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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and educators will be able to guide students through Mark Twain's classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Help them discover the rich relationship between Tom Sawyer and his buddy, Huck Finn, as well as the novel's complex themes of friendship, the power of imagination, and the sometimes fine line between truth and lies. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, how did Aunt Polly catch Tom for playing hookey? Sid reminded her that she sewed Tom's shirt collar with white thread and that now it was sewn with black thread. Aunt Polly then knew that Tom had taken his shirt off, gone swimming and then resown it.
- What was Tom's Saturday job for punishment? How did he escape doing it? What did he do instead? He was supposed to whitewash the fence, but he got the boys in the neighborhood to do it for him by telling them what fun whitewashing is and how not just everyone can do it. Tom just sat back and watched and collected "trading stuff" the boys gave him to let them whitewash the fence.
- Identify Huck Finn. Huck Finn is the son of the town's drunk. He is the envy of all the boys because he can do whatever he pleases with no grownups telling him what to do. He becomes a member of Tom Sawyer's gang.
- How do the townspeople find drowned bodies in the river? They shoot a cannon over the water and float a loaf of bread filled with quicksilver in it on the water. This supposedly makes the body stop and float.
- How did the boys steal Mr. Dobbins' wig? Why? They suspended a cat on a string over Mr. Dobbins' head and lowered the cat until its flailing paws hooked Mr. Dobbins' wig in its claws. They wanted revenge for his being so mean to them.
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