Tom Sawyer Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan after students finish reading 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' to increase their understanding of the book. Students will watch an engaging video that summarizes and analyzes the book, then discuss key components before applying concepts to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • analyze The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • cite textual evidence to support analysis

Length:

1 hour

Materials

  • Copies of the text The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Chart paper and markers, one for each small group

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.6

Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).

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