Tom Sawyer and As You Like It


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an iconic work of American fiction. Students will delight in the sheer pleasure of following the rollicking, mischievous adventures of Tom, a consummate prankster with a quick wit. Through the novel’s nostalgic portraits of life on the Mississippi River and humorous escapades – from the famous episode of the whitewashed fence to the ordeal in the cave – Mark Twain explores the deeper themes of the adult world that Tom is one day destined to join.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare is one of the finest English comedies ever written. The play follows the heroic Rosalind as she flees into the Forest of Arden after being banished by her uncle. Accompanied into the forest by her faithful cousin Celia and the court jester Touchstone, Rosalind disguises herself as a young boy shepherd in order to escape detection. While in the forest, Rosalind encounters Orlando, the man she loves, who has fled to the forest from the persecution of his older brother. Under the guise of Ganymede, the boy shepherd, Rosalind attempts to help cure Orlando of his love-sickness. Lovers are united, quarrels are settled, and fortunes are restored as Shakespeare’s cast of characters look for love in the idyllic forest.

Grade Level: 6-8 (ages 11-14)

Required Materials:

Tom Sawyer Text and Student Guide from Memoria Press. The Teacher Guide is optional.

As You Like It Text and Student Guide from Memoria Press. The Teacher Guide is optional.