Lesson Plans

Curriculum on Mark Twain and His Books

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
  Editing Tom Sawyer- MS/Eng. 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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