Sanders' Union Fifth Reader: Embracing a Full Exposition of the Principles of Rhetorical Reading : with Numerous Exercises for Practice, Both in Prose and Poetry, from the Best Writers, and with Literary and Biographical Notes, for the Higher Classes in Schools, Academies, Etc

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Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman & Company, 1870 - Readers - 480 pages

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The original version, written just after the end of the Civil War, illustrates the expectations and values of the times in which it appeared. What is most striking to the modern teacher on perusing this volume is the level of vocabulary and comprehension difficulty which was considered normative for the fifth grader. Words like 'gossamer', 'clamorous' and 'benefactions' grace the very first page of the very first reading 'Achievements and Dignity of Labor". Values education was not the latest craze for teachers using this volume, it was assumed automatically and imbues every page with some 'gem of wisdom' not to be neglected.
The pages preceding the readings are devoted to the elements of phonetics, spelling, pronunciation and inflection considered essential to an educated child. Reading with expression was clearly a priority and, after studying the commentary on these topics, one can easily picture the teacher of the day stopping a student mid-sentence and instructing them on the correct voice tone and emphasis to place on each word. This may seem pedantic to the educators of the 2000's, but, in fact, was productive of better comprehension to the listeners at their desks, as well as the readers themselves, who, of course, were reading aloud.
 

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Page 349 - Hast thou given the horse strength ? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder ? Canst 'thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength : He goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted ; Neither turneth he back from the sword.
Page 475 - When my eyes shall be turned to behold, for the last time, the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood...
Page 444 - I am the daughter of earth and water, And the nursling of the sky; I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores ; I change, but I cannot die. For after the rain when, with never a stain, The pavilion of heaven is bare, And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams, Build up the blue dome of air...
Page 475 - Liberty first and Union afterward"; but everywhere, spread all over in characters of living light, blazing on all its ample folds, as they float over the sea and over the land, and in every wind under the whole heavens, that other . sentiment, dear to every true American heart, — LIBERTY AND UNION, NOW AND FOREVER, ONE AND INSEPARABLE ! THE WRECK CHARLES DICKENS This very dramatic description is from "David Copperfield.
Page 303 - Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
Page 453 - O Lord, how manifold are thy works ! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
Page 26 - Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
Page 32 - Ye pine-groves, with your soft and soul-like sounds ! And they too have a voice, yon piles of snow, And in their perilous fall shall thunder, God!
Page 429 - Know, all the good that individuals find, Or God and Nature meant to mere mankind, Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, Lie in three words — health, peace, and competence.
Page 347 - Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art not so unkind As man's ingratitude ; Thy tooth is not so keen, Because thou art not seen, Although thy breath be rude.

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