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THE TWENTIETH CENTURY SPELLERS

THER
TWENTIETH CENTURY

SPELLERS

IN TWO BOOKS

BY

WILLIAM L. FELTER, Ph. D.
Principal of the Girls' High School, Brooklyn, N. Y.

Formerly Associate Superintendent of Schools

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COPYRIGAT, 1905, BY
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

EDUCATION DEPT
PREFACE

In presenting this series of spellers to the school public the authors have garnered from the fields of many years of class-room experience. In fact, the books have grown out of such experience, and hence they have been made a posteriori.

The books have been compiled because there is a wellgrounded belief among educators that words chosen exclusively from the reading lessons fail to give a sufficient spelling vocabulary. Moreover, there is an undoubted tendency to return to the use of the spelling-book. For many years the pendulum has swung toward the other end of the arc, and pupils have learned to spell only those words which their successive teachers have seen fit to select. Probably, in many cases, the words of a grade were repetitions of words previously taught. In many cases the selection for reading did not afford the proper choice. The result in many instances has been to turn out poor spellers-and too often the critical public has been justified in its criticisms.

There is no royal road to spelling, but there may be helps along the road : carefully selected and graded word-lists, illustrative sentences, lessons in capitalization, punctuation, grammatical forms, and elementary letter writing. These the authors have endeavored to use skilfully, so that progress

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