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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for Mark Twain's classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers guidance through the novel's primary themes, including racism, freedom, and conscience. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Identify: Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Jim, Miss Watson and Widow Douglas. Huck Finn is the main character of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Tom Sawyer is Huck's best friend and the leader of the boys' gang. Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas take care of Huck. Jim is Miss Watson's slave.
- Why doesn't Huck get along with Miss Watson and Widow Douglas? Huck Finn doesn't get along with Miss Watson and Widow Douglas because they want to civilize him, and he wants to remain free.
- What does Huck think about religion -- specifically the good place, the bad place and prayer? Huck doesn't believe in formal religion. If the "good place" is going to be boring, he doesn't want to go there. If his friends go to the "bad place", that is where he wants to go. Huck "don't take no stock" in prayer since it doesn't seem to do him any immediate good.
- Give at least two examples of superstition in this section of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck said that the spider's burning in the candle was bad luck. Jim talked about the witches bewitching him. Huck and the gang talk about rubbing a lamp to make a genie appear.
- Contrast Huck and Tom from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. What are their main differences? Huck is very practical and full of common sense. Tom is a dreamer and a bookworm, full of grand ideas which are for the most part impractical.
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