Michael Clay Thompson: Practice Workbooks

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These workbooks offer a tremendous instructional opportunity. In conjunction with our grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing series, they offer students a universe beyond their imagination—and far beyond the ken of their peers who do not get the opportunity to learn from the works of Michael Clay Thompson.

It is a series of consumable workbooks that covers both elementary and secondary levels and in each book there are one hundred sentences for Thompson's unique, four-level analysis practice. Throughout, he has taken enormous care to instruct students in the nuances of great writing while bringing them face-to-face with the intricacies of grammar at its most creative levels.

The author writes in 4Practice II: “We think of grammar and vocabulary as different areas of language study, but doing these analyses is a sharp reminder that every part of speech is a word, and every word is a part of speech without exception. Formal language study requires rigorous and connected grammar and vocabulary development.”

In the student manuals there is a sentence on each page and underneath four lines with blank spaces to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses.

The teacher manuals give not only the correct answers but also extensive explanations, comments, and topics for classroom discussion. It is essential to have both the student book and the teacher manual.

The Secondary level workbooks are the 4Practice volumes.

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Language Arts Practice Book I - Poster Language Arts Practice Book II - Poster Language Arts Practice Book III - Poster

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We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to help you save money. The Homeschool Packages include student books and teacher manuals for each stage of the curriculum.

 

These workbooks offer a tremendous instructional opportunity. In conjunction with our grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing series, they offer students a universe beyond their imagination—and far beyond the ken of their peers who do not get the opportunity to learn from the works of Michael Clay Thompson.

It is a series of consumable workbooks that covers both elementary and secondary levels and in each book there are one hundred sentences for Thompson's unique, four-level analysis practice. Throughout, he has taken enormous care to instruct students in the nuances of great writing while bringing them face-to-face with the intricacies of grammar at its most creative levels.

The author writes in 4Practice II: “We think of grammar and vocabulary as different areas of language study, but doing these analyses is a sharp reminder that every part of speech is a word, and every word is a part of speech without exception. Formal language study requires rigorous and connected grammar and vocabulary development.”

In the student manuals there is a sentence on each page and underneath four lines with blank spaces to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses.

The teacher manuals give not only the correct answers but also extensive explanations, comments, and topics for classroom discussion. It is essential to have both the student book and the teacher manual.

The Secondary level workbooks are the 4Practice volumes.

Click on the images below to view and print the full-size poster PDF:

Language Arts Practice Book I - Poster Language Arts Practice Book II - Poster Language Arts Practice Book III - Poster

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We have made available special examination packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier. The School Examination Packages include student books and teacher manuals for each stage of the curriculum.

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Practice Island: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Grammar

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-680-5

Latest edition: August 2013

Order code: 6805

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 6805S

Practice Island: Student Book Cover

Practice island is a supplement to Grammar Island and Sentence Island. It is the first of the elementary-level Practice Workbooks. Its aim is to improve students' grammar, writing, and vocabulary through analysis of extra individual sentences. Students work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills.

Each of the hundred sentences has a separate page with four blank lines to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases and clauses. By the end of the workbook, by examining a wide and often amusing set of sentences, students experience the success and satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

A really useful, low-cost, and consumable workbook.

Practice island is a supplement to Grammar Island and Sentence Island. It is the first of the elementary-level Practice Workbooks. Its aim is to improve students' grammar, writing, and vocabulary through analysis of extra individual sentences. Students work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills.

Each of the hundred sentences has a separate page with four blank lines to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases and clauses. By the end of the workbook, by examining a wide and often amusing set of sentences, students experience the success and satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

A really useful, low-cost, and consumable workbook.

The practice books have class set prices depending upon the quantity ordered; schools and school districts can combine the orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00
50 books: $8.00
100 books: $7.00
250 books: $6.50
500 books: $6.00
750 books: $5.50
1,000 books: $5.00

Any mix of practice books can be ordered. Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Additional iBook Features: The 100 interactive sentences have separate screens for students to identify the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. Students tap and drag their answers beneath the word(s) in the sentence. Students can self-check their answers with the check button. There is a review screen after the clause level to reinforce the answers to the four-level analysis of the sentence. As all the answers are available in the iBook version, no Teacher Manual is required.


Practice Island: Student Book Cover

Practice Island: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Grammar

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-681-2

Latest edition: January 2014

Order code: 6812

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Practice Island: Teacher Manual Cover

The Teacher Manual gives an introduction to the course, advice on implementation, correct answers, and comments about each sentence.

Sample Page: Page 57

The Teacher Manual gives an introduction to the course, advice on implementation, correct answers, and comments about each sentence.

Sample Page: Page 57

Practice Island: Teacher Manual Cover

Practice Town: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Grammar

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-682-9

Latest edition: September 2013

Order code: 6829

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 6829S

Practice Town: Student Book Cover

Practice Town is the workbook supplement to Grammar Town and Paragraph Town and uses vocabulary from Caesar’s English I and poetics from Building Poems. Students work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills.

Each of the hundred sentences has a separate page with four blank lines to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases and clauses. By the end of the workbook, by examining a wide and often amusing set of sentences, students experience the success and satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

Practice Town is the workbook supplement to Grammar Town and Paragraph Town and uses vocabulary from Caesar’s English I and poetics from Building Poems. Students work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills.

Each of the hundred sentences has a separate page with four blank lines to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases and clauses. By the end of the workbook, by examining a wide and often amusing set of sentences, students experience the success and satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

The practice books have class set prices depending upon the quantity ordered; schools and school districts can combine orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00
50 books: $8.00
100 books: $7.00
250 books: $6.50
500 books: $6.00
750 books: $5.50
1,000 books: $5.00

Any mix of practice books can be ordered. Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Additional iBook Features: Students work through the 100 interactive sentences using a unique four-level analysis, which reinforces their grammar and writing skills. Students tap and drag their answers beneath the word(s) in the sentence. Students can self-check their answers with the check button. There is a review screen after the last level to reinforce the answers to the four-level analysis of the sentence.

By the end of the workbook, by examining a wide and often amusing set of sentences, students experience the success and satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

As all the answers are available in the iBook version, no Teacher Manual is required.

Practice Town: Student Book Cover

Practice Town: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Grammar

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-683-6

Latest edition: November 2013

Order code: 6836

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Practice Town: Teacher Manual Cover

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

Sample Pages: Page 49  and Page 79

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 Pages: Page 49 and Page 79

Practice Town: Teacher Manual Cover

Practice Voyage: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Grammar

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-684-3

Latest edition: May 2013

Order code: 6843

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 6843S

Practice Voyage: Student Book Cover

Practice Voyage is primarily a low-cost, consumable, workbook supplement to Grammar Voyage and Essay Voyage. It uses vocabulary from Caesar's English II and poetics from World of PoetryStudents work through the sentences using Thompson's unique four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills.

Each of the hundred sentences has a separate page with four blank lines to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses. By the end of the workbook, by examining a wide set of sentences, students experience the success and satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of writing good English sentences.

Practice Voyage is primarily a low-cost, consumable, workbook supplement to Grammar Voyage and Essay Voyage. It uses vocabulary from Caesar's English II and poetics from World of PoetryStudents work through the sentences using Thompson's unique four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills.

Each of the hundred sentences has a separate page with four blank lines to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses. By the end of the workbook, by examining a wide set of sentences, students experience the success and satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of writing good English sentences.

The practice books have class set prices depending upon the quantity ordered; schools and school districts can combine orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00
50 books: $8.00
100 books: $7.00
250 books: $6.50
500 books: $6.00
750 books: $5.50
1,000 books: $5.00

Any mix of practice books can be ordered. Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Additional iBook Features: Each of the hundred sentences has a screen for each of the four levels for students to identify the parts of speech, the parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses. At the end of each sentence is a review screen of the four levels and an author’s comment.  

Practice Voyage: Student Book Cover

Practice Voyage: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Grammar

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-685-0

Latest edition: May 2013

Order code: 6850

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Practice Voyage: Teacher Manual Cover

The Teacher Manual gives an introduction to the course and advice on implementation, correct analysis, and extensive comments for each sentence.

Sample Pages: Sentence 80 page 91 / Page 112

The Teacher Manual gives an introduction to the course and advice on implementation, correct analysis, and extensive comments for each sentence.

Sample Pages: Sentence 80 page 91 / Page 112

Practice Voyage: Teacher Manual Cover

4Practice for Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Grammar; Literature; English Language Arts Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

Latest edition: September 2015

Order code: 8786

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 8786S

4Practice for Literature: Student Book Cover

Using Michael Clay Thompson’s method of understanding sentences through four-level analysis, students will identify the parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses in the 100 sentences.

Using Michael Clay Thompson’s method of understanding sentences through four-level analysis, students will identify the parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses in the 100 sentences.

The iBook version includes a self-check feature that provides students with the correct answers, as well as comments on the sentences.

4Practice for Literature: Student Book Cover

4Practice for Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

Latest edition: September2015

Order code: 8793

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

4Practice for Literature: Teacher Manual Cover
4Practice for Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

4Practice I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Grammar

Age: 12, 13, 14

Grade: 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-557-8

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 5578

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 5578S

4Practice I: Student Book Cover

In 4Practice Volume I, Michael Thompson has produced 100 sentences about the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans. Each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within The Word Icomplements the grammar learned in Magic Lens I and the poetic devices studied in Poetry and Humanity. Each sentence challenges students on points of grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing, and the content of many sentences will propel students to reference works to understand the context. The focus on the ancient world emphasizes the importance of classical Greek and Latin to modern English.

The practice books have fully-annotated Teacher Manuals with the correct answers filled in and comments on the sentences.

 

 

In 4Practice Volume I, Michael Thompson has produced 100 sentences about the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans. Each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within The Word Icomplements the grammar learned in Magic Lens I and the poetic devices studied in Poetry and Humanity. Each sentence challenges students on points of grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing, and the content of many sentences will propel students to reference works to understand the context. The focus on the ancient world emphasizes the importance of classical Greek and Latin to modern English.

The practice books have fully-annotated Teacher Manuals with the correct answers filled in and comments on the sentences.

The practice books have fully-annotated Teacher Manuals and class set prices depending upon the quantity ordered. Schools and school districts can combine orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00
50 books: $8.00
100 books: $7.00
250 books: $6.50
500 books: $6.00
750 books: $5.50
1,000 books: $5.00

Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Using Michael Clay Thompson’s method of understanding sentences through four-level analysis, students will identify the parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses in the 100 sentences. The iBook version includes a self-check feature that provides students with the correct answers, as well as comments on the sentences.

4Practice I: Student Book Cover

4Practice I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Grammar

Age: 12, 13, 14

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

ISBN: 978-0-89824-558-5

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 5585

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

4Practice I: Teacher Manual Cover

The Teacher Manuals have the sentences with the analysis completed, comments on Grammar and Writing, notes on words or stems from The Word Within the Word, and on elements of poetics encountered poetry texts.

Sample Pages: Introduction Page 5  / Page  7  / Sentence 36, Page 47

The Teacher Manuals have the sentences with the analysis completed, comments on Grammar and Writing, notes on words or stems from The Word Within the Word, and on elements of poetics encountered poetry texts.

Sample Pages: Introduction Page 5  Page  7  / Sentence 36 Page 47

4Practice I: Teacher Manual Cover

4Practice II: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Grammar

Age: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-86824-562-2

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 5622

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 5622S

4Practice II: Student Book Cover

The sentences in Volume II of the Practice Series are taken from works of classic literature, giving illuminating insights into how great writers achieve meaning, beauty, and depth in their writing.

This book is a vital supplement to the 2nd volume of the grammar course, The Magic Lens. It uses vocabulary taken directly from The Word Within The Word II and refers to poetic devices in Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty.

The authors whose sentences are used in 4Practice II include: William Shakespeare, John Milton, Daniel Defoe, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Upton Sinclair, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Toni Morrison, Marjorie Kennan Rawlings, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Alan Paton, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Joseph Heller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Eudora Welty

The Teacher Manual is essential to give the answers.

 

The sentences in Volume II of the Practice Series are taken from works of classic literature, giving illuminating insights into how great writers achieve meaning, beauty, and depth in their writing.

This book is a vital supplement to the 2nd volume of the grammar course, The Magic Lens. It uses vocabulary taken directly from The Word Within The Word II and refers to poetic devices in Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty.

The authors whose sentences are used in 4Practice II include: William Shakespeare, John Milton, Daniel Defoe, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Upton Sinclair, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Toni Morrison, Marjorie Kennan Rawlings, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Alan Paton, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Joseph Heller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Eudora Welty

There is a Teacher Manual and the student workbooks can be purchased at a class set price depending upon the quantity ordered. Schools and school districts can combine orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00
50 books: $8.00
100 books: $7.00
250 books: $6.50
500 books: $6.00
750 books: $5.50
1,000 books: $5.00

Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Using Michael Clay Thompson’s method of understanding sentences through four-level analysis, students will identify the parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses in the 100 sentences. The iBook version includes a self-check feature that provides students with the correct answers, as well as comments on the sentences.

4Practice II: Student Book Cover

4Practice II: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Grammar

Age: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-563-9

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 5639

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

4Practice II: Teacher Manual Cover

The Teacher Manuals have the sentences with the analysis completed, comments on Grammar and Writing, notes on words or stems from The Word Within The Word, and on elements of poetics encountered poetry texts.

The Teacher Manuals have the sentences with the analysis completed, comments on Grammar and Writing, notes on words or stems from The Word Within The Word, and on elements of poetics encountered poetry texts.

4Practice II: Teacher Manual Cover

4Practice III: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Grammar

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-86824-568-4

Latest edition: August 2105

Order code: 5684

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 5684S

4Practice III: Student Book Cover

Even more practice with this volume which supplements the grammar of The Magic Lens III, uses vocabulary from The Word Within The Word III and demonstrates poetic devices from Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth.

The authors whose sentences are used in 4Practice III include: William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Robert Penn Warren, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, Thornton Wilder, Benjamin Franklin, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, George Eliot, James Joyce, and Joseph Heller

Sample Pages: Page 5, Introduction / Page 27, Sentence 16

Even more practice with this volume which supplements the grammar of The Magic Lens IIIuses vocabulary from The Word Within The Word III and demonstrates poetic devices from Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth.

The authors whose sentences are used in 4Practice III include: William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Robert Penn Warren, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, Thornton Wilder, Benjamin Franklin, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, George Eliot, James Joyce, and Joseph Heller

There is a Teacher Manual, and the student workbooks can be purchased at class set prices depending upon the quantity ordered. Schools and school districts can combine orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00
50 books: $8.00
100 books: $7.00
250 books: $6.50
500 books: $6.00
750 books: $5.50
1,000 books: $5.00

Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Sample Pages: Page 5, IntroductionPage 27, Sentence 16

Using Michael Clay Thompson’s method of understanding sentences through four-level analysis, students will identify the parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses in the 100 sentences. The iBook version includes a self-check feature that provides students with the correct answers, as well as comments on the sentences.

4Practice III: Student Book Cover

4Practice III: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Grammar

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-569-1

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 5691

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

4Practice III: Teacher Manual Cover

The Teacher Manuals have the sentences with the analysis completed, comments on Grammar and Writing, notes on words or stems from The Word Within The Word, and on elements of poetics encountered poetry texts.

The Teacher Manuals have the sentences with the analysis completed, comments on Grammar and Writing, notes on words or stems from The Word Within The Word, and on elements of poetics encountered poetry texts.

4Practice III: Teacher Manual Cover

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