Monday - Historical context of Huck Finn. Close look at slave narratives, maps, and historical timelines. Mississippi River background information and research. Group questions. Share out. Journal: First impression of Huck?
Wednesday - Review reading questions. Mark Twain biography. Censorship - YouTube video from 60 Minutes. Journal entry with corresponding questions. Whole class discussion.
Thursday - Re-read Jim's opening scene - is he stereotyped? Chapters 1-5 student led discussion in groups. Share out. Begin movie.
Friday - Understanding Twain's use of dialect. Analysis of Huck's initial speech patterns. "Do You Speak American" segment from PBS. Essential question: Does speech matter? Further questions and discussion.