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Unit 9: Portrait of a River Town

Explore Missouri society with Mark Twain in Hannibal

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

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Possible Research Topics

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Hannibal
  • St. Louis
  • Steamboats
  • Mississippi River
  • "Mark Twain"
  • Fathoms
  • Samuel Clemons
  • Type setting
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer



  • The Selected Letters of Mark Twain
    Twain, Mark
    Harper & Row
    New York, N.Y.
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain
    Neider, Charles, editor
    Harper Perennial
    New York, N.Y.
  • Hannibal Too: Historic Sketches of Hannibal and Its Neighbors
    Hagwood, J. Hurley
    Walsworth Publishing Company
    Marceline, Mo.