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FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR CORRELATION
MARGARET ASHMUN, M. A.
COPYRIGHT, 1910, BY HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
COPYRIGHT, 1906, BY ALICE BROWN
COPYRIGHT, 1894, BY JOHN BURROUGHS
COPYRIGHT, 1886, BY SARAH ORNE JEWETT
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It has long been recognized that the three important aims in the teaching of English in secondary schools are (1) “ to enable the pupil to understand the expressed thoughts of others”; (2) to Teaching enable him “ to give expression to thoughts
English of his own”; (3) “to cultivate a taste for reading, to give the pupil some acquaintance with good literature, and to furnish him the means of extending that acquaintance.”? In order to accomplish these purposes the secondary-school course in English has now gen. erally been arranged to include the careful study in class of a number of pieces of literature, the theory and the practice of composition, and the reading of considerable literature outside of the classroom. Not infrequently these three elements have been considered as separate and distinct subjects, and have been so separated from one another in the course of study that there has been little or no relation between them. Under other conditions their mutual dependence has been recognized, but the difficulties in the way of providing an effective means of correlation between them have seemed so great that no vital relation has been established in actual teaching.
That a close correlation between the study of literature in the classroom, the reading outside of class, and the instruction in the principles of composi- Relation of tion with practice in writing, is desirable, Ditteront cannot be denied. The study of the thoughts
Report of Committee on Secondary School Studies (The Committee of Ten), Washington, 1893.