Teachers & Students
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 at (860) firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
High School Lessons
Nook Farm and Literary Communities- HS/Eng.
Huckleberry Finn and Censorship- HS/Eng.
Huckleberry Finn and Child Abuse- HS/Eng.
Twain’s Take on the Romance of the Old West- HS/Eng.
Roughing It with Stereotypes, Satire, and Humor- HS/Eng.
Manifest Destiny and Mark Twain- HS/Eng. & Hist.
Gilded Age Hartford and Mark Twain- HS/Eng. & Hist.
Technology in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court- HS/Hist.
Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger- HS/Eng.
Mark Twain & Tall Tales- HS/Eng.
Pen Names: Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain HS/Eng. & Psych.
Mark Twain and Visual Literacy- HS/ELL
Painting Lake Tahoe With Words- HS/ELL
Storytelling the Mark Twain Way- HS/Eng.
Twain’s Subtle Sword of Satire- HS/Eng.
Racial Representation and Illustrations of Jim- HS/Eng. & Hist. & Art
The Scarlet Letter is no Huckleberry Finn!- HS/Eng.
Masks and Modern Minstrelsy- HS/Eng. & Hist.
Using the Vernacular- HS/ESL & Hist.
Language and Huckleberry Finn- HS/Eng.
Language, Power, and Racism- HS/AP Literature
Huck, Jim, and Jim Crow- HS/Eng.
Primary Sources and Racial Attitudes- HS/Hist.
Twain’s Depiction of Northern Society- HS/Eng. & Hist.
Mark Twain and Humor- HS/Eng.
Mark Twain and Poetry in 19th Century- HS/Eng.
Scratch that Twainian Itch
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