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certain definite amount of work assigned for each Lesson. The Lessons have been constructed with a due regard to the exigencies of the other branches embraced in an ordinary school curriculum. The author recommends that each Lesson be gone over, in the first instance, for the purpose of illustrating the special point of which it treats ;-and, thereafter, as a revisal lesson up to the point to which it has carried the learner. In this manner the progress will be both steady and secure.
CLASSIFICATION OF WORDS.
LESSON 1. Point out all the words that are the names of persons, places, animals, or things, in the following Exercise :
EXAMPLES.—John went to London. John is the name of a person ; London is the name of a town.-The horse draws the cart. Horse is the name of an animal; cart is the name of a thing.
The dog bit the cat. The bird sings on the tree. The sun shines in the sky. The door is open. The baker bakes loaves. Glasgow is a city. The tree has leaves. The apple is on the table. Tell Charles not to hurt the pony. The whip frightens the horse. Corn grows in the fields. The bean is food for the mare. The mat is before the house. William went to Edinburgh. James sailed to America. The light comes in at the window. Water is found in the well. Beef is used at dinner. Tea grows in China.
LESSON 11. Write down or mention the names of all the things you see in the schoolroom.
LESSON 111. Write down or mention the names of all the things you remember to have seen in the shop-windows.
LESSON IV. Write down or mention the names of all the persons you remember, of all the animals, and of all the places.
DEFINITION.—All words that are the names of persons, places, animals, or things, are called NOUNS.
Noun simply means name. Nouns are name-words.
LESSON V. What is a Noun? Is a chair a noun ? Why is not a chair a noun ? Is the word chair a noun ? Why? Name all the, nouns in the following Exercise :
John sent his pony to the market, and his dog went with the groom. Sand, stones, and lime are used to build houses. Tom cut his finger with a knife, and the blood fell on the ground. Gas gives light. The fire burns in the grate. The picture hangs on the wall. The Queen has gone to Balmoral to spend the summer. She will not return until October. Peter was an apostle, and so was Paul. France is a country in Europe. The Thames is a river in England. The lion is found in Africa. There are many tigers in India. George crossed the bridge. The wind blew down the trees.
LESSON VI. Write down or point out all the Nouns in your readinglesson.
LESSON VII. In the following Exercise, write down or point out all the words which tell what the Noun does, or what is done to it, or in what state it is :
EXAMPLES.—The horse draws the cart. The word draws tells you what the horse does.—The table is struck. The words is struck tell you what is done to the table.—The boy sleeps. The word sleeps tells you in what state the boy is.
The horse runs. The man walks. The dog barks. The cat mews. The fire burns. The sun shines. The boy cuts a stick. The horse is