Resources for Teachers and Students

Resources Related to the Center for Mark Twain Studies

Important Educational Websites for Use in the Classroom

Lesson Plans Related to Mark Twain and His Literature

The Mark Twain Statue in the Gannett-Tripp Library on the Elmira College campus


PBS’ American Playhouse: “The Diaries of Adam and Eve”

A YouTube clip featuring “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” from PBS’ American Playhouse, originally airing April 26, 1989. The cast includes Meredith Baxter as “Eve” and David Birney as “Adam.”

PBS’ American Playhouse: “Pudd’nhead Wilson”

A YouTube clip featuring “Pudd’nHead Wilson” from PBS’ American Playhouse, originally airing on January 24, 1984. The cast includes Lise Hilboldt as “Roxie” and Ken Howard as “Puddn’head Wilson.”

Huckleberry Finn and the N-Word”

A Youtube clip featuring a 60 Minutes story concerning a Southern publisher’s sanitized edition of “Huckleberry Finn” that replaces the N-word with “slave” over 200 times. This becomes the focal point for a debate on the use of the controversial word in American society. Byron Pitts reports. Published on June 12, 2011.

“Born to Trouble: Adventures of Huck Finn

A YouTube Clip. PBS’s Culture Shock produced this 90-minute documentary on the heated debate surrounding Twain’s famous book. The program features a dramatic retelling of the novel’s plot, compelling interviews, and historical artifacts to ask the questions: “Why does this universally admired book offend so many? How do we distinguish between a critique of a social problem and the perpetuation of the problem? Does the required reading of prior generations have relevance for today’s students?” Clip is not the best quality.