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This volume completes the ordinary Series of The Royal READERE. It differs from No. V., in em),racing a wider range of subjects, and in making considerably greater demands on the intelligence and knowledge of the young scholar. At the same time, the lessons have been made as interesting as possible, in order to fulfil what has already been repeatedly pointed out as the aim of the Series namely, “To cultivate the love of reading by presenting interesting subjects treated in an attractive style.”
It is worthy of notice that this volume is not a mere collection of literary fragments. Every subject taken up in it is treated with a degree of completeness which will at once satisfy the inquiring mind and stimulate its powers of thought. With this view it was found necessary to have a large number of the lessons specially prepared ; so that a considerable portion of the book consists of original articles.
The following are the leading features in the plan of the volume:
I. Very copious Notes are appended to each lesson, explaining every point of difficulty that occurs in the course of it. These Notes make the book thoroughly self-interpreting—a matter of the greatest importance when it is remembered how rarely the scholars have within their reach the books of reference necessary to make every scientific and historical allusion intelligible. It is believed, also, that teachers will find it advantageous to have the requisite information in the compact form in which it is given in the Notes, not only for their own convenience, but also as a means of enabling them to advance more rapidly, as well as more surely, than if they had to communicate that additional information orally during school hours.
II. The ACCENTUATION and the MEANING of the most difficult words are given in a Vocabulary at the end of each lesson. For
convenience of reference, a point is prefixed in the reading lesson to
every word explained in the Vocabulary. These lists of words are
to be used for spelling lessons, as well as for exercises in pronuncia-
tion, and in the meaning of words. The Word Lessons include,
besides these Vocabularies, the principal Greek Prefixes, and a
general list of Suffixes, with exercises thereon.
III. Rules of PUNCTUATION, based on a few simple principles, are
given in Part II. In connection with these, a set of DICTATION
Exercises is introduced, specially selected to illustrate the Rules.
These Rules, however, are intended to be applied systematically
to all the Dictation and Composition exercises of the class. The
special exercises in Dictation should be supplemented by sentences
selected from the daily reading lesson.
IV. The QUESTIONS on each lesson are continued in the present
book, not so much for the convenience of the teacher as for that of
the scholar and his friends at home. They are an admirable means
of enabling a scholar to test his own knowledge. But their chief
value lies in their facilitating the work of parents or others at home
in ascertaining whether the lessons have been thoroughly learned.
The Questions will thus warrant the teacher in insisting on the most
perfect preparation of each lesson.
V. The method in which the Questions may be used as a basis for
NARRATIVE COMPOSITION is fully illustrated by an example appended
to the first lesson in the book.
VI. Passages from standard authors adapted for RHETORICAL
READING are given in both parts of the volume. Several poems, also,
are printed in the form of prose. The chief value of this arrange-
ment is, that it conduces to the reading of poetry by the sense, and
not by lines. It also brings out very clearly the position of the
which are common to both poetry and prose.
VII. The USEFUL KNOWLEDGE LESSONS treat of The Barometer
and Thermometer, Great Inventions, and The British Constitution.
In a Biographical Appendix brief notices are given of the lives of
the great men referred to in the lessons, and of the chief authors
from whose writings selections have been made.
The Great Siege of Gibraltar,
NARRATIVE COMPOSITION (Model Exercise)
Battle of Coruña and Death of Moore,
The Burial of Sir John Moore,
The Bed of the Atlantic,
Bingen on the Rhine,
The Trial by Combat-Part I.,
The Trial by Combat--Part II.,
Damascus and London-Part I.,
The Soldier's Grare,
L. E. Landon,
Damascus and London--Part II.,
Battle of Trafalgar and Death of Nelson-Part I., Southey,
Ye Mariners of England,
Battle of Trafalgar and Death of Nelson-Part II., Southey,
Edinburgh after Flodden,
Round the World,
Wonders of the Tropical World - Part I.
The Western Hemisphere,
Alan and the Industrial Arts,
Wonders of the Tropical World—Part II.
The Eastern Hemisphere,
The Song of the Shirt,
The italics, in the Table of Contents, indicate poetical pieces. The longer pieces
are specially adapted to the requirements of the New Codes of England and Scotland
in regard to “Special Subjects. The first and second parts of The Lady of the Lake,
as here given, contain together upwards of 230 lines. The third part contains upwards
of 250 lines. The fourth part contains 140. Other pieces available for recitation are-
Bingen on the thine, The Cloud, Edinburgh after Flodden, Good News from Ghent, The
Story of Horatius, Ginevra, and the specches in King John.
Land and Sea Breezes,
How they Brought the Good News from Ghent
The Relief of Leyden,
The Glove and the Lions,
The Polar World-Part I.,
The Polar World-Part II.,
The Burning of Moscow,
The Retrcat of the French Army from Moscow,
The Temperate Regions,
The Overland Route,
Cairo and the Pyramids,
Family Worship, ...
The Valley of the Nile, ...
The Lady of the Lake,
RHETORICAL PASSAGES. Part I. :-
Panegyric on Marie Antoinette,
Cruelty to Animals,
What is War?
WORD LESSONS :-
The Art of Printing,
The Steam Engine, ...
The Railway and the Locomotive,
The Electric Telegraph,
Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives,
The Siege of Jerusalem,
Midnight on the Battle-Field,
Great Ocean Routes,
Sir John Franklin,
The Llanos of South America,
The Death of Napoleon at St. Helena,
Hymn Before Sunrise in the Vale of Chamouni,
With Brains, Sir,
Life in Saxon England--Part I.,
Life in Saxon England-Part II.,
Soliloquy of Henry IV.,.
The Relief of Lucknow,
Speech of Henry V. at the Sicye of Harfleur, ...
The Balaclava Charge,
The Charge of the Light Brigade,
The Discovery of the Sea Route to India,
Paul at Athens,
Evidences of Design in Creation,
The Story of Horatius,
Roman Girl's Song,
Regulus Before the Roman Senate,
The Last Fight in the Colisæum,
The Destruction of Pompeii,
The South-west Monsoon in Ceylon,
T'he Seven Ages of Man,
Life in Norman England,
Sir Roger de Coverley,
Old English and Norman-French,
The Circulation of Water,
RHETORICAL Passages. Part II. :
The Dignity of Labour,
The Problein of Creation,
Hartwig and Schomburgk, 219
Dr. J. Brown,
W'. F. Collier,
W. F. Collier,
J. T. Headley, ...
W. H. Russell,
J. H. Fre,
W'. J. Fox,
Book of Golden Deeds, ... 279
Illustrated Magazine of Art, 286
Emmerson Tenneit, 293
IV. F. Collier,
J. H. Fure,
J. F. 11. Johnston,