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Michael Clay Thompson: Secondary Grammar, The Magic Lens

Michael Clay Thompson: Secondary Grammar, The Magic Lens Series Cover

A Spiral Tour Through The Human Ideas of Grammar

The series update is now complete with each volume in a Fourth Edition, each one  beautifully designed in full-color and with improved layout that offers greater clarity for student and teacher.

The entire emphasis is on the four-level sentence analysis. Sentence diagramming accompanies the text. Punctuation is dealt with at each level and practice is incorporated at every stage.

Our aim in producing these  improved versions is to clarify, simplify, and illuminate the endlessly fascinating complexity of English grammar. These revised versions are visually and thematically more accessible and a great asset to our constantly improving RFP LA Curriculum.

The program follows on from the elementary grammar series: Grammar Island, Grammar Town and Grammar Voyage, but can also stand alone.

"From a utilitarian point of view, I think Grammar is an intellectual pocket-knife; it is small, easily purchased, and so useful that one would not dream of being without it.

"Grammar is so lovely that even if it were useless, one would irresistibly explore it, as one explores chess, or architecture, or the spiral geometries of shells. It is a sort of magic aesthetic lens, through which we can view the delicate structures of ideas." - Michael Clay Thompson

Grammar is an easily teachable subject because its concepts are so few and well defined there are only forty or so terms to grasp to understand the elements of basic grammar. The first part of the year is devoted to teaching students the four parts of grammar that comprise the whole package: Parts of speech, Parts of the sentence, Phrases, and Clauses. Once the students have been introduced to all four elements of grammar, they are reminded about some common English grammar and usage problems.

There is a low-cost homeschool parent guide that accompanies the main student book for home-educators.

For a complete overview go to the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum page.

Go to our Practice Workbooks series to see the new supplements to all our vocabulary and grammar programs. These low-cost, consumable workbooks provide in-depth instruction with 100 practice sentences for four-level analysis.

Support Groups for users of Michael Clay Thompson's Language Arts series

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

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 student book and teacher's manual for each stage of the curriculum: Homeschool Packages

The series update is now complete with each volume in a Fourth Edition,  each beautifully designed in full-color and with an improved layout that offers greater clarity for student and teacher.

The entire emphasis is on the four-level sentence analysis. Sentence diagramming accompanies the text. Punctuation is dealt with at each level and practice is incorporated at every stage.

Our aim in producing this greatly improved version is to clarify, simplify, and illuminate the endlessly fascinating complexity of English grammar, whilst maintaining the price the same as before. We believe this revised version is visually and thematically more accessible and will be a great asset to our constantly improving RFP LA Curriculum.

The program follows on from the elementary grammar series: Grammar Island, Grammar Town and Grammar Voyage, but can also stand alone.

"From a utilitarian point of view, I think Grammar is an intellectual pocket-knife; it is small, easily purchased, and so useful that one would not dream of being without it.

"Grammar is so lovely that even if it were useless, one would irresistibly explore it, as one explores chess, or architecture, or the spiral geometries of shells. It is a sort of magic aesthetic lens, through which we can view the delicate structures of ideas." - Michael Clay Thompson

Grammar is an easily teachable subject because its concepts are so few and well defined there are only forty or so terms to grasp to understand the elements of basic grammar. The first part of the year is devoted to teaching students the four parts of grammar that comprise the whole package: Parts of speech, Parts of the sentence, Phrases, and Clauses. Once the students have been introduced to all four elements of grammar, they are reminded about some common English grammar and usage problems.

The classroom tests are now in the school Teacher's Manual on a CD.

For a complete overview go to the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum page.

Go to our Practice Workbooks series to see the new supplements to all our vocabulary and grammar programs. These low-cost, consumable workbooks provide in-depth instruction with 100 practice sentences for four-level analysis.

Support Groups for users of Michael Clay Thompson's Language Arts series

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 student book and teacher's manual for each stage of the curriculum: School Examination Packages

The Magic Lens I, Fourth Edition: Student Book Cover

The Magic Lens I, Fourth Edition: Student Book

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Grammar
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Grade:
6, 7, 8, 9
ISBN:
978-0-89824-825-8
Latest edition:
August 2015
Order code:
8258
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 8258S

There is an extensive revision of all three levels of The Magic Lens with new material and new examples.  This Student Book of the Fourth Edition of The Magic Lens 1 is entirely based on the four-level sentence analysis. This analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses, is Michael Clay Thompson's original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. 

The Student Books are in full color. There is improved layout and enhanced sentence diagramming. Punctuation is dealt with at each level of the analysis.

There is an extensive revision of all three levels of The Magic Lens with new material and new examples.  This Student Book of the Fourth Edition of The Magic Lens 1 is entirely based on the four-level sentence analysis. This analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses, is Michael Clay Thompson's original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. Punctuation is dealt with at each level of the analysis.

The Student Books and Teacher Manuals are now in full color. There is improved layout and enhanced sentence diagramming, whilst the "loops” of the original edition and class tests are on a CD with the Teacher Manual.

MagicLens Student pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
The Magic Lens I, Fourth Edition: Parent Manual Cover

The Magic Lens I, Fourth Edition: Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Grammar; Homeschooling
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Grade:
6, 7, 8, 9
ISBN:
978-0-89824-827-2
Latest edition:
August 2015
Order code:
8272
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$30.00

This is the homeschool parent's manual to accompany the Fourth Edition of The Magic Lens I. It is now entirely based on four-level sentence analysis. This book is in black and white, whilst the student book is full-color throughout.

Grammar is an easily teachable subject because its concepts are so few and well defined and there are only forty or so terms to grasp to understand the elements of basic grammar.

It is the fundamental starting point for the MCT Curriculum which recommends front-loading language arts teaching with grammar. Then Vocabulary and Writing and Poetics can be added once the student has grasped the basics: Parts of speech, Parts of the sentence, Phrases, and Clauses.

This book accompanies the Student Book (Order Code: 8258). It does not replace it. Homeschoolers need both.

The 4Practice1 Workbook provides an extra 100 practice sentences for four-level analysis.

The CD of 'Loops" is an optional extra for those who wish even more practice.

MagicLens1 Parent guide pages 1-15: View online or Download PDF

Series description
The Magic Lens I, Fourth Edition: Teacher Manual Cover

The Magic Lens I, Fourth Edition: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Grammar
Grade:
6, 7, 8, 9
ISBN:
978-0-89824-826-5
Latest edition:
August 2015
Order code:
8265
Price:
$50.00
Website Price:
$40.00

This Teacher Manual contains the student book, classroom teaching notes and the "loops" and class tests that were in the previous edition on an attached CD. The whole book is in full-color.

 

MLensTeacher pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
The Magic Lens CD of Loops Cover

The Magic Lens CD of Loops

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Teacher Resources; Grammar
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14
Order code:
8272D
Price:
$10.00

This is available separately if you would like extra exercises for teaching grammar with the CD that is otherwise part of the Classroom Teacher's Manual.

It contains more grammar teaching ideas, the examples from classic literature, and 'writing labs and recipes' that were in the original The Magic Lens 1 Teacher's Manual, together with answer pages, and student punctuation test cards. In all there are 202 pages of exercises and answer keys.

The 4Practice1 workbook contains 100 sentences for analysis and teaching and most parents find this sufficient. However, the CD is an optional extra teaching aid for those who wish even more practice.

Sample pages from Magic Lens1 Loops CD: View online or Download PDF

Series description
The Magic Lens II, Fourth Edition: Student Book Cover

The Magic Lens II, Fourth Edition: Student Book

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Grammar
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10
ISBN:
978-0-89824-828-9
Latest edition:
August 2015
Order code:
8289
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 8289S

Michael Clay Thompson has done a massive reconceptualization and revision of Magic Lens II, rendering it a worthy successor to the third edition of The Magic Lens I. This new edition is visually and thematically more accessible and a great asset to our constantly improving Royal Fireworks Press Language Arts Curriculum.

     Highlights:
•    The book is completely reconfigured and restructured based on the four-level analysis model.
•    There are expanded sections on verbs.
•    Concepts are clarified.
•    Bright, new, full-color graphics enhance the text and understanding.
•    Punctuation is dealt with at each level.
•    Practice is incorporated at every stage.

Michael says: MCT says: Magic Lens II now has the benefit of decades of classroom use, online teaching, faculty workshops, and conference presentations. It is a Magic Lens II for the next two decades.”

Michael Clay Thompson has done a massive reconceptualization and revision of The Magic Lens II, rendering it a worthy successor to the third edition of Magic Lens I. This new edition is visually and thematically more accessible and a great asset to our constantly improving Royal Fireworks Press Language Arts Curriculum.

     Highlights:
•    The book is completely reconfigured and restructured based on the four-level analysis model.
•    There are expanded sections on verbs.
•    Concepts are clarified.
•    Bright, new, full-color graphics enhance the text and understanding.
•    Punctuation is dealt with at each level.
•    Practice is incorporated at every stage.

Michael says: MCT says: Magic Lens II now has the benefit of decades of classroom use, online teaching, faculty workshops, and conference presentations. It is a Magic Lens II for the next two decades.”

Magic Lens II sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
The Magic Lens II, Fourth Edition: Teacher Manual Cover

The Magic Lens II, Fourth Edition: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Grammar
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10
ISBN:
978-0-89824-829-6
Latest edition:
July 2015
Order code:
8296
Price:
$50.00
Website Price:
$40.00


Series description
The Magic Lens II, Fourth Edition: Parent Manual Cover

The Magic Lens II, Fourth Edition: Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Grammar; Homeschooling
Age:
12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10
ISBN:
978-0-89824-830-2
Latest edition:
August 2015
Order code:
8302
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$30.00

This is the homeschool parent's manual to accompany the new, Fourth Edition Magic Lens II. It is now entirely based on four-level sentence analysis.

This book is in black and white, whilst the student book is full-color throughout.

Grammar is an easily teachable subject because its concepts are so few and well defined and there are only forty or so terms to grasp to understand the elements of basic grammar.

It is the fundamental starting point for the MCT Curriculum which recommends front-loading language arts teaching with grammar. Then Vocabulary and Writing and Poetics can be added once the student has grasped the basics: Parts of speech, Parts of the sentence, Phrases, and Clauses.

This book accompanies the Student Manual. It does not replace it. Homeschoolers need both.


Series description
The Magic Lens III, Fourth Edition: Student Book Cover

The Magic Lens III, Fourth Edition: Student Book

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Grammar
Grade:
8, 9, 10, 11
ISBN:
-978-0-89824-833-3
Latest edition:
July 2015
Order code:
8333
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 8333S

The Magic Lens series encapsulates Michael Clay Thompson’s passion for imparting a love of grammar. He says: Teaching grammar is a question of enthusiasm based on deep comprehension...You must know all four levels to understand grammar. When you finally master the four levels, everything changes.

All three volumes have been reconfigured and restructured based on the four-level analysis model.

Bright, new full-color graphics enhance the text and understanding.

Punctuation is dealt with at each level, and practice is incorporated at every stage with a section of punctuation and grammar rules.

The Magic Lens series encapsulates Michael Clay Thompson’s passion for imparting a love of grammar. He says: Teaching grammar is a question of enthusiasm based on deep comprehension...You must know all four levels to understand grammar. When you finally master the four levels, everything changes.

All three volumes have been reconfigured and restructured based on the four-level analysis model.

Bright, new full-color graphics enhance the text and understanding.

Punctuation is dealt with at each level, and practice is incorporated at every stage with a section of punctuation and grammar rules.

Magic Lens 3 Sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
The Magic Lens III: Fourth Edition: Teacher Manual Cover

The Magic Lens III: Fourth Edition: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-89824-834-0
Latest edition:
September 2014
Order code:
8340
Price:
$50.00
Website Price:
$40.00


Series description
The Magic Lens III, Fourth Edition: Parent Manual Cover

The Magic Lens III, Fourth Edition: Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-89824-835-7
Latest edition:
2015
Order code:
8357
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$30.00

The homeschool parent manual to accompany the new, Fourth Edition of The Magic Lens III is now entirely based on four-level sentence analysis. It is in black and white, whilst the student book is full-color throughout.

In his Instructor section, MCT writes: Teaching grammar is a question of enthusiasm based on deep comprehension...You must know all four levels to understand grammar. When you finally master the four levels, everything changes.

This book accompanies the Student Manual. It does not replace it. Homeschoolers need both

Series description