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Mark Twain Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students about author Mark Twain with this lesson plan. Students read a text lesson that provides a biography of Twain and introduces some of his work, and students discuss content and apply understanding to an activity to help learning last.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Mark Twain
  • discuss work by Mark Twain

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Have students prepare their notebooks for this lesson by titling them 'Mark Twain' and creating subcategories for:
    • Timeline
    • Books
    • Early Life
    • Family
    • Notable Facts
  • Review each of these topics with students to make sure they understand what each means.

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