Twain Novel Lesson Plans – Please feel free to contribute

Subject/Grade:  English III
Developed by: Kimberly Livaudais
JCS Unit Plan Name: Realism/Naturalism
Pacing: 3 weeks
CCSS  Standard(s): L3a – Apply knowledge of language to UNDERSTAND how language functions in different contexts, to MAKE effective choices for meaning or style, and to COMPREHEND more fully when reading or listening.  VARY syntax for effect, consulting references for guidance as needed; APPLY an understanding of syntax to the study of complex texts when reading.


RL3 – ANALYZE the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

Key Concepts:·         diction and syntax

·         Irony and satire

·         Point of view and purpose

·         Effect of figurative language on setting, characterization, and theme

·          Story elements of setting, conflict, characterization


Essential Question:●        How does the author use stylistic devices to enhance and develop theme?

●        How does the author’s point of view affect the theme of the text?

●        What would you do to protect your family or friends?

●        How can a man challenge his society and stand for his beliefs?

●        To what extent do people control their destinies?


Pudd’nhead Wilson

PW Intro

Introduction to Pudd’nhead Wilson power point

puddnhead wilson e text

E-text of Pudd’nhead Wilson

Audio file of

Pudd’nhead Wilson


Teacher Information on Literary Devices in Pudd’nhead Wilson

PW Anticipation Guide

Anticipation Guide for Pudd’nhead Wilson

A Webquest Project to Prepare for Pudd

Webquest introduction to theme of nature vs nurture

pw study questions

Pudd’nhead Wilson chapter questions


End of novel discussion questions for Honors Classes


Guided Imagery Lesson for Pudd’nhead Wilson

Tone in Puddnhead

Tone assignment for Pudd’nhead Wilson

PW Final Questions

Final mini-essay question for Standard Classes (alternatively, could be used to prompt class discussion)

Puddnhead Wilson Essay Test

Essay test for Pudd’nhead Wilson


Mysterious Stranger – Romance

 (not to be confused with Mysterious Stranger, No 44 – that is a different tale)

Online text

Website with essay on The Mysterious Stranger

12. The Mysterious Stranger -Twain


Pdf of the text


Audio of the novella


The Lowest Animal


“The Lowest Animal” an essay that introduces the themes to Mysterious Stranger


Mark Twain mysterious stranger intro ppt

Introduction pdf


Mysterious Stranger Readers Journal

Readers Journal


Mysterious Stranger Group Discussion Questions

Group Discussion  questions

The Mysterious Stranger Final Essay Questions

Final Essay Prompts

 Mysterious Stranger Literary Analysis Essay

Literary analysis essay on The Mysterious Stranger

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court


Literary Analysis questions for Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

connecticut yankee study guide

Study Guide with Vocab for Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court



Discussion Guide for entire novel by David Bruce Reading Test for Connecticut Yankee for King Arthur

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court test


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