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vides a course in language, which consists of a summary and review of the lower grade work, a course in composition adapted to seventh and eighth grade pupils, and a course in grammar.
The course in grammar is divided into two parts, a minimum course including those principles, a knowledge of which is essential in correcting the common errors of everyday speech and writing; and a maximum course, including the usual grammatical constructions and inflections heretofore taught in elementary schools. The nomenclature agrees with that to be found in the report of the Joint Committee on Grammatical Nomenclature appointed by the National Education Association. The book is published either with or without the maximum
The orderly introduction of one fact at a time, many sentences for drill, and constant review assist in giving the pupils a complete mastery of the subject, and make a large number independent of the teacher's help. Language drills teach the children to use their knowledge of grammar in correcting errors in writing and speaking. A review of language forms assists in establishing habits of correct usage.
The methods suggested to help the pupil correct his work not only relieve the teacher of labor that can be profitably avoided, but become potent factors in securing accuracy, since they bring forcibly to the pupil's attention particular points to which he must devote more study.
A variety of illustrative material is presented, including subject-matter from history, geography, and suitable
literature, as well as from the pupil's own life experiences.
The author is indebted to the following publishers and individuals for permission to use the material indicated:
Everybody's Magazine for “Two Short Stories"; Little, Brown and Company for a letter from Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott; J. B. Lippincott Company for “Natural Bridge,” from Myths and Legends of Our Own Land, by C. M. Skinner; E. W. Howe for “Something Going On"; Whitaker and Ray-Wiggin Company for "Columbus," by Joaquin Miller; Doubleday Page and Company for a letter from The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller; Moffat, Yard and Company for “The Children's Festival" from The Five Senses, by Angela M. Keyes; P. F. Valentine for "Cortés and the Aztecs," from Difficulties of History Texts Simply Explained; and Mrs. William Archibald McFadden for the letters from Mexico and California.
The selection from True Bird Stories from My Notebook, by Olive Thorne Miller, and “The Wreck of the Hesperus," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, are used by permission of and special arrangement with the Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.
The selection, “How a Brakeman Became President of a Railroad,” by Edward Mott Woolley, was taken by permission of author and publisher from The Junior Partner, published by E. P. Dutton and Company.
Grateful acknowledgments are due Dr. Frederick Burk of the San Francisco State Normal School, under whose direction and with whose assistance a large part, of the material in this book was prepared. Thanks are also . due the members of the Language Department of this school, who have freely given aid in preparing and carrying out lesson plans.