"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is generally regarded as Mark Twain's major work
and certified as an "American Classic". Huck Finn is the coming-of-age story of a white boy
helping a slave escape servitude in the pre-Civil War south. The novel explores such universal
themes as freedom and bondage, race relations, conscience, greed, and vice. Mark Twain
used considerable humor in the book, but one of the overriding themes is human cruelty
Students will research different themes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Each topic
will be accessed through the various websites listed below. Finally, students will prepare a
presentation using such technology as Microsoft Powerpoint, Hyperstudio, Inspiration, or
Students will need to do the following:
1. Keep track of all sources used (bibliography).
2. Choose from the below topics:
1. Why Huck Finn is banned and banned books in general.
2. Slavery and the underground railroad.
4. Steamboats and Riverboat Pilots.
5. Life and Times of Mark Twain.
1. Banned Books
4. Steamboats and Riverboat Pilots
5. Mark Twain
You will be graded using the Presentation Rubric available here.
After completing this project, you should have a better understanding of some of the background
and issues associated with the era of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
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