Representative Essays in Modern Thought: A Basis for Composition

Representative Essays in Modern Thought: A Basis for Composition

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Representative Essays in Modern Thought: A Basis for Composition

Representative Essays in Modern Thought: A Basis for Composition

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This book has been compiled under the conviction that composition can be taught more effectively with ideas rather than with literary models or set exercises as the point of departure. That this conviction is opposed to some time-honored ideas of composition, the editors are fully aware. They are also aware that most teachers are agreed that the old methods of teaching composition are unsatisfactory; and it is the prevalence of this opinion which lends support to the belief that a book presenting a new method of handling the subject of composition ought not to be unwelcome, especially if the method has been tried successfully for some time at a representative university.

To many it must seem that one obvious reason for the failure of the older methods to accomplish the best results lies in the inadequacy of the material commonly employed in composition courses. This material usually consists of literary selections, which, for students of the age and training of the average freshman, generally fail to sustain interest; or it descends to trivialities, in overworking, frequently by the "daily theme" method, the small concerns of school or outside life.

In the belief that a new and more stimulating subject matter was desirable, the teachers at Columbia endeavored a few years ago to provide material which when used as a basis for composition would serve the purpose of not merely developing a formal accuracy in writing, but of expanding the student's ideas and increasing the number . . .

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