>Today I introduced the vocabulary words for our next short story, taken from Mark Twain’s memoir, “Roughing It.” I explained how Mark Twain was a famous American author who wrote classic novels including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I reminded students that Mark Twain lived before television and internet, and how in those days, people had to read the newspaper to learn about what was going on in the world.
We proceeded to use our vocabulary words to complete the following sentences about Mark Twain:
As a young man, Mark Twain held a wide array of jobs.
Twain claims to have taken news stories and made them more sensational.
Twain preferred to earn his livelihood as a writer that as a miner.
It was more tolerable to write about hay than to work in a coal mine.
…At this point a student raises his hand…
Student: “So did Mark Twain do all of this before he decided to be Batman?”
Me: “Like I said, Mark Twain was a writer. You’re thinking of Bruce Wayne.”