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"The Glorious Whitewasher" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain with Mini-Assessment
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence. Expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Eighth graders are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as...
Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn Introductory Lessons
9th - 11th
“What is the role or function of controversial art? And, should children, our children, be required—forced—to study certain works they may find painful or humiliating or offensive?” Robert Zalisk’s question, found in his article, “Uproar...
Mark Twain: Storyteller, Novelist, and Humorist
3rd - 7th CCSS: Designed
Scholars investigate the use of satire in Mark Twain's writing. Literary lovers research the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, political cartoons, and videos to see how Twain uses satire to make the stories more memorable....
American Literary Humor: Mark Twain, George Harris, and Nathaniel Hawthorne
9th - 12th
Nathaniel Hawthorne as a humorist? Really? The three lessons in this series focus on the the storytelling style, conventions, and literary techniques employed by Hawthorne, George Washington Harris, and Mark Twain.
Understanding Dialect as Used by Mark Twain
5th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
A reading of Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County not only offers pupils an opportunity to practice their listening skills but also provides them with examples of dialectic speech. This is the gol’derndest...
The Meaning of America: Enterprise and Commerce
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Using Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, invite your learners to consider the concept of virtue in a democratic society devoted to gain and self-interest. This stellar resource guides your class members through a close...
Mark Twain: Interpreting Literature through Conventions of Language & Vocabulary
7th - Higher Ed
Learners decipher the use of standard and non-standard English in Mark Twain literature. As a class or in small groups, they discuss dialect and slang. They map the concept of standard English, dialect, slang, vernacular, accent, drawl,...
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Study Help Essay Questions
5th - 8th
Use these study questions to test your class on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. These mostly higher-level questions have the potential to be test questions, discussion questions, homework questions, or essay questions. The...
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain Patents
Ninth graders use Mark Twain texts to analyze the author and research the patents he backed during his life. In this Mark Twain lesson, 9th graders view a PowerPoint about King Arthur and discuss questions. Students investigate everyday...
Birds of a Feather, An Interdisciplinary Unit: Language Arts Wing
7th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
If a blue jay could talk, what would it say? Find out by reading Mark Twain's "Jim Baker's Blue-jay Yarn" with your class. Make sure to discuss dialect beforehand and adopt the accent while you read. Compare and contrast American English...