Mark Twain was the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Use these lessons and resources to study this iconic American author's life and his influential works.
As students begin to understand fiction and nonfiction, introduce the genre of historical fiction, which includes examples of both. Some elements of the story are factual, while others are fabricated in order for authors to import certain themes into the tale. This unit includes activities that can be used to help students understand the pieces of this puzzle.
- Identify the elements of historical fiction
- Learn about historical accounts from the Renaissance Period of English culture
- Work in twos to produce and present a multimedia presentation for classmates
- Read aloud and/or perform a simplified version of Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper
Students will respond to The Prince and the Pauper by choosing a culminating project from the Culminating Project printable. This project can be used in addition to, or in place of, a unit test. As always, this depends on your learners and their needs. If you wish, use the rubric as an assessment tool.
Before assigning The Prince and the Pauper for students to read, have them complete background research on a variety of English Renaissance topics. Dividing the research among students will result in a more comprehensive picture of the time period.
5 CLASS PERIODS
Students draw conclusions about a piece of historical fiction based on its context, and rewrite scenes in accordance with those inferences.