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MODEL READING-BOOKS,

Narrative and Descriptive,

IN PROSE AND VERSE,

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS.

EDITED, WITH NOTES AND INTRODUCTION,

BY

R. F. CHARLES, M.A.,

ASSISTANT-MASTER IN THE CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL

NO, V,—FOR ADVANCED CLASSES,

LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY RELFE BROTHERS,

6, CHARTERHOUSE BUILDINGS, ALDERSGATE.

270.9.995,

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PREFACE.

This book is the third of a series of Reading-Book designed to meet a want, often expressed by Teachers, of books that shall interest the children. It consists of stories in prose and verse-stories of fact and of fiction, of history and imagination, of a much more difficult character than those in the preceding volumes, and thus more suitable to advanced classes.

In attempting to make these books interesting, care has been taken to do so legitimately, by selecting extracts only that are of literary value, and thus to train the taste as well as the power of the children.

It is hoped that many of the extracts in this and the succeeding volume will be of service in other ways than as mere Reading-lessons,—that they may serve as illustrations to enliven a lesson in History or Geography, as models for Essay writing, as materials that may give freshness and interest to the study of English Grammar.

In volume No VI. are prefixed by way of Introduction some remarks on the right method of using such a book of extracts, and of studying an English writer, which, it is hoped, may prove useful to the children to whom they are addressed.

Plenty of poems for learning by heart are inserted in each Reader. No III. and IV. consist of simple narratives in prose and verse. In the Advanced ReadingBooks, V. and VI, some dramatic scenes are inserted, in a few cases of some length. It is hoped that these concluding volumes will meet a difficulty often found by Teachers in Schools where the study of our literature is seriously carried out. A single play or book is apt to prove rather wearisome to both pupil and teacher before the term is over. In these Books two or three longer extracts are included that may serve together as materials for more detailed study than the rest, and so afford the change of subject that is needed.

With the view of making it useful as a book of materials for lessons in Composition, Reading - book No. VI. is divided under the headings of Narrative, Descriptive, and Expository passages. A series of Letters on interesting topics, and a series of short prose passages suitable for learning by heart, are added.

The Notes in this volume are as usual placed at the end. They are fuller than in the preceding volumes, but are simply worded, and, it is hoped, will serve to suggest to an intelligent child the sort of questions he should ask himself as he reads.

The books are arranged in order of difficulty, and are drawn up so as to meet the requirements of the various Codes issued by the Committees of Council on Education, each book being numbered after the Standard to which it corresponds.

CONTENTS.

AUTHOR

1. The Song of the Western Men R. S. Hawker .........

2. A Corrobery ............

C. Darwin

3. The Forsaken Merman ......... M. Arnold. ...........

4. Peter the Great..................... A. P. Stanley .........

5. A Naturalist at School ......... S. Smiles ................
The Old Oak-tree at Hatfield

{F. Locker ..............
Broadoak ...................
Themistocles .....

Plutarch.............

8. The Famine ........................ H. W. Longfellow......

9. Locusts ............... ........ Captain Mayne Reid...

10. The Sands of Dee .............. Charles Kingsley ......

II. Dream Children ..................

Charles Lamb ..........
Saturn and Thea ...

Fohn Keats ................

13. A Public Ceremony ............... Charles Dickens.........

14. The Burning of Drury Lane 2 4 . Smith

Theatre ........

15. The Fire of London.............. 7. Evelyn ...............

The Poor Voter ............. 7. G. Whittier

17. Palissy the Potter.................. C. L. Brightwell

18 Fanny's Fairings ................... Miss Mitford ............

19. Sir Roland and Sir Leoline ... S. T. Coleridge

20. Kenilworth ......................... Sir Walter Scott .....

21. A Charade.......

W. M. Praed ............

22. Where there's a Will there's a l,

Benjamin Franklin ...

Way ..........

23. The Hermit ........................... Oliver Goldsmith ......

Old London ........................ Isaac Taylor ............

A Self-taught Musician ......... S. Smiles ................

26. The Prisoner of Chillon ......... Lord Byron ............

The Boyhood of the Black Prince A. P. Stanley .........

Character of the Black Prince... Shakespeare ............

29. At the Grave of the Black Prince A. P. Stanley .........

30. True Worth ........................ Ben Jonson ...... .......

31. The Big Trees ..................... Dr. Manning .........

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