The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Problematic Situation

Individuals read a series of passages from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, rank the statements from the least to the most racist or stereotypical, and share their rankings and rationales in small groups before a whole class discussion of the statements and their rankings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Before beginning the activity, review classroom expectations and procedures for respectful classroom discussions
Classroom Considerations

  • Carefully consider the composition of your class and the values of your community before deciding to use Twain's novel as assigned reading
Pros

  • The inclusion of the passage about Huck in his girl disguise provides an additional perspective to the discussion
Cons

  • None
Common Core