Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
AP Language is a study of how people make arguments to target their audience and accomplish a specific purpose. We will be studying non-fiction and fiction to study these skills. Our content focus will be American literature.
The summer reading assignment is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Make sure you read the complete version! There is an abridged version - do NOT get that one! You will need to read the novel and complete the two parts of the assignment below. Please share the assignment with me at firstname.lastname@example.org by the first day of school. The second day of school we will have a multiple choice comprehension test. Huckleberry Finn can be a difficult novel to read simply because it is written in dialect - meaning the words are spelled as the person speaking them would pronounce them. I suggest if you are having trouble understanding the words due to the spelling, that you find an audio book version on youtube and follow along while you read. If you cannot access youtube, librivox.org has an audio version. It will really help you understand the words to listen as they are spoken.
Satire & Irony
Read this explanation of satire & view this page of satirical techniques.
After having read the above explanation of satire, write a paragraph for each of the following topics discussing how Twain satirizes each topic. Paragraphs do not have to be in chunk format but they may be. They must have specific examples for support and be completely explained.
Select ONE of the above topics and explain how Twain uses irony to satirize that topic
Close read Colonel Sherburn’s speech in Chapter 22
Complete SOAPSTone in complete sentences for the speech
S – Speaker
O – Occasion (What is the setting or event in which this speech is given?)
A – Audience (Who is the target audience for the speech?) Explain this completely using examples from the speech to support your answer.
P – Purpose (What is the speaker hoping to accomplish with this specific speech?) Explain this completely using examples from the speech to support your answer.
S – Subject (What topics/issues does the speaker cover?)
Tone – (What is the speaker’s attitude?) Explain this completely using examples from the speech to support your answer.