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If pupils are to leave the eighth grade with any power to use their grammar, it is inevitable that they shall have in the seventh and eighth grades a thorough drill in grammatical principles and structures, and ample training in their application. For this reason the authors make no apology for the considerable emphasis on grammar in Book Three.

Oral and written composition. The broader experience of pupils in these grades adds interest and flexibility to the composition work. The delight in personal growth and achievement is enhanced by consequent recognition by the class. Practical results already attained with the lessons here presented in both oral and written composition justify their place in the book.

Literary tone. It is obviously impossible to furnish in any single series such as this more than a few sample appeals to the literary sense. Something of the method of approach to a literary masterpiece is suggested. Some standard poetry is included both in the body of text and in the pages at the back of the book. The careful phrasing of the entire text, and the proper attitude toward literary, artistic, and other spiritual considerations have been constantly in the thought of the authors of this series.


Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following authors and publishers for their courtesy in allowing the use of the copyrighted material: The Bobbs-Merrill Company for “A Sudden Shower” by James Whitcomb Riley; Wilbur D. Nesbit for his poem “Who Hath a Book”; Silver, Burdett and Company for “The Training of Red Cross Dogs” from Lest We Forget by John G. Thompson and Inez Bigwood; E. P. Dutton Company for "Autumn” from Open Air by Richard Jefferies; “The American's Creed” by William Tyler Page; Alfred Noyes and Frederick A. Stokes Company for “Lavender”; Houghton Mifflin Company for “Opportunity” by Edward Rowland Sill; Henry Holt and Company for “Opportunity” by John James Ingalls; The Roycrofters for selection from “A Message to Garcia” by Elbert Hubbard; The Macmillan Company for “How Glooscap Found the Summer" from Glooscap the Great Chief by E. N. Partridge; The Boy Scouts of America for "Resolutions on Theodore Roosevelt”; “Trees by Bliss Carman; The Reilly & Lee Company for “It Couldn't Be Done” by Edgar A. Guest; Charles Scribner's Sons for "Song of the Chattahoochee" by Sidney Lanier. The poems of Emerson, Longfellow, Holmes, Bryant, and Lowell are printed by permission of, and under special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Company, authorized publishers.

The authors and publishers also wish to acknowledge the courtesy of The Eastman Kodak Company in permitting the use of photographs for picture-study and illustrations.

Special acknowledgment for valuable assistance in the preparation of the series is made to the following teachers: Miss Eloise Stradling, public schools, Englewood, N. J.; Mrs. Jessie Du Val Myers, Oliver Wendell Holmes School, Philadelphia; Miss Pearl McCumber, Principal, Clifton Hill School, Omaha, Nebr.; Miss Anna M. Flounders, John B. Stetson Junior High School, Philadelphia; Mrs. Elizabeth J. Marshall, Principal, American School, Manila; Miss Emma B. Grant, Teachers College, Columbia University; Mr. Harold Barnes, Girard College; Miss Katherine Kenehan, Cleveland School, Denver; Mrs. Frances Noar, Stevens School, Denver; and Miss Inez M. Ahles, Supervisor of English, Binghamton, N. Y.

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