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In recent years quite a large number of new studies have been introduced into the regular course of the common schools. This has resulted in oral reading receiving very much less attention than formerly. In fact, in some schools, it has been entirely eliminated from the regular exercises of the higher classes, and this omission has resulted, we believe, in serious detriment to many pupils.

It is the aim of this book to provide the materials, drills, and suggestions which will be required in making the reading lesson a helpful and profitable exercise. Through its medium it is hoped that interest in good oral reading may be revived, and that regular exercises in this subject may be restored to their proper place in the school



With this end in view, we have presented a formal statement of the principles of expressive reading, and have illustrated them at the beginning of Part I of this book. Also, at the close of the lessons, throughout, such other studies, notes, and suggestions are presented as will assist the pupil in getting the thought and in giving it proper oral expression.

Reference to the Table of Contents will show that its materials include a rich and varied collection of literary and elocutionary gems. These are typical of our language, and they have been so grouped as to provide for continuity of thought. Their thorough mastery will cultivate proper habits of study, and equip pupils to read with profit to themselves, and pleasure to others, many of the treasures of English and American literature.

The selections from Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James T. Fields, John G. Saxe, and James Russell Lowell are used by arrangement with and permission of Houghton, Mifflin & Co., the authorized publishers of the writing these authors.

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