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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Teaching Unit
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- Discuss how the meanings of a word may change over time and differ from one part of the country to another. Point out the role of dialect in this story.
- Because Huck’s father is a drunk and no longer in town, Huck is left to fend for himself. How would a boy in that situation be treated today?
- What are some superstitions still prevalent today? For example: Walking under a ladder is bad luck. Do superstitions have any practical purpose?
- Aunt Polly is interested in miracle cures. Discuss the wave of health and diet products available today. Do we approach them any differently than Aunt Polly?
- Briefly review the attitudes toward women at this time in history. Are the female characters believable by today’s standards?
- Why is this book considered a “classic”? What elements make it pass the test of time?
- Discuss the role religion plays in the lives of the people of St. Petersburg. How does the author feel about religion in general?
- Racial bigotry is a part of this story. Find these instances and discuss how they illustrate the beliefs of the time.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.