« ΠροηγούμενηΣυνέχεια »
An effective means of stimulating interest and of helping pupils to choose their reading intelligently consists in having each pupil give to the class a short oral account of some book or article that he has found particularly interesting. Such an exercise has the added advantage of a real motive and calls for skill in the case of a story in that the pupil must avoid telling so much as to defeat his purpose; namely, that of arousing interest in the story. Allowing different members of the class who are unfamiliar with the story to finish it as they think it ought to end not only leads them to want to read for themselves to discover the real ending, but also affords excellent practice in imaginative narrative. Instead of giving the plot of a story the pupil may select a striking or amusing episode, a vivid description, an interesting character, or other impressions or opinions.
The cooperation of the school or town librarian is invaluable in encouraging and guiding reading. The list of books suitable for the grade my be posted in the library rather than in the classroom, as a bait in luring the pupils to the library, where the librarian may accomplish wonders.
No list should be regarded as complete. The pupils should be encouraged to discuss with the teacher any reading outside of the list. Even the teacher's occasional borrowing of a book recommended by a pupil establishes friendly confidence between teacher and pupil and encourages others to read in order that they too may lend.
Devices such as these, aside from encouraging home reading, enable the teacher to know the reading habit of the pupil and incidentally to test the amount of reading done. Monthly statements of reading and short personal conferences have their place, but the former should not be obtrusive.
When all is said and done, however, the teacher who knows his books and his pupils, who is constantly alert to suggest enthusiastically the book or article that will interest the individual pupil, never fails of success in this important part of his work.
IV. SUGGESTIVE LISTS OF BOOKS FOR STUDY AND GENERAL
1. Titles from which selection for class work may be made.
celsior, The Arsenal at Springfield, The Bridge, The Day is Done, Walther von der Vogelweid, The Old Clock on the Stairs, The Arrow and the Song, The Building of the Ship, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Pegasus in Pound, The Phantom Ship, The Emperor's Bird's Nest, Santa Filomena, Daybreak, Sandalphon, Maiden and Weathercock,
The Three Kings, The Leap of Roushan Beg. 75080°—17— 4
A. Titles from which selection for class work may be made_Continued.
The Fishermen, The Huskers, The Angels of Buena Vista, The Lake-
Our Autocrat, The Poet and the Children. 3. Longfellow: Miles Standish, Evangeline. 4. Arabian Nights (expurgated selections). 5. The Seven Champions of Christendom (an Elizabethan prose romance
of chivalry and necromancy). 6. Hawthorne: The Great Stone Face. 7. Irving: Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. 8. Lamb: Tales from Shakespeare. 9. Kipling: The Jungle Books (the Mowgli Stories especially). 10. Stevenson: Treasure Island. 11. Stevens and Allen: Stories of King Arthur. 13. Myths, classic and northern. For this reading the following texts are
suggested: Baldwin, J., Hero Tales Told in School, The Golden Fleece, The Story of Siegfreid, The Story of Roland, Stories of the King; Baker, E. K., Stories of Old Greece and Rome, Stories from the Old Norse Myths; Hutchinson, W. M. L., The Golden Porch (A Book of Greek Fairy Tales), The Sunset of the Heroes (Last Adventures of the Takers of Troy), Orpheus with His Lute (Stories of the World's Springtime) ; Mabie, H. W., Norse Stories, Retold from the
Eddas. B. Titles from which selection for individual reading may be madle. 1. Alcott: Little Women ; Little Men; Jo's Boys; Light Cousins; Rose in
Bloom. 2. Brown: Rab and His Friends. 3. Barrie: Peter and Wendy. 4. Dis: Marylips. 5. Dodge: Hans Brinker. 6. Ewing: Jan of the Wind-Mill; Flat Iron for a Farthing. 7. Field, E.: Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse. 8. Griswold: Deering of Deal. 9. Goss: A Life of Grant for Boys. 10. Hasbrouck: The Boy's Parkman. 11. Hawthorne: Grandfather's Chair. 12. Herbertson: Heroic Legends. 13. Hulst : Indian Sketches. 14. Jordan: The Story of Matka, a Tale of the Mist Islands. 15. Lang: The Story of Joan of Arc. 16. Lee, Mary C.: A Quaker Girl of Nantucket. 17. Lucas: Slow Coach. 18. Moore, N. H.: Deeds of Daring Done by Girls. 19. Nicolay: Boy's Life of Abraham Lincoln. 20. Ollivant: Bob, Son of Battle. 21. Pyle: Otto of the Silver Hand; the Merry Adventures of Robir Hood. 22. Ramee: The Nurnberg Stove. 23. Richards: Captain January. 24. Seawell: A Virginia Cavalier. 25. Southey : Life of Lord Nelson.
B. Titles from which selection for individual reading may be made-Continued.
26. Spyri: Heydi; Heimatlos. 27. Swift: Gulliver's Travels (expurgated). 28. Tappan: In the Days of Queen Victoria. 29. Thompson-Seton. Biography of a Grizzly ; The Trail of the Sandhill
Stag; Two Little Savages. 30. Trowbridge: Cudjo's Cave. 31. Wiggin: Bird's Christmas Carol; Polly Oliver's Problem. 32. Wright: The Gray Lady and the Birds.
A. Titles from which selection for class work may be made. 1. An anthology of American poems, compiled especially for eighth-year
use and including numbers such as Bryant's To a Water Fowl, Lowell's Yussouf, Lanier's Song of the Chatta hoochee, and some of the best of Riley and Field, as well as material from Longfellow,
Holmes, and Whittier of the type above quoted. 2. O. W. Holmes: Old Ironsides, The Last Leaf, My Aunt, The Height
of the Ridiculous, Lexington, The Steamboat, The Voiceless, The Boys, All Here, Our Banker, The Chambered Nautilus, Album Verses (When Eve Has Led Her Lord Away), Contentment, The Deacon's Masterpiece, Aunt Tabitha, An Old-Year Song, Dorothy Q, A Ballad of the Boston Tea Party, Union and Liberty, Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill, How the Old Horse Won the Bet, The
First Fan, My Aviary, The Broomstick Train. 3. Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans. 4. Scott: Lay of the Last Minstrel. 5. Macaulay: Horatius. 6. Warner: A-Hunting of the Deer, How I Killed a Bear, Camping Out
(from In the Wilderness). 7. Hale: The Man Without a Country. 8. Dickens : Christmas Carol ; Cricket on the Hearth. 9. Van Dyke: The Story of the Other Wise Man. 10. Longfellow: Selections from Tales of a Wayside Inn (King Robert of
Sicily, Parts of the Saga of King Olaf, Ballad of Carmilhan, Legend
Bell of Atri, etc.). 11. Sweetser, K. D.: Ten Boys and Girls from Dickens; Boys and Girls
from Thackeray. 12. Mims: The Van Dyke Book. 13. Kipling: Captains Courageous. 14. Tennyson : Gareth and Lynette. 15. Stevenson: Kidnapped.
16. Whittier: Snow-Bound.
1. Bullen : The Cruise of the Cachalot.
B. Titles from which selection for individual reading may be made--Continued.
9. Doyle: Micah Clarke. 10. Duncan: Adventures of Billy Topsail. 11. Eastman: An Indian Boyhood. 12. Eggleston: The Hoosier Schoolmaster. 13. Fouque: Undine. 14. Hale, E. E.: A New England Boyhood. 15. Halsey: The Old New York Frontier. 16. Harris: Nights with Uncle Remus. 17. King, Capt. Chas. : Cadet Days, a story of West Point. 18. London: The Call of the Wild. 19. Lang: The Book of Romance. 20. Laurie, Andre: School Days in Italy ; School Days in France (trans
lated by Kendall). 21. Liliencrantz: The Thrall of Lief the Lucky. 22. Madden: Emmy Lou. 23. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of Avonlea. 24. Morris: The Sundering Flood. 25. Lincoln, J. G.: A Pretty Tory. 26. Parkman: Montcalm and Wolfe. 27. Pyle, Howard : The Story of King Arthur and his Knights; The Story
of the Champion of the Round Table; The Story of Sir Launcelot
and His Companions. 28. Rice: Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. 29. Scott: Rob Roy. 30. Seaman: Jacqueline of the Carrier Pigeons. 31. Sharp: A Watcher in the Woods. 32. Warner: Being a Boy. 33. Wiggin: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
A. Titles from which selection for class work may be made. 1. Narrative poems such as John Gilpin's Ride, Tam O'Shanter, Lochin
var, Michael, The Prisoner of Chillon, How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix, Herve Riel, Rossetti's The White Ship,
Morris's Atlanta's Race, Lowell's The Courtin'.
Browning's Home Thoughts from Abroad, Emerson's Concord Hymn,
Wind in the Pines, Poe's To Helen, Beaching's Bicycling Song.
Guest, Hardy's The Three Strangers, Brown's Farmer Eli's Vacation, Wilkins-Freeman's The Revolt of Mother, 0. Henry's The Cha
parral Prince, Davis' Gallegher. 4. Bates: A Ballad Book. 5. Hale: Ballads and Ballad Poetry. 6. Scott: The Lady of the Lake. 7. Homer': The Odyssey (Palmer's trans.), Iliad (Bryant's trans. in part). 8. Dickens: David Copperfield. 9. Scott: The Talisman; Quentin Durward. 10. Kipling: Kim,
A. Titles from which selection for class work may be made—Continued.
11. Shakespeare: Julius Caesar. 12. Franklin: Autobiography.
13. Informal studies of current literature, plays, photoplays, etc. B. Titles from which selection for individual reading may be made.
1. Antin : The Promised Land. 2. Bates: The Story of the Canterbury Pilgrims. 3. Churchill: The Crisis. 4. Clemens: Tom Sawyer; Huckleberry Finn. 5. Cooper: The Spy. 6. Craddock: Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains. 7. Dana : Two Years Before the Mast. 8. Defoe: Robinson Crusoe. 9. Deland: Old Chester Tales; Doctor Lavendar's People. 10. Dickens: Oliver Twist; Old Curiosity Shop. 11. Doyle: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 12. Fox: Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come. 13. Homer: The Iliad (as done into English by Butcher and Lang). 14. Hughes: Tom Brown's School Days. 15. Irving: Tales of a Traveler. 16. Keller: Story of My Life. 17. Kingsley : Westward Ho! 18. Kipling: Selections from the Day's Work and Phantom Rickshaw. 19. Mitchell: Hugh Wynne. 20. Montgomery: Tales of Avonlea. 21. Marshall, N. E.: English Literature for Boys and Girls (Selections
by teacher). 22. Moore: Stories of Tennessee. 23. Parkman: The Oregon Trail. 24. Porter: Freckles ; Laddie; Girl of the Limberlost. 25. Rideino, W. H.: Boyhood of Famous Authors. 26. Rolfe: Shakespeare, the Boy. 27. Scott: Guy Mannering; Woodstock. 28. Smith: Caleb West. 29. Stevenson: Black Arrow. 30. Stockton : Jolly Fellowship; Captain Chap. 31. Thompson-Seton: Wild Animals that I Have Known. 32. Vergil: Aeneid (in a good translation). 33. Wallace: Ben Hur. 34. Books contained in seventh and eighth year class reading lists but
not actually read in class.