Real Teens Read: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Our Real Teens Read literature discussion group just wrapped up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

We are watching the 1939 movie version of Huckleberry Finn starring a very young Mickey Rooney. At our discussion meeting this week, I wanted the teens to work together to build a raft using sticks and string (no glue allowed.)

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We had talked about how Huck and Jim forged a friendship while on their journey and how they had to work together on the raft to maneuver along the Mississippi River. Mark Twain uses the river as a symbol for freedom and transformation, and Huck and Jim find that nature provided them safety and harmony, while “civilized” society was often less than civilized.

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The teens had to lay out sticks until they had an arrangement that was pretty straight, and then they had to figure out that they needed two longer sticks going across the bottom to elevate the platform out of the water. They also had to wrap the string and tie it so everything would hold together. This activity ended up keeping them busy for almost half  an hour.

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Of course, we had to test them out to see if they would float.

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Comments (6)

  1. Keitha

    What a fun activity! It certainly showed your students how much thought and effort it took to make a small raft. Do they now want to make a large one they can actually sit on?

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  2. The Fifth Street Mama

    This is SUPER cool! What a great idea for a book club. And I love that you chose Huck Finn and not Twilight. 🙂

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  3. C. Lee Reed

    What a fun way to teach this book. I always loved it as a child. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the movie though. I could totally see teens loving this activity. And, is that Captain Kirk on the raft???

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Haha! Yes, who better to go on the maiden version than Cpt. Kirk? #trekkies

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  4. L. E. Mastilock

    Can’t wait to read Huckleberry Finn with my kids! What a great activity you did! Love the Star Treck dude on the raft

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thank you, L.E. This was a great book, and the kids still talk about it and relate it to other things we read.

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