Tom Sawyer Moodle Guidelines
Everything below counts toward 600 words.
To count for study question homework, you must post at least 4 times
to the forum.
Forum entries must be 50+ words long to count towards the total.
You are limited to 2 slang dictionary entries per week for extra credit.
You are limited to 2 vocabulary dictionary entries per week for extra
You must author/add at least one wiki page per week (250 word minimum).
The link/essay must relate to Tom Sawyer in some way. (See below.)
Keep track of your own word count. Suggestion: Each time you post or
write a wiki page, before you actually post it, copy all of the text and
paste it into MS Word. Then use tools-word count to check the word count.
Make a note of the count, and then post the page, THEN PRINT IT!
You may edit someone else's wiki page ONLY with the author's permission.
Editing summary pages also counts toward your 600 words. Just keep
track of words, and print a copy for your folder.
Suggested Topics List for Tom Sawyer Wiki
Here are suggested topics for adding to the Tom Sawyer wiki. If you
have other ideas, please get approval first. (Be sure to read the instructions
for MakingLinks.) With all topics, make sure you use multiple examples
from the book to back up what you say. Make sure that any pages you create
are at least 250 words long. PRINT A COPY FOR YOUR FOLDER.
Making Wiki Links
Informative Essay about something in the book from the 1830's-1840's. Examples
include superstitions, culture, clothing, technology, religion, etc.
You must use at least two different sources of information, and cite those
Find places where Mark Twain is sarcastically commenting on society or
the human race. Show the examples, and explain what Mark Twain is trying
Character descriptions/comparisons. Describe a main character from the
book, including a physical description and a description of his/her personality.
Also compare/contrast this character with one from another work of literature.
This could take the form of a poem as well.
Rewrite an important scene in the book from a character's first person
point of view. For example, show how Aunt Polly is feeling while Tom is
away on the island, or Tom's classroom antics from the teacher's point
Write a letter to Tom giving him advice for what to do about his problems
with Becky and Injun Joe. Be sure to explain why your advice is good. Extra
credit for talking like Tom and his friends.
Compare and contrast Tom and Huck. How are they alike and different? Which
one would you like as a friend? Why?
Look for places in each chapter wiki where I have added an important quote
from the book. Make it a link to a page with your explanation.
What are some of the themes of Tom Sawyer? Explain using examples from
Look for literary things to write about: foreshadowing, irony, conflict
(both internal and external), protagonist/antagonist.
Compare you and your friends to Tom Sawyer and his friends. How are you
alike/different? What things have changed since then? What things are the
To make a link in a wiki, all you have to do is capitalize the first
letter of a word, as well as another letter in that same word (not consecutive
though). For example, if you wanted to make a link about dead cats (please
don't do it), you would do this: DeadCat. After you save the page,
you will see a little clickable question mark. Clicking that takes you
to a page where you can fill us in on all the details of dead cats. (Again,
please don't do it.)