Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, The Great American Read #17 (PBS.org Top 100)
Tom Sawyer is one of the most popular protagonists in the history of American literature. Although Tom resides in a small, ordinary Missouri town, his daring exploits land him in the center of many thrilling adventures. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly, an elderly woman who dearly loves her nephew but struggles to control her mischievous charge. Tom loathes going to school or church. He would rather spend time immersed in fictional plots or romancing Becky Thatcher, the new girl in town. Tom envies the life of Huckleberry Finn, the town outcast. Huck, homeless and essentially an orphan, can do whatever he pleases and doesn't have to obey anyone.
And then, while testing a wart-removal cure in the town graveyard, Tom and Huck witness the brutal murder of Dr. Robinson! Throw in some buried treasure, getting lost in a cave during a Sunday School picnic, and being threatened by Injun Joe and you've got real adventure!
Progeny Press' Tom Sawyer English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your Middle School grade student with:
About the Author: Examine the life of Mark Twain, gaining context and insight into the author behind The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Vocabulary: Improve your vocabulary through dynamic activities that promote retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Focus on masterful literary techniques such as satire, characterization, context, descriptive writing, dialect, idiom, tone, similes, metaphors, extended metaphors, foreshadowing, mood, irony, synonyms, poetic justice, plot development, point of view, dynamic and static characters, worldview, and the exploration of stereotypes.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Debate valuable life lessons and character-building values such as resisting peer pressure, embracing maturity, personal responsibility, and the journey to coming-of-age, all within the context of this literary masterpiece.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Further your ELA curriculum by choosing from a variety of activities, from map work and historical research to crafting comparison papers and reviewing movie adaptations, encouraging comprehensive understanding and analytical skills.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Discover more enriching reads, including other works by Mark Twain and books related to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
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