Huck Finn has been in the news recently and the question of whether to sanitize the classic is an interesting one. But back in 1998, Talkies were more interested in a different question: Can Huck Finn be considered a multicultural text? Kate Mura opened the conversation with a request for suggestions fresh approaches to teaching the book. Ted Nellen really ignited the discussion with a simple observation that Huck Finn could be seen as a multicultural text. And we were off ...
Below, you'll find posts made to ncte-talk from January 1998 by Jan Becket, Linda Berlin, Kevin Collins, Pat Courts, Anne Fairbrother, Denise Heikinen, KLSTNBRNG, John Larner, David McCaig, Rod Merrell, Kate Mura, Ted Nellen, Harold R. Newman, Keith Rhodes, Wendell Ricketts and Maya Stigaard.
Kate Mura gets the first and last word.
From: Katherine Mura
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 98 20:31:39 -0600
Last Monday I began teaching Huck Finn again for the umpteenth time to juniors and seniors, and I feel that I need some fresh, new ideas. I do the regular stuff: discussion, study quides, quizzes, some video snippets, background history plus the students read two essays from Satire or Evasion? Black Perspectives on Huckleberry Finn, take a position on whether or not it's a racist novel, and then write a paper on their opinion, quoting from the novel and the two essays to both support their opinion and refute the opposing point of view. I would love to get some more ideas on activities, etc. Thanks ever so much!