New York, Dec. 10, 1878.

Dear Santa Claus:

Papa is going to give

me a Christmas tree, and he

says that you will put nice

things on it if I ask you. I would

like a gun that will shoot, and

a rubber ball that I can throw

hard, and that will not break

Mamma's windows or the big

glass in the parlor.

Now, please don't forget to come.

I live on Fourth St., number ten.

I will go to bed at eight o'clock,

and shut my eyes tight.

I will not look, indeed I won't.

Your little boy,


Teaching Guide:

Step 1: Study the New Words

  • Listen to the new words.
  • Recite each of the new words aloud.

Step 2: Examine the Lesson Image

Describe the image, its setting, and its characters.

Step 3: Read the Lesson Passage

  • Find each new word in the passage.
  • Practice reading the passage, both silently and aloud.
  • Upon mastering the passage, recite it aloud to your instructor.

Step 4: Complete Lesson Copywork, Narration, and Dictation

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Step 5: Discuss the Lesson

  • Have you ever written a letter to Santa Claus?
  • Describe what you would like for Christmas from Santa Claus this year.
  • Describe what kind things you will do for others during Christmas this year.