"I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son."Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
U.S. poet and essayist.
It is intended to show definitely how to present the various kinds of literature so that classes will appreciate the type, and will acquire a liking for the best teaching methods. The treatment of such forms as the ballad, the drama, the short story, the essay, etc., is so simple that children can readily understand them. By means of concrete teaching suggestions, sample lessons, and other devices, the application of practical methods to the various classics is made clear. A background knowledge of the history of Teaching English through group teaching literature is also given, the development of the language, development of prose and poetry, insight into the lives of great writers, characteristics of the literary eras, growth of literature and its connection with the history of the people, the value and use of present-day literature, etc. With the intention of making the teaching method particularly useful as a text teaching method in normal schools and colleges and in teachers' reading circles, the following characteristics have been developed: