Huckleberry Finn Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

This lesson plan helps your students better grasp one of the greatest works of American literature, Huckleberry Finn. It places special emphasis on following the plot, especially on seeing themes such as adventure and slavery play out with respect to one another.

Lesson Objectives

After this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • discuss the plot and characters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • list important plot points from the novel


  • 45-60 minutes


  • Paper
  • Colored pencils or markers

Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

Key Terms

  • Huckleberry Finn
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Widow Douglas and Miss Watson
  • Jim
  • Pap
  • Mississippi River


NOTE: This lesson has been designed for classes that have finished reading the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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