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Elementary School Curriculum. Second and Third Years: Grade III. Reading and Literature


by Mildred I. Batchelder 1906

When children have reached the third year of school, they have overcome many of the difficulties with the mechanics of reading and are beginning to find pleasure in reading to themselves and to others. This habit of reading is encouraged by providing them with good literature which appeals to their interests and is' within their comprehension. Given a good literary form, the interest to the child is of first importance. This interest is best held by the "long story," or by a series of stories in which the same characters appear, as in Abbie Farwell Brown's In the Days of Giants. We do not seek easy reading. A child who is plunged into an interesting tale reads on in his eagerness to find out what happens next. Correlation with other subjects in the course of study is of secondary importance. When this is carried to an extreme, it results in inferior literature. We have been guided in our selection of material by the above considerations. Hiawatha appeals to the majority of the class, because it is full of the lore of the Indians, and the rhythm of the lines seems to swing them over the difficult words. Then, too, they experience here the joy which many an older person feels in discovering a familiar poem in a book, for parts of Hiawatha have been memorized in the first grade.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 4, 1906, p. 396-400
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11634, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:43:53 PM

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