1855 printing of 1846 copyrighted text. Preface states that while philosophers have studied the senses, few know about the organization of the human voice. Lessons for Dictation and Grammatical Analysis are interesting reading lessons. Exercises in the elements of pronunciation and subject for composition give the orthography of over 10,000 of the most important words in the English language. The Analysis and Classification of the Alphabet has been newly arranged according to the organic construction of the English language. The whole book is intended to be written and studied by the pupil after the dictation and oral explanation by the teacher. The Schultz Archive copy contains the preface, the index, and pages 48 – 49.
This "New and Improved Edition" was published in 1894 and copyrighted in 1892. The author is credited as Professor of Language and Literature in the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and as the author of several other books. The text claims it is responding to teachers' need for work for pupils to do in illustration of what they have learned. The first section on invention covers sentence structure, forming paragraphs, analysis of subjects, and preparation of frameworks. The second section on qualities of style discusses perspicuity, imagery, energy, wit, pathos, and elegance. The third section on productions breaks up prose into oral (conversation, debates, sermons, etc.) and written (biographies, histories, fiction, letters, etc.). It also discusses poetry by focusing on mission, style, form, and kinds (satiric, epic, dramatic, etc.). Exercises include specific directions for altering or analyzing examples. Excerpts from the work of well known authors are used throughout. The Schultz Archive's copy is roughly the complete text.
1842 printing of 1842 copyrighted text. The second part is for grammar schools, while the first part is for preparatory schools (and includes illustrative engravings).The text rejects the old system of grammar of Murray. It claims to be a proper conservative grammar written for those English speakers who will not study other languages, addressed to the understanding and not the memory. It covers classes of English words (with tables of examples), rules for sentence construction, analysis and parsing, rules of syntax, and includes review questions Includes practical exercises to illustrate every principle and is arranged to explain the differences between its system and the old system. Credits the influence of Wallis, Harris, Horne Tooke, Gilchrist, and Crombie. The Schultz Archive's copy is roughly the entire text of the second part.
Author's Ph.D. thesis at Cornell. Author's vita describes her education and teaching experience, including her experience as supervisor of practice teaching in English at the Ithaca High School. Introduction begins by claiming the unpopularity of composition among students, and by stating the study doesn't make a contribution to methods of composition teaching, but seeks to add a page to the history of American education. It addresses: when and where English composition first taught in American secondary schools, the rapidity of its introduction, when it became recognized as part of the curriculum, and methods used from 1750 to 1900. The chapters are: lack of composition teaching before 1750, the introduction of composition, the extension of composition teaching, 1820–1900, the influence of college entrance requirements on composition teaching, the development of method in composition teaching, and the conclusion. The Schultz Archive copy is roughly the complete text.