Included in this Tom Sawyer Fun Pack are five activities for elementary and middle school that are meant to supplement your usual curriculum and provide deeper learning. They all address some component of the Common Core standards regarding reading, writing, or speaking and listening, while also providing engaging real-life experiences and understanding. There is no suggested timeline; feel free to use them when you want. Enjoy!
This unit includes Activity #1 The Tom Comic: Comic strips and graphic novels. There’s no question that they capture the imagination of our students. Would they rather be reading a graphic version of Tom Sawyer? Maybe, but Common Core English Language Reading Standards for all grades require teachers to foster and then check for comprehension in quality literature such as Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain presents a challenge, to be sure. But the reward of understanding his writing is developing an appreciation for his satirical humor. How do you facilitate that appreciation in an engaging classroom activity? Turn your students into graphic artists with one simple activity.