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.
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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