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In accordance with the plan of these additional Readers this ADVANCED FOURTH is designed to furnish suitable reading-matter for pupils who have finished the Fourth Reader (either that of the Editor, or a book of like grade).

It is now well recognized that in school reading the desideratum is a plentiful supply at each stage. This book is offered as meeting this want, and the following points are suggested for the consideration of teachers :

I. The matter has been closely approximated to the grade of the Editor's Fourth Reader, - a considerable number of the lessons having been specially composed for this book in order to secure close connection of style, method, and vocabulary. The pieces will be found suitably diversified, comprising historical, biographical, imaginative, didactic, and nature lessons. The series of biographical sketches, detailing in very considerable fullness the lives of great Americans, will, it is hoped, be found interesting and valuable. Groups of thoughtgems, under the title “Golden Maxims,” are interspersed for memorizing, it being the Editor's profound conviction that nothing can be more precious, intellectually and morally, than storing the mind yet young and plastic with choice images, high thoughts, and noble expressions.

II. The doctrine suggested in the epigraph placed by the Editor on the title-pages of the main series of Readers, – that the Reader is “the focus of language-training,” — has won such swift and general acceptance that there could be no doubt as to continuing its application in this book. The language exercises will be found to include studies in words and sentences, the forms of literary expression, the thought of the selection, and the simple elements of style.

III. Each piece, specially fitted for reproduction in an abstract from memory, is followed by a syllabus (“Heads for Composition”), in which, by a series of topics and hints, the young composer is aided in reproducing in his own language, and in orderly sequence, the salient features of the lesson.

W. S.

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