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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Pixton Lesson Plan on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Plot Diagram

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American Literature to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American Literature to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Tom Sawyer from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Tom Sawyer

    Protagonist, mischievous, imaginative, moral, natural leader

  • Aunt Polly from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Aunt Polly

    Tom’s simple, kindhearted aunt and guardian

  • Becky Thatcher from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Becky Thatcher

    Judge Thatcher’s pretty, "yellow-haired" daughter and Tom's love interest

  • Joe Harper from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Joe Harper

    Tom’s best friend

  • Sid from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Sid

    Tom’s "goody-goody" half-brother who is mean-spirited but feigns model behavior

  • Mary from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Mary

    Tom’s genuinely kind and caring cousin

  • Injun Joe from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Injun Joe

    Violent robber and murderer who plans to harm the Widow Douglas

  • Huckleberry Finn from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Huckleberry Finn

    Tom's friend

  • Pap from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Pap

    Huck's absent father and notorious town drunk

  • Muff Potter from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Muff Potter

    Wrongly jailed drunkard and friend of Injun Joe who is kind and grateful toward Tom and Huck's gifts

  • Dr. Robinson from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Dr. Robinson

    Respected local physician who hires Injun Joe and Muff Potter to dig up Hoss Williams’s corpse for medical experiments

  • Mr. Sprague from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Mr. Sprague

    Town minister

  • Widow Douglas from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Widow Douglas

    Resident of St. Petersburg who acts as kindhearted friend to Tom, Becky, and Huck

  • Mr. Jones from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Mr. Jones

    Widow Douglas’s neighbor who helps Huck after saving Widow Douglas from Injun Joe

  • Judge Thatcher from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Judge Thatcher

    Becky’s father and respected county judge and natural leader

  • Jim from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Jim

    Aunt Polly’s slave

  • Amy Lawrence from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Amy Lawrence

    Tom’s former love-interest

  • Ben Rogers from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Ben Rogers

    Tom’s friends who whitewashes Aunt Polly’s fence

  • Alfred Temple from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Alfred Temple

    Well-dressed new boy in town who Becky pretends to like to make Tom jealous

  • Mr. Walters from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Mr. Walters

    Sunday school superintendent who tries to please Judge Thatcher by giving Tom a Bible he has not earned

  • Mr. Dobbins from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Mr. Dobbins

    Schoolmaster who unsuccessfully tried to become a medical doctor and now drinks and endures school boy pranks

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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  • Book
    Book
  • Bucket
    Bucket
  • Cave
    Cave
  • Chest
    Chest
  • Church
    Church
  • Fence
    Fence
  • Gavel
    Gavel
  • House
    House
  • River
    River
  • Skyline
    Skyline
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Teacher Guide

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Have students review the front and back cover of the book, examine the cover images, read the book jacket summary, discuss the significance of the title, and make a prediction about the content and significance of the book.

Opening Discussion

Before reading, discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about this book?
  • What is a "coming-of-age" novel? What conflicts, themes, and characters are included in these types of novels?
  • What can you predict about the book based on the title and author?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Point of View

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at the start of the novel, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Theme

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to illustrate the setting, imagery, figurative language and/or important quotations in the text.

  • Extension / Modification
    Plot Diagram (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Plot Diagram to illustrate the main conflicts in the text.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What were the main themes of the story?
  • What were the major symbols and motifs? What made them important?
  • What do you think the climax of the story was?
  • What was the author's purpose in writing this story?
  • What was the text's overall tone (author's attitude) and mood (reader's reaction)?
  • How might the context of when this text was written influence the conflicts and themes?
  • What have you learned from reading this text?
  • Has your perspective on or understanding of life changed from reading this? Why or why not?
  • What makes this book unique?
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Pixton Activity: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1 Point of View

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements, and examples of Point of View.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates the elements of the point of view in the text:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 2 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 3 Theme

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard

Intro

Discuss the themes in the text. A theme of a text is a truth about life or a truth the reader understands better after reading a text.

Instructions

Illustrate at least three themes in a Storyboard:

  • Write the theme in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the theme
  • Include a description that fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Theme

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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