Secondary School Curriculum. Part I. Langauge, History, and Mathematics: The English Course
by Allan Abbott - 1906
The general aim of the English work in the Horace Mann High School is to extend widely and pleasurably the pupil's acquaintance with good books, and to give him a fair degree of accuracy, fluency, and enjoyment in the expression of his own ideas in speech and in writing. The work does not differ in aim from that of the elementary school; but, building on the foundations there laid, is broader in scope. Pupils have more freedom of choice in both reading and writing; they are expected to cover ground more rapidly, and to develop more originality in taste and in expression. The text-book work in the lower three years summarizes in convenient form the principles of composition learned in the lower grades, and introduces the pupil to such fundamental principles of rhetoric as he can grasp before the college age. Punctuation is systematically reviewed; grammar, begun in the seventh grade, is continued at first through the study of Latin and other foreign languages, and in the last high school year is thoroughly reviewed at an age when the pupil can cope with the logical difficulties that the careful study of English grammar presents.
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