Michael Clay Thompson: Grammar, Elementary Program

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Grammar Island, Grammar Town, and Grammar Voyage by Michael Clay Thompson provide a comprehensible yet sophisticated introduction to grammar for the elementary grades. They ignore the low limits traditional at this level and include content often withheld until middle school or even high school.

The student books are compact and intended for use in the early part of the school year so students can get the benefits throughout the year.

This series is the precursor to the series: The Magic Lens, the grammar curriculum at the secondary level.

Homeschoolers and parents are invited to join the Royal Fireworks Support Group: MCTLA   

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We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to help you save money. There are Complete and Basic packages for each stage of the curriculum: Homeschool Packages

 

Grammar Island, Grammar Town, and Grammar Voyage by Michael Clay Thompson provide a comprehensible yet sophisticated introduction to grammar for the elementary grades. They ignore the low limits traditional at this level and include content often withheld until middle school or even high school.

The student books are compact and intended for use in the early part of the school year so students can get the benefits throughout the year.

This series is the precursor to the series: The Magic Lens, the grammar curriculum at the secondary level.

Classroom teachers and educators in schools are invited to join the Group: MCTteachers

Course PackagesMichael Clay Thompson Course Packages
We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to help you save money. Includes a student book and a teacher's manual for each stage of the curriculum: School Examination Packages

 

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Grammar Island: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N (Art)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-838-8

Latest edition: April 2015

Order code: 8388

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 8388S

Grammar Island: Student Book Cover

Grammar Island introduces, in a very simple fashion, the full four-level grammar of (1) parts of speech, (2) parts of sentences, (3) phrases, and (4) clauses.

Using color to reinforce the lessons, the book offers grammar in child-friendly ways, with an array of strategies to make sophisticated material alive and fun.

Each page focuses on a single concept, and the teaching approach is to read together with kids, talk about the concepts, ask questions, refer back, and respond to questions before venturing further.

A book to delight students just beginning grammar. This is the Second Edition.

Grammar Island introduces, in a very simple fashion, the full four-level grammar of (1) parts of speech, (2) parts of sentences, (3) phrases, and (4) clauses.

Using color to reinforce the lessons, the book offers grammar in child-friendly ways, with an array of strategies to make sophisticated material alive and fun.

Each page focuses on a single concept, and the teaching approach is to read together with kids, talk about the concepts, ask questions, refer back, and respond to questions before venturing further.

A book to delight students just beginning grammar. This is the second edition.

In the iBook hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the reader. Additional interactive reviews and practice problems have been added. Now includes pre- and post-tests. 

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Grammar Island: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N (Art)

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-839-5

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 7992

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

Grammar Island: Teacher Manual Cover

Revised, Second Edition. The teacher manuals in the series always include the student book plus special boxes that provide tips and further questions for the teacher, pre and post tests, activities for specific topics, and wonderful original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning.

Revised, Second Edition. The teacher manuals in the series always include the student book plus special boxes that provide tips and further questions for the teacher, pre and post tests, activities for specific topics, and wonderful original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning.

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Grammar Town: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N (Art)

Subjects: English Language Arts; Grammar

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-590-7

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 5907

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 5907S

Grammar Town: Student Book Cover

Second Edition, extensively revised, and now in full-color, Grammar Town builds on the foundation presented in Grammar Island and offers increasingly sophisticated concepts with the theme set in a townscape. It continues the full four-level grammar of (1) parts of speech, (2) parts of sentences, (3) phrases, and (4) clauses.

 

 

Second Edition, extensively revised, and now in full-color, Grammar Town builds on the foundation presented in Grammar Island and offers increasingly sophisticated concepts with the theme set in a townscape. It continues the full four-level grammar of (1) parts of speech, (2) parts of sentences, (3) phrases, and (4) clauses.

Additional iBook Features: Using interactive activities to reinforce the lessons, the book presents grammar in child-friendly ways, with an array of strategies to make sophisticated material alive and fun.

Grammar Town iBook now has pre-test and post-test; the answers are in the Implementation Manual. 

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. 

 

 

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Grammar Town: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N (Art)

Subjects: English Language Arts; Grammar

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-591-4

Latest edition: August 2015, Second Edition

Order code: 5914

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Grammar Town: Teacher Manual Cover

Now with extra material available for download of additional tests for each of the four levels of analysis, The teacher manual includes tips for the student pages, pre and post tests, activities for specific topics, and wonderful original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning.

 

 

Now with extra material available for download of additional tests for each of the four levels of analysis, The teacher manual includes tips for the student pages, pre and post tests, activities for specific topics, and wonderful original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning.

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Grammar Voyage: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Grammar

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-383-3

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 3833

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 3833S

Grammar Voyage: Student Book Cover

Grammar Voyage is designed to build on the foundations established in Grammar Island and Grammar Town, both in terms of the four-level analysis and visually.  It reinforces the vocabulary of Caesar's English II and the poetics of A World of Poetry as well as the spirit and intellectual demands of Essay Voyage. 

The ship paintings offer a beautiful counterpoint to Michael Clay Thompson's lovely color illustrations of grammar concepts.

We recommend getting both the student and the teacher's manual for Grammar Voyage as there are too many places where the teacher's manual gives away the answers to questions and exercises.

Grammar Voyage is designed to build on the foundations established in Grammar Island and Grammar Town, both in terms of the four-level analysis and visually.  It reinforces the vocabulary of Caesar's English II and the poetics of A World of Poetry as well as the spirit and intellectual demands of Essay Voyage.  

The ship paintings offer a beautiful counterpoint to Michael Clay Thompson's lovely color illustrations of grammar concepts.

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce lessons with an array of strategies to make sophisticated material alive and fun.

Grammar Voyage: Student Book Cover

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Grammar Voyage: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Grammar

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-385-7

Latest edition: August 2012

Order code: 3857

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Grammar Voyage: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual contains a great deal of material to discuss with the students on nearly every page: pre and post tests, activities for specific topics, the answers to the quizzes in the student book, and extra material for download including Michael Clay Thompson's reading of the story that runs through the student book as well as additional tests for each of the four levels.

We recommend that you purchase both the student and teacher manuals to effectively teach Grammar Voyage.

The teacher manual contains a great deal of material to discuss with the students on nearly every page: pre and post tests, activities for specific topics, the answers to the quizzes in the student book, and extra material for download including Michael Clay Thompson's reading of the story that runs through the student book as well as additional tests for each of the four levels.

For each topic there is an indication of the level at which that topic is introduced in the Common Core Curriculum.

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The Grammar of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Grammar; English Language Arts Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-870-0

Latest edition: July 2015

Order code: 8700

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 8700S

The Grammar of Literature: Student Book Cover

Michael Clay Thompson has long argued that grammar is simple and beautiful.  Now once again he has proven it so with his newest book, The Grammar of Literature.

This is the grammar component of the new level of the MCT language arts curriculum.  What is extraordinary about the book is not only its capacity to help students figure out complicated sentences like this one but also MCT’s introduction of a new "t-model" for picturing sentences. 

This t-model exquisitely showcases one of the crucial parts of MCT’s genius—his ability to render complex grammar relationships as simple but beautiful illustrations.

The t-model: shows clearly the importance of subjects and verbs in relation to adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of the sentence; it visually emphasizes the dichotomy between subject and predicate; it visually clarifies the distinction between action verbs and linking or feeling verbs;  it provides a simple, clear, and elegant visualization of phrases, particularly of verbal phrases. Its simplification of verbals will help many children master what perplexed their ancestors and continues to prove daunting to their parents and teachers. 

Both the Student Book and the Teacher Manual are in full color.

The books in this new level of the MCT Curriculum focus upon the vocabulary, grammar, writing, and poetic techniques of the authors of the great classics of English and American literature.

Michael Clay Thompson has long argued that grammar is simple and beautiful.  Now once again he has proven it so with his newest book, in full color, The Grammar of Literature.

This is the grammar component of the new level of the MCT language arts curriculum.  What is extraordinary about the book is not only its capacity to help students figure out complicated sentences like this one but also MCT’s introduction of a new "t-model" for picturing sentences. 

This t-model exquisitely showcases one of the crucial parts of MCT’s genius—his ability to render complex grammar relationships as simple but beautiful illustrations.

The t-model: shows clearly the importance of subjects and verbs in relation to adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of the sentence; it visually emphasizes the dichotomy between subject and predicate; it visually clarifies the distinction between action verbs and linking or feeling verbs;  it provides a simple, clear, and elegant visualization of phrases, particularly of verbal phrases. Its simplification of verbals will help many children master what perplexed their ancestors and continues to prove daunting to their parents and teachers.

Both the Student Book and the Teacher Manual are in full color.

The books in this new level of the MCT Curriculum focus upon the vocabulary, grammar, writing, and poetic techniques of the authors of the great classics of English and American literature.

Additional iBook Features: Each chapter includes interactive exercises for 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-level analysis.

The Grammar of Literature: Student Book Cover

The t-model for picturing sentences:

The Grammar of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-871-7

Latest edition: July 2015

Order code: 8717

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

The Grammar of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

Teacher manuals for the curriculum always contain the student book, plus extra pages for instruction, answers to questions where applicable and suggestions throughout the text for teachers to implement.

Teacher manuals for the curriculum always contain the student book, plus extra pages for instruction, answers to questions where applicable and suggestions throughout the text for teachers to implement.

The Grammar of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

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