Special Method for Literature and History in the Common Schools

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byCharles Alexander Mcmurry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1894 Excerpt: ... PIONEER HISTORY STORIES. FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADES. After gaining' an introduction to the wonder stories of early European history in the third grade, we find in our own early history suitable material for the fourth and fifth grades. Our first American history also belongs to the heroic age. It was the blossoming time for deeds of individual heroism. But it is practical and real. The old heroes of mythical times had to do with monsters and demi-gods, or with the huge forces of nature in uncouth personification, as Polyphemus, Scylla, and Charybdis. The heroes of this new world had more real and tangible hardships. Mountains, forests, rivers, stormy oceans, wild beasts, and Indians, and other untold hardships and distresses of people far from their sources of supply. In the first and second grades we found a striking contrast between the fanciful fairy tales and Robinson Crusoe's experiences. One transcends the laws of nature, the other is held in absolute subjection to them. The same contrast stands out between the stories of the mythical age and the pioneer histories. The early explorers and settiers of our land first discovered and opened up its stretches of forest, mountain, and desert; then struggled manfully against savage difficulties to gain possession of its soil, and finally labored slowly and painfully to build houses, roads, villages, and all the later institutions of culture. It can hardly be said that our history stories can be used to advantage before the fourth grade, but for children of this grade they are well adapted. It is not uncommon to find history stories in use in the first and second grades, and some even of our kindergartners employ the story of Columbus and of Washington and of others with still younger children. They claim als...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1894 Excerpt: ... PIONEER HISTORY STORIES. FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADES. After gaining' an introduction to the wonder stories of early European his...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217055524

ISBN - 13:9780217055529

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