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 (Google eBook)

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J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1870 - Readers (Secondary) - 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.
 

Contents

Fields for Labor Mrs Ellen H Gates 5 Where theres a Will theres a Way J G Saxe 6 The Offices of Memory I slay Burns 7 The Memory of Joy Green...
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The House by the Rolling River Linna Schenk
66
The Light at Home
68
The Soldier Bird II II Browndl
69
The BattleField
73
Song of the CannonBall Anon
76
The Children of the BattleField James G Clark
78
The Brave at Home Anon
80
The Soldiers Reprieve N Y Observer 16 The Last Ride Miss Mulock
86
Passing to the Supernal Sat Eve Post 18 Sunshine and Showers
91
Education our own Work John Todd
94
SelfCulture Channing
97
The Skater and the Wolves Whitehead
100
Purity of Character Henry Ward Beecher 23 The Three Sisters An Allegory
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Deserve It Anon
108
The Bridal WineCup
110
Desolating Effects of Intemperance W Irving
114
Eulogy on Cold Water Paul Denton
115
Profaneness E II Chapin 29 Voices of God Lon Brit Magazine
118
Better than Gold Anon
120
The Angel of the Leaves An Allegory Hannah F Gould 32 The World of Chance John Todd
125
The World of Chance continued lohn Todd 34 No God N K Richardson
132
The Presence of God Amelia B Welby
133
Integrity D S Dickinson
136
The Visible and the Invisible Ephraim Peabody
138
Blackwell Anna 283
143
When I am Old Caroline A Briggs 39 A Retrospective Review Thomas Hood
145
Taking a Whale R Starbuck
147
Leviathan or the Great Whale From the French ofMichelet
153
The Game of Life J G Saxe
156
Keep in Step Anon
159
Encouragements in the Pursuit of Knowledge E Everett
160
The Capacity of an Hour John Foster
165
Evening Prayer Channing
167
The Time for Prayer Anon
169
One by One Adelaide A Procter
171
Inventive Genius and Labor Elihu Burritt
172
The Results of Work Dr J G Holland
175
Our Deeds Imperishable L H Grindon
178
The Uses of Life Harpers Magazine
180
Lofty Aspirations Dem Review
183
General Washingtons Escape Anon
185
Exciting Adventure with an Injian Blackwoods Magazine
190
I Decay of the American Indians Charles Sprague
200
Effects of our Deeds
201
Saving for Old Age
202
Be Firm Mrs S C Mayo
203
The Young Voyager Rev Albert Barnes
204
Voyage of Life Henry Ware Jun
205
Cheer Up
206
Earnestness Anon
208
Incentives to Culture R F Trowbridge
213
And Then?
215
What is Life? Charles D Drake
217
Pleasures of Knowledge Sydney Smith
220
Man and the Industrial Arts Dr George Wilson
225
The Beautiful E H Burrington
232
The Bright Flowers Anon
234
The Summer Rain Helen Mitchell
235
A Noble Revenge Thomas De Quincey
236
Story of the Siege of Calais Henry Brooke
239
IRVING W 114388
240
The True Legion of Honor Anon
244
Conscience James Linen
246
Moral and Religious Culture Sat Eve Post
249
Desire and Means of Happiness Horace Mann
254
LZSSOIT PAGE 72 The Invention of Printing A Dialogue Osborne
258
The Three Voices Anon
261
Action of Climate upon Man Prof Arnold Guyot
262
The Wonders of Civilization Arnott
264
The Love of Truth
265
Aspirations of Youth George William Curtis
267
The Grave of the Year G A Gamage
269
Another Year
271
The Telescope and the Microscope Chalmers
273
Immensity of the Universe 0 M Mitchel
275
The First Predicter of an Eclipse 0 M Mitchel
277
The Song of Light W P Palmer
281
Chant and Chorus of the Planets Anna Blackwell
283
Science and Art D Brewster
308
Advance D F MCarthy
311
The Polar Star Westby Gibson
313
Mountains E M Morse
316
The Alps Willis Gaylord Clark
318
Desire to be remembered
319
The Desire of Reputation Rev Albert Barnes
322
Vanity of Earthly Fame Henry Kirke White
326
This too must pass away Mrs E C Howarth
328
God the True Object of Confidence Greenwood
329
Inspiration of Living Genius Mrs E Oakes Smith
333
Genius and Originality Rev Dr G W Eaton
336
Hurrying On
338
The Peoples Advent Gerald Massey
339
Discovery of Manhattan Mary L Booth
341
I Personal Religion Webster
346
The Beam of Devotion George P Morris
347
Love Due to the Creator G Griffin
348
Ingratitude Shakspeare
349
J L Eggleston
350
The WarHorse Book of Job
351
The Power op Little Things Smiles
352
Influence Mrs S T Bolton
353
A Wild Night at Sea Charles Dickens
357
The Sailors Early Home Rev S D Phelps
359
The Fireman R T Conrad
361
Benefits of Agriculture D S Dickinson
363
The Work of Eloquence Orville Dewey
366
The Voice and the Pen D F MCarthj
368
The Burial of Moses Anon
370
Mount Tabor J T Headley
373
Mount Tabor continued J T Ileadley
377
Nathan Hale Francis M Finch
379
Loss of the Union Irreparable Webster
381
Stars in my Countrys Sky Mrs L H Sigourney
384
God bless our Stars B F Taylor
386
Washingtons Journey to his Inauguration W Irving
389
Lincolns Journey to his Inauguration L H Whitney
394
DayStar of Liberty M A Moses
396
On to Freedom A J H Duganne
399
Address to the Returned Soldiers Rev J M Manning
401
The Honored Dead Henry Ward Beecher
403
The Soldiers Dirge Col OHara
406
The Widowed Sword Anon
407
GoodBy Old Arm GoodBy George Cooper
408
The Teacher the Hope of America Samuel Eells
410
True Glory of a Nation Bishop Whipple
412
The Battle of Life Anne C Lynch
414
The Historians Reflections Blake
417
True Reformers Horace Greeley
420
Unjust National Acquisitions Thomas Corwin
422
Vanity of Earthly Treasures Anon
426
I The Widows Two Mites Webster
428
The HoneyBee
429
Virtue Colton
430
Advance of Science
431
The Struggle of Life Beattie
432
Beauty Shakspeare
433
Procrastination vPersius
434
How Manifold are Thy Works Miss A Arnold
436
Times and Seasons L J1 Grindon
437
Earth Air and Sea Maury
440
The Cloud Shelley
443
Eulogy on Daniel Webster Lewis Gaylord Clark
446
Scenery of Palestine Rev J P Newman
452
BirthDay Reflections George D Prentice
456
Paul at Athens John AngellJames
459
Paul at Athens continued John Angdl James
460
Truth and Freedom William D Gallagher
464
Not Dead but Sleeping A Gere
465
The Sphinx and the Great Pyramid Rev S J Prime
467
Antiquity of Egypt Mrs E Oakes Smith
471
I Bugle Song Tennyson
474
The Age of Progress Charles Sumner
475
Our Sages and Heroes Charles Sprague
476
The American Union Webster
477
Washingtons Monument R C Winthrop
478
The Lord our Provider Wordsworth
479

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Page 351 - 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 477 - 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 446 - 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 477 - 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 455 - 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 431 - 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 349 - 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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