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: Learn about Mark Twain and the fascinating background behind the author and novel.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, dialect, personas, jargon, synonyms, descriptive writing, extended metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, turning point/crisis, dramatic plot structure, exposition, rising action, denouement.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Heaven/Providence, prayer, superstition, moral decisions, compassion, conscience, breaking the law to do good (anti-slavery), hypocrisy, true believers vs. false prophets.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Research slavery in the early 1800s, Map work including the Mississippi River, creative writing story version, analyze controversial issues, quest for freedom theme, letter to editor, analyze racism elements, upbringing/societal vs. one’s conscience, decision making, timelines, diorama, illustrations, newspaper article, dramatic production, field trips.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!
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