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Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Slavery in the United States, American literature Pages: 63 (18272 words) Published: September 24, 2013
A TEACHER’S Guide TO THE SIGNET CLASSICS EDITION OF

M A R K T WA I N ’ s

ADVENTURES OF
HUCKLEBERRY FINN

by

JANE SHLENSKY

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
S e r i e s

E d i t o r s :

Jeanne M. McGlinn and James E. McGlinn
both at

University of North Carolina AT ASHEVILLE



A Teacher’s Guide to the Signet Classics Edition of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction. ..........................................................................................................3 .
About this Teacher’s Guide......................................................................................4 List of Characters....................................................................................................4 Synopsis of the Novel..............................................................................................6 Teaching Huck Finn...............................................................................................7

Pre-reading Activities.......................................................................................7

During Reading Activities..............................................................................18

After Reading Activities.................................................................................29

References......................................................................................................35

About the Author of this Guide............................................................................36 About the Editors of this Guide............................................................................36 Free Teacher’s Guides............................................................................................38 Click on a Classic.................................................................................................39 .

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A Teacher’s Guide to the Signet Classics Edition of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn



INTRODUCTION
A study of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an adventure in understanding changes in America itself. The book, at the center of American geography and consciousness, asks readers to reexamine definitions of “civilization” and freedom, right and wrong, social responsibility and inhumanity. Published in 1885, the novel recounts those pre-civil war days when the controversy over slavery, with designated slave and Free states, disfigured the face of America and its view of itself as a land of the free. Both geographically and otherwise, the story is an examination of life at the center: the center of America’s premiere river, the Mississippi in the middle of the geographical United States, with slave states below, free states above, which is the route toward freedom and escape for Huck and Jim; the center of one of the foremost conflicts on American soil, slavery, which soon results in a civil war; the center of the coming of age of both a young man and a nation that struggle to understand redefinitions of nationhood and freedom, right and wrong; and the center of a shift from Romanticism to Realism in art and letters that would provide for a new way for Americans to express—and re-create—themselves. The novel offers an excellent example of American picaresque fiction and meaningful use of dialect, although this dialect may be difficult reading for students for whom English is not a first language. Although the...
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