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over the road may be made easy and continuous. Appeals have been made to the self-activity of the child in forming word-lists and, occasionally, in completing elliptical sentences. The dictionary must be used in getting definitions. Various methods of word-study are suggested; but it has not been the purpose of the authors to exploit any one method, nor to ride any educational hobby.

The books presuppose a teacher. It is suggested that the teacher prepare the lesson with the class. She should pronounce the words and read the sentences. If necessary, the meaning of particular words should be given. If there is any peculiarity in form or pronunciation, attention should be called to this. Finally, every written lesson should be carefully corrected and returned to the pupil for the rewriting of the misspelled words. Occasional oral reviews are recommended. The various selections from standard literature may commend themselves as being worthy of being committed to memory. The authors have consulted courses of study from all parts of the country, and they have tried to compile spellers for general use.

The poem “ Opportunity,” by Sill, and the poem “Song,” by Longfellow, are used by permission of Houghton, Mifflin & Co., publishers of Sill's poems and of Longfellow's poems. FIFTH YEAR: FIRST HALF


Feb'ru a ry

pur' chase

par' ti cle


breathe fash'ion tor' toise may' or
re view
wom' en

sol' diers
re ceived'

Mis sis sip' pi halves


tooth' ache seiz' ing pi az' za triumphed


In Egypt the people speak a language foreign to us.
There is not a particle of silver in it.
Seizing the ball, he triumphed over them.
The soldiers were received with honor.
Women of fashion were seated on the piazza.

“Hurrah! Hurrah !” cried the boys, as they saw President Roosevelt appear.

My sister and I received a box yesterday from Ohio.

There are three seasons in India : the hot, the rainy, and the cold.

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The police were unable to discover the cause of the mystery.

We had salmon and tongue for luncheon.
Mother preserved both rhubarb and raspberries.
The marriage took place in the chapel.
Do you possess a grammar?
Oh, I've cut my finger with the knife !

I love my pretty home,

My little garden gay,
Where all things look so bright

This gladsome first of May.
Captain Henry Hudson discovered the Hudson River.

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The Americans did not suffer from the plague.
Did you meet your friend on the stairs at the theater?
We had currants for dessert.
Did she shriek when the curtain took fire?
My niece is learning millinery.

'Tis strange the miser should his cares employ

To gain those riches he can ne'er enjoy.
Dr. Brown said, “James is very ill."
Did you go to the theater ?
“Oh,” cried she," there's a bird, a big bird !”

po ta' toes ca noe pi an'o

isth' mus

FOURTH WEEK ter' ri ble


o' cean
knuckles stopped
an' kles

jour' ney

mea' sles ne ces' si ty wrist band ex act' ly cour' te ous spec' ta cles Eng' land quo' tient shrewd re ceipt Sa' tan cough stirred

When I paid for the piano, he gave me a receipt for the money.

Our journey across the isthmus brought us to the Pacific Ocean.

We had a terrible thunderstorm last night.
The lady was most courteous.
Did you see how the canoe was stopped ?
May I get your spectacles for you, mother?

The Captain asked, “Do you know the distance from this harbor to London ?"

"No," answered the boy, "I cannot tell exactly."
Did your parents go to Washington ?


sau' sage busi' ness

loose' ly
use' ful

weav' ing

ex cept' ed scent thresh' old

vis' i ble

pur' pose sieve

gov'ern ment shelves hon' or a ble bus' tles

grate' ful

ad di' tion re hears' al

cat' er pil lar voy' age taught
In addition the answer is called the sum.
Have you seen the caterpillar weaving its cocoon?

ap' pe tite
ap plied

The government should be conducted by honorable men and according to business methods.

Did you see how the water ran through the sieve?

The caterpillar has a good appetite; see how he has eaten the leaves of our apple-tree.

“My dear wife,” said the farmer, “ I do not regret the loss of the money.'

Washington, the hero, was an honorable man.

Mr. Smith laughed and said to Mrs. Smith, "Have you not seen the Indian's wigwam yet?”

Did you have a pleasant voyage the last time you crossed to England ?


li' bra ry

fau' cets max' im

del' i cate dis ap point' pro ceed'

com mence'

sin cere man' sions breath ig' no rant ly im pa' tience quan” tity ed' i tor

pro pose'

cer' tain ly dif' fi cult al though' e di' tion

eas' i ly choose di vid' ing fa mil' iar

ev' er y

We found many familiar books in the library.
Everybody may visit the mansions if he chooses.
It is easily seen that the faucets are of silver.
I propose that we get a new edition of the book.

Your impatience disappoints me. Why do you not learn to control yourself?

I declare unto you Him whom ye worship ignorantly.
In my Father's house are many mansions.
Justice and Truth are thy ways.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

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