Lesson Plan

Mark Twain's Mississippi: Resources for Teachers

The following lesson plans were created by Chris Freiler, Hinsdale Central (IL) High School. The plans were crafted to conform to the National History Standards as developed by the National Center for History in the Schools. These lesson plans are also included in our printed curriculum guide, became available for distribution in November 2009. The curriculum guide includes a CD-ROM of additional multimedia materials. Please contact us if you would like a free copy of these materials for use in your classroom.


  • Lesson 1 - Geographic Themes in United States History
  • Lesson 2 - The Steamboat and American Expansion
  • Lesson 3 - Plantation Life: Racial Attitudes in Antebellum America
  • Lesson 4 - Ida B. Wells and the Anti-Lynching Movement
  • Lesson 5 - Role of the Mississippi River Velley in U.S. History
  • Lesson 7 - The Writings of Mark Twain and Joel Chandler Harris
  • Lesson 8 - Migration and the Mississippi Valley
  • Lesson 9 - Railroads and the Market Revolution
  • Lesson 10 - Censorship and Huckleberry Finn

These materials were developed with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.