McGuffey Fourth Reader ebook


McGuffey’s Fourth Reader ebook 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: PDF ebook

Content: 80 lessons, 270 pages


McGuffey’s Fourth Eclectic Reader eBook

The fourth reader ebook contains the same content as the print version. After a section focused on exercises in marks and pauses (punctuation and editor’s marks), articulation, accent, and inflection, there are 80 lessons—51 in prose and 29 in poetry. By the end of the fourth reader ebook, your student will be reading words such as

  • bayonet
  • lingering
  • matted
  • delicate
  • wandering
  • enshrined
  • wafted
  • yearning
  • quadruped
  • sagacious
  • stratagem
  • proboscis

Download a sample lesson from middle of book (PDF).

Fourth Reader Table of Contents

Like all the McGuffey Readers, the Fourth Reader ebook contains poems, dramatic dialogues, essays, stories, and passages from classic literature, including a few stories from the Bible. Science-related articles include “How a Fly Walks on the Ceiling,” and there are a botany and herbal medicine lessons wrapped in the story of a nettle, and other nature-related stories.

Includes instructions for use with Charlotte Mason methods

Instructions for Charlotte Mason’s language arts methods of copywork, recitation, and narration is found in the 18-page introduction that has been added to this edition. Like Miss Mason, Mr. McGuffey believed in short lessons, learned well, so the readers provide a convenient source for material to use with Miss Mason’s methods.

Improvements to the 1857 edition

The original publisher’s preface describes what has been expanded and improved since the first edition of the Readers.

  • Articulation and Pronunciation
  • Exercises in Spelling and Defining
  • Lessons on Marks and Pauses
  • Inflection and Accent
  • The Reading Lessons

Reading level

Selections from this reader tested at Flesch-Kincaide grade level 4.8 8.9 in a readability scorer, with at least one selection at 10.1 grade level.

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

McGuffey’s Fourth Eclectic Reader ebook: ISBN: 978-1-61322-038-2
Published by Everyday Education, LLC, 2016.

Wholesale terms are available.

Literacy, virtue, and values

Like the other readers in the series, McGuffey’s Fourth Reader ebook 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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