A combination of adventure story and social satire, Twain's novel is considered by many to be the quintessential American Novel.
Huckleberry Finn - the outcast of the Mississippi River town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, and son of a drunkard, habitual truant, smoker and liar - is going to be civilized by the widow and her sister, Miss Watson, even if it kills him! Though he chafes under their regime, bit by bit Huck reforms. When Huck's Pap returns from downriver somewhere, all the widow's good work is undone. Pap takes Huck off to a cabin in the woods and then, one day when Pap leaves Huck alone and heads to town to see about getting his hands on Huck's $6,000.00 (Huck's share of the money he and Tom Sawyer took from the robbers in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer).
Huck escapes from his abusive father, Joining forces with Jim, a runaway slave. Together the two fugitives float down the Mississippi River, encountering trouble at every turn and conflicts between societal expectations and their own inclinations and experiences. Huck finds himself having to choose between what society expects him to do and what his heart tells him is right.
Progeny Press' Huckleberry Finn English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:
English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum provides students one-quarter credit.
Author Biography: Learn about Mark Twain and the fascinating background behind the author and novel.
Vocabulary: Complete a variety of activities designed to enhance your vocabulary comprehension and growth.
Literary Techniques: Learn literary techniques used within the story, including interpreting text within its context, navigating dialects, embodying different personas, decoding jargon, and identifying synonyms. Understand descriptive writing, extended metaphors, similes, hyperbole, and personification. Analyze turning points and crises, following dramatic plot structures, expositions, rising action, and denouements.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Examine moral lessons and character values, spanning from concepts of Heaven and Providence to the power of prayer and the influence of superstition. Explore the complexities of making moral decisions, cultivating compassion, grappling with conscience, challenging societal norms by breaking the law for a greater good (anti-slavery), unmasking hypocrisy, and distinguishing true believers from false prophets.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Choose from an array of interactive experiences, from researching early 19th-century slavery and mapping the Mississippi River, to crafting creative narratives. Analyze and discuss controversial themes, trace the quest for freedom theme, compose letters to the editor, dissect elements of racism within the text, contrast upbringing and societal expectations against personal conscience, explore decision-making processes, timelines, dioramas, illustrations, and newspaper articles. Put on a dramatic production or venture out on field trips to compliment your understanding.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Included is an in-depth reading list of more books by Mark Twain and other books and movies that share similarities to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
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