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I have just processed, with the Lexile Analyzer, prose samples from the McGuffey Readers that I’ve been able to find online. The books are not in the Lexile database. And I don’t think poetry can be mechanically, yet accurately analyzed. Occasionally there is a sample that isn’t aligned with the others in grade level, deviating from upper-level books normally, to 7th-grade, 8th-grade, or graduate-school level. I have determined the general pattern, though, to be that the books cover a two-grade range in lower levels, and a range of several grades in the higher levels. Because the Lexile Analyzer accepts selections of only one-thousand words at a time, I selected sections ranging from several lessons in the beginnings of the primer and first books, to a few paragraphs each of two lessons in the same section in the later books, checking the beginning and end in lower books, and also the middle parts of the higher books. I don’t believe revisions have changed the grade levels, but think it would require a more thorough analysis of various editions, which I don’t have access to, to be sure. Here are the results: Eclectic Primer: 1st grade 1st Eclectic Reader: 1st–2nd grades 2nd Eclectic Reader: 3rd–4th grades 3rd Eclectic Reader: 5th–6th grades 4th Eclectic Reader: 6th–8th grades 5th Eclectic Reader: 7th grade–college sophmore 6th Eclectic Reader: 9th grade–college senior 1st New Reader: 1st–2nd grades 2nd New Reader: 3rd–4th grades 3rd New Reader: 4th–5th grades 4th New Reader: 5th–6th grades 5th New Reader: 6th–12th grades 6th New Reader: 12th grade–college sophomore High-School Reader: 9th–12th grades Alternate 3rd Reader: 6th–8th grades Alternate 4th Reader: 8th–12th grades Alternate 5th Reader: 11th grade–college senior