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SARGENT'S STANDARD SERIES. – No. 8.

THE

STANDARD

THIRD READER

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PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

OONTAINING

EXERCISES IN THE ELEMENTARY SOUNDS; RULES FOR ELOCUTION, &c.
NUMEROUS CHOICE READING LESSONS; A NEW SYSTEM

OF REFERENCES ;

AND

AN EXPLANATORY INDEX.

BY

E PES SARGENT,
AUTHOR OF “TAE STANDARD SPRAKER,” “THE STANDARD FIFTH READER, "|

IS THE STANDARD FOURTH READER," ETO.

SIXTY-FOURTH THOUSAND.

BOSTON:
PIILLIPS, SAMPSON AND COMPANY.

13 WINTER STREET.

185 7.

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY
046*172

Now Ready

SARGENTS COMPLETE SERIES OF SCHOOL READERS.

The Standard Fifth, or FIRST CLASS READER:
The Standard Fourth Reader.
The Standard Third Reader.
The Standard Second Reader. (Illustrated)
The Standard First Reader. (Illustrated).

Also Ready: Sargent's Six Primary School Charts. These Charts are twenty-two inches by thirty in size ; got up in a new and attractive style, with large type, for beginners in reading, &o.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-five by EPES SARGENT, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the District of Massachusetts.

p Many of the single pieces in this collection are protected by the copyright.

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New Ingland Type and Stereotype Foundery.

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PREFACE.

A READER which is true to its name should be composed of such exercises as are best adapted to its specific purpose. In the attempt to make it at the same time a Reader and a didactic or scientific manual, neither object is likely to be gained. This is the testimony of our most experienced teachers; and, under a conviction of its truth, it has been my aim in this collection to present, for the most part, such pieces as convey, in a concrete and attractive form, some salutary moral, or are fitted to inspire that affection for the beautiful in nature, which is so elevating in its influence, and which cannot be. cultivated too early in life.

It has also been my endeavor to reconcile simplicity with sound literary taste and an accurate style. Too many writers for the young, in striving to be simple, have been merely feeble or insipid; and let it not be supposed that their mistake is not detected by the class to whom they address themselves. Could they hear some of the comments of their juvenile critics, they would not so undervalue the discernment of the young.

The system of references, which has been so much approved in the author's Fourth and Fifth Readers, has been introduced into this on a scale sufficiently comprehensive to direct the attention both of pupil and teacher to besetting faults in elocution, and to lead to a habit of referring to a dictionary for words, the meaning or pronunciation of which may not be known with certainty.

The introductory exercises on the elementary vowel sounds will be found unusually complete, and, in practice, very efficacious in supplying the pupil with a good stock of formulas in pronunciation, and initiating him into accurate habits of articulation. To render these exercises more convenient for reference, the representative words have been arranged in alphabetical order, so that the pupil can at once satisfy himself whether a word, the vowel or consonant sound of which he would verify, is in the list. The marks of reference in tho

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