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Michael Clay Thompson: Language Arts Curriculum

Michael Clay Thompson: Language Arts Curriculum

Grammar, Vocabulary, Poetry, Writing, and Literature

These exciting and demanding books have been phenomenally successful both as stand-alones, and as part of a longer term, progressive English Language Arts curriculum. They are widely used in the regular classroom and in Gifted Education programs. Student books and teacher manuals are available for each.

These exciting and demanding books have been phenomenally successful both as stand-alones, and as part of a longer term, progressive English Language Arts curriculum.

They are widely used for homeschool language arts. Student books and teacher manuals are available for each, and special home editions or parent-answer books for some.

Elementary

Grade Grammar Vocabulary Poetry WritingWriting Practice LiteratureLiterature
3 & up Level 1 Grammar Island Building Language Music Hemispheres Sentence IslandSentence Island P Island MudMud
4 & up Level 2 Grammar Town Caesar’s Eng 1 Building Poems Paragraph TownParagraph Town P Town APMAPM
5 & up Level 3 Grammar Voyage Caesar’s Eng 2 A World of Poetry Essay VoyageEssay Voyage P Voyage SEARCH

Middle and Secondary

Grade Grammar Vocabulary Poetry WritingWriting Practice LiteratureLiterature
6 & up Level 4 Magic lens 1 Word Within Word 1 Poetry and Humanity Academic Writing 1Academic Writing 1 4Practice 1 SEARCH
7 & up Level 5 Magic lens 2 Word Within Word 2 Poetry, Plato, Beauty Academic Writing 2Academic Writing 2 4Practice 2 TIME
8 & up Level 6 Magic lens 3 Word Within Word 3 Poetry, Plato, Truth Academic Writing 3Academic Writing 3
Opus 40Opus 40
4Practice 3 Shadow Shadow

Autobiography Autobiography

Implementation

Read Michael Thompson’s recommendations for how and when to introduce the parts of the curriculum

Elementary Curriculum Guide 4MB, 57 page PDF slideshow

Secondary Curriculum Guide 3MB, 55 page PDF slideshow


Academic research

Studies support the MCT method of teaching. There is a Research Resource page here that includes a link to a specific study into the efficacy of The Word Within The Word program compared to traditional methods of teaching vocabulary.

Homeschoolers’ Curriculum

View and download our full e-catalog for homeschoolers

Michael Clay Thompson Curriculum Levels and Packages

There are special packages available for the MCT curriculum at each level. These make your planning of the course easier and also saves money on buying the books separately. Homeschool Packages School Examination Packages


What is the thinking behind the design of the books?

Design and appearance of the Royal Fireworks Language Arts curriculum

Michael Clay Thompson not only wrote the curriculum, he designed all of the books. And he is a genius at using design. He understands the relationship of ideas to presentation. In the Poetics Program the reader immediately is imbued with the sounds of the language from looking at the book spread out before him or her. Read more about the design of the books.


Interdisciplinary

The Self-Evident Truth Series

Combining grammar and vocabulary, poetics and historical background, these innovative books are an addition to the Language Arts Curriculum for grades 5 and up, and examine the most important statements of equality in American history, with student books and teacher manuals.


Language Arts Posters

Participants in Michael Clay Thompson’s workshops frequently ask for copies of the images he uses to explain the workings of grammar, poetry, and other aspects of his language arts curriculum. These posters are bright and colorful and help students visualize the simplicity and beauty of important concepts of language.


Other Works By Michael Clay Thompson


Michael Clay Thompson

His biography, workshops and presentations biography, free downloads, and videos.

Book Michael through us for teachers’ professional development workshops  and conference presentations.

There are Support Groups for users of Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts series. Homeschoolers Teachers and educators are invited to join the MCTLA forum MCTLA forum.

Autobiography