McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader
William Holmes McGuffey
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Level 1
McGuffey Readers were a series of graded primers for grade levels 1-6. They were widely used as textbooks in American schools from the mid-19th century to the early-20th century, and are still used today in homeschooling. The first Reader taught reading by using the phonics method, the identification of letters and their arrangement into words, and aided with slate work. McGuffey used new vocabulary words in the context of real literature, gradually introducing new words and carefully repeating the old.

McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader

Revised Edition

William Holmes McGuffey

The Alphabet

A a N n
B b O o
C c P p
D d Q q
E e R r
F f S s
G g T t
H h U u
I i V v
J j W w
K k X x
L l Y y
M m Z z

Lesson I

dog                the               ran

The dog.

The dog ran.

Lesson II

cat                mat                is                on

The cat. The mat.