Excerpt from Elson-Gray Basic Readers, Vol. 5
The authors of the Basic Readers have attempted to pro vide an interesting, purposeful, and comprehensive reading course for the middle grades.
The primary aim of any reading course is to lead pupils to become voluntary and eager readers for both pleasure and information. To achieve this purpose the authors have assem bled materials from the world-wide field of children's favorite readings. All of the selections included are of recognized worth in providing pleasure, imparting information, cultivating de sirable attitudes, and developing appreciation. Such qualities are essential if the activities of the reading period are to result in enriched experience and permanent reading interests.
While selecting and classifying material for these readers the authors carefully surveyed the field of child literature in order to find selections that appeal strongly to children's interests. The stories and poems chosen have also been evaluated and graded in the light of present-day classroom realities. The material is so organized as to make each of the Basic Readers at its appropriate grade level the central core or framework of a larger reading plan. Each unit of Basic Readers, Book Five, initiates a theme or field of interest which can be followed up and developed through the materials of various readers, library books, reference books, and other sources; Such a plan gives purpose and continuity to all reading materials available in the classroom. This correlation of varied reading-matter is made conveniently effective through the use of a special bibliography in the Teacher's Guidebook for Basic Readers, Book Five.
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