Reflection: Data Analysis Let's TWIST: Tone, Word choice, Imagery, Style, and Theme - Section 4: Application


This strategy for developing a theme statement worked well today.  More than half of my students were using the frame to develop their theme statements. I didn't make it mandatory, so it was interesting to see some students try to develop their own. About 1/3 of the students reverted back to their old ways of developing theme statements, but having the frame on the board really helped me to focus them on developing true themes (messages about life of human nature).

I noticed that it is hard for them to develop a theme that is not a command. According to the feedback I received, some were allowed to do this in their middle school ELA classes last year. I told them that what they learned last year isn't wrong, but in high school, we are refining what they have learned, and this is one of those adjustments that will move their theme analysis and writing to the next level. I am hoping that they will remember and re-use the frame (if they need to) as we continue to discuss universal themes throughout the year.

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Let's TWIST: Tone, Word choice, Imagery, Style, and Theme

Unit 1: The Search for Identity: Introductory Unit
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT analyze all of the elements that help convey the theme of a poem and develop a theme paragraph by using the TWIST strategy to do a close reading and analytical writing on a poem.

Big Idea: Students TWIST it out by drafting thesis statements using a close reading organizer (TWIST)

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