By studying Mark Twain's novel, Huckleberry Finn, and its critics with a focus on cultural context, students will develop essential analytical tools for navigating this text and for exploring controversies that surround this quintessential American novel.
Uncover the sources of Twain’s comic genius in American traditions of dialect humor and literary satire.
In this launchpad, students examine structure and characterization in several short stories and consider the significance of humor through a study of several American writers.
Compare the leader who emerges through Washington’s own writings with the symbolic figure of patriotic memory.
Study Gardner's Abraham Lincoln, February 5, 1865, and fill out The National Archives Photo Analysis Worksheet. Use the worksheet questions and the students' answers as a framework for a class discussion about the art. Encourage them to notice details that will help them understand Lincoln.