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--Photo courtesy of Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, Burr Oak, Iowa http://www.lauraingallswilder.us

William H. Reed
--Photo courtesy of Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, Burr Oak, Iowa http://www.lauraingallswilder.us

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Mary, Laura, and, perhaps Carrie, attended school In Burr Oak. Laura's teacher William Reed, boarded at the Masters Hotel. Laura remembered that Mr. Reed was an outstanding elocution (speech) teacher. Both she and Mary practiced their speaking skills using selections from the Independent Fifth Reader that Mary received for her twelfth birthday. In the evenings they read aloud selections such as " Paul Revere's Ride " and " The Village Blacksmith ." Practice your elocution skills by reading aloud a chapter from your favorite Little House book with a friend or relative.

page from Sanders Fifth Reader
Sanders Fifth Reader

 

 

This page from Sanders Fifth Reader, published in 1869, is part of a lesson on articulation, the art of pronouncing distinctly the letters and syllables of a word. Students practiced each sound. They practiced the vowel sounds by repeating, "A as in Ape, Arm, All and At; E as in Eve and End; O as in Old, Do, and Ox."

 

 

 

 


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