Activity Overview

An effective way to engage your students is through the creation of storyboards that examine Tone, Word Choice, Imagery, Style, and Theme. This activity is referred to with the acronym “TWIST”. In a TWIST, students focus on a particular paragraph or a few pages, to look deeper at the author’s meaning. For this activity, students will create a 5 cell storyboard, illustrating each letter of TWIST for Robert Frost's poem “The Road Not Taken”.

TWIST Example for “The Road Not Taken”



The tone of this poem is contemplative, meaning that the speaker is reflecting upon and becoming nostalgic as they consider which road to take. The poem has almost a sentimental mood.


Frost uses figurative language quite a bit in this poem. One example of a metaphor is the fork in the road, which is a metaphor for making a decision about one’s life.


Clearly the poem takes place in the woods. Frost shows that it is probably fall by describing the roads as yellow with leaves and grass.


This poem has 4 stanzas, each with 5 lines. The rhyme scheme is ABAAB, which means that the first, third, and fourth lines rhyme, and the second and fifth lines rhyme.


The theme of this poem is that people are always confronted with making choices in life, and are ultimately defined by these choices.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a TWIST analysis of the poem "The Road Not Taken".

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Illustrate each example using scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Write a few sentences describing the importance of meaning of each image.
  4. Save and submit storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Prose Analysis with TWIST

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] 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

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