A key to reading, designed to assist parents and teachers to superintend lessons for youth

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Страница 35 - The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me. Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight, And all the air a solemn stillness holds, Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight, And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds...
Страница 9 - ... attention is excited, his curiosity is gratified, and his fancy is amused. ' In the second place, when proper books are put into the hands of the scholars, every article, which they read, may be made the means, not only of forming in their youthful minds the invaluable habit of attention, but also of communicating to them, along with facility in the art of reading, much information, which is both adapted to their present age, and may be of use to them the rest of their lives. How different is...
Страница 14 - Thy heavenly notes, like angels' music, cheer Departing souls, and sooth the dying ear. An aged peasant, on his latest bed, Wish'd for a friend some godly book to read ; The pious grandson thy known handle takes, And (eyes lift up) this savoury lecture makes :
Страница 8 - Its object is threefold : first, To render more easy and pleasing the acquisition of the mechanical art of reading ; secondly, To turn to advantage the particular instruction contained in every individual passage which is read; and, above all, thirdly, To give the pupil, by means of a minute analysis of each passage, a general command of his own language.
Страница 12 - Then examine in like manner the meaning of the syllable cede, and having shown that in composition it generally signifies to go, demand the signification of its various compounds precede, proceed, succeed, accede, recede, exceed, intercede. The pupil will in this manner acquire not only a much more distinct and lasting impression of the signification of the word in question, but a key also to a vast variety of other words in the language. This too he will do far more pleasingly 'and satisfactorily...
Страница 10 - Commentaries in a grammar school, the pupil's sole attention should be directed to the manner in which the Gallic war was conducted. A very little reflection, however, should be sufficient to show, how erroneous such a practice would be in either case. The passages gone over in school must of course be very few and limited, and the direct information communicated through them extremely scanty. The skill of the. instructor must therefore be exhibited, not merely in enabling the pupil to understand...
Страница 15 - This I think will be agreed to, that if a gentleman be to study any language, it ought to be that of his own country, that he may understand the language which he has constant use of with the utmost accuracy.
Страница 11 - Thus, for example, if in any lesson the scholar read of one having " done an unprecedented act," it might be quite sufficient for understanding the meaning of that single passage, to tell him that " no other person had ever done the like ;" but this would by no means fully accomplish the object we have in view. The child would thus receive no clear notion of th,e word unprecedented...
Страница 52 - Disputer's ^Grammar, which was my daily persecution during the most important period of my life. Deplorable it is that young creatures should be so punished, without being guilty of any fault, more than sufficient to produce a disgust at learning, instead of promoting it. Whence then this absurdity of persecuting boys with grammar rules?
Страница 12 - ... and tell him to point out to you, (or, if necessary, point out to him,) any other words in which it has this signification of not, (such as uncommon, uncivil,) and, if there be leisure, any other syllables which have in composition a similar effect, such as in, with all its modification of ig, il, im, ir, also dis and non, with examples.

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