Excerpt from Two Years Course in English Composition, Vol. 1
This book provides an abundance of material for the first and the second year of any high school. Part One gives a good many subjects on which young pupils have successfully talked and written, and presents the first essentials of composition work, with emphasis on unity and coherence, - whether of theme, paragraph, or sentence, - spelling, word formation, the use of the dictionary, and letter writing. Work on these essentials may be supplemented by such selections from Part Three as the teacher chooses to make, for example, from the chapter on Narration. The long chapter on Grammar, at the end of Part One, is so arranged and so placed that the more difficult portions may readily be postponed till the second year.
Part Two offers more ambitious practice in the construction of the paragraph and the sentence, and requires the use of precise and forcible words.
Part Three calls special attention to longer compositions and the four forms of prose. In each chapter the treatment is designed to meet the needs of the younger students.
From the outset the book undertakes to emphasize the value of the study of composition by setting tasks that are obviously worth doing and by making requirements in sympathetic recognition of the pupil's immediate interests and the attitude of the normal youth toward equipping himself for the future.
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