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Part II. Dictation as in Chapter VIII,
Tuesday Oral Composition
Find a better invitation than Macaulay's, copy it into your notebook, bring it to class, and be ready to write it on the blackboard and explain why you think it is better. Perhaps your teacher can tell you where to find a better invitation. If not, what do you think of this:
TO THE REVEREND F. D. MAURICE
Come, when no graver cares employ,
Your presence will be sun in winter,
Should all our churchmen foam in spite
Yet one lay-hearth would give you welcome.
Where, far from noise and smoke of town,
All round a careless order'd garden
You'll have no scandal while you dine,
And only hear the magpie gossip
For groves of pine on either hand,
And further on the hoary Channel
Where, if below the milky steep
And on through zones of light and shadow
We might discuss the Northern sin
Dispute the claims, arrange the chances,
Or whether war's avenging rod
Till you should turn to dearer matters,
How best to help the slender store,
How gain in life, as life advances,
Come, Maurice, come; the lawn as yet
But when the wreath of March has blossom'd
Or later, pay one visit here,
For those are few we hold as dear;
Not pay but one, but come for many,
Many and many a happy year.
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON.
Wednesday - Oral and Written Composition
Prepare in writing an invitation to a friend. Be ready either to read it to the class or write it on the blackboard. In either case you must be ready to defend your work.
Observe that Macaulay's letter includes the following topics in the following order: The "Four W's," his lodging, the environment, the weather, water, towels, food, views, books, a way of spending the time. Make a similar list of Tennyson's topics. Which is the more complete list? Which is in the better order? This exercise will help you to decide what to say in your invi
tation. By the way, what topic does Tennyson omil which Macaulay discusses?
1. Rewrite your letter in the light of Wednesday's discussion, and hand it for proof-reading to your teacher.
2. Review the chapter on proof-reading.
Friday Public Speaking
"Order is heaven's first law."
WRITE an order letter; that is, a letter ordering a bill of goods from a merchant or manufacturer. This exercise is practical, for everybody, from the housekeeper who deals with the grocer, the baker, and the candlestick-maker down to the captain of industry who employs twenty thousand men, has frequent occasion to write such letters.
EMERSON HIGH SCHOOL,
CONCORD BOOK EXCHANGE, 1809 Jackson Ave., Concord, Ill.
During the semester beginning September 14, 1914, the pupils of this school will probably buy books in the quantities shown below:
August 7, 1914.
A. B. C.
Allyn and Bacon
Graham and Co.
Please inform me as soon as possible at what price you will sell each of these books at retail to individual pupils, and at what price you will sell the number specified to me at wholesale.
ROGER ASCHAM, Principal.
III. Notes and Queries
1. Tell the reason for each mark of punctuation in this letter.
2. Explain the syntax of "please," "inform," " as soon as possible,” “and,” and “at what price." 3. Define the following words and explain their etymology: September, semester, algebra, arithmetic, botany, chemistry, laboratory, manual, composition, physical geography, geometry, primer, phonography, physiology.
4. On what principle is the list of books arranged? 5. In writing a letter such as this, about what point is it necessary to be most careful?
6. How many misspelled words, misplaced capitals,