Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Mid-America, 1840s

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 68 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 11 weeks

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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 curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: This is a one-quarter credit high school level Literature curriculum.
Author Biography: Discover the life of Mark Twain and the events and inspirations that shaped his enduring works.
Vocabulary: Improve your vocabulary through activities designed to enhance your comprehension and growth.
Literary Techniques: Identify literary techniques employed by Mark Twain, including understanding text within context, examining 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: Debate moral lessons and character values, from concepts of Heaven and Providence to the power of prayer and the dangers of superstition. Making moral decisions, cultivating compassion, grappling with conscience, challenging societal norms, to morality of breaking the law for a greater good (anti-slavery), unmasking hypocrisy, and distinguishing true believers from false prophets.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Expand your ELA study with a selection of activities, from researching early 19th-century slavery and mapping the Mississippi River, to crafting narratives. Reflect on controversial themes, trace the quest for freedom theme, compose letters to the editor, dissect elements of racism, contrast upbringing and societal expectations against personal conscience, explore decision-making processes, timelines, dioramas, illustrations, and newspaper articles. Put on a dramatic production or go on field trips to enhance and boost your literature study.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Discover our carefully assembled reading list of more books by Mark Twain and other books and movies that share similarities to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on tired teenage high school student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for high school level student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our PDF Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Reader program. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA PDF guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Considered the great American novel • Lewis Carroll Shelf Award Winner • Great Books of the Western World • #23 on The 100 Best Novels Written in English • #31 on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Midwest America, 1840s
American Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
78 pages
Study Guide Author:
Gregory Power
For the Book By:
Mark Twain
Workbook ISBN:

    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Twila on 22nd Jul 2020


    Good material

    The questions and projects are solid, thought-provoking material, and the topic very relevant for current events. I know it is for copyright purposes, but it would be helpful if the data from the CD could be copied and pasted to Word so that the teacher can decide how the worksheets are laid out for the students.

  • Posted by Stephanie B. on 5th Sep 2016


    Arrived timely

    Arrived timely, study guides can be as involved or as simplified as one chooses. Please make more of them, as you supersede any others I have found to date!