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TAE object of this book, which was undertaken more than four years
BOOK I.-THE PRELIMINARIES OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.
CHAPTER I.--The Earliest Anglo-Saxon Poetry; CHAPTER II
BOOK II.-THE MAKING OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.
CHAPTER I. —The Transition; CHAPTER II.--First_Middle English
BOOK III.-CHAUCER AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES.
BOOK IV.--THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY,
CHAPTER I.—The Poets from Thomson to Crabbe ; CHAPTER II.
BOOK X.—THE TRIUMPH OF ROMANCE.
BOOK XI.- VICTORIAN LITERATURE.
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A METHOD OF ENGLISH
FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
JAMES GOW, M.A., LITT.D.
MASTER OF THE HIGH SCHOOL, NOTTINGHAM; LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY
NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
EXTRACTS FROM PREFACE “This little book professes to be, not an English Grammar, but a course of English Lessons for the junior forms of Secondary Schools. It contains, indeed, all the grammar that is of any importance, but it contains other things too, and is written with a certain definite intention. It is intended for children who already speak and write English fairly well, and who are beginning to learn another language.” “In this book (apart from Section I., which deals with Pronunciation) I have begun, as the nature of English requires, with the Sentence. The language has practically no accidence, and uses the same word as several parts of speech ; hence, usually, we cannot parse a word without first seeing it in a sentence, and cannot parse it then without making a mental analysis of the sentence. It was essential, therefore, to deal with analysis first, and proceed to parsing afterwards."
“For the rest, I have kept continually before me the following maxims, which seem to be applicable to the compilation of any school-book whatever : (1) The lessons are to be so arranged that each shall be intelligible
without reference to a later lesson. (2) Each lesson shall seem short, but shall be in fact very substantial. (3) Each lesson shall be immediately followed by exercises. (4) The exercises shall be so difficult as to command respect for the
subject. “Of course a book cannot be written on these lines without requiring energetic teaching, and I have said, in the Notes for the Teacher added at the end, that the Exercises should be done in the first instance viva voce."
“I am in hopes that some teachers will try Section I. I may add also that I find the exercises on spelling afford a sure test of linguistic ability, for they require a boy to search his vocabulary quickly. The Section as a whole is, no doubt, too difficult for the youngest children, but it might be taken by lower classes in small portions as an amusement, and finally taken in its entirety by the highest class that uses the book.”
“The Sections generally are such that each can be easily got through in one term if two hours a week are given to English. Schools which can only give one hour a week will perhaps prefer the following arrangement :
Ist Term, Section II.-Parts of Speech, Ex. 1--12. 2nd Term, Section II.-Parts of Speech, Ex. 13—III. 6. 3rd Term, Section III. -Parts of Speech (not Verb) in Detail, Ex. 7
-end. 4th Term, Section IV.-The Verb in Detail, Ex. 1—12. 5th Term, Section IV.-The Verb in Detail, Ex. 13–V. 6. 6th Term, Section V.-Errors and Figures of Speech, Ex. 7-end
(with revising). 7th Term, Section 1.--Spelling and Pronunciation complete.”
Scotsman-"Written with a praiseworthy and rare appreciation of the importance of the subject, and besides being a good practical school-book, is likely to satisfy the widespread wish to see the teaching of English set on the same level of scholarship as that of the classical languages. It may be heartily recommended to teachers of English." Modern Language Monthly-"The method of this book is new and good.
The opening of the subject by the study of phonetics is quite new in an elementary book, and is much to be commended."
Lyceum-“This is one of the most remarkable books on the teaching of English which has appeared for some time.”
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PRINCIPLES OF ENGLISH COMPOSITION THROUGH ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS
A TEXT-BOOK FOR THE SENIOR CLASSES OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND FOR PUPIL-TEACHERS
INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS
NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
CONTENTS :-Part I. The Simple Sentence : Logical Analysis
; Grammatical Analysis–Subject, Predicate, Object ; Concord of Subject and Predicate ; The Function of the Adjective; Kinds of Adjuncts to the Noun; Placement of Adjuncts to the Noun; Pronouns and Pronominal Couples ; Adverbial Adjuncts ; Placement of Adverbial Adjuncts; Order and Distribution of Adverbial Adjuncts; Usual Placement of Subject, Predicate, and Object; Departure from the Usual Order for the sake of Emphasis and Energy; Analysis ; Synthesis.
Part II. The Complex Sentence of Two Clauses : The Noun Clause—its Place and its Equivalents; The Adjective (Relative) Clause and its Equivalents; The Adverbial Clause and its Equivalents; Interchange of Adverb with Adverbial Phrase ; Placement of the Relative Clause; Note on the Relative Clause ; Syntax of the Relative Pronouns ; Placement of the Adverbial Clause ; Note on “Do” and “So”; Note on the Comparisons; Analysis ; Synthesis ; An Important Participial Construction—its Place and its Equivalents ; Absolute Phrases-their Place and their Equivalents.
Part III. The Compound Sentence : The Copulative or Cumulative Relation; The Disjunctive Relation; The Compound Subordinate Clause; Mixed Sentences.
Part IV. The Complex Sentence of more than Two Clauses : Analysis of Complex Sentences of more than two Clauses; Synthesis of Complex Sentences of more than two Clauses.
Part V. Punctuation : Length of the Sentence; Unity of the Sentence. Para. graph Analysis. Figures of Speech.