McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader, William Holmes McGuffey
McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader
William Holmes McGuffey
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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 second Reader was used once students could read. It helped them to understand the meaning of sentences, while providing vivid stories which children could remember.

McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader

Revised Edition

William Holmes McGuffey

Lesson I

news’paper       cold       or’der       seem       through      stock’ings       chat       sto’ry       light       Har’ry      branch’es       kiss       burns       Mrs.    e vents’       an other          Mr.     stool        lamp       mends


1. It is winter. The cold wind whistles through the branches of the trees.

2. Mr. Brown has done his day’s work, and his children, Harry and Kate, have come home from school. They learned their lessons well to-day, and both feel happy

3. Tea is over. Mrs. Brown has put the little sitting room in order. The fire burns brightly. One lamp gives light enough for all. On the stool is a basket of fine apples. They seem to say, “Won’t you have one?”

4. Harry and Kate read a story in a new book. The father reads his newspaper, and the mother mends Harry’s stockings.

5. By and by, they will tell one another what they have been reading about, and will have a chat over the events of the day.

6. Harry and Kate’s bedtime will come first. I think I see them kiss their dear father and mother a sweet good night.

7. Do you not wish that every boy and girl could have a home like this?

Lesson II

beauti ful              porch              rain’bow              burst              bub’bles              same              big’gest              sneeze              col’ors              main              soap              wash              red              ma’ny

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