The English Language Arts in the Secondary School

The English Language Arts in the Secondary School

The English Language Arts in the Secondary School

The English Language Arts in the Secondary School

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The English Language Arts in the Secondary School is the result of several years of curriculum study by the National Council of Teachers of English Curriculum Commission and the members of the Production Committee. This volume applies at the secondary level the principles of curriculum development established by research findings and by the tested experience of the Commission, the Committee, and teachers throughout the country.

Scope of the Volume . Part I--The Adolescent and the World Today--expresses the Commission's conviction that any curriculum in the language arts must be based upon an understanding of the adolescent and the world in which he lives. It sets the stage for what follows.

Part II--The Language Arts Program--offers specific guidance in curriculum development with profuse illustrations from individual schools and classrooms and from city and state programs now in operation. Assistance is given in designing the program as a whole and in building instructional units involving all four of the language arts and teaching skills in use. Separate chapters present in detail helps for meeting youth's needs through literature and developing competence in reading, speaking, listening, and writing. Another on the teaching of grammar, usage, and spelling attempts to bring order out of the many viewpoints expressed in these fields today and to give the teacher concrete help for classroom practice. In addition to the treatment of each of the language arts in turn, relationships among them are clearly indicated throughout the chapters.

"Making Communication Arts and Skills Reinforce Each Other" assembles experiences in the use of symbols in read-

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