Looking to bring Huck Finn to life in your high school English classroom? This digital download will offer you everything you'll need to access a complete unit's worth of Prezi slides, concept maps, graphic organizers, illustrated timelines, discussion prompts and more -- over 100 slides in all (with visuals!), compiled over seven years of teaching this unit to high schoolers ranging from co-taught special education classes to AP literature students. Save yourself hours (if not DAYS) of unit planning and adapt this fully editable Prezi unit slideshow to your needs.
For the right-brained teacher who plans best with videos and visuals:
The download contains a MASSIVE Prezi containing more more than a hundred slides, images, embedded videos, and instructional activities. If you're looking for creativity, the Prezi is loaded with more ideas than you could ever possibly hope to teach in a single unit. Treat it like a Pinterest Page or a digital look book -- it's really something of a one stop shop of close reading, creativity, and student engagement.
For the left-brained teacher in need of a more structured approach:
No problem! Embedded in the Prezi you'll see daily quiz ideas, text-specific discussion questions, text excerpts and prompt questions, and custom graphic organizers designed for teaching your unit on American Realism to ensure the high levels of student engagement throughout. Best part: every activity is designed to be completely modular, which allows teachers incredible flexibility when planning the sort of instruction that best suits the unique needs of their classes.
This comprehensive unit planning guide will walk you through step by step instructions with everything you'll need to make a Huck Finn unit come to life in your classroom as early as Monday morning, and includes:
+ MASSIVE Huckleberry Finn Prezi with more than 100 slides, activities, and discussion prompts
+ Graphic Organizers and assignment ideas for nightly reading
+ Prompts for individual reflections, group activities, and whole class discussion
+ Text excerpts for close reading and passage analysis
+ 20th and 21st century text connection activities, with parallels drawing inspiration from Nelson Mandela, The Washington Redskins, and The Holocaust
Have specific curricular requirements or alternate texts that you'll need to incorporate into your Huck Finn unit? No problem. This digital download comes with an editable link to the original Prezi, which will allow you the ability to add and subtract content and activities to fit the particular needs of your text -- and you still get to save yourself HOURS (if not days) of unit planning because the thematic through-lines, in-class activities, and lesson objectives remain consistent and highly adaptable no matter which texts your curriculum may require.
For teachers looking to mix things up with student-centered discussion, and possible small group activities: the star of this unit is the nightly reading log graphic organizer. Check out this activity for an AWESOME tool for student-centered text discussion and text analysis. Revisit this activity throughout the unit to help students identify trends and patterns between chapters, and, as you read each new stage of Huck's adventures, student-centered instruction prompts and the clear graphic organizers that this unit provides helps keep students engaged. Use it any way you'd like -- this tool makes for a powerful handout or daily prompt for small group activities and class discussion!
Long story short: unit planning takes a ton of work, and teaching Adventures of Huckleberry Finn without proper scaffolding and support will, unfortunately, devolve into three weeks of a frustrated teacher hammering the same obvious point over and over again while bleary-eyed students coast their way through the unit on Spark Notes and miss out on the nuance, humor, and brilliance of Twain's satire.
This unit Prezi covers a TON of content, saves you countless hours of planning, and will help your students make clear sense of what is arguably the greatest novel in all of American Literature. Easy to use, easy to edit, and easy to adapt to the unique needs of your class and curriculum!
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