Scale for the Measurement of Quality in English Composition by Young People: Sample Compositions from Which the Scale was Derived
by Milo B. Hillegas - 1912
The first step in the derivation of the scale was the collection of about seven thousand English compositions by young people. These were obtained from various sources and represent a definite attempt to obtain particularly the very poorest and the best work that is done in the schools. After collecting these samples the author and one other graded them roughly into ten classes. From these classes seventy-five samples were selected. In order that the samples at the extremes of the scale might be measured, it was necessary to supply some artificial samples. The poorest of these were conscious attempts by adults to write very poor English. The best samples were obtained from youthful writings of such literary geniuses as Jane Austen and the Brontes. The works of some college Freshmen were also used. As finally constituted, the set consisted of eighty-three samples which varied from the poorest to the best by small degrees of quality.
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