Prep Sheet for Huck Finn Debate I have three requirements for these debates



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Prep Sheet for Huck Finn Debate

I have three requirements for these debates:

  • One-Hundred Percent Participation. I expect to hear from each and every member of your group. Those of you who have been relatively (or completely!) silent--consider this a chance to boost your class participation grade.

  • Textual Evidence (concrete detail) from Twain’s Huck Finn in making your argument (brief quotes and excerpts)

  • Anticipation of and Preparation for Counter-Arguments This is a skill that will be put to good use in essay writing.

Resolved: That the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, be eliminated from the approved list of books for high school students across America.

Your Position:
To Be Determined

To Prepare:

  • Write an opening statement--about one fully developed paragraph in length. This corresponds to the “introduction” in essay writing. Avoid concrete detail in the opening statement. Save that for your arguments.

  • List the FOUR strongest arguments/examples that help you prove your point. These correspond to the “body paragraphs” in essay writing.

  • Then list FOUR potential counter-arguments, and how you will respond should they come up in the debate.

  • NOTE: Right before the conclusion of the debate, I will give you time to prepare your closing statement. This corresponds to the “conclusion” in essay writing. For now, you might jot down some preliminary notes for your conclusion.

Note: I will collect your prep sheets at the end of the debates. One set per group.

In-Class Structure:

  • Opening Statements. All Side A groups present opening statements before Side B begins. All Side B groups present opening statements before moving to argument phase of debate.

  • First group from Side A presents an argument, supported by textual evidence.

  • First group from Side B presents an argument, supported by textual evidence and rebuts Side A ARG#1.

  • There is continued back and forth.

  • Second group from Side A presents an argument, supported by textual evidence. And so on, down the line…

  • Closing Statements

Questions for Follow-Up Reflection:

What did you find most convincing about the arguments that were made during the debate? What specifically was convincing?


What did you find least convincing about the arguments that were made during the debate? What specifically could have been done to make them more convincing?

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Huck Finn Debate Objectives


  • To contemplate and articulate multiple views on a controversial issue

  • To develop skills in supporting one’s opinion with textual evidence/facts/examples/statistics

  • To develop and practice oral speaking skills and impromptu responses in a group setting

  • To transfer acquired debate skills to the craft of writing.


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Questions About the Arts as they Relate to Huck Finn Controversy


  1. CAN THE ARTS GO TOO FAR?




  1. HOW DO NEW FORMS OF ART AND POPULAR CULTURE EMERGE, AND SHOULD THERE BE LIMITS?




  1. WHAT MOTIVATES ARTISTS TO CREATE AND AUDIENCES TO REACT?




  1. DO THE ARTS ‘CAUSE’ OR ‘REFLECT’ SOCIAL BEHAVIOR?




  1. WHAT DO CONFLICTS ABOUT THE ARTS TELL US ABOUT WHO WE ARE AS A SOCIETY?




  1. WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THE ARTS TIMELESS?




  1. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ARTS IN SOCIETY?




  1. HOW DO THE ARTS TYPICALLY TREAT THE SUBJECT OF RACISM?


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Huck Finn Five-Paragraph Essay (introduction, three 2-chunk body paragraphs, and a conclusion) TOPIC: Is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn a pro-slavery or anti-slavery novel? Thoroughly explore the issue as presented in the novel and write a persuasive essay proving your side.



  • Choose one of the essay topics.

  • Write a thesis statement.

  • Find Concrete Details (CDs) to use as evidence to prove your thesis (two CDs per paragraph – six total). Due Date

  • Write your essay using the colored pens. Due Date: You will write the essay in class on Friday, finish at home

  • Choose a partner and peer edit papers

  • Revise and re-write in ink or type

  • Use MLA heading and parenthetical documentation. Example: (Twain 196).

Additional Essay Options:




    1. What is the point of Huckleberry Finn? When we read books, we usually come away from our reading experience a little richer, having given more thought to a particular aspect of life. What do you think Mark Twain intended us to gain from reading his novel?




    1. How does Huck develop or change as a result of his adventures? Explain how he does if he does, or why he does not if he does not.




    1. What is Huck’s relationship with Jim? How does it change? Trace the development of his relationship with Jim.




    1. Although Mark Twain, in his introductory “notice” to the novel, denies that there is a moral or motive in the story, the work itself contradicts its author. How?


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