1857 McGuffey Readers with Instructions for Use with Charlotte Mason's Language Arts Methods: Six volumes for grades K-12.

McGuffey Readers Set of Six

$60.00

Want an easy way to teach language arts
using stories, poems, essays, and speeches
that reinforce virtues such as
courage, honor, diligence, stewardship, independence, frugality, perseverance, and kindness?

You’ll find it all in the 1857 edition of the McGuffey Eclectic Readers!

Learn more about the McGuffey Readers Set of Six from the main 1857 McGuffey Readers page, and click on the individual titles below to see what is included in each book. These classic readers provide literature-based language arts lessons with instructions for use with Charlotte Mason methods.

First ReaderSecond Reader • Third Reader

Fourth Reader • Fifth Reader • Sixth Reader

6 trade paper books; complete descriptions on the individual product pages.

McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader, suitable for pre-K -1

McGuffey First Reader

McGuffey's First Reader begins with the alphabet, then quickly moves to spelling, reading, and writing short words, sentences, stories, and poems. Lessons are brief and easy to use with Charlotte Mason-style copywork and recitation.

Focus: Reading and Spelling

Grade level: Pre-K-1 or as needed

Format: Paperback; 5" x 7.75"

Content: 57 lessons, 102 pages

McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader, suitable for elementary students.

McGuffey Second Reader

McGuffey's Second Reader begins with a lesson on articulation, with instructions for the teacher, seven exercises, and a model for class drill. This is followed by 71 lessons, which include stories, essays, and poetry.

Focus: Reading and Spelling

Grade level: K-2 or as needed

Format: Paperback; 5" x 7.75"

Content: 71 lessons, 180 pages

McGuffey New Third Eclectic Reader: 1857 edition with Charlotte Mason Instructions

McGuffey Third Reader

McGuffey's Third Reader begins with lessons on articulation and marks and pauses (punctuation), then moves into 86 language arts lessons, each based upon character-building stories, essays, and poetry.

Focus: Reading and Spelling

Grade level: Mid- to upper elementary or as needed

Format: Paperback; 5" x 7.75"

Content: 86 lessons plus introductions to articulation and marks and pauses, 270 pages.

McGuffey Fourth Reader: 1857 edition with Charlotte Mason method instructions

McGuffey Fourth Reader

McGuffey's Fourth Reader begins with exercises in punctuation, editor's marks, articulation, accent, and inflection, followed by 80 literature-based language arts lessons. Lessons are brief and easy to use with Charlotte Mason-style copywork and recitation.

Focus: Vocabulary, Spelling, and Articulation

Grade level: 6-7 or as needed

Format: Paperback; 5" x 7.75"

Content: 80 lessons, 270 pages

McGuffey Fifth Reader: 1857 edition with Charlotte Mason method instructions

McGuffey Fifth Reader

The Fifth Reader begins with 27 pages of instruction and examples for reading and recitation as a rhetorical exercise, followed by 101 literature-based language arts lessons.

Focus: Reading and Spelling

Grade level: Middle to early high school or as needed

Format: Paperback; 5" x 7.75"

Content: 101 lessons, 348 pages.

McGuffey New Sixth Eclectic Reader: 1857 edition with Charlotte Mason Instructions

McGuffey Sixth Reader

McGuffey's Sixth Reader offers 60 pages of instruction in articulation, rhetoric, and use of the voice, followed by 179 lessons based on works by authors such as Sir Walter Scott, Shakespeare, Milton, Longfellow, Lord Byron, Patrick Henry, William Pitt, Charles Dickens, and Dr. Samuel Johnson.

Focus: Rhetorical reading

Grade level: High School or as needed

Format: Paperback; 5" x 7.75"

Content:179 lessons, 448 pages

Product Description

Want an easy way to teach language arts
using stories, poems, essays, and speeches
that reinforce virtues such as
courage, honor, diligence, stewardship, independence, frugality, perseverance, and kindness?

You’ll find it all in the 1857 edition of the McGuffey Eclectic Readers!

Learn more about the McGuffey Readers Set of Six from the main 1857 McGuffey Readers page, and click on the individual titles below to see what is included in each book.

Set of all six readers

First ReaderSecond Reader • Third Reader

Set of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd readers

Fourth Reader • Fifth Reader • Sixth Reader

Set of 4th, 5th, and 6th readers

Each volume contains the original text from McGuffey’s expanded 1857 edition of the readers. This was the last edition William Holmes McGuffey worked on, and the first edition that included the fifth and sixth advanced readers. In this edition, McGuffey changed and added stories in response to teacher feedback, and added quite a few more teacher helps.

This edition also offers an entirely new introduction by Janice Campbell, author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum. This 18-page introduction offers brief guidance for using Charlotte Mason‘s language arts learning sequence with each of the Readers.

Why the 1857 McGuffey Readers Set of Six?

There are several reasons I chose to republish the 1857 edition of the McGuffey Readers. I believe them to be useful (and you can read more about why at the main page), but there’s a more personal reason, too. It was in this edition that I found some very special stories. Let me tell you about them.

When I was young, my grandfather used to tell me bedtime stories. Many of them were stories about when he was young — stories about his family following the cotton harvest, traveling in a wagon (he was born in 1912), and spending hours in the fields from the time he was a tiny child. He told stories about wrestling and playing cowboy with his brothers and cousins; stories about being taken out of school after sixth grade to work full-time in the fields; and stories about hopping a freight train to a new life in California when he was 14. He had other stories he would tell, too. He personalized them, but they were clearly stories from a book.

I loved his stories. And as I read through the stories in the various editions of the McGuffey Readers, I found several of them. During the six years of formal schooling he’d had as child, he’d apparently been taught from these readers. Most amazing of all, he remembered the stories decades later. I wish I had found this edition before he passed away — I know he would have enjoyed reading them once again. Just finding some of the stories he’d told was like a hug from the past, and I’m happy to pass that on. I hope you enjoy these books too!

Literacy, virtue, and values

The McGuffey Readers Set of Six helps you teach language arts using stories, poems, essays, and speeches that reinforce virtues such as courage, honor, diligence, stewardship, independence, frugality, perseverance, and kindness. Whether you use them as a primary instructional tool or simply as a supplement to your curriculum, I think you’ll find the 1857 McGuffey Readers a valuable addition to your home library and classroom.

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