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TEACHER WORKSHOPS 2014 - "Teaching Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and Common Core Standards with Mark Twain"

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The 2014 Teacher Workshops are being planned now. Details and registration forms will be available soon. You may contact the Museum to be place don our mailing list. Send an e-mail to to be placed on our list.

We invite you to come to Hannibal. Remember—the stories started here!


The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is working on creating easy to use resources for teaching Mark Twain and his works in the classroom. Below are some useful links for basic classroom questions.


Mark Twain's Genealogy

Mark Twain's Publishing Career

Link to School Tours

Teacher Resource Guide (12 pages of activities, ideas, and handouts)

Virtual Tours (of Museum properties and Museum artifacts)

Need Resources?

Teachers, did you know that you can purchase books and other educational materials from the museum store at a 10% discount? Sales from the museum gift shops help to maintain the museum properties and support our education programs. We appreciate your business and want to support YOU in your classroom! Simply call the museum directly at 573-221-9010 to place your order, and by providing verification that you are a teacher, 10% will be deducted from your purchase of books and other educational materials. Thank you for supporting us with your purchases! (Note: Please call between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Central Time to place your order.)

Looking for Mark Twain quotes on everything from T-shirts to mouse pads? Visit our SpreadShirt store to find an entire line of Mark Twain merchandise with his best quotes.

Lesson Plans

We have been busy developing lesson plans to go along with some of Mark Twain's books and short stories. Do you have a great lesson plan you'd like to share? Consider sending it to us for the Mark Twain Creative Teaching Award (due March 15 each year)!

Field Trips

Planning a field trip to the museum properties? We have designed a hands-on, minds-on Scavenger Hunt of knowledge for your students. This scavenger hunt provides an opportunity for your students to collaborate on teams as they interact with exhibits and artifacts to learn about the life and works of Samuel Clemens. Kid-tested and teacher-approved! (Teachers, print and bring enough for your students. Answer keys are available on site.) If you would like information about booking a field trip to the museum, please click here. You can also view a Virtual Tour of the museum created by students. (Teachers, this is a great way to ensure that your field trips will be interactive. Have your students create a virtual tour!)

2008 Mark Twain Creative Teaching Awards:

Grand Prize: Dana Thompson, New Smyrna Beach Middle School, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Mark Twain: His Life and Works (School-wide Unit)

1st Prize, Elementary: Laurie Robinett and Susan J. Snyder, Cary Junior High School, Cary, IL
The Prince and the Pauper (Unit suitable for elementary and middle/junior high levels)

1st Prize, Middle: Barbara Adair, New Smyrna Beach Middle School, New Smyrna Beach, FL
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Unit suitable for middle/junior high and elementary school levels)

1st Prize, High School: Clark Beim-Esche, The Principia School, St. Louis, MO
The Mark Twain Project (AP Literature and Composition)

Honorable Mention, Scott J. Peters, Gifted Education Resource Institute, Purdue University, West Lafatette, IN
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Unit suitable for multiple grade levels)

The winners were invited to Hannibal, Missouri to accept their awards during National Tom Sawyer Days. Thank you to everyone for submitting lesson plans for consideration. And it's not too early to begin thinking about the 2009 Mark Twain Creative Teaching Awards!


Other resources you might find helpful:

Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT
This is the home where Sam and Livy Clemens raised their children.

Mark Twain Quotes
Thousands of quotes by Mark Twain are organized alphabetically by topic.

Kennedy Center - 4 Lessons on "Mark Twain, the Lincoln of Our Literature"

Library of Congress Lesson Plans about Mark Twain

Mark Twain Papers & Project at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Mark Twain's Writings Searchable E-Text and Memory Builder Game

National Geographic Lesson Plan - Mark Twain Cave

PBS Mark Twain Interactive Scrapbook and Classroom Activities

If, as a teacher,you are facing resistance by your school in teaching either The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, you will find the completed rationales below helpful. These rationales are copyright 2007 by the National Council for Teachers of English. They are posted with permission.

Rationales for teaching The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Rationales for teaching Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


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