna Warfield

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving is one of the oldest American stories still regularly taught in schools. While this tale is often thought of as "scary", it actually contains a great deal of humor and thoughtfulness. Students will enjoy reading the characterization of Ichabod Crane and the origins of his legendary encounter with the Headless Horseman.
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow TWIST Analysis

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  • T - TONE
  • W - WORD CHOICE
  • I - IMAGERY
  • S - STYLE
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  • T - THEME
  • Mysterious: Sleepy Hollow is subject to many supernatural happenings
  • listless, drowsy, dreamy, sequestered, dreamy, bewitched, witching power, spells, reverie, trances, visions, nightmare
  • "the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols"
  • Irving takes great care to set the scene of Sleepy Hollow as a spot for supernatural occurrences. By providing a wide variety of examples, Irving persuades the reader to be more accepting of the supernatural.
  • Sleepy Hollow has long been a hotbed for ghosts, spirits, and otherworldly forces.
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