Day One: Introduce the project; visit the Kennedy Center Web page and read about the award. Students write a summary.
Day Two: With a partner, students read and discuss different elements of humor. List the types of humor that are most common today.
Day Three: Read an excerpt from Life on the Mississippi. Discuss types of humor present. Students write an analytical paragraph.
Days Four and Five: Begin by discussing Twain one-liners, either as a class or in small groups. As the discussion concludes, students move to independent reading of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and a second story of their choosing. They write a one-paragraph summary of each story and create a list of the types of humor present in the stories.
Day Six: Watch the video, Mark Twain Tonight! starring Hal Holbrook. As a class, discuss how understanding Twain's humor is affected by seeing it performed instead of reading it. Students write a response to the video.
Days Seven-Nine: Students design and produce brochures explaining Mark Twain's humor.
Day Ten: Students share their finished brochures.
The excerpt from Life on the Mississippi in our textbook corresponds to chapters 6, 8, and 9: