James Hurst, "The Scarlet Ibis"
Lesson plans and teaching resources

Guilty or Innocent?
After reading the short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, students will assume the role of either a prosecuting attorney or a defense attorney and prepare persuasive speeches for the jury in regards to the guilt or innocence of the narrator, Brother. Through this activity, students will see how small details and symbolic imagery present a case and set the stage or a debate about the criminality of Brother’s actions. Through the lens of the law, students come to understand the complexities of human relationships and human suffering.

Teacher Guide to "The Scarlet Ibis"
How might students use storyboards to demonstrate and to extend their learning? Check the resources here. Includes plot summary, essential questions, and learning activities like creating a plot diagram, analyzing style, and finding themes and symbolism. Note: Storyboard That helps sponsor this site.

Mystery and Meaning, a WebQuest for "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst
Students explore symbolism.

"The Scarlet Ibis"
A slide presentation with pictures of a scarlet ibis and a Florida swamp, questions for discussion/writing.

Unit plan for "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst
This thorough unit includes a packet of activities with vocabulary and structured analysis of the story.

"The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst
Graphic organizer for character analysis, vocabulary, and editing practice. This document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

"The Scarlet Ibis"
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions and suggested evidence-based answers, academic vocabulary, a culminating writing task with prompt and model response, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

Scarlet Ibis
This Wikipedia page includes information about the bird and several pictures.