Huck Finn Pre-Reading Research Project Instructions

 

1. Research information about your assigned topic and the starter questions.

 

2. Your presentation should include at least 10 interesting and relevant facts about your topic! Turn in a typed sheet with the facts before your presentation.

 

3. Keep track of your sources.  Maintain a list of the sources you use to gather your research.  This list must be turned in when you present to the class.

 

4. Plan how you are going to teach the class this information.  (The class will be taking notes on your presentation.) The presentation should be approximately 10 minutes. Possible ideas: PowerPoint presentation, skit, puppet show, talk show, TV show parody, video, rap, or any other creative way to present the information to the class without just stating the facts.

 

5. Your presentation must include a visual aid.  Choose one of the following: detailed poster, PowerPoint presentation, or overhead.  The visual aid should highlight the most significant facts that you discover.

 

6. Each person is responsible for creating three quiz questions for the class about your topic along with a note-taking sheet for the class and turning them in at the time of your presentation.  The class will be taking notes on each presentation and taking a quiz over all topics at the end of the activity.  Questions can be multiple choice or short answer and should focus on significant facts or ideas.

 

Topics

Mark Twain

Choose what you think is the most important and interesting information about your topic to present to the class. In addition, your presentation must include the following:

1. Provide biographical information about the author.

2. How old was Mark Twain when he began writing professionally? What kind of writing did he do over the course of his life?

3. What did his fans and his critics say about him and his books?

4. What were his political views?

Controversy surrounding Huck Finn and censorship

Choose what you think is the most important and interesting information about your topic to present to the class. In addition, your presentation must include the following:

1. Why is Huck Finn a banned book in many schools?

2. What are arguments for and against the teaching of the novel?

3. How are students affected by the use of “the ‘N’ word”? Does the use of the word in a classic piece of literature affect student usage of the word outside of the classroom?

Geography and Life on the River

Choose what you think is the most important and interesting information about your topic to present to the class. In addition, your presentation must include the following:

1. What is the geographical picture of the journey Huck and Jim take on the Mississippi River from St. Petersburg (Hannibal, Missouri) to Northern Alabama?

2. What was life like for people living on the river in the 1800s?

3. Provide a map of the region.

Slavery and Abolitionists

Choose what you think is the most important and interesting information about

your topic to present to the class. In addition, your presentation must include the following:

1. What was daily life like for a slave?

2. Who were slave holders? What was life like for them?

3. What is an abolitionist?

Time Line

Choose what you think is the most important and interesting information about your topic to present to the class. In addition, your presentation must include the following:

1. Research the time period of the novel (approximately 1835-1850s). What was happening in this region at this time?

2. What events were happening in the United States?

3. What events were happening globally?

Slave Laws

Choose what you think is the most important and interesting information about your topic to present to the class.  In addition, your presentation must include the following:

1. What were the specific laws regarding slavery from the 1600s to the end of the Civil War?

2. What were the consequences for being a slave fugitive?

3. What were the consequences for aiding slave fugitives?

Smallpox

Choose what you think is the most important and interesting information about your topic to present to the class.  In addition, your presentation must include the following:

1. What is smallpox?

2. How did smallpox affect the lives of people in the 19th century?

3. What vaccinations were available? What is a “pest house”?

The word “Nigger”

Choose what you think is the most important and interesting information about your topic to present to the class.  In addition, your presentation must include the following:

1 Where did this word originate?

2 How was this word viewed by earlier civil rights activists? 

3 How is this word used / accepted / not accepted today?  What are the rules concerning its use? 

 

 

 

 

 

rubric

 

Visual Aid and Presentation: ________/45pts.

_____The student speaks clearly and uses effective presentation techniques (eye contact, appropriate volume, correct pronunciation, etc.)

_____Packet material has been covered thoroughly.

_____Visual Aid is detailed, creative, neat, and effective.

 

Quiz Questions and Note-Taking Worksheet ________/15

_____Students provide teacher with three multiple choice or short answer quiz questions about their topic that have been discussed during their presentation.

_____The student note-taking worksheet covers the material in the packet and is easy to follow during the presentation.

_____The student note-taking worksheet is neat and leaves spaces for students to fill in key information easily from the presentation.

 

Individual Total ________/60 pts.