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Michael Clay Thompson: Literature Program

Michael Clay Thompson: Literature Program Series Cover

Review, by Jeff Danielian, LaSalle Academy PEGASUS Program, in Teaching for High PotentialI wish (this program) was available when I was a student. Thompson’s direction and clarity, written from a practitioner’s perspective, leaves all other reading programs in the dust... The author suggests early on that “this program is a magic synergy of book, student, and teacher.” I could not agree more. (Read the full review)

Michael Clay Thompson has now produced six trilogies for the literature component of his curriculum, including a trilogy of novels about Mud the Fish and other characters from the early levels.

Our purpose in the literature series, as Michael Clay Thompson writes in his introduction “is to immerse children in great books so that they experience literature as literature and not as a drudgery of tedious school activities.”  The ultimate test of the program is “if the child does not love reading, we have failed.”  As MCT points out, “It is by loving to read that children become literate.”

The focus of the program is on the literature itself, “avoiding all traditional worksheet activities in favor of rich discussion and thoughtful reading.  Busywork has been eliminated.” 

Each part of the program consists of three works of literature (complete and unabridged), together with a parent/teacher manual.

In each of the classics chosen, Michael Clay Thompson provides close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. They all focus on the author’s writing technique whilst still keeping the child's mind on the book itself.

The Mud Trilogy: the introductory point for literature study. Mud the Fish, and other characters created by Michael to enliven his grammar and writing books, have been given a series of adventures in a trilogy of novels designed to introduce younger children to the complex themes and long words of classic literature, but with what he calls 'a kind of academic silliness' resulting in pure delight for adults and children. These novels are available as iBooks with an Implementation Manual also an iBook, (see the entries below).

Alice, Peter and Mole: studies the great children's classics: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll,  Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and Peter Pan by J M Barrie. This is the collection most appropriate for students at the first or second level of the MCT curriculum. These novels are available as iBooks, see the entries below with the iBook icon.

The Search Trilogy: consists of Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson, The Call of the Wild by Jack London and The Invisible Man by HG Wells. Michael has written a special poem, Silver's Song, to go with Treasure Island! There is an Audioclip with the book, below.

The Time Trilogy:  The Time Machine by H.G Wells, A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and is most suitable for 5th and 6th grade level students.  Where the original edition contained artwork important to the tradition of the book, this has been included.

NEW: The Shadow Trilogy, published September 2014: another trilogy of the best in English and American literature with noteworthy characters that every literate person should know.  This one features works of three great nineteenth-century authors: Edgar Allen Poe's Murders on the Rue Morgue, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles.

The American Autobiography Trilogy:  MCT's first non-fiction trilogy (fitting in with the Common Core):  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Narrative of Frederick Douglass; Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Though very different from one another, these works reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, and show the contributions they made to the way we live and think now. This is for the highest level.

The illustrated-language highlights in each of the books of the trilogies have the intention of helping children become more aware readers. We believe they do not have any parallel in the educational experience of children.

The parent manual is designed to aid you to help students become more critical, creative, understanding, and aware readers. The books are published in trilogies so you can leverage the reading experience. The three novels are intended to be read in a particular order, with questions flowing from one classic work to the next and then to all three. Children are encouraged to make comparisons across all three novels, or autobiographies, and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. This provides for a far richer reading experience and aids the child in developing a broad range of insights into their reading.

This is a program that encourages reflection and discussion, growth and understanding. The literature program not only gives children an acquaintance with great authors and an in-depth understanding of many appropriate classics, but it has two additional benefits for students of the MCT curriculum.  First, it reinforces the importance of all aspects of the curriculum for children because they see all the things they are learning being used by the greatest authors. Second, as children come to language illustrations of text they have read and see MCT pointing out outstanding passages, it makes many of them realize that they are reading too fast and with too little concentration, because they have missed what the author was up to.

We have taken a great deal of trouble with the design of the series.  The type is Goudy Old Style which we find to be a very pleasing font.  The margins are wide, the type is large, and the space between lines is greater than normal. The books are five and quarter inches by seven and a half inches, a very easy size for children to hold.

 

Review, by Jeff Danielian, LaSalle Academy PEGASUS Program, in Teaching for High PotentialI wish (this program) was available when I was a student. Thompson’s direction and clarity, written from a practitioner’s perspective, leaves all other reading programs in the dust... The author suggests early on that “this program is a magic synergy of book, student, and teacher.” I could not agree more. (Read the full review)

Michael Clay Thompson has now produced five trilogies for the literature component of his curriculum, including a trilogy of novels about Mud the Fish and other characters from the early levels, and the latest being three American Autobiographies.

Our purpose in the literature series, as Michael Clay Thompson writes in his introduction “is to immerse children in great books so that they experience literature as literature and not as a drudgery of tedious school activities.”  The ultimate test of the program is “if the child does not love reading, we have failed.”  As MCT points out, “It is by loving to read that children become literate.”

The focus of the program is on the literature itself, “avoiding all traditional worksheet activities in favor of rich discussion and thoughtful reading.  Busywork has been eliminated.” 

Each part of the program consists of three works of literature (complete and unabridged), together with a parent/teacher manual.

In each of the classics chosen, Michael Clay Thompson provides close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. They all focus on the author’s writing technique whilst still keeping the child's mind on the book itself.

The Mud Trilogy: the introductory point for literature study. Mud the Fish, and other characters created by Michael to enliven his grammar and writing books, have been given a series of adventures in a trilogy of novels designed to introduce younger children to the complex themes and long words of classic literature, but with what he calls 'a kind of academic silliness' resulting in pure delight for adults and children. These novels are available as iBooks with an Implementation Manual also an iBook, (see the entries below).

Alice, Peter and Mole: studies the great children's classics: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll,  Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and Peter Pan by J M Barrie. This is the collection most appropriate for students at the first or second level of the MCT curriculum. These novels are available as iBooks, see the entries below with the iBook icon.

The Search Trilogy: consists of Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson, The Call of the Wild by Jack London and The Invisible Man by HG Wells. Michael has written a special poem, Silver's Song, to go with Treasure Island! There is an Audioclip with the book, below.

The Time Trilogy:  The Time Machine by H.G Wells, A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and is most suitable for 5th and 6th grade level students.  Where the original edition contained artwork important to the tradition of the book, this has been included.

NEW: The Shadow Trilogy, published September 2014: another trilogy of the best in English and American literature with noteworthy characters that every literate person should know.  This one features works of three great nineteenth-century authors: Edgar Allen Poe's Murders on the Rue Morgue, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles.

The American Autobiography Trilogy: MCT's first non-fiction trilogy (fitting in with the Common Core):  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Narrative of Frederick Douglass; Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Though very different from one another, these works reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, and show the contributions they made to the way we live and think now.

The illustrated-language highlights in each of the books of the trilogies have the intention of helping children become more aware readers. We believe they do not have any parallel in the educational experience of children.

The teacher manual is designed to aid you to help students become more critical, creative, understanding, and aware readers. The books are published in trilogies so you can leverage the reading experience. The three novels are intended to be read in a particular order, with questions flowing from one novel, or autobiograph, to the next and then to all three. Students are encouraged to make comparisons across all three novels and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. This provides for a far richer reading experience and helps develop a broad range of insights into reading.

This is a program that encourages reflection and discussion, growth and understanding. The literature program not only gives students an acquaintance with great authors and an in-depth understanding of many appropriate classics, but it has two additional benefits for students of the MCT curriculum.  First, it reinforces the importance of all aspects of the curriculum for because these things they are learning are used by the greatest authors.  Second, as the students come to language illustrations of text they have read, and see MCT pointing out outstanding passages, it makes many of them realize that they are reading too fast and with too little concentration, because they have missed what the author was up to.

We have taken a great deal of trouble with the design of the series.  The type is Goudy Old Style which we find to be a very pleasing font.  The margins are wide, the type is large, and the space between lines is greater than normal. The books are five and quarter inches by seven and a half inches, a very easy size for children to hold.


Books in this series:

Rescue at Fragment Crag Cover

Rescue at Fragment Crag

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum
Age:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Grade:
1, 2, 3, 4
ISBN:
978-0-89824-840-1
Order code:
8401
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$10.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8401S

Most children will encounter Mud the Fish first as an endearing character learning what a sentence is in Michael Clay Thompson’s Writing Curriculum book, Sentence Island.  In Rescue at Fragment Crag, the first novel in the Mud trilogy, we meet Mud again with Fidget the cricket, his subject-verb friend; Oopsy and Daisy, the pelicans who taught him the parts of the sentence; Click the sandpiper; Clack the lobster;  Herman the kingfisher, and Merv the mouse.  They are joined by Turner the turtle, Baldwin the bellicose and eccentric big-horn beetle, and Marjorie Harbinger, the vivacious wave who brings news of a problem on Fragment Crag where little Click is injured and has become marooned.   

The animals and birds have to work together to rescue Click.  Things don’t turn out as planned.  It is a fearsome, isolated crag where all thought fragments, and the evil rat nearly succeeds in eating Click for dinner.  After the rescue there is a falling-out amongst the animals who only know part of what happened.  And they forget that rats can swim.  There is another attack and another rescue.  Then they have time to reflect about being part of a group and working together and supporting one another.

Thompson on classic words: "A national neglect of formal vocabulary instruction has left many children unable to read standard books that have been the favorites of children for generations, and so you will find these words emphasized in this Mud the Fish trilogy, with definitions at the bottoms of the pages so that the vocabulary is not an obstacle but a treat. These novels about Mud will prepare children to read children’s classics with ease and enjoyment."

Like all three novels about Mud the Fish, Rescue at Fragment Crag is available as an iBook (click on the IiBook icon above). There is also an iBook Implementation Manual as well as a Parent Manual Trilogy Set.

Most children will encounter Mud the Fish first as an endearing character learning what a sentence is in Michael Clay Thompson’s Writing Curriculum book, Sentence Island.  In Rescue at Fragment Crag, the first novel in the Mud trilogy, we meet Mud again with Fidget the cricket, his subject-verb friend; Oopsy and Daisy the pelicans who taught him the parts of the sentence; Click the sandpiper; Clack the lobster; Herman the kingfisher, and Merv the mouse.  They are joined by Turner the turtle, Baldwin the bellicose and eccentric big-horn beetle, and Marjorie Harbinger, the vivacious wave who brings news of a problem on Fragment Crag where little Click is injured and has become marooned.   

The animals and birds have to work together to rescue Click.  Things don’t turn out as planned.  It is a fearsome, isolated crag where all thought fragments, and the evil rat nearly succeeds in eating Click for dinner.  After the rescue there is a falling-out amongst the animals who only know part of what happened.  And they forget that rats can swim.  There is another attack and another rescue.  Then they have time to reflect about being part of a group and working together and supporting one another.

Thompson on classic words: "A national neglect of formal vocabulary instruction has left many children unable to read standard books that have been the favorites of children for generations, and so you will find these words emphasized in this Mud the Fish trilogy, with definitions at the bottoms of the pages so that the vocabulary is not an obstacle but a treat. These novels about Mud will prepare children to read children’s classics with ease and enjoyment."

Like all three novels about Mud the Fish, Rescue at Fragment Crag is available as an iBook (click on the IiBook icon above). There is also an iBook Implementation Manual,  as well as a Teacher Manual Trilogy Set.

Rescue at Fragment Crag sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Red Tide: A Classic Words Novel Cover

Red Tide: A Classic Words Novel

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum
Age:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Grade:
1, 2, 3, 4
ISBN:
978-0-89824-841-8
Order code:
8418
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$10.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8418S

In this, the second of the novels about Mud the Fish, Michael Clay Thompson gets into his stride with his cast of characters and the forces of nature all around them on Sentence Island. They are enjoying a peaceful life and reflecting on the meaning of words, on the two sides of sentences and on the importance of thinking clearly. They experiment with various true and untrue  sentences, grammar notwithstanding. A fish is an animal! All fish are animals, and therefore all animals are fish is clearly not true. 


A series of near calamities throws everything into disarray: a tsunami, a red tide and then a waterspout. The red tide coincided with a distinguished visitor, Queequack, the famous paragraph expert and Mud has to convince everyone that the two are not connected. After the waterspout they learn that everything has to be in its rightful place. Then a tall, green stranger arrives on their shore to tell them that their disasters are a result of poor leadership and if they obey him, the mantis, and echo his words he will solve all their problems. He is a devious mantis and demands absolute loyalty and no questions asked. Daisy the pelican, Clack and Mud do not fall for his false words and manage to persuade the others by using the logic they have all learned. As the great waterbird, Benjamin Frankloon, once said, "we must all stick together, or we will all get stuck separately.”

Like all three novels about Mud the Fish, The Red Tide is available as an iBook (click on the IiBook icon above). There is also an iBook Implementation Manual, as well as a Parent Manual Trilogy Set.

In this, the second of the novels about Mud the Fish, Michael Clay Thompson gets into his stride with his cast of characters and the forces of nature all around them on Sentence Island. They are enjoying a peaceful life and reflecting on the meaning of words, on the two sides of sentences and on the importance of thinking clearly. They experiment with various true and untrue  sentences, grammar notwithstanding. A fish is an animal! All fish are animals, and therefore all animals are fish is clearly not true. 


A series of near calamities throws everything into disarray: a tsunami, a red tide and then a waterspout. The red tide coincided with a distinguished visitor, Queequack, the famous paragraph expert and Mud has to convince everyone that the two are not connected. After the waterspout they learn that everything has to be in its rightful place. Then a tall, green stranger arrives on their shore to tell them that their disasters are a result of poor leadership and if they obey him, the mantis, and echo his words he will solve all their problems. He is a devious mantis and demands absolute loyalty and no questions asked. Daisy the pelican, Clack and Mud do not fall for his false words and manage to persuade the others by using the logic they have all learned. As the great waterbird, Benjamin Frankloon, once said, "we must all stick together, or we will all get stuck separately.”

Like all three novels about Mud the Fish, The Red Tide is available as an iBook (click on the IiBook icon above). There is also an iBook Implementation Manual, as well as a Teacher Manual Trilogy Set.

Red Tide sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Green-Face Virus: A Classic Words Novel Cover

Green-Face Virus: A Classic Words Novel

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum
Age:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Grade:
1, 2, 3, 4
ISBN:
978-0-89824-842-5
Order code:
8425
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$10.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8425S

In the third Mud novel the kindly fish discovers to his dismay that the other animals have been infected with a virus that destroys their altruism and makes them greedy and selfish and thoughtless of their fellows.  This cannot continue, and Mud has to embark on a perilous adventure to Nothing Atoll to find the Shadow-Keeper in order to procure a shake of shock-shade, a glowing jungle fern that opens only at midnight.  Marjorie the wave tells him he has to take with him Fishmeal, the paragraph duck who studied under the great Queequack and who holds the secret of organization.

At the last minute they are joined by Baldwin the beetle on a raft that takes them across a bioluminescent sea to the atoll.  They meet strange creatures called aye-ayes who help them and even suggest that they might like to stay on Nothing Atoll with nothing to do but live a long pleasant life of comfort.  But Mud remembers his friends and their mission to save them from the virus.  A plan is formed to acquire the shock-shade from the snapping beast that is its guardian.  The friends win through in the end and Mud reflects on his adventures, the various ethical concerns raised, the sights he has seen, and the meaning of friendship.

Like all three novels about Mud the Fish, The Green-Face Virus is available as an iBook (click on the IiBook icon above). There is also an iBook Implementation Manual, as well as a Parent Manual Trilogy Set.

In the third Mud novel the kindly fish discovers to his dismay that the other animals have been infected with a virus that destroys their altruism and makes them greedy and selfish and thoughtless of their fellows.  This cannot continue, and Mud has to embark on a perilous adventure to Nothing Atoll to find the Shadow-Keeper in order to procure a shake of shock-shade, a glowing jungle fern that opens only at midnight.  Marjorie the wave tells him he has to take with him Fishmeal, the paragraph duck who studied under the great Queequack and who holds the secret of organization.

At the last minute they are joined by Baldwin the beetle on a raft that takes them across a bioluminescent sea to the atoll.  They meet strange creatures called aye-ayes who help them and even suggest that they might like to stay on Nothing Atoll with nothing to do but live a long pleasant life of comfort.  But Mud remembers his friends and their mission to save them from the virus.  A plan is formed to acquire the shock-shade from the snapping beast that is its guardian.  The friends win through in the end and Mud reflects on his adventures, the various ethical concerns raised, the sights he has seen, and the meaning of friendship.

Like all three novels about Mud the Fish, The Green-Face Virus is available as an iBook (click on the IiBook icon above). There is also an iBook Implementation Manual, as well as a Teacher Manual Trilogy Set.

Green-Face Virus sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Mud Trilogy: Set with Parent Manual Cover

Mud Trilogy: Set with Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Age:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Grade:
3, 4
ISBN:
978-0-89824-843-2
Latest edition:
April 2013
Order code:
8432
Price:
$30.00

From a parent on the RFP Support Forum: "We are loving the Mud Trilogy already! I'm reading them aloud to my son(12), as I don't want to miss out. We love all the characters; Baldwin is a hoot!"

Rescue at Fragment Crag, The Red Tide and The Green-Face Virus by Michael Clay Thompson feature the characters he created in his Language Arts Curriculum to help explain grammar and writing rules. Following requests for more about these characters he decided that Mud the Fish should have a series of adventures of his own. The novels are described as Classic Word Novels, designed to introduce young readers to the literary words Michael identified in his Classic Words Vocabulary research. They are full-length novels ( a little more than 100 pages), exuberant, funny and abounding in alliteration and other poetic techniques. Difficult words are defined in footnotes. Illustrated.

Michael writes in the introduction to the Parent Manual which is included in the set: These Mud novels are like training wheels for the classics, with big words, long length, complex characters, intricate plots, and big ideas, all in a magical world where little animals love sentences and stay loyal to each other.

Each novel is illustrated with charming artwork, and is around 100 pages.

There is also an Implementation Manual as an iBook: iBook Implementation Manual

Series description
Mud Trilogy set with Teacher Manual for School Use Cover

Mud Trilogy set with Teacher Manual for School Use

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Classic words
Grade:
1, 2, 3
ISBN:
978-0-89824-845-6
Latest edition:
April 2013
Order code:
8456
Price:
$30.00

Rescue at Fragment Crag, The Red Tide and The Green-Face Virus by Michael Clay Thompson feature the characters he created in his Language Arts Curriculum to help explain grammar and writing rules. Following requests for more about these characters he decided that Mud the Fish should have a series of adventures of his own. The novels are described as Classic Word Novels, designed to introduce young readers to the literary words Michael identified in his Classic Words Vocabulary research. They are full-length (around 100 pages each), exuberant, funny and abounding in alliteration and other poetic techniques. Difficult words are defined in footnotes. Illustrated with charming drawings.

Michael writes in the introduction to the Teacher Manual which is included in the set: These Mud novels are like training wheels for the classics, with big words, long length, complex characters, intricate plots, and big ideas, all in a magical world where little animals love sentences and stay loyal to each other.

There is also an Implementation Manual as an iBook: iBook Implementation Manual

Series description

Mud Novels: Additional sets

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8432S
Price:
$27.00

An extra set of the three Classic Words novels by MCT about Mud and his friends: Rescue at Fragment Creek; The Red Tide,The Green-Face Virus.

Series description

Mud Trilogy: Set bought with a Level Package

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8432B
Price:
$25.00

 All three novels and the parent manual.

Series description
Mud Trilogy: iBook Implementation Manual Cover

Mud Trilogy: iBook Implementation Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum
Price:
$9.99
This Book is Available as an iBook

If you have purchased the iBook versions of the Mud novels, this is the iBook only, Implementation Manual that accompanies the trilogy and essential for implementing Michael Clay Thompson's literature unit. Click on the iBook icon to order.

Children are encouraged to make comparisons across all three novels and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. There are activities and assignments and notes from the author.

If you have purchased the iBook versions of the Mud novels, this is the iBook only, Implementation Manual that accompanies the trilogy and essential for implementing Michael Clay Thompson's literature unit. Click on the iBook icon to order

Students are encouraged to make comparisons across all three novels and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. This provides for a far richer reading experience and aids in developing a broad range of insights into reading. There are activities and assignments and notes from the author.

Series description
Alice in Wonderland: A Language-Illustrated Classic Cover

Alice in Wonderland: A Language-Illustrated Classic

Author:
Carroll, Lewis; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel; MCT Curriculum
Age:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Grade:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
ISBN:
978-0-89824-8029
Order code:
8029
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8029S

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is the first of Michael Clay Thompson's language-illustrated classics.

You can read the well-known story with its zany and memorable characters, surreal adventures and funny rhymes, and from time to time note, in special inserts, the author's particular use of language, grammar, or poetic techniques. These are the uses of language that we have learned in the MCT Language Arts Curriculum and now are shown in use in great works of literature.

Footnotes explain vocabulary that may be unfamiliar.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is the first of Michael Clay Thompson's language-illustrated classics.

You can read the well-known story with its zany and memorable characters, surreal adventures and funny rhymes, and from time to time note, in special inserts, the author's particular use of language, grammar, or poetic techniques. These are the uses of language that we have learned in the MCT Language Arts Curriculum and now are shown in use in great works of literature.

Footnotes explain vocabulary that may be unfamiliar.

 

Alice 's Adventures Sample Pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Peter Pan: A Language-Illustrated Classic Cover

Peter Pan: A Language-Illustrated Classic

Author:
Barrie, James M.; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel; MCT Curriculum
Age:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Grade:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
ISBN:
978-0-89824-8012
Order code:
8012
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8012S

The second classic novel of the first trilogy chosen by Michael Clay Thompson as part of his Literature program.

Read the entrancing story by J.M.Barrie about Peter Pan and Wendy, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile. Without distracting from the story, the author's use of language, grammar, and poetic techniques are highlighted from time to time by Michael Clay Thompson.

Footnotes explain vocabulary that may be unfamiliar.

Original illustrations

The second classic novel of the first trilogy chosen by Michael Clay Thompson as part of his Literature program.

Read the entrancing story by J.M.Barrie about Peter Pan and Wendy, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile. Without distracting from the story, the author's use of language, grammar, and poetic techniques are highlighted from time to time by Michael Clay Thompson.

Footnotes explain vocabulary that may be unfamiliar.

Original illustrations

Peter Pan sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Wind in the Willows:  A Language-Illustrated Classic Cover

Wind in the Willows: A Language-Illustrated Classic

Author:
Grahame, Kenneth; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel; MCT Curriculum
Age:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Grade:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
ISBN:
978-0-89824-8005
Order code:
8005
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8005S

The Wind in the Willows is the third book of the first trilogy in Michael Clay Thompson's Literature program.

Presented by Michael Clay Thompson as one of the world's great novels, this beautiful children's classic explores the life of the riverbank seen through the eyes of Mole, Ratty, Badger and others, introduces us to the exuberant Mr Toad with his delight in the new motor-car, and explores the terrors of the Wild Wood. In his illustrations he shows how the author uses grammatical and poetic devices to enhance his story and give emotional impact to his sentences.

The idea is never to distract from the story, but to help understand how great writing works.

Footnotes define words that may be unfamiliar

The Wind in the Willows is the third book of the first trilogy in Michael Clay Thompson's Literature program.

Presented by Michael Clay Thompson as one of the world's great novels, this beautiful children's classic explores the life of the riverbank seen through the eyes of Mole, Ratty, Badger and others, introduces us to the exuberant Mr Toad with his delight in the new motor-car, and explores the terrors of the Wild Wood. In his illustrations he shows how the author uses grammatical and poetic devices to enhance his story and give emotional impact to his sentences.

The idea is never to distract from the story, but to help understand how great writing works.

Footnotes define words that may be unfamiliar

Wind in the Willows pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Alice, Peter, and Mole: Set with Parent Manual Cover

Alice, Peter, and Mole: Set with Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature
Age:
8, 9, 10
Grade:
3, 4
ISBN:
978-0-88092-803-6
Latest edition:
April 2013
Order code:
8036A
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$40.00

To aid the teaching of these classic novels, Michael Clay Thompson outlines his method in the Parent Manual as first a short Preparation, with Reading as the main event, then Illustration, or looking back at the techniques highlighted. Finally there is Writing, which may include essays for older children.

For each of the titles he provides background comments, quotation quizzes, Socratic questions for discussion, andsug gestions for writing assignments.

There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books.

The Parent Manual works in conjunction with the novels and therefore is available only as part of the set.

iBook: The Alice, Peter, and Mole Parent Manual is available as a single purchase only in the iBook version. It is recommened that the iBook version be used in conjunction with the iBook versions of the trilogy novels.

Series description
Alice, Peter, and Mole: Set With Teacher Manual Cover

Alice, Peter, and Mole: Set With Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature
Grade:
3, 4
ISBN:
978-0-88092-804-3
Latest edition:
July 2011
Order code:
8043
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$40.00

The three novels of the first trilogy in the Literature strand of the curriculum, together with the Classroom Teacher Manual that complements and explains the MCT strategy.

For each of the titles Thompson provides background comments, quotation quizzes, Socratic questions for discussion, and suggestions for writing assignments. There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books.

 

iBook: The Alice, Peter, and Mole Teacher Manual iBook is not part of a set. It is recommended that the iBook version be used when students are using the iBook versions of the novels.

Series description

Alice, Peter, and Mole: Extra Set of Novels

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8036S
Price:
$27.00

This is a special price if you wish to purchase an extra set of novels, and is only available if ordering with the Set with Parent Manual (order code: 8036A) or the Set with a Package (order code: 8036B).

Series description
Alice, Peter, and Mole: Set bought with a Level Package Cover

Alice, Peter, and Mole: Set bought with a Level Package

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Age:
8, 9, 10
Order code:
8036B
Price:
$30.00

If you are buying a Homeschool Level Package, you can add this set of four books to your order at this price. Use the Order Code: 8036B

Series description
The Call of the Wild: A Language-Illustrated Classic Cover

The Call of the Wild: A Language-Illustrated Classic

Author:
London, Jack; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel
Age:
10, 11, 12, 13
Grade:
5, 6, 7, 8
ISBN:
978-0-89824-816-6
Latest edition:
August 2012
Order code:
8166
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8166S

The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s most popular novel and is one of the most translated works in the history of literature, making it one of the most widely read American classics. The story follows the gradual transformation of a tame dog, Buck, to a state of fierce wildness in which Buck adopts the primordial instincts of survival in the Alaskan wilderness.

Based on experiences that Jack London had when he worked in the Klondike gold rush, The Call of the Wild is filled with characters, events, and descriptions that could never have been created through imagination alone.

Sometimes regarded simply as a children’s animal story, The Call of the Wild is filled with ideas that repay mature and thoughtful consideration, and the book is read by strong readers of all ages.

The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s most popular novel and is one of the most translated works in the history of literature, making it one of the most widely read American classics. The story follows the gradual transformation of a tame dog, Buck, to a state of fierce wildness in which Buck adopts the primordial instincts of survival in the Alaskan wilderness.

Based on experiences that Jack London had when he worked in the Klondike gold rush, The Call of the Wild is filled with characters, events, and descriptions that could never have been created through imagination alone.

Sometimes regarded simply as a children’s animal story, The Call of the Wild is filled with ideas that repay mature and thoughtful consideration, and the book is read by strong readers of all ages.

Call of the Wild sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Without distracting from the story, examples of  the author's use of language, grammar, and poetic techniques are highlighted by Michael Clay Thompson. The glossary defines words that may be unfamiliar.

Series description
The Invisible Man: A Language-Illustrated Classic Cover

The Invisible Man: A Language-Illustrated Classic

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Wells, H.G.
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel; Michael Clay Thompson curriculum
Age:
10, 11, 12, 13
Grade:
5, 6, 7, 8
ISBN:
978-0-89824-817-3
Latest edition:
August 2012
Order code:
8173
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8173S

The Invisible Man is reminiscent of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886 and of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, first published anonymously in 1818. These books were written at a time when science was making dramatic strides forward, challenging traditional ideas and inspiring profound ideas about what would become possible. In each novel, a scientist’s work produces a monster, but the monster is different in each work. Also in each novel, we see a vivid story of how science-power corrupts the individual who possesses it. Like Stevenson’s monster, H.G. Wells’s monster is a transformation of the scientist himself, and the inevitable questions arise about the price of progress and about the need for knowledge to be developed in terms that are moral and human.(MCT)

The Invisible Man is reminiscent of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886 and of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, first published anonymously in 1818. These books were written at a time when science was making dramatic strides forward, challenging traditional ideas and inspiring profound ideas about what would become possible. In each novel, a scientist’s work produces a monster, but the monster is different in each work. Also in each novel, we see a vivid story of how science-power corrupts the individual who possesses it. Like Stevenson’s monster, H.G. Wells’s monster is a transformation of the scientist himself, and the inevitable questions arise about the price of progress and about the need for knowledge to be developed in terms that are moral and human.(MCT)

Invisible Man sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Without distracting from the story, examples of  the author's use of language, grammar, and poetic techniques are highlighted by Michael Clay Thompson. The glossary defines words that may be unfamiliar.

Series description
Treasure Island: A Language-Illustrated Classic Cover

Treasure Island: A Language-Illustrated Classic

Author:
Stevenson, Robert Louis; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel
Age:
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Grade:
5, 6, 7, 8
ISBN:
978-0-89824-815-9
Latest edition:
August 2012
Order code:
8159
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8159S

 Michael Clay Thompson, on choosing Treasure Island for an Illustrated Language Classic in this series, says:

“It is one of the best stories, ever. Stevenson created a world-unto-itself, with a ship’s-worth of pirates and rogues, good souls and bad. Reading Treasure Island, we feel the salt spray of the novel, we hear the booming surf on the reef, and we glimpse the quick wink of that smartest of pirates, Long John Silver.

“The strong characters have vivid, rich names—rascals and thieves, lawyers and boys…From one’s first reading of Treasure Island, Long John Silver clunks into one’s inner reality with his wooden leg and his squawking parrot and his weasel words, and from that day forward, there is always an inner Long John lurking within us, ready to fool us once again.”

Without distracting from the story, examples of  the author's use of language, grammar, and poetic techniques are highlighted by Michael Clay Thompson. Footnotes define words that may be unfamiliar.

Hear Long John Silver (aka MCT)  in Silver's Song! See the Audioclip above.

 Michael Clay Thompson, on choosing Treasure Island for an Illustrated Language Classic in this series, says:

“It is one of the best stories, ever. Stevenson created a world-unto-itself, with a ship’s-worth of pirates and rogues, good souls and bad. Reading Treasure Island, we feel the salt spray of the novel, we hear the booming surf on the reef, and we glimpse the quick wink of that smartest of pirates, Long John Silver.

“The strong characters have vivid, rich names—rascals and thieves, lawyers and boys…From one’s first reading of Treasure Island, Long John Silver clunks into one’s inner reality with his wooden leg and his squawking parrot and his weasel words, and from that day forward, there is always an inner Long John lurking within us, ready to fool us once again.”

Without distracting from the story, examples of  the author's use of language, grammar, and poetic techniques are highlighted by Michael Clay Thompson. Footnotes define words that may be unfamiliar.

Hear Long John Silver (aka MCT) in Silver's Song! See the audioclip above.

Treasure Island sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Treasure Island was first serialized in Young Folks magazine from 1881 to 1882 and then published in novel form in 1883. Stevenson created a world-unto-itself, with a ship’s-worth of pirates and rogues, good souls and bad. ReadingTreasure Island, we feel the salt spray of the novel, hear the booming surf on the reef, and glimpse the quick wink of that smartest of pirates, Long John Silver. Jim Hawkins is a true spirit, navigating a path through the unworldly, even as circumstances become stranger and stranger. Stevenson soaks us in strong characters with vivid, rich names—rascals and thieves, lawyers and boys. From one’s first reading of Treasure Island, Long John Silver clunks into one’s inner reality with his wooden leg and his squawking parrot and his weasel words, and from that day forward, there is always an inner Long John lurking within us, ready to fool us once again. 

Without distracting from the story, examples of  the author's use of language, grammar, and poetic techniques are highlighted by Michael Clay Thompson. The glossary defines words that may be unfamiliar.

Series description
Search Trilogy: Set with Parent Manual Cover

Search Trilogy: Set with Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Reading; Literature
Age:
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Latest edition:
August 2012
Order code:
8180
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$40.00

Michael Clay Thompson’s  Search Trilogy consists of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. The set includes the Parent Manual of which you can see sample pages below. 

MCT tells why he calls it the ‘Search Trilogy’…."Our existence on this Earth is a form of prolonged search—a search for self, a search for meaning, a search for a place, and even a search for survival. Although if we are fortunate, we have the support of friends and loved ones in our quest, it is even then in its essence a solitary journey.

"The three novels in the Search Trilogy—The Call of the Wild, The Invisible Man, and Treasure Island—present three different types of searches. We see a young man taking to sea in a classic search for treasure and adventure; we see a brilliant scientist engulfed in the dark problems of his own scientific searches, and we see a tame dog thrust into a wild and perilous unknown, searching for survival."

In each of the classics chosen in his Literature series Michael Clay Thompson provides close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies as well as explicating vocabulary. They all focus on the author’s writing technique whilst still keeping the child's mind on the book itself.

The illustrated-language highlights have the intention of helping children become more aware readers. We believe they do not have any parallel in the educational experience of children.

The parent manual is designed to aid you to help students become more critical, creative, understanding, and aware readers. The books are published in trilogies to allow you to leverage the reading experience. The three novels are intended to be read in a particular order, with questions flowing from one novel to the next and then to all three. Children are encouraged to make comparisons across all three novels and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. This provides for a far richer reading experience and aids the child in developing a broad range of insights into their reading.

The  Search novels, rich in the kinds of vocabulary, poetic writing, and creative grammar that our curriculum makes visible and exciting, are among the best loved children's (and grown-up's) novels of all time. Study of this set probably works best after children have done the Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy, but before the Time Trilogy.


Search Trilogy Parent Manual sample pages: View online or Download PDF

iBook: A parent's guide to help children appreciate Treasure IslandThe Invisible Man, and The Call of the Wild. It is recommended that parents use this ibook when children are using the ibook version of the Search Trilogy novels.

Series description
Search Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

Search Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature
Grade:
5, 6, 7, 8
Latest edition:
August 2012
Order code:
8197
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$40.00

Michael Clay Thompson’s  Search Trilogy set consists of: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, and the Teacher Manual. 

MCT tells why he calls it the ‘Search Trilogy’…."Our existence on this Earth is a form of prolonged search—a search for self, a search for meaning, a search for a place, and even a search for survival. Although if we are fortunate, we have the support of friends and loved ones in our quest, it is even then in its essence a solitary journey.

"The three novels in the Search Trilogy—The Call of the Wild, The Invisible Man, and Treasure Island—present three different types of searches. We see a young man taking to sea in a classic search for treasure and adventure; we see a brilliant scientist engulfed in the dark problems of his own scientific searches, and we see a tame dog thrust into a wild and perilous unknown, searching for survival."

In each of the classics chosen in his Literature series Michael Clay Thompson provides close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies as well as explicating vocabulary. They all focus on the author’s writing technique whilst still keeping the child's mind on the book itself.

The illustrated-language highlights have the intention of helping children become more aware readers. We believe they do not have any parallel in the educational experience of children.

The teacher manual is designed to aid you to help students become more critical, creative, understanding, and aware readers. The books are published in trilogies to allow you to leverage the reading experience. The three novels are intended to be read in a particular order, with questions flowing from one novel to the next and then to all three. Students are encouraged to make comparisons across all three novels and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. This provides for a far richer reading experience and aids the child in developing a broad range of insights into their reading.

The  Search novels, rich in the kinds of vocabulary, poetic writing, and creative grammar that our curriculum makes visible and exciting, are among the best loved children's (and grown-up's) novels of all time. Study of this set probably works best after children have done the Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy, but before the Time Trilogy.

Search Trilogy Teacher Manual sample pages: View online or Download PDF

iBook: The teacher's guide is a manual to help students appreciate Treasure IslandThe Invisible Man, and The Call of the Wild.

It is recommended that this ibook version be used if using the ibook versions of the Search Trilogy novels.

Series description

Search Trilogy: Extra set of novels

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature
Age:
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Grade:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Order code:
8180S
Price:
$27.00

An extra set of the Search novels, only available at this price if ordering with the full set with Parent Manual (order code: 8180A)

Series description

Search Trilogy Set Bought with a Level Package

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8180B
Price:
$30.00

If you are buying a Homeschool Level Package, you can add this set of four books to your order at this price. Use the Order Code: 8180B

Series description
The Time Machine: A Language Illustrated Classic Cover

The Time Machine: A Language Illustrated Classic

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Wells, H.G.
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel
Age:
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
978-0-89824-8050
Order code:
8050
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8050S

In his introduction to this classic, thought-provoking, 19th century novel, Michael Clay Thompson writes:

"H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine is a supreme work of the imagination, a work so captivating in its vivid description of the distant future that the reader scarcely notices the radical art of the work, such as the almost total absence of dialogue and the fact that the main character is never named. The astounding final chapters are visionary to a degree almost unique in literature; one strains to think of comparisons other than Dante’s Inferno or Milton’s Paradise Lost.

The novel has it all: brilliant vocabulary, reflection on the implications of science, subtle and wry commentary on governmental and social systems, reflections on morality, a deep portrait of a creative genius whose mind isolates him even from his friends, luminous poetic writing, dazzling images...everything. It is a one-book humanities course."

In his introduction to this classic, thought-provoking, 19th century novel, Michael Clay Thompson writes:

"H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine is a supreme work of the imagination, a work so captivating in its vivid description of the distant future that the reader scarcely notices the radical art of the work, such as the almost total absence of dialogue and the fact that the main character is never named. The astounding final chapters are visionary to a degree almost unique in literature; one strains to think of comparisons other than Dante’s Inferno or Milton’s Paradise Lost.

The novel has it all: brilliant vocabulary, reflection on the implications of science, subtle and wry commentary on governmental and social systems, reflections on morality, a deep portrait of a creative genius whose mind isolates him even from his friends, luminous poetic writing, dazzling images...everything. It is a one-book humanities course."

Time Machine sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: A Language Illustrated Classic Cover

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: A Language Illustrated Classic

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Twain, Mark
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel
Age:
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
ISBN:
978-0-89824-8067
Order code:
8067
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8067S

In his introduction to Mark Twain's classic novel, Michael Clay Thompson writes:

"This is a novel with riches to spare, filled with Twain’s irrepressible relish for the English language, loaded with characters of all kinds, pervaded with irony. There are moments when the novel seems to be entirely humorous, and there are moments when the novel is horrifyingly prophetic, as in the final scenes that seem to be visions of the great world war to come, little more than a decade after the novel was published.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is no novel for the faint of heart. Twain despised cruelty and violence, and he had to depict them to attack them, so this is a sometimes brutal story, powered by a vision of peace and humanity. It is a great read."

In his introduction to Mark Twain's classic novel, Michael Clay Thompson writes:

"This is a novel with riches to spare, filled with Twain’s irrepressible relish for the English language, loaded with characters of all kinds, pervaded with irony. There are moments when the novel seems to be entirely humorous, and there are moments when the novel is horrifyingly prophetic, as in the final scenes that seem to be visions of the great world war to come, little more than a decade after the novel was published.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is no novel for the faint of heart. Twain despised cruelty and violence, and he had to depict them to attack them, so this is a sometimes brutal story, powered by a vision of peace and humanity. It is a great read."

Conn. Yankee sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
A Christmas Carol: A Language Illustrated Classic Cover

A Christmas Carol: A Language Illustrated Classic

Author:
Dickens, Charles; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel
Age:
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
ISBN:
978-0-89824-8074
Order code:
8074
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8074S

In his Introduction to the book, Michael Clay Thompson writes:

"Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was first published in England a week before Christmas in 1843. The short novel helped to restore public interest in the holiday and its celebrations. Like Dickens’s other novels, A Christmas Carol ignites the reader’s sympathy for people who survive at society’s edges. It condemns mercenary and industrial indifference to human suffering and celebrates the goodness that is possible in all parts of society, although it does not overly idealize the downtrodden: Dickens includes disreputable and predatory characters from the poor ranks also.

Also like Dickens’s other novels, A Christmas Carol celebrates the ability of the individual to change for the better. Ebenezer Scrooge’s transition from odious miser to caring friend reminds us of the change we see in Dickens’s Sidney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities. We can hope that this theme is not naive or sentimental, modern sensibility notwithstanding"

In his Introduction to the book, Michael Clay Thompson writes:

"Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was first published in England a week before Christmas in 1843. The short novel helped to restore public interest in the holiday and its celebrations. Like Dickens’s other novels, A Christmas Carol ignites the reader’s sympathy for people who survive at society’s edges. It condemns mercenary and industrial indifference to human suffering and celebrates the goodness that is possible in all parts of society, although it does not overly idealize the downtrodden: Dickens includes disreputable and predatory characters from the poor ranks also.

Also like Dickens’s other novels, A Christmas Carol celebrates the ability of the individual to change for the better. Ebenezer Scrooge’s transition from odious miser to caring friend reminds us of the change we see in Dickens’s Sidney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities. We can hope that this theme is not naive or sentimental, modern sensibility notwithstanding"

Christmas Carol sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description

Time Trilogy: Extra Set of Novels

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8081S
Price:
$27.00

This is a special price if you wish to purchase an extra set of novels, and is only available if ordering with the Set with Parent Manual (Order Code: 8081)

Series description
Time Trilogy: Set with Parent Manual Cover

Time Trilogy: Set with Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature
Age:
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
ISBN:
978-0-89824-8081
Latest edition:
April 2013
Order code:
8081
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$40.00

Review of the Time Trilogy: by Jeff Danielian, LaSalle Academy PEGASUS Program, in Teaching for High Potential   The Time Trilogy provides a fresh and interesting look at sharing three classics with students. For me it is as if I have explored these texts for the first time. I wish the same for you and your students. (You can download the full review below)

The set comprises the three novels of the Time Trilogy (Time Machine, Connecticut Yankee and Christmas Carol), together with the Parent Manual that complements them and which explains the MCT literature strategy.

For each of the titles Thompson provides background comments, quotation quizzes, Socratic questions for discussion, and suggestions for writing assignments. There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books.

Review of Time Trilogy & the Literature Program: View online or Download PDF

Time Trilogy Parent Manual pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Time Trilogy: Set with Teacher Manual Cover

Time Trilogy: Set with Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
978-0-88092-809-8
Latest edition:
April 2013
Order code:
8098
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$40.00

Review of the Time Trilogy: by Jeff Danielian, LaSalle Academy PEGASUS Program, in Teaching for High Potential  The Time Trilogy provides a fresh and interesting look at sharing three classics with students. For me it is as if I have explored these texts for the first time. I wish the same for you and your students. (You can see and download the full review below).

The set comprises the three novels of the second trilogy (Time Machine, Connecticut Yankee and Christmas Carol), together with the Teacher Manual that complements them and which explains the MCT strategy for teaching literature.

For each of the titles Thompson provides background comments, quotation quizzes, Socratic questions for discussion, and suggestions for writing assignments. There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books.

Review of the Time Trilogy: View online or Download PDF

Time Trilogy Teacher Manual sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Time Trilogy Set: Bought with a Level Package Cover

Time Trilogy Set: Bought with a Level Package

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8081B
Price:
$30.00

If you are buying a Homeschool Level Package, you can add this set of four books to your order at this price. Use the Order Code: 8081B

Series description
The Murders in the Rue Morgue Cover

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allen; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Reading; Literature
Geography:
Paris, France
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
78-0-88092-845-8
Latest edition:
September 2014
Order code:
8458
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8458S

Originally published in Graham’s Magazine in 1841, The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe is regarded as the first detective story—the story that created the genre. Michael Clay Thompson writes in his Introduction that reading this short story is to “witness the very point in intellectual history at which one of our great literary traditions began.”

Thompson highlights the details of the language and the literary devices that Poe used to achieve to maximum effect the horror and mystery of a murder by a non-human agent in nineteenth century Paris.

Unfamiliar vocabulary words are defined in footnotes.

The sample pages show some of MCT's illustrated-language close-ups in the book.

Originally published in Graham’s Magazine in 1841, The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe is regarded as the first detective story—the story that created the genre. Michael Clay Thompson writes in his Introduction that reading this short story is to “witness the very point in intellectual history at which one of our great literary traditions began.”

Thompson highlights the details of the language and the literary devices that Poe used to achieve to maximum effect the horror and mystery of a murder by a non-human agent in nineteenth century Paris.

Unfamiliar vocabulary words are defined in footnotes.

The sample pages show some of MCT's illustrated-language close-ups in the book.

Murders on the Rue Morgue MCT sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Cover

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author:
Stevenson, Robert Louis; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel
Geography:
London, England
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
978-0-88092-846-5
Latest edition:
September 2014
Order code:
8465
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8465S

Another great classic novel chosen by Michael Clay Thompson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a profoundly disturbing account of murder and personality, good and evil, and dangerous experiments in a foggy London of the nineteenth century.

This annotated version highlights with language illustrations the literary devices which the author uses to produce what Michael Clay Thompson describes as: “One of literary history’s great stories of intuitive inspiration”. He likes us to read and reread, allowing ourselves to be pulled into the story and its language. "The reasons that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are famous all lie within the book itself, and it is an extraordinary book by one of literature’s most talented writers."

In addition, Stevenson’s “On Some Technical Elements of Style in Literature” is included to demonstrate that the author knew what he was about in the craft of writing. Thompson believes that Stevenson is under-appreciated as a serious and profound writer. He says this essay is “one of the best statements in literary history of what a supremely talented writer is thinking."

Unfamiliar words are defined in footnotes.

The sample pages show some of MCT's illustrated-language close-ups in the book.

 

Another great classic novel chosen by Michael Clay Thompson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is  a profoundly disturbing account of murder and personality, good and evil, and dangerous experiments in foggy London of the nineteenth century.

This annotated version highlights with language illustrations the literary devices which the author uses to produce what Michael Clay Thompson describes as: “One of literary history’s great stories of intuitive inspiration”. He likes us to read and reread, allowing ourselves to be pulled into the story and its language. "The reasons that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are famous all lie within the book itself, and it is an extraordinary book by one of literature’s most talented writers."

In addition, Stevenson’s “On Some Technical Elements of Style in Literature” is included to demonstrate that the author knew what he was about in the craft of writing. Thompson believes that Stevenson is under-appreciated as a serious and profound writer. He says this essay is “one of the best statements in literary history of what a supremely talented writer is thinking."

Unfamiliar words are defined in footnotes.

The sample pages show some of MCT's illustrated-language close-ups in the book.

 

Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde MCT sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
The Hound of the Baskervilles Cover

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Author:
Doyle, Arthur Conan; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Classic novel
Geography:
England
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
78-0-88092-847-2
Latest edition:
September 2014
Order code:
8472
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8472S

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third novel in Michael Clay Thompson’s Shadow Trilogy. It is one of the most famous novels in English—but how many readers ever notice how Conan Doyle achieves his literary masterpiece of suspense and mystery? Michael Clay Thompson shows how to look closely at Doyle’s grammar, poetics, punctuation, and choice of vocabulary. These are the devices that "Lift the words of the story above the random clutter of ordinary, toneless prose.

The sample pages show some of MCT's illustrated-language close-ups in the book.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third novel in Michael Clay Thompson’s Shadow Trilogy. It is one of the most famous novels in English—but how many readers ever notice how Conan Doyle achieves his literary masterpiece of suspense and mystery? Michael Clay Thompson shows how to look closely at Doyle’s grammar, poetics, punctuation, and choice of vocabulary. These are the devices that "Lift the words of the story above the random clutter of ordinary, toneless prose.

The sample pages show some of MCT's illustrated-language close-ups in the book.

Hound of Baskervilles, MCT sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Shadow Trilogy: Set with Teacher Manual Cover

Shadow Trilogy: Set with Teacher Manual

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson
Subjects:
Literature; English Language Arts Curriculum
ISBN:
978-0-88092-849-6
Order code:
8496
Price:
$40.00

The set comprises the three novels: Murder on the Rue Morgue, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Hound of the Baskervilles, together with the Teacher Manual that complements them and which explains the MCT strategy for teaching literature.

For each of the titles Thompson provides background comments, quotation quizzes, Socratic questions for discussion, and suggestions for writing assignments. There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books.

Shadow Trilogy Teacher Manual sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Shadow Trilogy: Set with Parent Manual Cover

Shadow Trilogy: Set with Parent Manual

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson
ISBN:
978-0-88092-848-9
Order code:
8489
Price:
$40.00

The set comprises the three novels: Murder on the Rue Morgue, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Hound of the Baskervilles, together with the Teacher Manual that complements them and which explains the MCT strategy for teaching literature.

For each of the titles Thompson provides background comments, quotation quizzes, Socratic questions for discussion, and suggestions for writing assignments. There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books.

Shadow Trilogy Parent Manual sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description

Shadow Trilogy: Extra Set of novels

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson
Order code:
8489S
Price:
$27.00

This is a special price if you wish to purchase an extra set novels in the Shadow trilogy and is only available if ordering with the Set with Parent Manual (Order Codeg 8489)

Series description

Shadow Trilogy: Set Bought with a Level Package

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8489B
Price:
$30.00

If you are buying a Homeschool Level Package, you can add this set of four books to your order at this price. Use the Order Code: B

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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Cover

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author:
Franklin, Benjamin; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; American History; Autobiography; Franklin, Benjamin; MCT Curriculum
Geography:
New England; London, England
Age:
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
978-0-89824-853-1
Latest edition:
August 2013
Order code:
8531
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8531S

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is, by any reckoning, among the most extraordinary documents of the New World. Written in Franklin’s signature clear prose style, the Autobiography, which Franklin called his memoir, tells of Franklin’s rise to manhood first in Boston, where he was apprenticed to his brother, James, and then in Philadelphia, where his industry, frugality, integrity, and erudite intelligence helped him rise to prosperity and importance in the community. So writes Michael Clay Thompson in the introduction to Franklin's memoir of the years 1706 to 1757.

Benjamin Franklin was an extraordinary man: America's original Renaissance man, skilled not only in politics but in writing and science. An inventor and publisher; on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence; instrumental in developing America's first libraries, and fire departments; a strong advocate (in voice and in example) for the abolition of slavery.

His Autobiography reveals the man, his times and his contemporaries. MCT illustrates the text with examples of his 'mischievious sense of humor', elegance of style,

Fitting in well with the Common Core, this is the first part of our American Autobiographies Trilogy. The books, though very different from one another, reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, and show the contributions they made to the way we live and think now.

 

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is, by any reckoning, among the most extraordinary documents of the New World. Written in Franklin’s signature clear prose style, the Autobiography, which Franklin called his memoir, tells of Franklin’s rise to manhood first in Boston, where he was apprenticed to his brother, James, and then in Philadelphia, where his industry, frugality, integrity, and erudite intelligence helped him rise to prosperity and importance in the community. So writes Michael Clay Thompson in the introduction to Franklin's memoir of the years 1706 to 1757.

Benjamin Franklin was an extraordinary man: America's original Renaissance man, skilled not only in politics but in writing and science. An inventor and publisher; on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence; instrumental in developing America's first libraries, and fire departments; a strong advocate (in voice and in example) for the abolition of slavery.

His Autobiography reveals the man, his times and his contemporaries. MCT illustrates the text with examples of his 'mischievious sense of humor', elegance of style,

Fitting in well with the Common Core, this is the first part of our American Autobiographies Trilogy. The books, though very different from one another, reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, and show the contributions they made to the way we live and think now.

Some sample pages from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Narrative of Frederick Douglass Cover

Narrative of Frederick Douglass

Author:
Douglass, Frederick; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; African-American; Slavery; American History; Autobiography; MCT Curriculum
Age:
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
ISBN:
978-0-89824-854-8
Order code:
8548
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8548S

The full title of this book--one of the most significant works of American letters--is: the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.  According to Michael Clay Thompson, it is "a book that every American student should read."

It is the remarkable, and harrowing, story of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), who was born into slavery and poverty in Maryland, but who managed to escape with the help of the Underground Railroad and later became a powerful voice for freedom and equality. At the time of his writing his Narrative it was still too dangerous to name those who had helped him escape.

MCT points out in the text that much of the power of Douglass’s writing comes from his flat, direct, declarative statements of terrible truths. His childhood and growing up was marked by cruelty and degradation, yet also by a determination to learn to read, be educated and to run away.

Footnotes explain words that may be unfamiliar, and MCT illustrates the text with examples of style and grammatical devices.

Fitting in with the Common Core, this is the second part of our American Autobiographies Trilogy. The books, though very different from one another, reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, and show the contributions they made to the way we live and think now.

The full title of this book--one of the most significant works of American letters--is: the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.  According to Michael Clay Thompson, it is "a book that every American student should read."

It is the remarkable, and harrowing, story of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), who was born into slavery and poverty in Maryland, but who managed to escape with the help of the Underground Railroad and later became a powerful voice for freedom and equality. At the time of his writing, it was still too dangerous to name those who had helped him escape.

MCT points out in the text that much of the power of Douglass’s Narrative comes from his flat, direct, declarative statements of terrible truths. His childhood and growing up was marked by cruelty and degradation, yet also by a determination to learn to read, be educated and to run away.

Footnotes explain words that may be unfamiliar, and MCT illustrates the text with examples of style and grammatical devices.

Fitting in with the Common Core, this is the second part of our American Autobiographies Trilogy. The books, though very different from one another, reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, and show the contributions they made to the way we live and think now.

Series description
Walden Cover

Walden

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Thoreau, Henry David
Subjects:
Language Arts; Autobiography; Thoreau, Henry David; MCT Curriculum
Geography:
Massachusetts
Age:
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
978-0-89824-855-5
Latest edition:
August 2013
Order code:
8555
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$13.00
Class sets:
20 or more: $7.00 each. Order code: 8555S

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) is best known for his ideas about individual liberty. He was an abolitionist, attacking the Fugitive Slave Law, and he wrote a famous essay, On Civil Disobedience, advocating resistance to unjust laws. He influenced Gandhi and Martin Luther King. He spent a night in jail in opposition to the Mexican-American War.

His most famous work is Walden, a uniquely American mixture of dissidence, transcendental philosophy, natural science, self-reliance, and iconoclasm. The book is filled with memorable lines and thought-provoking challenges to conventional assumptions, against a background of living in the woods by Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

In this language illustrated edition, Michael Clay Thompson encourages us to read at "thought speed" (rather than "talk speed") which is much slower and deeper, pausing for the processing of profound ideas and special language, and looking up strange words, place names, and other references. He shows us Thoreau's extraordinary number of references to Greek and Roman mythology, and interdiscplinary vocabulary.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) is best known for his ideas about individual liberty. He was an abolitionist, attacking the Fugitive Slave Law, and he wrote a famous essay, On Civil Disobedience, advocating resistance to unjust laws. He influenced Gandhi and Martin Luther King. He spent a night in jail in opposition to the Mexican-American War.

His most famous work is Walden, a uniquely American mixture of dissidence, transcendental philosophy, natural science, self-reliance, and iconoclasm. The book is filled with memorable lines and thought-provoking challenges to conventional assumptions, against a background of living in the woods by Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

In this language illustrated edition, Michael Clay Thompson encourages us to read at "thought speed" (rather than "talk speed") which is much slower and deeper, pausing for the processing of profound ideas and special language, and looking up strange words, place names, and other references. He shows us Thoreau's extraordinary number of references to Greek and Roman mythology, and interdiscplinary vocabulary.

Some sample pages from Thoreau's Walden: View online or Download PDF

Series description
American Autobiography: Set with Parent Manual Cover

American Autobiography: Set with Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Michael Clay Thompson curriculum
Age:
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
ISBN:
978-0-89824-856-2
Latest edition:
August 2013
Order code:
8562
Price:
$40.00

The set comprises the three great American autobiographies: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden together with the Parent Manual that complements them. Fitting in with the Common Core, these are classic works of American literature.

In the Manual, for each of the titles Thompson provides background information and profound, insightful comments about styie, character and content. There are Socratic questions for language discussion, quotations to study, creative questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice. There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books.

See above for descriptions of each of these important and significant autobiographies.

Some sample pages from the American Autobiography Parent Manual: View online or Download PDF

Series description
American Autobiography: Set with Teacher Manual Cover

American Autobiography: Set with Teacher Manual

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; Michael Clay Thompson curriculum
Grade:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
978-0-89824-857-9
Latest edition:
August 2013
Order code:
8579
Price:
$40.00

The set comprises the three great American autobiographies: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden together with the Teacher Manual that complements them.

In the Manual, for each of the titles Thompson provides background information and profound, insightful comments about styie, character and content. There are Socratic questions for language discussion, quotations to study, creative questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice. There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books.

See above for descriptions of each of these important and significant autobiographies.


Some sample pages from The American Autobiographies Teacher Manual: View online or Download PDF

Series description

American Autobiography Parent Manual: iBook

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum
Price:
$9.99
This Book is Available as an iBook

If you have purchased the iBook versions of the American Autobiography trilogy, this is the iBook Parent Manual that accompanies the trilogy and essential for implementing Michael Clay Thompson's literature unit. Click on the iBook icon to order

Students are encouraged to make comparisons across all three novels and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. This provides for a far richer reading experience and aids in developing a broad range of insights into reading. There are activities and assignments and notes from the author.

Series description

American Autobiography Teacher Manual: iBook

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson
Subjects:
Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum
Price:
$9.99
This Book is Available as an iBook

This iBook Teacher Manual complements the American Autobiography Trilogy iBooks: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Narrative of Frederick Douglass and Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Fitting in with the Common Core, these are classic works of American literature.

For each of the titles Thompson provides background information and profound, insightful comments about style, character and content. There are Socratic questions for language discussion, quotations to study, creative questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice. There is also a compilation of vocabulary that is common to all three books

Series description

American Autobiography: Set of Extra Autobiographies

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8562S
Price:
$27.00

This is a special price if you wish to purchase an extra set of autobiographies, and is only available if ordering with the Set with Parent Manual (Order Code: 8562)

Series description

American Autobiography: Set Bought with a Level Package

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Order code:
8562B
Price:
$30.00

If you are buying a Homeschool Level Package, you can add this set of four books to your order at this price. Use the Order Code: 8562B

Series description