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BY D. C. HEATH & CO.
The authors acknowledge their indebtedness for the use
TO THE TEACHER
The Kendall Sixth Reader, like the others of the series, is first of all literature. Its pages contain the work of many great writers, from the past and from our own time.
Much of this literature is grouped around the general themes of Adventure and Historic Deeds. Of course there are many selections which come under neither head. We may say, however, that the predominating ideas behind the preparation of this reader, the last before upper grammar or junior high school age, have been the two great interests of the preadolescenta love of adventure and a dawning interest in history or the literature of fact.
The Historic Deeds are both ancient and modern. Selections in the American Section near the close parallel the formal history work of the grade. Here may be found choice literature, some of it difficult to obtain elsewhere, to reinforce the history lessons; while the history study of the grade will in turn furnish a background for the literature of discovery and exploration.
The Adventure Stories range from Munchausen tales to the boyhood experiences of Thomas Edison. In some cases it is doubtful whether a selection should be classed as adventure or as a historic deed, since it belongs legitimately under both heads. An instance of this is the section "Modern Inventions," full of adventure, yet real history, which will make pupils appreciate the hardships endured by the heroic inventors of the nineteenth century, who made the railroad, the cable, the telegraph, and the telephone possible for us of the twentieth.
Among the miscellaneous selections are the limericks, which should start the class upon the road to original rhyming; and two