Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from the Mark Twain Museum Director Henry Sweets about the 2017 Mark Twain Teacher Workshops. The Mark Twain Teacher Workshop is funded in part by the Missouri Humanities Council.
Are you ready for a learning experience that is both educational and fun? The Mark Twain Museum’s Teacher Workshop in Hannibal, Missouri, may be just the thing.
The workshop is planned to help you bring Mark Twain’s writings into the classroom. But the week is far more than classroom instruction. You have the opportunity to experience many of the sites that inspired Mark Twain’s writings. From a walking tour of the streets Sam Clemens frequented to visiting the cemetery made famous on Tom Sawyer, riding a riverboat on the Mississippi, exploring Mark Twain Cave, to experiencing Mark Twain’s birthplace at Florida, Missouri, you will come away with a better appreciation of how Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were written. You will enjoy behind the scenes touring of the Mark Twain Museum’s eight buildings.
This year’s staff includes Mark Twain Museum Executive Director Henry Sweets, Dr. Julie Albee, Professor of Education at Hannibal-LaGrange University, and Dr. Ben Click, Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. With you, they will explore new strategies for using Mark Twain’s works in the classroom. In addition, you will be greeted by Hannibal’s Tom and Becky and have a lesson on the Inspiration for Tom Sawyer delivered by Mark Twain himself!
This is the thirteenth summer for Teacher Workshops at the Mark Twain Museum. The program is recognized as significant by the Missouri Humanities Council which provides major support for the workshop. It is also possible to earn graduate credits through Hannibal-LaGrange University for the workshop.
You should plan to schedule the week of July 9-13 to be in Hannibal for this exciting time. During the week you will develop a ready to use lesson plan for your students that will also be shared on the museum website for others to utilize.
Go to the Museum’s website for more detail of this workshop. Registrations are limited, so act now to take advantage of this experience.