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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer eNotes Teaching Guide

by eNotes

  • Release Date: October 09, 2019
  • Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, and Grade 9
  • Pages: 11
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So you’re going to teach Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a classic novel that has been a mainstay in English classes for generations. Whether it’s the first or hundredth time you escort students through the text, we've provided some teaching tips to help ensure that the experience is rewarding for everyone, including you. Teaching Tom Sawyer will introduce your students to a popular, coming-of-age story in 19th-century America, as well as expose them to satire and themes related to societal hypocrisy and the influence of difficult choices on one's maturity. This guide provides you with the essential components to keep in mind before you take your students into Twain's witty tale of a young boy in a small, rural town.


Our eNotes Teaching Guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Each guide provides creative and practical approaches to teaching the text, as well as rich background information, key plot points, and recommended texts.

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  • A list of complementary texts

These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.

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