The Glorious Whitewasher

Young readers can be exposed to the literary works of Mark Twain as they interact with challenging text and gain experience by reading the complex passages of chapter two "The Glorious Whitewasher" from his famous book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Choral read, partner read, whole-group read, and read silently; objective is to read and read again
  • Readers can highlight words they do not understand
  • Using sticky notes, copy difficult sentences for group discussion and have readers rewrite them to be understood
  • Discuss diversity and culture and how it effects language
  • Chart slang words (colloquialism) to disscuss how older generations might not understand the younger generations' language, just like the language differences in the book
Classroom Considerations

  • Make sure everyone has a copy of resource text copies to highlight
  • Consider splitting assignment into two to three days
  • Lesson is adapted from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, have a copy in your class library for those who want to read in its entirety 
  • Sticky notes and highlighters are a must
  • Youtube has the entire chapter "The Glorious Whitewasher" in audio/video version
Pros

  • Students can experience the literary works of Mark Twain 
  • Diversity taught through prose
  • Resource contains all components of literacy
Cons

  • None