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Tom Sawyer Scrapbook Project


“Mark Twain was a lifelong creator and keeper of scrapbooks. He took them with him everywhere and filled them with souvenirs, pictures, and articles about his books and performances. But in time, he grew tired of the lost glue, rock-hard paste, and the swearing that resulted from the standard scrapbook process. So, he came up with the idea of printing thin strips of glue on the pages to make updates neat and easy to do. In 1872, he patented his “self-pasting” scrapbook, and by 1901, at least 57 different types of his albums were available. It would be his only invention that ever made money.”


The purpose of this task is to create a way for students to display their understanding of the novel Tom Sawyer in a way that is fun, creative, and challenging.  Using the scrapbook format gives students the chance to experience what it is like to create a scrapbook much like Mark Twain would.


     Your job is to create a scrapbook with pictures and illustrations using the web sites and content of Mark Twain’s novel, Tom Sawyer. Each page has a specific purpose and design that reflects various aspects of the novel through Tom Sawyer’s life.  You are to have a minimum of thirteen pages in your scrapbook and no more than twenty. You may choose pictures, photos, illustrations, etc. from any of the web sites but you must be sure that the copyright  information is part of them. 
    The writing portion of each page must be either typed or printed neatly from another piece of white paper, cut and pasted onto the page much like Mark Twain would do.  The writing must have quotations from the novel and Tom Sawyer’s dialogue.  Your commentaries must be present as well on each page.
    Finally, you may create a scrapbook either in a booklet form using a program like Microsoft Publisher, a word processing program, or by printing by hand or in a presentation format using Microsoft PowerPoint.  


·                 Choose the type of format you would like to use.

·                 Be sure you are following the guidelines as outlined below for each page

·                 Make drafts of each and edit

·                 Create or collect illustrations using clipart, pictures, drawings, etc. from programs or web sites for each page

·                 Create a booklet with an illustrated cover labeled with your name, date, and class period.  If you are doing a presentation, be sure to include the same in a cover page or first slide.

·                 Follow the rubric to ensure high quality work


·                 Cover page: Tom Sawyer title, picture, author, student name, date, and period.

·                 Topic 1- What Tom loved most about living on the Mississippi River.

·                 Topic 2- What Tom wanted out of life.

·                 Topic 3- Things that Tom learned or lessons from living on the Mississippi or in his environment.

·                 Topic 4- Tom’s friendships and relationships

·                 Topic 5- Trick’s and pranks Tom pulled.

·                 Topic 6- Theme of the novel

·                 Conclusions you have made

·                 Each topic is one page at least.  The opposite page contains pictures, illustrations, photographs, etc. that depict the information from that page’s topic.

·                 You must have a bibliography page that follows the standard format of writing a bibliography. This will be your last page of your scrapbook.

·                 Create your scrapbook in the same order as described above.


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