"This book is intended for use in the seventh and eighth grades. Parts One and Two indicate the natural division of the work between these two grades. The basic idea on which the book is built is that the main object of English study is to learn how to speak and to write English correctly and effectively.The composition work and the grammar are so closely interwoven that each serves to strengthen and to vitalize the other. Great emphasis is laid on oral work, which is always used as preparation for the written work. This book not only furnishes sufficient drill material, but also emphasizes the reason why one form is right and another wrong. It aims to rationalize as well as to habituate the correct form. Frequent and thorough drills are given also in letter writing, grammar, punctuation, capitals, pronunciation, variety of expression, enlarging the vocabulary, paragraphing, outlining, and in the use of reference books. Among the features that aid to make the work effective by making it interesting are language games and contests, pageants and dramatizations, socialized tecitations, group projects, patriotic programs, the conduct of a school paper, and the organization of a school club." -- PREFACE, 1920
This book, "Essentials of English: Higher Grades", by Henry Carr Pearson, Mary Frederika Kirchwey, is a replication of a book originally published before 1920. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.