Designed to take the educator back in time, this course puts you on the road with the legendary Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain.  Samuel Clemens may have been born in Missouri, but Mark Twain was born in the West.  Christened with the name Mark Twain in Virginia City, Clemens used it out of necessity when his writing became offensive to the targets of his writing. You are taken through Clemens' years in the West and will experience the context within which this author created many of his most profound literary contributions. Students learn valuable ways to implement thematic units based on context teaching that incorporates State and National Standards. This course is applicable for many educators, especially those in the fields of geography, history, social science, English, literature, journalism or reading. As you visit the locations and situations in which Clemens lived and wrote, you will gain insights for teaching about the Civil War and Nevada state history.