For Teachers



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