Thursday, May 28, 2015

Huck Finn Travel Agent

published on: 5/2/2003

Contributing Teacher(s): Rachel Riediger

Subject Area: Communication Arts/Reading/Literature

Grade Range: High School (9-12)

Materials Needed:

  • Performance Event Packet
  • fiction information on the history of the sights on the river
  • markers
  • rulers
  • blank paper

Objective: Students are asked to plan, research, and display a travel brochure to show sights and activities of Huck''s adventures.

Instructional Strategy: Prior Knowledge & Connections

Process Standards:

  • Goal 1.2 conduct research to answer questions and evaluate information and ideas
  • Goal 1.8 organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs, outlines)

Content Standards:

  • Communication Arts 1. Speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, ...)
  • Communication Arts 2. Reading and evaluating fiction, poetry and drama


    Time Allowance: The task will take 2-3 50-minute class periods, depending on your students'''' abilities.

    Description: Creative Huck Finn project to be used as a culminating task (create a brochure for his adventures)--performance task, Mark Twain, travel

    Classroom Component: Instructions for Administration: Students should have read through chapter 32 in Huckleberry Finn. They need a day to research and plan, and one day to create the brochure.

    Pre-Assessment Instructions: Discuss the adventures on the river and the exciting things Huck encountered, after giving the assignment.

    Student Prompt

    You work in a travel agency and have decided that Huck's journey is one that should be taken by many people. You are going to make a brochure that will entice people to go along the river and experience the adventures Huck experienced. You need to write and illustrate a travel brochure that shows five of the sights Huck saw and the activities in which he participated, one on each rectangular block. Anything that is in the novel can be discussed or drawn. You also need to make sure you have a title for your journey; this is what goes on the first block of the brochure. You will be graded on spelling and correct grammar, so make sure you edit!

    Scoring Guide

    Criteria 4
    Partial Success
    Little Success
    CA 2
    Time was used to its fullest potential researching entertainment in the 19th century. Time was used well while researching. Some time was wasted. Half of class time was wasted off task. Most of class time was wasted off task.
    Students designed creative, well thought out brochures. Students designed well thought out brochures with some creativity. Students wrote brochures with some thought and creativity. Students used little or no creativity.
    CA 2
    Students use 5 adventures or activities and a title on their brochure. Students use 4 adventures and a title on their brochure. Students use 2-3 adventures and title on their brochure. Students use no adventures or title on their brochure.
    Students are prepared for their brochure. Students are somewhat prepared. Students are weakly prepared. Students are not prepared at all.
    Written Brochure
    CA 1
    Students have a well-written brochure that uses correct grammar and punctuation with 1 or 2 errors. Students have a brochure written, with few grammar and punctuation mark errors. Students have a brochure written with many grammar and punctuation mark errors. Students have no brochure written.

    Teacher Note:

    Students should review the adventures that Huck Finn experienced before they plan their brochure. The research and planning may take longer than two days, depending on the depth you want the students to go.

    For additional information contact :
    Rachel Riediger
    Mark Twain Sr. High
    Ralls Co. R-II
    (573) 267-3397

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