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Title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-by Mark Twain
  • Background knowledge

What do you know about the author Mark Twain?
  • On Nov. 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was
    born in Florida, Missouri.
  • Born the same day that Halleys Comet was visible
    in the night sky
  • 4 years later his family moved to
  • Hannibal, Missouri.

Where is Missouri?
Where is Hannibal?
  • When Samuel was 12, his father died of pneumonia.
  • At 13, Samuel left school to become a printer's
  • After two short years, he joined his brother
    Orion's newspaper as a printer and editorial
    assistant. It was here that young Samuel found he
    enjoyed writing.

Mark Twains boyhood home
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  • At 17, he left Hannibal behind for a printer's
    job in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Clemens
    became a river pilot's apprentice.
  • He became a licensed river pilot in 1858.
  • Clemens' pseudonym, Mark Twain, comes from his
    days as a river pilot. It is a river term which
    means two fathoms or 12-feet when the depth of
    water for a boat is being sounded. "Mark twain"
    means that is safe to navigate.

  • Because the river trade was brought to a stand
    still by the Civil War in 1861, Clemens began
    working as a newspaper reporter for several
    newspapers all over the United States.
  • In 1870, Clemens married Olivia Langdon, and they
    had four children, one of whom died in infancy
    and two who died in their twenties.
  • Their surviving child, Clara, lived to be 88, and
    had one daughter.
  • Clara's daughter died without having any
    children, so there are no direct descendants of
    Samuel Clemens living.

  • Twain began to gain fame when his story, "The
    Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County"
    appeared in the New York Saturday Press on
    November 18, 1865.

  • Twain's first book, The Innocents Abroad, was
    published in 1869.
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885.
  • He wrote 28 books and numerous short stories,
    letters and sketches.
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • When does the book take place?
  • 1830-1840
  • What significant event came after this time
    period? (20 years)
  • Civil War

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • What does Antebellum mean?
  • Ante before
  • Bellum war

Did you know?
  • In the years before the Civil War (18611865),
    Missouri and other southern states allowed
    slavery. Enslaved African Americans were a common
    sight in Mark Twains boyhood home of Hannibal.
    However, even though many people in Missouri were
    immigrants from southern states and supporters of
    slavery, many others opposed it. Missourians
    mixed feelings about slavery prevented the state
    from joining other slaveholding states in the
    Confederacy and made Missouri a battleground
    during the Civil War.

Language/ Dialect Change Over Time
  • What is dialect?
  • a particular form of a language that is peculiar
    to a specific region or social group.
  • Language
  • Some language in the book is not appropriate for
    modern-day audiences. (It wasnt really
    appropriate then either, but it was more commonly
    used.) At NO time should I hear ANYONE using this
    language in or out of class.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • What was life like back then?
  • Imagine Winston Salem in the 1800s. Do you think
    your life would be the same?

Tom Sawyer Rules
  • Arrive to class with your Tom Sawyer book
  • Stay up-to-date with your Tom Sawyer Portfolio.
  • Save all of your answers because you will use it
    as a study guide at the end of the unit!
  • Constantly use your vocabulary preview as a guide
    when reading Tom Sawyer.
  • Be prepared for pop quizzes on the previous
    nights reading assignment.

Tom Sawyer Rules Continued
  • You have NO EXCUSE if you forget your book at
    school. There is a copy of the book on my
  • If you like to LISTEN while you READ, iTunes has
    a free copy of the story that you can download.
  • Its so simple!! Just go to the iTunes store and
    search The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and it should
    pop right up!