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Prose Analysis with TWIST

Pixton Lesson Plan on Prose Analysis with TWIST

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Prose Analysis with TWIST
Pixton Lesson Plan on Prose Analysis with TWIST

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Prose Analysis with TWIST

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Before students can analyze prose using the TWIST mnemonic device, they must first understand what it means to analyze prose. When student write an analysis essay, they must make a specific claim, find and paraphrase evidence to support the claim, explicitly state how the evidence supports the claim, and provide relevant context or background information so that the reader does not have to read the original text to understand the analysis of the text.

  • Analyze: To separate into parts in order to determine meaning; To examine details in order to interpret an argument.
  • Prose: Any written or spoken language in its ordinary form that is not poetry.

Opening Discussion

By analyzing prose with TWIST, students will focus their analysis on five specific elements:

  1. Tone

    • The author's attitude towards the subject matter or the general styles of communicating.
    • The tone of a text is stated as an adjective that describes an attitude: Positive, Negative, Neutral, Ironic, Humorous, Insecure, Condescending, Nostalgic, Hopeful, Defeated, Angry, Remorseful, Cautionary, Sincere, etc.
  2. Word Choice

    • The author’s use of specific, descriptive, sensory words, to “show” rather than to “tell”. Adjectives , nouns and verbs ere chosen carefully to paint a specific picture or emotional response.
    • Similar sensory words or words with a shared negative or positive connotation are often grouped together to evoke a specific meaning or mood.
  3. Imagery and Detail

    • The use of sensory, descriptive or figurative language.
    • Examples include onomatopoeia, alliteration, similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, analogies, euphemisms, any words that evoke emotions or the five senses, or paint a picture in readers’ minds.
  4. Style

    • The way an author presents information that influences how the reader interprets it. Vocabulary, sentence structure, figurative language, and sentence arrangement are all part of an author's literary style.
    • Types of literary styles include: Expository, descriptive, persuasive or argumentative, narrative, original, informal, formal, journalistic, or archaic.
  5. Theme
    • The author's intentions; The idea the author wants to relay about the topic.
    • Students should use the other TWIST elements - tone, imagery, word choice and style - to interpret the theme.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Review Prose Analysis with TWIST

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Fiction Prose Analysis with Twist

    Complete after class reading or discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Nonfiction Prose Analysis with TWIST

    Complete after class reading or discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard illustrating examples of each literary style.

  • Extension / Modification
    Comic (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Comic Strip to illustrate various tones and the effect they have on the interpretation of word choice.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Do you in any way interpret or analyze during your daily interactions? Why or why not?
  • How can you tell what a person's tone is when they speak directly to you or send you an email or message?
  • Why is examining word choice important to understand the tone and theme?
  • How does literary style influence the meaning and theme of a text? For example, how is the message different between a journalistic newspaper article and an informal online article?
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Pixton Activity: Prose Analysis with TWIST 1 Review Prose Analysis with TWIST

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

By analyzing prose with TWIST, you will focus a piece of writing's tone, word choice, imagery and details, style and theme. Review the details of each TWIST element in the opening discussion of the lesson.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes teach element of TWIST:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the element.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Prose Analysis with TWIST 2 Fiction Prose Analysis with Twist

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

By analyzing prose with TWIST, you will focus a piece of writing's tone, word choice, imagery and details, style and theme. Review the details of each TWIST element in the opening discussion of the lesson.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the elements of TWIST in a piece of fictional literature from class:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of each of the elements in the text.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Prose Analysis with TWIST 3 Nonfiction Prose Analysis with TWIST

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

By analyzing prose with TWIST, students will focus a piece of writing's tone, word choice, imagery and details, style and theme. Students can review the details of each TWIST element in the opening discussion of the lesson.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the elements of TWIST in a nonfiction text from class:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of each of the elements in the text.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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