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Regarding the Plan and Purpose of the Book.
The excellent work that has been done in systematizing the reading work throughout the primary grades needs no comment. The lack of a definite method of procedure above the primary grades needs no remark. TEACHING TO READ enters the latter field. It aims to present the subject of reading in a manner more nearly resembling the orderly and systematic procedure used in other branches.
We believe that the problems of the reading class can be attacked in a much more definite way than has heretofore been attempted, and that, by means of a more systematic plan, they can be skillfully and understandingly disposed of, one by one, to the satisfaction of both teachers and pupils.
The problems of the reading class are the Problems of Expression and the Problems of Construction. One by one the selections present them, and one by one the Suggestive Studies aim to help the teacher dispose of them.
The book has been prepared more particularly for teachers, and those preparing to teach. Its first aim is to help them to be better readers; its second, to help them to be better teachers of reading.
Regarding the Material Used.