The Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst Short Story Literary Analysis, PDF & Google Drive

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Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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7-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
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FABULOUS! Great discussion question that helped my students do a deeper dive into the text with writing connections.
These questions really made my students think outside of the box, and had them defending thier answers and analysis of the story.


Use the heartbreaking story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This three-day lesson plan includes a 7-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key/class discussion starters), a pre-writing organizing task that will get your students to dig back into the text and organize symbolic elements (also with answer key), and a literary analysis writing assignment where students will examine Hurst’s use of symbolism to support his theme. A checkmark-based writing rubric is also included.

All student handouts are included in both PDF and Google Drive formats.

This lesson is best for advanced middle school or high school students.

Please note: This item is included in my short story unit, literary analysis essay writing unit, and English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own any of these bundled items, please do not purchase this short story lesson here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Ibis and green background cover image credit: Pixabay, Public domain

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7-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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