1. 'Willie, will you run upstairs, and get my needle book from the bureau?'

2. But Willie did not stir. 'Willie!' said mamma. She thought he had not heard.

3. 'I'm afraid,' said Willie.

4. 'Afraid of what?'

5. 'It's dark up there.'

6. 'What is the dark?' asked mamma. 'See! It is nothing but a shadow.' And she held her hand between the lamp and the workbasket on the table.

7. 'Now it is dark in the basket; but as soon as I take my hand away, it is light.'

8. 'Come and stand between the lamp and the wall, Willie. See! There is your shadow on the wall. Can your shadow hurt you?'

9. 'Oh no, mamma! I am sure it can not hurt me.'

10. 'Well, the dark is only a big shadow over everything.'

11. 'What makes the big shadow, mamma?'

12. 'I will tell you all about that, Willie, when you are a little older. But now, I wish you would find me a brave boy who is not afraid of shadows, to run upstairs and get my needlebook.'

13. 'I am brave, mamma. I will go. --Here it is.'

14. 'Thank you, my brave little man. You see the dark didn't hurt you.'


Beautiful faces are they that wear

The light of a pleasant spirit there;

Beautiful hands are they that do

Deeds that are noble good and true;

Beautiful feet are they that go

Swiftly to lighten another's woe.

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 felt afraid of the dark? Explain what happened to scare you.
  • Describe ways to help a younger child overcome their fear of the dark.