McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition

- By William Holmes McGuffey
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William Holmes McGuffey (September 23, 1800 – May 4, 1873) was a college professor and president who is best known for writing the McGuffey Readers, the first widely used series of elementary school-level textbooks. More than 120 million copies of McGuffey Readers were sold between 1836 and 1960,[1] placing its sales in a category with the Bible and Webster's Dictionary. William Holmes McGuffey was born the son of Alexander and Anna (Holmes) McGuffey near Claysville in West Finley Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, which is 45 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. In 1802 the McGuffey family moved farther out into the frontier at Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He attended country school, and after receiving special instruction at Youngstown, he attended Greersburg Academy in Darlington, Pennsylvania. Afterwards, he attended and graduated from Pennsylvania's Washington College, where he became an instructor. He was a roving instructor, traveling through the frontier of Ohio, Kentucky, and western Pennsylvania. He was "one of an army of half-educated young men who tramped the roads and trails drumming up 'subscription scholars'."[2] These half-educated young men would travel to and from different settlements looking for a part-time teaching job. They would teach in log-cabins to children whose parents would pay for their education. The teachers would educate the children until the parents ran out of funding or until the parents did not care to have their children educated anymore. One of the small settlements where he taught was Poland, Ohio.[3]
wish float tie know rope boat try shore give pole don't push drag won't oar fun'ny [Illustration: Two girls standing by fence, one is pulling a small wooden tub with a rope along the path.] "Kate, I wish we had a boat to put the dolls in. Don't you?" "I know what we can do. We can get the little tub, and tie a rope to it, and drag it to the pond. This will float with the dolls in it, and we can get a pole to push it from the shore." "What a funny boat, Kate! A tub for a boat, and a pole for an oar! Won't it upset?" "We can try it, Nell, and see." "Well you get the tub, and I will get a pole and a rope. We will put both dolls in the tub, and give them a ride."

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Pole : a long, slender, rounded piece of wood or metal, typically used with one end placed in the ground as a support for something

Float : rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid without sinking

Upset : make (someone) unhappy, disappointed, or worried

Fence : a barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.

Tie : attach or fasten (someone or something) with string or similar cord

Shore : the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or other large body of water


Additional Information:

Rating: A

Words: 148

Unique Words : 63

Sentences : 12

Reading Time : 0:39

Noun : 51

Conjunction : 12

Adverb : 1

Interjection : 1

Adjective : 3

Pronoun : 17

Verb : 24

Preposition : 12

Letter Count : 477

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Conversational

Difficult Words : 13

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