Lesson Plans

Curriculum on Mark Twain and His Books

Help your students understand the social and material culture of Mark Twain’s times through a closer look at the way the family lived in their Hartford house. Expand their knowledge of his literary power beyond Tom and Huck. Learn how the turbulent age he lived in resulted in massive social change, and better understand how Samuel Clemens confronted the “powers-that-were” with funny, often sarcastic commentary.

To help you prepare for your visit or develop your classroom curriculum, we offer a selection of lesson plans. For more information or questions, contact our Educational Program Director:

Craig Hotchkiss
call 860-280-3146 or email craig.hotchkiss@marktwainhouse.org

 
 
 
 

For the past several years, the Mark Twain House & Museum has been the host of National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teacher Workshops at which educators from across the nation have written lesson plans to assist their colleagues in teaching the life and works of
Mark Twain.

Presented below is a selection of these lesson plans that have been updated to specifically reference their connections to the new Common Core Standards as well as edited to conform to the “Understanding by Design” (UBD) format for curricular units commonly used by educators today.

As more of our lesson plans are converted to UBD format and linked to the Common Core Standards, they will be added to our online inventory, so be sure to check back periodically to see if we have something new and beneficial for your students.

If you have a specific question or concern about how to teach the life and works of Mark Twain, you can also contact our Education Manager, Craig Hotchkiss at 860-280-3146, or email: craig.hotchkiss@marktwainhouse.org.

Middle School Lessons


 
 
 Mark Twain Manipulation- MS/Gifted download PDF
 
 
 
 Mark Twain Ratios- MS/Math. download PDF
 
 
 
 Huck Finn Moral Choice- MS/Eng. download PDF
 
 

Middle & High School Lessons


 
 
 Different Reality- MS & HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Understanding Tone- MS & HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Twain’s Travels- MS & HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Using Newspapers- MS & HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 
 
 

High School Lessons


 
 
 Nook Farm- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Huck Finn Censorship- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Huck Finn Child Abuse- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Twain Romance Old West- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Stereotype Satire Humor- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Manifest Destiny New Frontiers- HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Using Gilded Age Htfd- HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Technology CT Yankee- HS/Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Twain Mysterious Stranger- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Twain Tall Tales- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Sam Clemens Mark Twain Pen Names-
HS/Eng. & Psych.
 download PDF
 
 
 
 Visual Literacy- HS/ELL download PDF
 
 
 
 Twain Painting Lake Tahoe- HS/ELL download PDF
 
 
 
 Storytelling Twain Way- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Twain’s Sword of Satire- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Illustrations of Jim- HS/Eng. & Hist. & Art download PDF
 
 
 
 Scarlet Letter- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Masks Minstrels- HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Using Vernacular- HS/ESL & Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Language and Finn- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Go to Hell- HS/AP Literature download PDF
 
 
 
 Using Newspapers- MS & HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Huck Jim Jim Crow- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Using Primary Sources- HS/Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Twain’s Depiction- HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 
 
 
 Twain and Humor- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
 
 
 Poetry in 19th Century- HS/Eng. download PDF
 
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