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Treasure Island
Music: Sir Hubert Parry
An excited English gentleman hires a ship for a treasure-hunt, but doesn’t check his crew’s credentials.

AFTER the landlord of the Admiral Benbow inn died, times were hard for his widow and his son Jim.

Otherwise, they would not have put up with their solitary resident, a rough, foul-mouthed seaman calling himself ‘Captain Billy Bones’.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Ship. Boat.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Guess. Ship. Fear.

Use together in one sentence: Inn. Sinister. Map.

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Marooned!
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Jim Hawkins, on a remote desert island, has escaped pirates only to be caught by a shadowy figure among the trees.

“WHO are you?” I asked.

“Ben Gunn,” he answered, and his voice sounded hoarse and awkward, like a rusty lock. “I’m poor Ben Gunn, I am; and I haven’t spoke with a Christian these three years.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Wear. Belt. Answer.

Use together in one sentence: See. Answer. Extraordinary.

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‘My Shadow’
Music: John Field
An enduringly popular, bitter-sweet poem by the author of ‘Treasure Island’.

I HAVE a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Jump. Shame. Shine.

Use together in one sentence: Me. Stick to. Notion.

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By the Toss of a Coin
Music: Thomas Erskine, 6th Earl of Kellie
The Master and his brother Henry must decide which of them goes to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie.

“WHEN very obstinate folk are met, there are only two ways out: Blows — and I think none of us could care to go so far; or the arbitrament of chance — and here is a guinea piece. Will you stand by the toss of the coin?”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Sang. Sung.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hope. Kill. Fall.

Use together in one sentence: Window. Painted. Fell.

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