Essentials of Teaching Reading co-authored by E.B. Sherman and A.A. Reed

Essentials of Teaching Reading co-authored by E.B. Sherman and A.A. Reed

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Essentials of Teaching Reading is a comprehensive manual on the theories, mechanics, and methods of teaching reading. It also contains selections from British and American literary giants, as well as speeches from Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. There are handwritten poems on the inside cover pages. It’s interesting to note that the Morse Code for each letter of the alphabet was written on the back inside cover.
Co-author Eugene Buren. Sherman (1872-1963) was a prominent educator. He became the Superintendent of Schools in Columbus, Nebraska in 1901 and later served on the Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Education. Sherman went on to become the Mayor of Boise, Idaho in 1921.
Co-author Albert A. Reed (1866-1947) was an innovative educator and teacher. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. (1898) and an M.A. (1912). After teaching in the public schools, Reed served as Superintendent of Schools in Superior, Nebraska from 1903-1907. He also served as a professor of secondary education at the University of Nebraska from 1908-1943. Reed introduced three courses that were unique to a state university at the time: adult-elementary work, high school correspondence work, and a program for disabled children.
The University Publishing Co. was a prominent publishing house from the last quarter of the 19th Century through the first quarter of the 20th Century. It specialized in children’s textbooks on reading, arithmetic, geography, and Latin grammar. Ezra D. Barker (1824-1903) was the President and General Manager of the University Publishing Company for 30 years. It was based in New York City, with offices in Chicago and Baltimore.
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instructional materials
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United States: Illinois, Chicago
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paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
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overall: 8 in x 5 1/2 in x 1 in; 20.32 cm x 13.97 cm x 2.54 cm
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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