Mark Twain Activities

Instructor: Tara Schofield
You can help your students appreciate Mark Twain as a person and an acclaimed writer. This lesson provides activities to help you encourage your students to study Mark Twain's life and career.

The Life and Times of Mark Twain

Mark Twain was a creative genius whose classic novels, such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, are still appreciated today. His interesting life that included adventures as a riverboat pilot, journalist and inventor can spark curiosity in your students.

This lesson outlines four activities about Mark Twain that you can easily conduct in your classroom. The activities vary in preparation needed and time to complete, from a quick 'Pick a Question' game to a lengthier 'Relive the Journey' presentation. Choose the activities that are most appropriate for your students and will encourage them to understand and appreciate the life and works of Mark Twain.

Pick a Question

This game involves team competition to answer review questions about Mark Twain.


After completing the study of Mark Twain, make a list of questions that test the kids' understanding of his life. You may include questions like: What were two of Mark Twain's most famous books? Where was Mark Twain born? How many children did Mary Twain have? Write each question on a paper, fold and place in a bowl.

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