The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about 'The Prince and the Pauper' with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a helpful follow-up quiz, and participate in two activities that will reinforce concepts they recently learned.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe the plot of the story
  • Explain some of the themes that run throughout the tale
  • Name the differences between the lifestyles of the two boys


1 - 1.5 Hours


  • Copies of the text lesson The Prince and the Pauper: Summary & Theme, along with the related lesson quiz
  • Internet access
  • Two preprinted worksheets, one with 15 terms involving Mark Twain and The Prince and the Pauper, and one with 15 related definitions, but in mixed order

Key Vocabulary

  • Beggar
  • Class differences
  • Disparity of wealth
  • Great Seal
  • Judging
  • King
  • London
  • Respect and reputation
  • Societal classes
  • Westminster Palace

Curriculum Standards


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone

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