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Michael Clay Thompson: Poetics Program

Michael Clay Thompson: Poetics Program Series Cover

This wonderful program is designed to enable students to understand poetry on a far higher plane than has been previously possible.

Students are taught in increasing detail about the elements of poems, including patterns of sound, meter, stanza, figures of speech, poetic techniques, and meaning.

Michael Clay Thompson shows how meticulously a poet plans and crafts poems. Students gain an appreciation of both the rigorous intellectual discipline and the complex creativity that a poet must bring together to make a poem.

With books that are beautiful, creative, engaging and unusual, the series positively soars.

New to the program are two Companion Poetry Anthologies, to be published 1st November 2011. These will include, in their entirety, all the poems studied in the poetics books and cover the elementary level in Volume One and the upper, secondary level in Volume Two. These books are listed at the end of the series here.

A key method of Michael Clay Thompson in teaching poetics is to get students to vocalize the sounds of letters and words. Watch a video clip of him showing teachers how to do this.

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

Support Groups for users of Michael Clay Thompson's Language Arts series: Homeschoolers and parents are invited to join the 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

 

This wonderful program is designed to enable students to understand poetry on a far higher plane than has been previously possible. The first books serve as introductions to poetry for young students, and can set the stage for the more advanced program that should come in middle school or high school.

Students are taught in increasing detail about the elements of poems, including patterns of sound, meter, stanza, figures of speech, poetic techniques, and meaning.

Michael Clay Thompson shows how meticulously a poet plans and crafts poems. Students gain an appreciation of both the rigorous intellectual discipline and the complex creativity that a poet must bring together to make a poem.

With books that are beautiful, creative, engaging and unusual, the series positively soars.

New to the program are two Companion Poetry Anthologies, to be published 1st November 2011. These will include, in their entirety, all the poems studied in the poetics books and cover the elementary level in Volume One and the upper, secondary level in Volume Two. These books are listed at the end of the series here.

A key method of Michael Clay Thompson in teaching poetics is to get students to vocalize the sounds of letters and words. Watch a video clip of him showing teachers how to do this.

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

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

 

Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book Cover

Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Poetry; MCT Curriculum
Age:
8, 9
Grade:
3
ISBN:
978-0-88092-656-0
Latest edition:
March 2013
Order code:
6562
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$30.00
Website Price:
$20.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 6562S

This wonderful introduction to poetry emphasizes that poetry demands a whole-brain appreciation.

Among featured topics in this volume are:

Sound in language

Rhyme, end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye rhyme.

Alliteration

Meter: the foot, iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl.

Stanza: sonnet, quatrain, couplet, ballad.

Poetic techniques: simile and metaphor.

Poets quoted include: Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns; William Shakespeare; Thomas Hardy, John Keats, William Wordsworth, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This wonderful ntroduction to poetry emphasizes that poetry demands a whole-brain appreciation.

Among featured topics in this volume are:

Sound in language

Rhyme, end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye rhyme.

Alliteration

Meter: the foot, iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl.

Stanza: sonnet, quatrain, couplet, ballad.

Poetic techniques: simile and metaphor.

Poets quoted include: Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns; William Shakespeare; Thomas Hardy, John Keats, William Wordsworth, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Music of Hemispheres Student book sample pages: View online or Download PDF

The iBook has additional features that make it a special treat for students (and their teachers). Now your students can hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems and speaks directly to the readers. The iBook includes color graphics and interactive reviews and practice problems. This digital edition is a learning medium with a direct connection to an author of genius.

Download a sample of this iBook (You must have the iBooks app to view.)

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Music Of the Hemispheres, Teacher Manual Cover

Music Of the Hemispheres, Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry
ISBN:
978-0-88092-657-7
Latest edition:
March 2013
Order code:
6570
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00

Music Hemispheres TMsample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Building Poems Cover

Building Poems

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry
Age:
9, 10, 11
Grade:
4, 5
ISBN:
978-0-88092-658-4
Latest edition:
August 2012
Order code:
6589
Price:
$30.00
Website Price:
$20.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 6589S

The second book of Michael Clay Thompson's stunning new Poetry series uses architecture as an extended metaphor, showing that poems are constructed like buildings and with careful attention to every detail.

Topics: alliteration, assonance, consonance, end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye-rhyme, foot, iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl, spondee, sonnet, ballad, rime royal, limerick, simile, metaphor, personification, apostrophe, endstopped/enjambed. Can be used as a stand-alone introduction to poetry for young students, or to set the stage for a more advanced program in middle or high school.

Enables students to understand and appreciate poetry on a far higher level than usual. Stunningly presented.

Poets quoted in this volume include: Lewis Carroll, TS Eliot, Gelett Burgess, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robet Louis Stevenson, John Keats, Edward Lear, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Robert Frost, Henry Longfellow, Percy Shelley,William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Samples: (pdf files) Page 5 | Page 29 | Page 39 | Page 51

The second book of Michael Clay Thompson's stunning new Poetry series uses architecture as an extended metaphor, showing that poems are constructed like buildings and with careful attention to every detail.

Topics: alliteration, assonance, consonance, end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye-rhyme, foot, iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl, spondee, sonnet, ballad, rime royal, limerick, simile, metaphor, personification, apostrophe, endstopped/enjambed. Can be used as a stand-alone introduction to poetry for young students, or to set the stage for a more advanced program in middle or high school.

Enables students to understand and appreciate poetry on a far higher level than usual. Stunningly presented.

Poets quoted in this volume include: Lewis Carroll, TS Eliot, Gelett Burgess, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robet Louis Stevenson, John Keats, Edward Lear, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Robert Frost, Henry Longfellow, Percy Shelley,William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Samples: (pdf files) Page 5 | Page 29 | Page 39 | Page 51

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Building Poems: Teacher Manual Cover

Building Poems: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry
ISBN:
978-0-88092-659-1
Latest edition:
July 2013
Order code:
6597
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00

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

 Sample page (pdf file) page 28  | page 129 | page 141   

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

 Sample page (pdf file) page 28  | page 129 | page 141   

Building Poems some Teacher pages : View online or Download PDF

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World Of Poetry Cover

World Of Poetry

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry
Age:
10, 11, 12
Grade:
5, 6
ISBN:
978-0-88092-660-7
Latest edition:
2004
Order code:
6600
Price:
$30.00
Website Price:
$20.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 6600S

This volume is built on comparisons of poetic and scientific observations of nature and the world around us.

Among featured topics are:

Sound: alliteration, assonance, consonance, end-stopped enjambed.

Rhyme: end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye-rhyme, near rhyme.

Meter: the foot, iamb, trochee, dactyl, spondee, amphibrach, amphimacer, pyrrhic.

Stanza: Shakespearan sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, ballad, rime royal, limerick, haiku.

Figures of speech: simile, metaphor, personification, apostrophe.

The grammar of poetry

Poetic genius, originality

Poets quoted include: T S Eliot, Walt Whitman, Christina Rosetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, A E Houseman, Percy Shelley, Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale, Anne Sexton, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allen Poe, W B Yeats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, Emma Lazarus, Sylvia Plath, Basho Matsuo.

Sample pages (pdf files): page 6 | page 56| page 137

This volume is built on comparisons of poetic and scientific observations of nature and the world around us.

Among featured topics are:

Sound: alliteration, assonance, consonance, end-stopped enjambed.

Rhyme: end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye-rhyme, near rhyme.

Meter: the foot, iamb, trochee, dactyl, spondee, amphibrach, amphimacer, pyrrhic.

Stanza: Shakespearan sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, ballad, rime royal, limerick, haiku.

Figures of speech: simile, metaphor, personification, apostrophe.

The grammar of poetry

Poetic genius, originality

Poets quoted include: T S Eliot, Walt Whitman, Christina Rosetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, A E Houseman, Percy Shelley, Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale, Anne Sexton, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allen Poe, W B Yeats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, Emma Lazarus, Sylvia Plath, Basho Matsuo.

Sample pages (pdf files): page 6 | page 56| page 137

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World Of Poetry, Teacher Manual Cover

World Of Poetry, Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry
ISBN:
978-0-88092-661-4
Latest edition:
July 2010
Order code:
6619
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00

sample pages (pdf files): page 8 | page 9 | page 26 | page 163

sample pages (pdf files): page 8 | page 9 | page 26 | page 163

World Poetry Teacher sample pages 145-153: View online or Download PDF

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Poetry and Humanity Cover

Poetry and Humanity

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry
Age:
11, 12, 13
Grade:
6, 7
ISBN:
978-0-88092-662-1
Latest edition:
April 2010
Order code:
6627
Price:
$30.00
Website Price:
$20.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 6627S

This volume develops and expands the program even further and is built on a theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.

Topics included in the previous volumes are also here, but in more detail, also in addition:

Advanced Rhymes: half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, half-rhyme.

Advanced meter from monometer to octameter.

Stanza: heroic couplet, terza rima, villanelle, quintet, sestet, octet, submerged sonnet.

Figures of speech: metonymy, synecdoche, oxymoron.

Poets quoted include:Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, W B Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Cowper, WS Gilbert, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, G J Chesterton.

Sample pages (pdf files): Table of Contents | page 5page 47

This volume develops and expands the program even further and is built on a theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.

Topics included in the previous volumes are also here, but in more detail, also in addition:

Advanced Rhymes: half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, half-rhyme.

Advanced meter from monometer to octameter.

Stanza: heroic couplet, terza rima, villanelle, quintet, sestet, octet, submerged sonnet.

Figures of speech: metonymy, synecdoche, oxymoron.

Poets quoted include:Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, W B Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Cowper, WS Gilbert, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, G J Chesterton.

Sample pages (pdf files): Table of Contents | page 5page 47

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Poetry and Humanity, Teacher Manual Cover

Poetry and Humanity, Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry
ISBN:
978-0-88092-663-8
Latest edition:
April 2010
Order code:
6635
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00

 sample page (pdf file)

 sample page (pdf file)

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Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Beauty Cover

Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Beauty

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry; Plato
Age:
12, 13, 14, 15
Grade:
7, 8, 9
ISBN:
978-0-88092-664-5
Latest edition:
2005
Order code:
6643
Price:
$30.00
Website Price:
$20.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 6643S

Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the complex problem of beauty, this, the fifth volume in the acclaimed new Poetics Program by Michael Clay Thompson, continues the study of poetry techniques and poems. It is a wonderfully illustrated, thought-provoking and challenging addition to the series and, like the other volumes, can also stand alone.

Is beauty relative? Is beauty a mystery? Poetry helps us look at these questions.

The table of contents includes: The Beauty of the Voice; Beautiful Patterns of Sound; Meter and Beauty; The Beauty of Stanza.

The student is asked to explore further such concepts as The Complex World of Technique and the Socratic paradox: "I only know that I know nothing".

There are numerous quotations from Plato and Aristotle.

Poets quoted include: Thomas Gray, Elizabeth Barrett Browning; William Blake; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Geoffrey Chaucer; Edmund Spenser; Alexander Pope; John Milton; ee cummings; Sylvia Plath; Ralph Hodgson; Herman Melville; John Keats; WB Yeats; Ben Jonson; Robinson Jeffers; Christina Rosetti; William Wordsworth.

Sample pages (pdf files): page 5 | page 35 | page 111

Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the complex problem of beauty, this, the fifth volume in the acclaimed new Poetics Program by Michael Clay Thompson, continues the study of poetry techniques and poems. It is a wonderfully illustrated, thought-provoking and challenging addition to the series and, like the other volumes, can also stand alone.

Is beauty relative? Is beauty a mystery? Poetry helps us look at these questions.

The table of contents includes: The Beauty of the Voice; Beautiful Patterns of Sound; Meter and Beauty; The Beauty of Stanza.

The student is asked to explore further such concepts as The Complex World of Technique and the Socratic paradox: "I only know that I know nothing".

There are numerous quotations from Plato and Aristotle.

Poets quoted include: Thomas Gray, Elizabeth Barrett Browning; William Blake; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Geoffrey Chaucer; Edmund Spenser; Alexander Pope; John Milton; ee cummings; Sylvia Plath; Ralph Hodgson; Herman Melville; John Keats; WB Yeats; Ben Jonson; Robinson Jeffers; Christina Rosetti; William Wordsworth.

Sample pages (pdf files): page 5 | page 35 | page 111

Series description
Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Beauty. Teacher Manual Cover

Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Beauty. Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-88092-665-2
Latest edition:
2005
Order code:
6651
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00

Sample pages (pdf files): page 94 | page 95

Sample pages (pdf files): page 94 | page 95

Poetry and Beauty sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Truth Cover

Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Truth

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Poetry; Plato
Age:
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
978-0-88092-666-9
Latest edition:
2013
Order code:
666X
Price:
$30.00
Website Price:
$20.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 666XS

This, the sixth and latest volume in the Poetics Program by Michael Clay Thompson, continues the study of poetry techniques and poems and takes it to a higher level. It can be used as a stand-alone or as a continuation of the series.

Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the concept of truth, we are led to consider the difficult question that has absorbed philosophers, scientists, artists and poets: what is the nature of truth?

Many poems deal with the concept of truth. Great poems that stand the test of time express, at their core, something that is true.

We look at the truth of Sound, Meter and Stanza and at Figures of Speech that explore Truth through Comparison.

Poets quoted include: Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Percy Shelley, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Sir Walter Scott, Edmund Spenser, Edgar Allen Poe, Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

This, the sixth and latest volume in the Poetics Program by Michael Clay Thompson, continues the study of poetry techniques and poems and takes it to a higher level. It can be used as a stand-alone or as a continuation of the series.

Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the concept of truth, we are led to consider the difficult question that has absorbed philosophers, scientists, artists and poets: what is the nature of truth?

Many poems deal with the concept of truth. Great poems that stand the test of time express, at their core, something that is true.

We look at the truth of Sound, Meter and Stanza and at Figures of Speech that explore Truth through Comparison.

Poets quoted include: Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Percy Shelley, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Sir Walter Scott, Edmund Spenser, Edgar Allen Poe, Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Poetry & Truth Sample pages student book: View online or Download PDF

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Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Truth. Teacher Manual Cover

Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Truth. Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-88092-665-2
Latest edition:
2006
Order code:
6678
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00

sample pages (pdf files): page 64|   page 75 | page 125

sample pages (pdf files): page 64|   page 75 | page 125

Poetry and Truth sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Poetics Program, Companion Anthology: Elementary Cover

Poetics Program, Companion Anthology: Elementary

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay (Ed)
Subjects:
Poetry
Age:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Grade:
3, 4, 5, 6
Order code:
7879
Price:
$12.50

In response to requests from parents we have produced this two-volume anthology of the poems that are covered, quoted from, and studied, in the Poetics Program. This elementary level volume is a companion to Music of the Hemispheres, Building Poems and World of Poetry.

There are 85 wonderful poems, printed in their entirety, with an introduction by Michael Clay Thompson.

There is currently a special, pre-publication price for the second volume, the secondary-level, covering the upper levels of the program

In response to requests from parents we have produced this two-volume anthology of the poems that are covered, quoted from, and studied, in the Poetics Program. This elementary-level volume is a companion to Music of the Hemispheres, Building Poems and World of Poetry.

There are 85 wonderful poems, printed in their entirety, with an introduction by Michael Clay Thompson..

There is currently a special, pre-publication price for the second volume, the secondary-level, covering the upper levels of the program


01Poetry Anthology-Elementary level: View online or Download PDF

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Poetics Program, Companion Anthology: Secondary Cover

Poetics Program, Companion Anthology: Secondary

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay (Ed)
Subjects:
Poetry
Age:
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
6, 7, 8
Order code:
7886
Price:
$17.50

This Level Two Companion Anthology complements the upper levels of the Poetics Program: Poetry and Humanity; Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Beauty; Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Truth and includes 150 poems printed in their entirety.

Michael Clay Thompson writes in his Introduction: This anthology is not a student text to read from front to back. The organizational plan of the book is not pedagogical. The pedagogy is in the textooks. This is an instructor’s reference book to be used as a companion with the textbooks. Some of the poems will make superb readings for students, and others will be better used for the instructor’s information and reserved for the students’ future. I have attempted not to make that decision for you, but to do, in the simplest way, what you asked: to provide complete poems.

 

This Level Two Companion Anthology complements the upper levels of the Poetics Program: Poetry and Humanity; Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Beauty; Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Truth and includes 150 poems printed in their entirety.

Michael Clay Thompson writes in his Introduction: This anthology is not a student text to read from front to back. The organizational plan of the book is not pedagogical. The pedagogy is in the textooks. This is an instructor’s reference book to be used as a companion with the textbooks. Some of the poems will make superb readings for students, and others will be better used for the instructor’s information and reserved for the students’ future. I have attempted not to make that decision for you, but to do, in the simplest way, what you asked: to provide complete poems.

 

Poetry Anthology-secondary level sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Romeo and Juliet: The Poetry of the Prologue Cover

Romeo and Juliet: The Poetry of the Prologue

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Poetry; Shakespeare; Exclusive iBook
Price:
$2.99
This Book is Available as an iBook

As an English sonnet, the Prologue to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is only fourteen lines long, but Michael clay Thompson says it shows the “astounding inventiveness of Shakespeare”; the more you look, the more you see, and hear–and the more you understand the techniques of sound, meter, and rhyme that great poets use".

This iBook version of MCT's poetry presentation can be viewed on an iPad or on a Mac.

For a full list of MCT's iBooks go here.

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