"I have to write a paper on
the life of a great American writer. I chose Mark Twain. I have
used some references to get information on his life. I'll make
an outline of the major points and details that I want to include
in my paper."
- Early life
- Born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri
- Spent much of his childhood in Hannibal,
Missouri, a steamboat town on the Mississippi.
- Wanted to be a steamboat man.
- Different jobs
- Worked as a newspaper man in Hannibal.
- Worked as a steamboat pilot.
- Went to Nevada and was a gold and
- Worked on newspaper in Nevada and
- Went to New York City and then traveled
all over the world as a journalist.
- Became a lecturer and humorist.
- Personal life
- Married Livy and then had 3 daughters.
- Lived in Hartford, CT where he wrote
many of his books.
- One daughter died in 1896, wife died
in 1904, and another daughter died in 1909.
- Twain died in 1910. Night he died
Halley's Comet made an appearance.
- Most famous books - Adventures
of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, Adventures
of Huck Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and A
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
- Books showed American life of the
period and also problems (e.g., racism in Huck Finn).
ay the outline aloud.
"I'll read this aloud to pick out the
most important ideas."
"I think that I'll start the introduction by telling why Mark
Twain was important and then I'll relate that to the different parts
of his life."
Mark Twain was one of the greatest American
writers of all time. He wrote about American life at the end of
the 1800's. His experiences growing up on the Mississippi River,
living in the West, and travelling around the world provided the
experiences for his best known books.
dd connecting ideas.
"I need to be sure to connect the different paragraphs. In
my second paragraph I will tell about his early life and link that
up with my first paragraph."
Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens,
was born in Florida, Missouri in 1835. He moved to Hannibal, Missouri,
which was a steamboat town on the Mississippi River. His experiences
there provided the basis for his books on Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.
ook over the connections.
"I'll read my paper to make sure that all the paragraphs are
"I'll write the last paragraph and wrap up all the main ideas."
Mark Twain's books allow us to see the world he saw growing up on
the Mississippi, living in the West, and travelling the world. On
the day he died in 1910, Halley's Comet made an appearance. Twain
was like a comet because he lit up the world that he lived in and
allowed future generations to see it as he did.