The California Sixth Grade Reader, published in 1914, is back as an e-book with an introduction by science fiction writer Jerry Pournelle.
The reader is filled with stories and poems such as The Argonauts, The Courtship of Miles Standish, The Inchcape Rock and Jubal and Tubal Cain.
I read most of these as a kid, though not for school.
Via Instapundit, who writes: “When I was in junior high in the 1970s, I often read the old textbooks from the 1950s, which seemed to be written at a higher level than the ones we were using. When the Insta-Daughter was the same age, she looked at old textbooks from the 1970s, which seemed to be written at a higher level than the ones her classes were using. . . . “