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THE PREPARATION OF THE LESSON.
Three things are involved in the preparation of a Reading Lesson, viz. :
The pronunciation of the words:
The meaning of the words:
The scope of the selection :
Columbian Fourth Reader.
GIANTS OF THE FOREST.
1. A tree standing alone is a sublime object. But huge trees, surrounded by smaller ones, overawe the mind and fill the soul with reverence.
muring pines and hemlocks,
indistinct in the twilight,
rest on their bosoms.
2. In Germany in early times there were trees so large that from the trunk of one of them a boat large enough to carry thirty men was made. Columbus found mahogany trees in the West Indies from whose trunks canoes eight feet wide and ninety feet long were constructed. Formerly there grew on the banks of the Bosphorus and the Black Sea plane-trees of such luxuriant growth as to be noted from the times of antiquity.
3. In early times there was in Lycia a stout thriving plane-tree in the trunk of which was a grotto eighty-one feet in circumference, the walls of which were tapestried with a hanging of green and velvety moss. Charmed with the delicious coolness of this rural hall, the governor of the province gave a banquet in it to eighteen
Chapel Oak of Normandy. — MARQUIS. guests, and, after the festivity, comfortably passed the night there. There still exists near Constantinople a lime-tree one hundred and fifty feet in circumference, in which there is a cavity eighty feet in circuit.
4. Not long ago in Germany there was an oak of such colossal size that it was transformed into a citadel. The Chapel Oak at Allouville,