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A good reader conveys fully and clearly to his hearers the ideas and feelings of a writer.
No one can read well who does not thoroughly understand what he reads; hence the necessity of studying each lesson until not only the meaning of the words in the lesson is perfectly understood, but also the nature and character of the whole lesson. A reader must enter fully into the feelings and sentiments of a writer before he can render them well.
RULE.—Let the pupil study the lesson, and become acquainted with its subject, before he attempts to read it aloud. Difficult lessons should first be read and explained by the teacher.
[Italics are used in the examples to show the part of the word or sentence to which the rule applies.]
ARTICULATION is the distinct utterance of the elementary sounds in syllables and words.
RULE.--Articulate distinctly each syllable.
The first step toward becoming a good reader is a correct articulation. A public speaker, possessed of only a moderate
voice, if he articulate correctly, will be better understood, and heard with greater pleasure, than one who vociferates without judgment. The voice of the latter may, indeed, extend to a considerable distance, but the sound is dissipated in confusion. Of the former voice, the smallest vibration is perceived at the utmost distance to which it reaches; hence it has often the appearance of penetrating even further than one which is loud, but badly articulated.