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Dept. of Educativis Library

Gift of the Publishers
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759.10.995()

MAY 10 1911

TRANSFERRED TO
HARVARD COLLEGE LICRARY

1988
COPYRIGHT, 1910, BY HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The selections from Charles Dudley Warner, Henry W. Longfellow,
James Russell Lowell, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are from the authorized
copyrighted editions of Houghton Mifflin Company.

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PREFACE.

IT

may be of interest to Grade teachers to know how the present volume of readings was compiled, and to be able to judge thereby whether or not the method gives the compilation, as such, exceptional value as a school text.

To give ample scope for individual preference and at the same time to confine the choice to literature of tried and acknowledged value for school reading, the Riverside Literature Series was made the basis of selection. A set of texts was placed in the office of the Superintendent of Schools, where all principals and teachers could readily examine it. Also, every school was supplied with a catalogue of the Series containing a list of the titles included in each number. Every teacher of the Grade and every grammar school principal was then requested to select from the Series a body of readings adequate for the year's work, and in his judgment the best that could be made. These suggestions were in turn submitted to a committee of five of the teachers of the Grade and a separate committee of five principals. When each of these committees had made its selection, the Superintendent had for his final consideration a body of material half again as large as could well be compassed in the time and space allowed for this work in the Grade. then that, by careful elimination, sifting many times and each time casting aside the selections seeming least desirable, the present contents was decided upon.

It was

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