Elements of Literature Fourth Course
LE0 10-7.1
The Lowest Animal by Mark Twain
More About the Writer
Travels with Twain
As a steamboat pilot, Mark Twain kept precise notes describing the riverbanks he navigated. Taking notes became a habit that served him well as he ventured to places like Hawaii, France, India, and Australia. Tear into Twain’s letters and notes at the University of California at Berkeley’s “Mark Twain at Large” exhibit and find out why he thought people were the only unique landmarks .
Test Your Twain Savvy
Mark Twain had a reputation for entertaining folks even while he educated them. Twain even patented a game that was designed to build the player’s memory. Visit the University of Virginia, where Twain’s idea spawned a similar game on the subject of — what else? —the life and times of Mark Twain.
Choices: Building Your Portfolio, page 466
Choices 3: That’s a Tall Tale!
Anyone can tell a tale, but Mark Twain can show you how to make one grow tall. Before you rewrite Twain’s essay as a tall tale, take a turn sitting in his audience. As you read “Our Fellow Savages of the Sandwich Islands,” remember Mr. Twain’s words: “Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it.”
Crossing the Curriculum: Science
Clever Creatures
Are animals creative and intelligent creatures? Are humans? Twain had his doubts. Join scientists at Animal Einsteins to discuss whether animals can communicate, count, reason, or even read. Is science confirming what Twain knew long ago? Animals are smart.
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