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Then the old wren and the young one had a hard fight.

Each one cried out, “It is my place.”

“No, it is mine. I was here first.”

“No, I was

Aha!” said a bluebird, who was in another tree near by. “What is all this noise about ? ” So he went to see what it was. What is the matter ? ” said he.

She has my place,” said the old wren.

“No, it is not her place; it is my place,” said the young one.


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“Let me see the place,” said the bluebird. 'What a dark hole it is!”

Then the bluebird hopped into the nest.

You can not have it,” he said to the old wren,

because the young wren was here first this year.

You can not have it,” he said to the young wren,

“ because the old one had it last year.

“I think I will stay here myself.”

So the foolish wrens had to. fly off and find some other place.



Let pupils write the following exercise, and supply the

missing words. A wren lived in an She had built her there for

years. She found a

in her nest.
The two wrens began to about the
An old bluebird got into the
He said “I think I will


Let pupils make two statements about the wrons, either oral

or written, in complete sentences.

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When I was a boy at school," said an old man, “I was often very idle. Even while at my lessons, I used to play with other boys as idle as myself.


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Of course we tried to hide this from the teacher, but one day we were fairly caught. “ 'Boys,' said he, you must not

' be idle. You must keep your eyes on your lessons. You do not know what you lose by being idle.

“Now, while you are young, is the time to learn.

‘Let any one of you, who sees another boy looking off his book, come and tell me.'

“Now,' said I to myself, there is Fred Smith. I do not like him. I will watch him, and if I see him looking off his book I will tell.'

Not very long after I saw Fred looking off his book, so I went up and told the teacher.

Aha!' said he, “how do you know he was idle ??

Please, sir,' said I, “I saw him.'

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you did, did
did you ?

And where were your eyes when you

him ? Were they on your book?' “I was fairly caught.

caught. I saw the other boys laugh, and I hung my head, while the teacher smiled.

“It was a good lesson for me. I did not watch for idle boys again.”


Statement. The boy was idle at school.
Question. Was the boy idle at school ?

Let teachers show pupils how the above statement was

changed to a question, and have them treat the following statements in the same manner.

The boy was very idle.
The boy was fairly caught.
It was a good lesson for him.
He did not watch idle boys again.

Let pupils write the following words and add such letters

as will make them mean more than one.

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