He was a great American writer, and he was also a famous speaker. He liked to tell funny stories to make people laugh. He also liked to play jokes on his friends. Once he was traveling with a friend of his.
His friend lost his money, so he asked him to buy a train ticket for him. “But I don't have enough money to buy two tickets,” said he. His friend didn't know what to do. “You can hide under my seat when the conductor comes to check the tickets,” he said to his friend.
When the conductor came to check the tickets, he gave him two tickets, one for himself and one for his friend. He said to the conductor, “My friend is a strange man. When he travels on a train, he does not like to
sit on the seat. He likes to lie on the floor under the seat.” Everyone in the train looked at his friend under the seat and laughed.
Scanning Scan the passage and try to find out what the passage mainly talks about? A. Mark Twain’s famous novels. B. Mark Twain’s writing style. C. Mark Twain’s life. D. The origin of Mark Twain’s name.
Place he was born in Places where he lived famous works The meaning of “mark twain” the age of twelve Working experience In Florida Hannibal, Missouri, along the Mississippi The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Life on the Mississippi It means the water is two fathoms deep.(=12feet) He left school to look for work. A printer, a riverboat pilot, a soldier, a gold miner, a business- man and a newspaper reporter.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 《汤姆 · 索亚历险记》 He was good at writing about children ’ s adventures His masterpieces His masterpieces1876
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 《哈克贝利 · 弗恩历 险记》 (1894 ）
Do you know his other works? Mark Twain: (1835—1910) The Prince and the Pauper (1882) （皇子与贫儿） Tom Sawyer Abroad A Horse's Tale The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg Innocents Abroad Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses What is his first successful story about? His first story is about a jumping frog contest.
his short stories 1.Running for Governor 2.The £ 1,000,000 Bank-Note The Million Pound Bank-note
Why did his writing become famous? His writing became famous for common people and the way they talked, but especially for his humor.
Question & Thinking: 1.What was Mark Twain’s life like in the last years of his life? 2.As a result of this, what happened to his writing? It was filled with sad events, loneliness and the loss of much money. His writing lost most of its humour and became sad like him.
America's best known literary figure America's short story writer novelisthumorist public speaker literary giant The evaluation given to him
Mark Twain ’ s mottoes: 1."Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything. “ 2."The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them." 3."Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination." 4."Love your enemy, it will scare the hell out of them."
5."When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself." 6.If there are no cigars in Heaven, I shall not go. 7."The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not." 8."When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. " 9."Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."
Knowledge about drama/play 1. Words related to drama/play Drama/play tragedy comedy opera stage character stage direction lines director curtain playwright actor/actress script prop act scene hero heroine rehearsal
Knowledge about drama/play 2.act &scene This is a two-act play, meaning that the events of the drama are divided into two main parts. Sometimes the second act of a play changes the setting (ie. time and place) but more often there is some change in the thoughts and actions of the main characters. Each act is made up of various scenes, or specific dramatic situations.
3. Stage direction Another basic feature in the structure of plays is the stage direction. The word or words, which appear in italics( 斜体） provide the director and actors with guidance about how words should be said (ie. tone of voice) or what actions actors should take as they say the words (ie. behavior). Knowledge about drama/play
Some stage directions in Act 1, Scene 3: e.g. A servant opens the door for him The brothers smile at each other Claps his hands together Henry stands up to leave Calls to the servant ……