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A. C. McLEAN, A.M..
THOS. C. BLAISDELL, Ph.D.
JOHN MORROW, M.S.
NEW. YORK :: CINCINNATI :: CHICAGO
AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY
Edhe I 759.03.560
24 July, 1907
Harva, d University,
At of the Publishers
MAY 20 1921
COPYRIGHT, 1903, BY
Entered at Stationers' Hall, London.
STEPS IN ENGLISH, two.
W. P. 18.
PLAN AND PURPOSE.
This book is intended to provide a practical teaching manual of English for the three years preceding the high school.
It consists of two parts, a Grammar and a Composition, which should be studied together. While each part is complete in itself, constant inter-reference welds the two into a unit. In many instances the same subjects are treated in both parts, in the one rather from the side of theory, in the other more directly from the side of practice. It is believed that this dual arrangement makes each part more logical, more practical, and more pedagogical.
The lessons both in the Grammar and in the Composition are largely inductive. From usage as seen in sentences and in selections the pupil is led to develop the principles of correct speaking and effective writing. Rules and definitions are made clear before they are stated.
As valuable knowledge comes only from doing, many examples and illustrative exercises are provided. Where practicable these examples are given in contrast, that the pupil by comparison may discover principles and make distinctions which, otherwise presented, might not be clear.
As adequate expression in language can be acquired only by talking and writing, under proper guidance, about that which is familiar, all composition work is based on the child's experiences, -on the things he himself has done or has seen done. In dwelling on these experiences the fact also has been emphasized that real appreciation of litera