Journal: Write a journal entry or short narrative in which you imagine Jim's perspective on the final chapters of Huckleberry Finn, when Tom and Huck make a game out of Jim's captivity and escape on the Phelps farm. How might Jim narrate these events differently than Huck does in the novel?
Poet's Corner: Select a passage or poem written in dialect from one of the texts featured in this unit and translate it into "standard" English. What problems did you encounter in writing your translation? How does your translation change the meaning and effect of the passage?
Journal: Imagine you are a reporter stationed at the Sioux Pine Ridge reservation in the 1890s. Compose your own newspaper account of the Ghost Dance religion for publication in a newspaper geared to an audience of white settlers. How will you describe this spiritual movement? What aspects of the religion will you emphasize?
Artist's Workshop: Imagine you have won the lottery and are in the process of designing your dream house. Draw a floor plan for your ideal home. What rooms will you designate for specific activities? How large will you make the rooms? Will any of the rooms serve purposes similar to those served by the parlor in nineteenth-century homes?
Multimedia: Thomas Eakins believed that artists should represent the world as it is, not as they would like it to be. Using the American Passages archive and slide-show software, create a multimedia presentation in which you explore the influence of this realist ideal on some of the texts and contexts featured in this unit.
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