Classic Curriculum Scope and Sequence

While students vary in ability and background, the following offers a suggested guide for use of Classic Curriculum materials. This Classic Curriculum Scope and Sequence has been revised as of October 7, 2004

First Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY PRIMER
          McGUFFEY PICTORIAL PRIMER
          McGUFFEY PROGRESSIVE SPELLER

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW PRIMARY ARITHMETIC

Supplementary Choices
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Second Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY PRIMER
          McGUFFEY PICTORIAL PRIMER
          McGUFFEY PROGRESSIVE SPELLER

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW PRIMARY ARITHMETIC

Supplementary Choices
          ABC'S AND ALL THEIR TRICKS by Margaret Bishop
          A MEASURING SCALE FOR ABILITY IN SPELLING
          KEY TO PRIMARY, INTELLECTUAL, PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Third Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY FIRST READER
          McGUFFEY PROGRESSIVE SPELLER

Writing
          See note below about Spencerian Penmanship

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW INTELLECTUAL ARITHMETIC

Supplementary Choices
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Fourth Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY FIRST READER
          McGUFFEY SECOND READER
          McGUFFEY PROGRESSIVE SPELLER

Writing
          HARVEY'S ELEMENTARY GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S INTELLECTUAL ARITHMETIC

Supplementary Choices
          HARVEY'S ELEMENTARY GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION ANSWER KEY
          KEY TO PRIMARY, INTELLECTUAL, PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Fifth Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY SECOND READER
          McGUFFEY PROGRESSIVE SPELLER

Writing
          HARVEY'S ELEMENTARY GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC

Supplementary Choices
          THEORY OF SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP
          HARVEY'S ELEMENTARY GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION ANSWER KEY
          KEY TO PRIMARY, INTELLECTUAL, PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          RAY'S TEST EXAMPLES IN ARITHMETIC
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Sixth Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY THIRD READER
          McGUFFEY PROGRESSIVE SPELLER

Writing
          HARVEY'S ELEMENTARY GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC

Supplementary Choices
          HARVEY'S ELEMENTARY GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION ANSWER KEY
          KEY TO PRIMARY, INTELLECTUAL, PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          RAY'S TEST EXAMPLES IN ARITHMETIC
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Seventh Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY THIRD READER
          McGUFFEY PROGRESSIVE SPELLER

Writing
          HARVEY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW HIGHER ARITHMETIC

Supplementary Choices
          KEY TO HIGHER ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Eighth Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY THIRD READER
          McGUFFEY PROGRESSIVE SPELLER

Writing
          HARVEY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW HIGHER ARITHMETIC

Supplementary Choices
          HARVEY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR (Answer Key)
          KEY TO HIGHER ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Ninth Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY FOURTH READER

Writing
          HARVEY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW HIGHER ARITHMETIC ** See note below

Government
          UNDER GOD

Supplementary Choices
          HARVEY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR (Answer Key)
          KEY TO HIGHER ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Tenth Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY FOURTH READER

Writing
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW HIGHER ARITHMETIC ** See note below

Government
          UNDER GOD

Supplementary Choices
          HARVEY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR (Answer Key)
          KEY TO HIGHER ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Eleventh Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY FOURTH READER

Writing
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW HIGHER ARITHMETIC ** See note below

Government
          UNDER GOD

Supplementary Choices
          HARVEY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR (Answer Key)
          KEY TO HIGHER ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Twelvth Grade

Reading
          McGUFFEY FOURTH READER

Writing
          SPENCERIAN PENMANSHIP * See note below

Arithmetic
          RAY'S NEW HIGHER ARITHMETIC ** See note below

Government
          UNDER GOD

Supplementary Choices
          HARVEY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR (Answer Key)
          KEY TO HIGHER ARITHMETIC (Answer Key)
          McGUFFEY PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE
          RAY'S PARENT-TEACHER GUIDE

Spencerian Penmanship

*Spencerian Penmanship
Spencerian Penmanship can be used as a hand writing course, however, the script used in this text is a "traditional" script. Spencerian Penmanship is better suited as an art course such as Calligraphy or as additional hand writing practice.

Higher Level Mathmatics

**Ray's New Higher Arithmetic does not include Algebra or Geometry; however, the arithmetic problems require upper level math skills and can be used to apply Algebra and Geometry skills learned elsewhere and supplement the lack of story problems in most upper level math texts.


Course of Study with the McGuffey's Eclectic Readers
By Hazel Clauter and Janice Byrne

The McGuffey's Eclectic Readers were first used in 1836 and are still considered as one of America's most famous pedagogical tools. The revised edition with the 1879 copyright date, available in facsimile at Pioneer Sholes School, may not have been done under the original author, W.H. McGuffey, but it was developed out of the same concept as the earlier editions.

In every level from Primer to Sixth Reader, pupils are bombarded with a steady stream of moral lessons including kindness to animals, adherence to Christian principles, allegiance to country, good manners, and consideration of others. The virtues presented to American youth were the prime values in which Americans professed to believe.

One reason for the popularity of the McGuffey's Readers was that reader level and age (or grade level) were not synonymous. This was especially true in the nineteenth century as students took time off for farm chores. For example, the Third Reader has a story title "Beware of the First Drink," suggesting that a fifteen or sixteen year old student might get no further that the Third Reader. Another reason for the books' popularity was the logical progression from simple to more difficult material. From the Primer upward new words were presented so that the child gained an ever widening vocabulary. With pictures abounding, the books were visually interesting.

The title word Eclectic means that the stories and rhymes were culled from a wide range of literature. Thus the selections included poetry and prose selections about history, philosophy, and science. Spelling and penmanship exercises were included as were phonics charts and tables showing the use of punctuation marks. Books were routinely read aloud, so there was concern for enunciation, syllabification, and the use of diacritical marks to achieve them were emphasized. Today's students often comment that they are surprised by the wide variety to be found in these texts of yesteryear.

Both the McGuffey's Eclectic Readers and The McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book are available in facsimile at better bookstores, through catalogue order houses, and on-line. Pioneer Sholes School has ample sets of both texts for visiting classes to use.

(Jackie Norland and Joanne Thompson contributed the selections from McGuffey's for these lesson plans.)



Reading Sample Lesson Plans
McGuffey's Eclectic Educational Series

Goal:  to have the students experience reading instruction as it was done circa 1990.

Materials:  

McGuffey's Eclectic Educational Series, Revised Edition. New York:  American Book Company 1907-1921. [Facsimile series]

Procedures:
  • Select the levels of McGuffey's Readers appropriate to the students' reading levels in the class. For example, students reading at third grade level would use McGuffey's level one or two. Those at or above fourth grade level might use McGuffey's level three or four. Adult volunteers might be assigned McGuffey's level six, which is high school level literature.
  • Divide the class into three or four groups, with no more than eight children in a group and with no one working at or above his frustration level.
  • Assign from these passages:
    • Primer: study and read aloud pages 16 & 17
    • First Reader: lesson XXIX, pages 36 & 37
    • Second Reader: lesson XXI, pages 46 -48
    • Third Reader: lesson III, pages 18 -19, or lesson XXIV, pages 62-64.
    • Fourth Reader: lesson III, pages 29-34, or lesson XXXIX, pages 110-112.
    • Fifth Reader: lesson III, pages 44-48, or lesson XI, pages 63-66.
  • Assign seat work from Spelling Books, copy work and memorization of "Memory Gem", and math problems on chalk board for students to do when they have finished their silent study of the reading lesson but are not in the recitation group.

Recitations and Evaluations:  Meet with each group or assign adult volunteers to meet with some of the groups. Hear the oral recitation from each group. At the end of the reading period, have "older students" check the seatwork.

Illinois Learning Standards 1.B.1d,1.B.2c, 1.B.2d

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