"This Reader may generally be used today at the high school level. The Fourth Reader contains work at the fourth stage of reading. This stage involves an advanced kind of comprehension which requires students to understand a variety of viewpoints and think about abstract ideas. Complex themes such as life values, truth, religion, and freedom appear in this Reader. Writings of English literary giants such as Shakespeare, Milton and Byron appear in this Reader, and many Bible selections as well. And the famous McGuffey moral viewpoint permeates it all."
Parent-Teacher Guide for the McGuffey Readers