The Topic:
Mark Twain

Easier - Mark Twain is one of America's best-known authors. Born in Florida Missouri in 1835, Twain moved to Hannibal Missouri in 1839. He wrote classics such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
 
Harder - Mark Twain (1835-1910), was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Considered the greatest humorist in American literature, Twain's varied works include novels, travel narratives, short stories, sketches, and essays. Although his works are required reading in most schools, some of his novel are controversial.
 
Mark Twain by J. Zwick
http://www.boondocksnet.com/twainwww/index.html
This site features information on Twain's writings, the banning of his books, a biography, criticism, quotes, and guides to Huckleberry Finn and other books.
Other Comprehensive Twain Websites:
2) Mark Twain from The Hannibal Courier-Post http://www.hannibal.net/twain/index.shtml
3) Mark Twain in Cyberspace by P. Salwen http://salwen.com/mtcyber.html
4) Mark Twain in His Times by S. Railton http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/railton/
5) Mark Twain from PBS http://www.pbs.org/marktwain/
6) Mark Twain from PBS Online NewsHour http://www.pbs.org/newshour/media/twain/index.html
 
Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT
http://www.marktwainhouse.org/
Here you find history and information for visiting Mark Twain’s home.
Related Websites:
2) Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, NY
http://www.elmira.edu/academics/ar_marktwain.shtml
3) Mark Twain's Birthplace & Hometown from Robagoya-juku English School,
Yokohama, Japan http://www.twain-jp.org/eindex.html
4) Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal, MO http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/
5) Mark Twain Circle of New York http://salwen.com/mtahome.html
6) Mark Twain in Hartford from Hartford Courant http://courant.ctnow.com/projects/twain/index.htm
7) Mark Twain Sites in Elmira, New York
http://lemur.cit.cornell.edu/~jules/Mark_Twain.html
  
Mark Twain Papers & Project from Bancroft Library at University of California, Berkeley
http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/MTP/
Here is a comprehensive archive of Sam Clemens’ personal letters and papers.
Not-To-Be-Missed Section:
2) Mark Twain at Large: His Travels Here and Abroad http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/Exhibits/MTP/
Other Research and Document Sites:
3) Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 at Modern English Collection, Electronic Text Ctr, Univ.
of Virginia (Scroll to near bottom of website to access materials for Mark Twain)
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/modeng/modengT.browse.html
4) Mark Twain Quotations, Newspaper Collections, & Related Resources by B. Schmidt
http://www.twainquotes.com/
 
Samuel Clemens from PBS's The West
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/a_c/clemens.htm
Read a brief biography of this well-known author.
Other Twain Biography Sites:
2) From the Autobiography of Mark Twain http://www.steamboats.com/twainquote1.html
3) Hartford Courant Obituary Notice http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/railton/sc_as_mt/mtobit29.html
4) Mark Twain: A Biography of Samuel L. Clemens
http://marktwain.skidsville.com/bio1.htm
5) Mark Twain, Internationalist by R. Newman http://www.yorku.ca/twainweb/filelist/intl01.html
6) Writer Hero: Mark Twain by D. Ginsburg http://myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=markTwain
  
After visiting several of the websites for Mark Twain, complete one or more of these related activities.
 
Make an Origami Jumping Frog. Follow the two-color illustrated instructions found at Make an Origami Jumping Frog.
 
Test Your Knowledge of Mark Twain. First we suggest you visit several of the biography sites, then go to Mark Twain's - Memory Builder, loosely based on an 1885 game designed and patented by Twain. His game was intended to help people keep historical facts straight. This one is divided into four sections, each with eight questions: two sections on Sam Clemens' life and Mark Twain's career, and two on America between 1840 and 1910. There are plenty of facts and dates, and also a lot of pictures. As you play, you may also meet a few or a lot of Mark Twain's intimates and associates; they're here to help you find the dates you're looking for. Good luck!
 
Complete A Mark Twain WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at the following webQuest sites:
1) ADHDventures of Tom Sawyer (Grades 7-8) by J. Fisher
http://www.esc20.k12.tx.us/etprojects/formats/webquests/spring2001/oconnor/jdfwq/default.html
2) Huck Finn: All-American? by Ms.Fratoe
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/webhuckfinms.html
3) Huckleberry Finn WebQuest http://www.benet.org/teachers/klaird/hfinnquest.htm
4) Interview with Mark Twain (Grade 11) by L. Caudell
http://www.wcboe.k12.md.us/mainfold/technolog/techsat/web01/CAUDELL/TWAINW~1.HTM
5) Mark Twain, Huck Finn WebQuest http://www.geocities.com/jed51459/twainquest.html
6) Mark Twain WebQuest by M. Arens http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Styx/9444/TwainWQ.html
7) Who Is Mark Twain? (Grade 12) by C. Woodington
http://www.allabery.com/courses/webquest/woodington/
 
Perform A Mark Twain Story in Theater. You can find Aaron Shepard's adapted script for Reader's Theater at The War Prayer (Grade 7 and Above). The play is written for a minimum of eight players. More advanced thespians may want to try a two-act play about Mark Twain and his friend, The Rev. Joseph H. Twichell. You can find the play written by Edgar K. DeJean at Sam and Joe.
 
Send A Virtual 'Mark Twain' Postcard. Share a Twain quote with friends and family at Mark Twain Postcards. Select an image, add your message, preview it, and send it along. Notice that there are multiple webpages to chose from. The recipient will receive an email message with instructions for picking up the card.
 
Hold A Mark Twain Debate. The debate question: Is Mark Twain the greatest American literary figure of all time? You decide your position and prepare an argument supporting your decision. If so - why? If not, who is and why do they deserve that recognition?
 
Conduct A Mock Trial of Mark Twain. Is Huck Finn a racist book? Try the author and determine his guilt of innocence. You can find some procedural help at The Trial of Mark Twain by D. Walker. You may also get some information at Essential Question: Should the Book The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn Be Taught? by V. Burdette.
 
Website By Kids For Kids
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain by C. Russell and J. Rodebaugh
http://wvnvm.wvnet.edu/~gsa00147/
This page is an interactive book review.
 
More Twain Websites
Adventures of Tome Sawyer by Mark Twain from School Tales
http://www.schooltales.com/tomsawyer/
Tom Sawyer's adventures give us a scamp's eye view of 19th century education. The school-based excerpts from Twain's celebrated novel follow Tom's trials as a reluctant scholar with the author's usual wit and insight.
Related Websites:
2) Adventures of Tom Sawyer http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/tomsawye/tomhompg.html
3) Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain from Literary Explorer
http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Lincoln_HS/Burleson/Lessons/TomSawyer.htm
4) Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Study Guide
http://www.shunsley.eril.net/armoore/engks3/tomsawyer.htm
 
Influence of Liberal Religion on Mark Twain by D. Eutsey
http://www.meadville.edu/eutsey_1_2.HTM
Throughout his writings and his life, Mark Twain earned a well-deserved reputation as a cynical critic of Christianity.
 
Mark Twain and Technology: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by C. Beard
http://fayette.k12.in.us/~cbeard/cy/index.html
Learn about the technological developments of Twain's lifetime- - an understanding that may provide greater appreciation of this novel, one of the first science fiction novels written in America.
Related Website:
2) Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/yankee/cyhompg.html
 
Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: Text, Illustrations, and Early Reviews
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/twain/huckfinn.html
This site offers a complete early edition of Huck Finn, with all 174 illustrations from the first edition, dozens of early reviews from newspapers and magazines across the country, and covers from London and New York.
Related Websites:
2) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/huckfinn/huchompg.html
3) Folk Beliefs in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/projects/riedy/intro.html
4) Huckleberry Finn Debated, 1884-2001 http://www.boondocksnet.com/twainwww/hf_debate.html
5) Huckleberry Finn Study Guide http://www.bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us/huck.html
6) Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by T. S. Perry http://www.boondocksnet.com/twaintexts/hf_century8505.html
7) Mark Twain: More “Tears and Flapdoodle" by J.W. Tuttleton from The New Criterion
http://www.newcriterion.com/archive/15/sept96/twain.htm
 
Mark Twain in Life Magazine
http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/sc_as_mt/mtinlife.html
Here is a sampling of cartoon images of Mark Twain from Life magazine between 1883 and 1907.
Related Website:
2) Mark Twain (Photo Exhibit) from University of California Riverside
http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/site/exhibitions/twain/
 
Sam Clemens, Union Man
http://www.homestead.com/homefront/samclemens.html
He is best known for his American classics Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but Hartford resident Samuel Clemens-alias Mark Twain-was also an active participant in and a staunch advocate of this country's growing labor movement.
 
Time Line of Events in the Life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by K. Spitzner
http://www.geocities.com/twaintimes/index.html
Click on the pointer to explore the events of Mark Twain's lifetime. His life is broken down by decade, pictures of Nook Farm, and a virtual tour of a steamboat engine room.
 
TwainWeb
http://www.yorku.ca/twainweb/
This the website of the Mark Twain Forum, a mailing list for persons having a scholarly interest in the life and writings of Mark Twain (1835-1910).
Before Joining the Forum - Read:
2) Mark Twain Forum Survival Guide http://www.yorku.ca/twainweb/surv.html
 
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