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Page 5 of History of the McGuffey readers / by Henry H.Vail ; with three portraits.

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eCoutnt of tpe b0oot the Fifth Reader. Ten years later the entire series was made over and issued in six books. These were then called the New Readers. From 1853 until 1878 the books remained substantially unchanged; but in the latter year they were renewed largely in sub- stance and improved in form. These readers as copyrighted in 1879 were extensively used for more than a quarter of a century. Changing conditions in the school room called for another revision in 1901. This latest form now in extensive use is called The New McGuffey Readers. Each of these revisions has constituted practically a new series although the changes have never in- cluded the entire contents. In the higher readers will be found today many selections which appeared in the original books. The reason for retaining such selections is clear. No one has been able to write in the English language selections that are better for school use than some written by Shakespeare, Milton, Bacon, and other early writers. The liter- ature of the English language has not all been writ- ten in the present decade nor in the last century. As at first published, the lower books of the McGuffey Readers had no trace of the modern methods now used in teaching the mastery of words -even the alphabet was not given in orderly form; but the alphabetic method of teaching the art of reading was then the only one used. The pupil at first spelled each word by naming the letters and then pronounced each syllable and then the word. [5]

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