Before the Movie


What kinds of books is Mark Twain famous for writing? 

If you’ve read a book by Mark Twain, which was it and what was it about? If you haven’t, which one would you like to read and why?



During the Movie (Pause Points)


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:


Timecode 0:50: How might these varied jobs have been inspirational toTwain as a writer?

Timecode 1:45: Why do you think stories about schemers like Tom are so popular?

Timecode 2:18: How might the story of Huck Finn and Jim provide a satirical commentary on racism?


After the Movie


Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Mark Twain topic. 


How is satire an effective way to make a point? What film or fiction satires have you enjoyed? Explain how they were satirical.


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Mark Twain Topic Page to your class. Then show the movie once through without pausing.  Watch it again, this time using the discussion prompts.


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.