Teachers & Students

In-School Programs

Programs cost $75 per session, plus mileage.

Please contact us to book your in-school program at 860-280-3130, or  email us at grouptour@marktwainhouse.org

Writing and Primary-Source Programs for Students

Sam’s Biographies
(Grades 6-12)

During this 45- to 60-minute program, small groups of students conduct research from primary and secondary sources to write a biography of an individual who knew Samuel Clemens well, such as family members, friends, or servants. The whole class then compares their biographies, exploring the range of society in Gilded Age America. This program immerses students in rich primary and secondary sources to explore multiple points of view, across different racial, ethnic, class, and geographic divides.

Creative Writing: The Mark Twain House Fiction Workshop

(Grades 6-12)

Re-write Mark Twain’s work! Students will learn the basic elements of fiction writing, practice their storytelling, and expand their creativity by writing alternative versions of either scenes from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This program also teaches students to respond to writing prompts and structured writing activities.

Made possible with generous support provided by Lincoln Financial Group.

Interactive Presentations


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: An American Story
(Grades 9-12)

This 45-minute presentation underscores the importance of Twain’s masterpiece by placing it within the context of the larger history of race relations in the United States, from slavery to the modern Civil Rights movement. The program demonstrates how the book continues to be a catalyst for positive social change when framed within a larger curriculum.

Mark Twain — America’s Master Storyteller
(Grades 3-5)

This 20-minute program introduces Mark Twain to a younger audience, and allows them to do what Twain did best: make up stories! Twain created nightly bedtime stories for his three daughters using the bric-a-brac on their library mantel for inspiration, so your students will collaboratively improvise a new story based Victorian. The results are creative and hilarious!