For Teachers

15th Annual Teachers Workshop 2020

The 2020 Teachers Workshop will be held July 13 – 17, 2020.

The Mark Twain Museum is offering a Teacher Workshop for teachers and media specialists in grades four through high school to help them bring Twain’s writings into the classroom. We hope that you will join us for this unique opportunity.

            The weeklong teachers workshop has several goals: To provide teachers with background on works by Twain and his life; to experience the town that served as the fictionalized setting for his best-known books; to show how Twain’s writings can be used to stimulate students’ writing; and to provide a forum for discussion and creative thinking about how to approach Twain’s writings in the classroom. We want to make Mark Twain accessible to you, the teachers, so you can make Mark Twain accessible to your students.

            The Museum staff, with knowledgeable outside assistance, will conduct this exciting and inspiring course filled with content knowledge and new strategies for teaching Twain’s works, including ready-to-use lesson plans, integrated curriculum, multiple intelligences, and innovative uses of technology – all geared to use Mark Twain’s life and works to foster student writing.

            During the workshop, participants will experience a taste of Twain’s world. They will visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties and other historic sites, follow a guided tour through Mark Twain Cave, ride a Mississippi Riverboat, and explore Twain’s birthplace in Florida, Missouri.

     We invite you to come to Hannibal.

Remember—the stories started here!

            The Mark Twain Home Foundation is sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. The primary texts are Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Copies of the texts will be supplied to participants. A performance by Mark Twain actor Jim Waddell is included.

Click here more information on our 2020 Teachers Workshop including agenda and registration form.

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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

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

Online 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.)

Lesson Plans

We have been busy developing lesson plans to go along with some of Mark Twain’s books and short stories. Our Teacher Workshop participants have developed these lesson plans.

Field Trips

Planning a field trip to the museum properties? We have designed a hands-on, minds-on Scavenger Hunt 0f 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 key located here.) 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!)


Other resources you might find helpful:

Jim’s Journey

Museum dedicated to the African American, Daniel Quarles, who was Mark Twain’s inspiration for Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  

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

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 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn