The opening section concludes with five short but challenging literary selections with which to practice the principles of rhetoric. These include "Death of Franklin," "Bonaparte," "Hamlet on Seeing the Skull of Yorick," "Description of a Battle" from Marmion, and "Lord Ullin's Daughter." These classic selections are both interesting and challenging, and well-suited for recitation. Exercises and teacher notes are included throughout.
By the end of the fifth reader, your student will be working with literary selections from Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Dr. Beecher, the Bible, Washington Irving, Daniel Webster, and other well-known writers and orators. Reading level for tested selections in this book ranged from Flesch-Kincaide grade level 5.8 through grade level 10.1ı for a speech delivered by Daniel Webster at the celebration of the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument in 1843.
Includes instructions for use with Charlotte Mason methods
You may also choose to use Charlotte Mason's language arts methodsof copywork, recitation, and narration for these lessons. Instructions for each of these methods is found in the new 18-page introduction that has been added to this edition.Like Miss Mason, Mr. McGuffey believed in short lessons, learned well, so the readers provide a convenient source for material to use with Miss Mason's methods.