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LONDON:
T. NELSON AND SONS, PATERNOSTER ROW;

EDINBURGH;

AND NEW YORK.

1873.

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Now COMPLETE, IN Six Books

Τ Η Ε

RO Y A L

R E A D ERS.

A New Series of Illustrated English Reading-Books.

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This Series consists of a Primer and Six Reading-Books, as follows:

THE ROYAL PRIMER, 18mo, Illustrated, 32 pages.
No. I. READER, Beautifully Illustrated, 18mo, 64 pages.

II. READER, Beautifully Illustrated, 18mo, 114 pages.
III. READER, Beautifully Illustrated, 12mo, 192 pages.
IV. READER, Beautifully Illustrated, 12mo, 288 pages.

V. READER, Beautifully Illustrated, 12mo, 400 pages.
VI. READER, Beautifully Illustrated, post 8vo, 400 pages.

For Class Teaching, to accompany the Royal Primer. THE ROYAL PRIMER WALL-CARDS. In Sets of Six different Cards, Water-proof Paper,

Beautifully Illustrated.

T. NELSON AND SONS, LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND NEW YORK.

PREFACE.

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This volume completes the ordinary Series of THE ROYAL READERS. It differs from No. V., in embracing 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
rhetorical pauses, which are common to both poetry and prose.

VII. The USEFUL KNOWLEDGE LESSONS in Part I. treat of The
Barometer and Thermometer, and Great Inventions. Those in Part
II. include The British Constitution, and The Animal Kingdom, and
a brief but exhaustive treatise on Physical Geography, adapted to the

Special Subjects” schedule of the Education Codes of England and
Scotland. 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.

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