MarkTwain and the Victorians meets the requirements of the following common core standards:
Mark Twain and the Victorians explores the background of Victorianism, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of imperialism. This course/unit also discusses in detail Mark Twain’s interesting, and rebellious reaction to the Victorian period and especially the rise of imperialism. Students will find that Twain's beliefs are modern and up-to-date and that he is a man whose ideas many would embrace.
Mark Twain—whose real name was Samuel Clemens—had a mixed reaction to the Victorian norms of his day. This course/unit also discusses this in detail.
In Part I the learner looks at the roots of Victorian England, in particular we look at the Industrial revolution and its aftermath. Students will also learn of the manners and customs of the day. Students will also explore the causes of the end of the Victorian Period, World War I. Students will also be introduced to the imperialistic movements of the period.
Part II examines American Victorianism and the similarities and difference between American Victorianism and English Victorianism. Students will learn of the Victorian reactions to the rise of the middle class and the futile attempts of the wealthy to escape the encroaching “Riff Raff.”
Part III explores how Sam Clemens felt about Victorianism and imperialism. Students will read and discuss some of his writings such as The War Prayer, The Battle Hymn Of The Republic Brought Down To Date and To The Person Sitting In Darkness.
There are also several experiential exercises such as Victorian role-plays, a Twain Press Conference, etc.
Teachers and students will find Twain to be a far more interesting writer and his ideas far more complex than the usual study of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer would indicate. Click on the link below to see a free preview!