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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Pixton Lesson Plan on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Plot Diagram
  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Pixton Lesson Plan on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Pixton Lesson Plan on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Main Characters

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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  • Huckleberry Finn from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Huckleberry Finn

    The protagonist, a 13-year-old boy, a.k.a. "Huck"

  • Tom Sawyer from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Tom Sawyer

    Huck's friend

  • Miss Watson from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Miss Watson

    The strict woman who "adopts" Huck

  • Widow Douglas from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Widow Douglas

    Miss Watson's kinder sister who also raises Huck

  • Jim from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Jim

    Miss Watson's escaped slave who travels with Huck

  • Pap from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Pap

    Huck's father, and town drunk

  • Judge Thatcher from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Judge Thatcher

    The town judge who keeps Huck's money safe

  • The Duke from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Duke

    The "young" con man who pretends to be the former Duke of Bridgewater

  • The Dauphin from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Dauphin

    The "old" con man who pretends to be the the son of French King Louis XVI

  • The Grangerfords from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Grangerfords

    The family who takes Huck in when he is separated from Jim

  • Colonel Grangerford from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Colonel Grangerford

    The Grangerford father

  • Bob Grangerford from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Bob Grangerford

    The oldest son

  • Tom Grangerford from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Tom Grangerford

    The second oldest son

  • Charlotte Grangerford from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Charlotte Grangerford

    The oldest daughter, 25

  • Sophia Grangerford from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Sophia Grangerford

    The youngest daughter, 20

  • Buck Grangerford from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Buck Grangerford

    The youngest son, Huck's age

  • Emmeline Grangerford from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Emmeline Grangerford

    The deceased sister

  • The Shepherdsons from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Shepherdsons

    The family who feuds with the Grangerfords

  • Harney Shepherdson from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Harney Shepherdson

    The Shepherdson son, Sophia's age

  • The Wilks Family from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Wilks Family

    The family who the Duke and Dauphin con

  • Peter Wilks from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Peter Wilks

    The dead brother

  • Harvey Wilks from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Harvey Wilks

    Peter's brother, a preacher, who the dauphin pretends to be

  • William Wilks from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    William Wilks

    Peter's deaf and mute brother who the duke pretends to be

  • Mary Jane Wilks from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Mary Jane Wilks

    The oldest sister

  • Susan Wilks from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Susan Wilks

    The second oldest sister

  • Joanna Wilks from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Joanna Wilks

    The youngest sister, "hare-lip"

  • Silas Phelps from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Silas Phelps

    Tom Sawyer's uncle

  • Sally Phelps from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Sally Phelps

    Tom Sawyer's aunt

  • Aunt Polly from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Aunt Polly

    Sally's sister, and Tom's aunt and guardian

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Teacher Guide

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

It is important for students to understand that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place before the Civil War, around 1840, in Mississippi River towns that support racism and slavery. Share with students that Mark Twain includes racist language and ideas, not to support, but to criticize the hypocrisy of the time. This language is necessary for the reader to understand the novel's central conflicts and themes, including the protagonist's moral development.

Opening Discussion

Introduce the following themes to students:

  • Racism and slavery
  • Rules vs. conscience
  • Freedom vs. civilization
  • The hypocrisy of society

Pre-reading discussion questions:

  • Is there ever a "good" reason to break a rule or disobey a law? What are some examples from history when people broke laws for a good reason?
  • What is your "conscience" and why is it important? Is everyone's conscience the same? Why or why not?
  • What is the difference between a "civilized" and an "uncivilized" person? Do you think one is better than the other? Why or why not?
  • Define "civilization" and "freedom" and explain why both are important.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at the start of the novel, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Make a Mind Map, Graphic Novel, or ...
    Imagery

    Complete after reading Chapter 15.

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  • Extension / Modification
    GRAPHIC NOVEL (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel to summarize the book in 43 panels (1 panel per chapter).

  • Extension / Modification
    POSTER (Extension / Modification)

    Create a wanted Poster for one of the characters in the novel, including what they are wanted for.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Many stories teach a moral - a lesson that can be learned from character actions and experiences. In your opinion, what is the moral of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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Pixton Activity: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1 Character Map

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  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is fully developed with details that add significant meaning. The character map is complete; descriptions and details are thoughtful and accurate. The character map is complete; descriptions are basic, but accurate. The character map is incomplete; basic descriptions with little relevant details. The character map is incomplete; descriptions are short or inaccurate.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• characters vaguey looks like description
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 2 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Intro

Complete at the end of the novel.

Instructions

Summarize The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn using a Plot Diagram:

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point on the plot diagram (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion).
  • Identify the key points that are important to that specific point in the story.
  • Think about quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The plot diagram is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The plot diagram is clear, well developed, and logical. The plot diagram is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The plot diagram discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The plot diagram is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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Pixton Activity: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 3 Imagery

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be as you read.

Instructions

Create a 1-5 panel comic to depict one of the three scenes below. Be sure to re-read your chosen scene carefully, paying attention to key details in the text.

  • Huck escapes from Pap's hut and fakes his own death (Chapter 7)
  • Huck pretends to be a girl but gets caught (Chapter 11)
  • During a heavy fog, Huck and Jim get separated from each other on the river (Chapter 15)

Rubric: Imagery

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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