1892 printing of 1892 copyrighted text. The author is credited as a Ph.D and as Professor in the School of Pedagogy, University of the City of New York. The introduction breaks the text down into punctuation, reproductions, inventions, short papers, letter-writing, and essay writing from outlines. Copying is recommended for exercises, the reproductions are to be rewritten from memory, the inventions take the form of interrupted stories. The chapters are punctuation, variety of expression, variety of sentence-form, paraphrase and abstract, essentials of sentence structure, figurative language, letter-writing, diction, essay-writing, common errors, and capitals. The appendices cover rules for punctuation, marks used in correcting compositions, additional material for compositions, and brief biographical notes. The Schultz Archive's copy is roughly the complete text.
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.
1863 printing of 1863 copyrighted text. Author is credited as Superintendent of Public Schools, Oswego, NY, and as author of several texts. An American edition of a text that was in its 14th edition in London in 1855. The first three steps are designed for the first three years of school, the fourth and fifth steps are for students 10 to 14 years old. The object of the lessons is to cultivate the senses, awaken and quicken observation, and to teach the use of the full range of senses. Includes preface by Elizabeth Mayo. Contents is divided into sections based on complexity of object, including sections on metals, natural history, vegetables, textiles, minerals, and manufactured articles. It also includes a list of vocabulary. The Schultz Archive copy is roughly the complete 407 page text.
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.
University of Wisconsin Bureau of Educational Research Bulletin, Number 14, August 1933. The author is credited as Assistant Professor in the Teaching of English, University of Wisconsin. A similar work to Sterling A. Leonard's The Doctrine of Correctness in English Usage, 1700-1800 but for the 20th century. The chapters include: general introduction, theories of correctness in the nineteenth century, current theories of correctness, prescriptive grammar, prescriptive syntax, prescriptive usage, and recommendations for the writing of textbooks in English. The study purports to show the confusion between grammar purists and grammar liberalists and the unfortunate influence this confusion has had on the teaching of English. It also seeks to trace the origin and development of traditional rules and statements regarding usage and to show that these contrast with the facts of past and present usage. The study analyzes 16 textbooks in grammar and composition. The Schultz Archive copy is roughly the complete 172 page 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.