Freedom and Independence in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
July 4th is not only Independence Day, it is also celebrated as Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Day. Tom Sawyer is the titular character in author Mark Twain's famous novel. Mark Twain is one of America's most iconic authors. He details the adventures of every-day American children. Independence Day is the perfect time to celebrate this author and take a look at some of the adventures of his mischievous characters, like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

In Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we see Huck flee from home with Jim, an escaped slave. The two travel together in search of freedom and their own independence. For this 4th of July, we challenge students to think of this concept of freedom and independence, and reflect on the struggles that early Americans encountered while searching for their own freedom.

Students will read the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Then, they will complete the two writing tasks below.

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