The Scarlet Ibis
Reading the Story:Before reading, pass out the graphic organizer and complete Section I. This will be a review of imagery and connotations of several concepts that will help the students understand how subtle choices an author makes relates to the text as a whole. Then, either review or present the definition of symbol.
Once that step is complete, introduce the story’s overview and RAFT assignment to your students, so that they understand their job will be to gather details from the text that revolve around the two main characters and the details which support the symbolic imagery of the story. Once they know that they are essentially lawyers gathering evidence, the text will become something they delve into when reading so that they don’t miss anything of importance. Finally, tell them to complete Step II on the graphic organizer as they read or listen to the short story.
After reading, spend a few minutes discussing how Hurst uses details and symbols to characterize Brother and Doodle. Have them put their thoughts into the metaphors listed in Section II of the graphic organizer. Next, have them determine Brother’s degree of guilt. Give them several minutes to write out a few sentences discussing their judgment and why they feel this way.