Reflection: Tom Sawyer Anticipation Guide & Chapter 1 - Section 2: Getting Down to Business


One of my favorite conversations to have about chapter 1 is the use of the word "lick."  Because it no longer means "to kick butt," it always sends  a titter through the class when Tom tells Sid that he's going to "lick" him.

I used to just let the giggles go, but in the last couple of years I have started talking to students about the word  before we get started.  The giggles are distracting and take away from the scene in the book.

I do have fun with it, though.  I make a big show of writing the word "lick" on the board.  I ask the class if anyone knows what it means to lick someone when you're mad at them (allow time for the giggles to dissipate).  Once everyone understands what licking someone meant to Tom Sawyer, I will begin with the audio (or reading aloud) of chapter 1.

Just for fun, I always throw in at the end, "Licking was not what you did to an ice cream cone in the 1830's."  That's always good for one last giggle before we begin.  Sigh.... Isn't 7th grade the BEST?

  Don't get licked by chapter 1!
  Don't get licked by chapter 1!
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Tom Sawyer Anticipation Guide & Chapter 1

Unit 7: Starting The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT write with the purpose of explaining opinions by completing a literature anticipation guide.

Big Idea: Good literature helps us understand ourselves.

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