Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pioneering Journeys of the Ingalls Family
Burr Oak School
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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.
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."