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 Director of Education:

Dr. James Golden
call 860-280-3146 or email james.golden@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.

Support for the updating and publication of these lesson plans has been generously provided by the John and Kelly Hartman Foundation.

Middle School Lessons

 Mark Twain and Manipulation- MS/Gifted download PDF
 Mark Twain: Math Ratios- MS/Math. download PDF
 Huck Finn and the Consequences of Moral Choice- MS/Eng. download PDF

Middle & High School Lessons

 Differentiating Hoax from Reality- MS & HS/Eng. download PDF
 Understanding Tone- MS & HS/Eng. download PDF
 Stereotypes and Twain's Travel- MS & HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 Using Newspapers for Historical Inquiry- MS & HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF

High School Lessons

 Nook Farm and Literary Communities- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Huckleberry Finn and Censorship- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Huckleberry Finn and Child Abuse- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Twain's Take on the Romance of the Old West- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Roughing It with Stereotypes, Satire, and Humor- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Manifest Destiny and Mark Twain- HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 Gilded Age Hartford and Mark Twain- HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 Technology in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court- HS/Hist. download PDF
 Twain's The Mysterious Stranger- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Mark Twain & Tall Tales- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Pen Names: Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain HS/Eng. & Psych. download PDF
 Mark Twain and Visual Literacy- HS/ELL download PDF
 Painting Lake Tahoe With Words- HS/ELL download PDF
 Storytelling the Mark Twain Way- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Twain’s Subtle Sword of Satire- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Racial Representation and Illustrations of Jim- HS/Eng. & Hist. & Art download PDF
 The Scarlet Letter is no Huckleberry Finn!- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Masks and Modern Minstrelsy- HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 Using the Vernacular- HS/ESL & Hist. download PDF
 Language and Huckleberry Finn- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Language, Power, and Racism- HS/AP Literature download PDF
 Huck, Jim, and Jim Crow- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Primary Sources and Racial Attitudes- HS/Hist. download PDF
 Twain’s Depiction of Northern Society- HS/Eng. & Hist. download PDF
 Mark Twain and Humor- HS/Eng. download PDF
 Mark Twain and Poetry in 19th Century- HS/Eng. download PDF

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