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Michael Clay Thompson: Vocabulary, Elementary Program

Michael Clay Thompson: Vocabulary, Elementary Program Series Cover

Michael Clay Thompson’s Building Language, and Caesar's English I and II, can be used as stand-alones or as part of a vocabulary program for young students. They also set the stage as preparatory complements to the more advanced Word Within The Word Vocabulary program.

New enhanced, classical education editions of Caesar’s English I and Caesar's English II give an enriched learning experience.  They are longer than the originals, the student manual in two separately-bound parts, containing new material, new activities, and new photographs. The Implementation (Teacher) Manual is also enhanced with a great deal more helpful instructional material. This edition is particularly appropriate for those pursuing a classical education,  expanding the material devoted to the Roman context, including a score of maps, biographical sections on Caesar, and a series of poems by Michael Clay Thompson.  It also contains essays by Thomas Milton Kemnitz on Roman architecture and construction methods and roads and buildings.  The new sections are buttressed by more than a hundred photographs of the world that was Rome. The language arts features in the enhanced edition extend to more word searches, more activities, a more disciplined and focused attention to grammar and the grammatical context of vocabulary, and more poetry.

We will continue to publish the original, standard edition, which is handier and more affordable for many parents. See below for pricing and ordering.

Building Language and Caesar's English:

  • reveal the age of the English language with its Roman beginnings
  • teach students the most prevalent Latin stems, providing an intellectual key for young students to understand that big words aren't necessarily hard
  • discard the specious confines of teaching age-graded vocabulary, on the observation that even little children can give the species names of dinosaurs-a clear proof that they can learn and understand bigger words than they are usually asked to learn
  • aim to sow the seeds of intellectuality by introducing students to the drama and romance of ancient Rome, to the names of its thinkers, and to some of the fascinating facts of its history.
  • show Latin-English-Spanish connections.
  • develop a sense of anticipation about reading classic literature in the future. In all three volumes the authors have chosen examples of the use of words and their stems in the best sentences they could find--even if a sentence was from books to be more likely read in high school rather than in elementary school. Included are children's authors such as Sir Walter Scott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Kenneth Grahame, and Robert Louis Stevenson, but also the Brontes, Jane Austen, Defoe, Milton, Morrison and Shelley.

For a complete overview, go to the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum page. See a video clip of a keynote presentation the author gave about teaching Vocabulary.

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

Homeschoolers teachers and parents are invited to join the Support Forum: 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

Michael Clay Thompson’s Building Language, and Caesar's English I and II, can be used as stand-alones or as part of a vocabulary program for young students. They also set the stage as preparatory complements to the more advanced Word Within The Word Vocabulary program that should come in middle or high school.

New enhanced, classical education editions of Caesar’s English I and Caesar's English II give an enriched learning experience.  They are longer than the originals with the student manual in two separately-bound parts, containing new material, new activities, and new photographs. The Implementation (Teacher) Manual is also enhanced with a great deal more helpful instructional material. This edition is particularly appropriate for those pursuing a classical education,  expanding the material devoted to the Roman context, including a score of maps, biographical sections on Caesar, and a series of poems by Michael Clay Thompson.

It also contains essays by Thomas Milton Kemnitz on Roman architecture and construction methods and roads and buildings.  The new sections are buttressed by more than a hundred photographs of the world that was Rome. The language arts features in the enhanced edition extend to more word searches, more activities, a more disciplined and focused attention to grammar and the grammatical context of vocabulary, and more poetry.

We are continuing to publish the original, standard edition, which is handier and more affordable for many schools. See below for pricing and ordering.

Building Language and Caesar's English:

  • reveal the age of the English language with its Roman beginnings
  • teach students the most prevalent Latin stems, providing an intellectual key for young students to understand that big words aren't necessarily hard
  • discard the specious confines of teaching age-graded vocabulary, on the observation that even little children can give the species names of dinosaurs-a clear proof that they can learn and understand bigger words than they are usually asked to learn
  • aim to sow the seeds of intellectuality by introducing students to the drama and romance of ancient Rome, to the names of its thinkers, and to some of the fascinating facts of its history.
  • show Latin-English-Spanish connections.
  • develop a sense of anticipation about reading classic literature in the future. In all three volumes the authors have chosen examples of the use of words and their stems in the best sentences they could find--even if a sentence was from books to be more likely read in high school rather than in elementary school. Included are children's authors such as Sir Walter Scott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Kenneth Grahame, and Robert Louis Stevenson, but also the Brontes, Jane Austen, Defoe, Milton, Morrison and Shelley.

NEW for 2014: We have created alternative tests for Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II that only teachers can purchase. These tests are designed to go beyond memorization to encourage comprehension and interest. They are not for sale to parents and we ship only to school addresses.  See below.

For a complete overview, go to the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum page. See a video clip of a keynote presentation the author gave about teaching Vocabulary.

Support Groups for users of Michael Clay Thompson's Language Arts series
Teachers and educators in schools are invited to join the Forum: 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

Building Language Cover

Building Language

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary
Age:
8, 9, 10
Grade:
3, 4
ISBN:
978-0-88092-906-6
Latest edition:
May 2014
Order code:
5841
Price:
$25.00
Online Price:
$15.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $14.00 each. Order code: 5841S
This Book is Available as an iBook

Building Language provides an introduction to Latin stems as the bases for much of the English and Spanish languages. Using the analogy of the arch in architecture, the book explores the Roman roots of our buildings and of our language. Ten lessons introduce important Latin stems, providing an intellectual key for young students to understand that big words aren't necessarily hard. It rejects the specious confines of teaching age-graded vocabulary.

This is the vocabulary precursor to Caesar's English I and II.

Building Language Sample Pages pdf file

This Book is Available as an iBook

Building Language provides an introduction to Latin stems as the bases for much of the English and Spanish languages. Using the analogy of the arch in architecture, the book explores the Roman roots of our buildings and of our language. Ten lessons introduce important Latin stems, providing an intellectual key for young students to understand that big words aren't necessarily hard. It rejects the specious confines of teaching age-graded vocabulary.

This is the vocabulary precursor to Caesar's English I and II.

Building Language Sample Pages pdf file

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, reads stem stories, and speaks directly to the readers in the lessons. The iBook includes color photos. 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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Building Language: Teacher Manual Cover

Building Language: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Grade:
3, 4
ISBN:
978-0-88092-907-3
Latest edition:
May 2014
Order code:
585X
Price:
$30.00
Online Price:
$20.00

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.

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.

Building Lang TM pages: View online or Download PDF

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Caesar's English I: Classical Education Edition Cover

Caesar's English I: Classical Education Edition

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges
Subjects:
Vocabulary; English Language Arts Curriculum; Classical Education
Age:
9, 10, 11
Grade:
4, 5
ISBN:
978-0-88092-464-9
Latest edition:
March 2012
Order code:
4649
Price:
$40.00
Online Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $23.00 each. Order code: 4649S

Classical Education Edition (In Two Parts)

We are excited to announce that our new Caesar’s English I Classical Education Edition is now available. 

We are proud of this Classical Education volume.   It is the best we have ever done.  Our 25,000-image photo gallery of the ancient world—which we have built recently—has engendered in us a new level of creativity.  A principal aim of this new Edition is to give children wide-ranging insight into the ancient world and its contributions to our lives.

We were so enthusiastic about the new edition of Caesar's English that we created a book that is too large to be handled easily by children.  We ultimately decided to publish the student book in two parts of 192 pages each.  We also kept the original, one volume standard edition, to which we will soon add new photographs and change the cover.

Michael Clay Thompson has re-designed the volume to reinforce the entire language arts curriculum; every strand of the curriculum is revisited in each of the twenty lessons. 

The vocabulary component is based on the Latin stems and lists of Nonfiction Words made from the stems as well as lists of Advanced Words and Classic Words.  There are Caesar’s Analogies, Caesar’s Synonyms, and Caesar’s Antonyms.  And there is Caesar’s Word Search. Vocabulary is loaded into all the activities and there are new vocabulary terms added to the stem lessons: five new words in each lesson.

The writing component is ever present in each lesson with numerous examples of how the great writers have used the vocabulary words.  Specific writing activities include Caesar’s Paragraph where the exercises parallel Paragraph Town, the writing book at this level, as well as Caesar’s Rewrites where the students rewrite the sentences of great authors.  Also included are sections entitled Who Is That Writer? in which there is a short introduction to a major author whose work has been used in the examples.

The lessons have been divided into quarters to reflect the four levels of grammar analysis.  Through every set of five lessons a different level of grammar analysis is emphasized, so the first five are devoted to the parts of speech, the next five to the parts of the sentence, lessons xi to xv to phrases, and lesson xvi to xx to clauses. 

The poetics are enhanced by a poem written by Michael in every lesson.  Using the vocabulary words of the lesson, his poems offer the students a perspective on the Roman world through the eyes of one of its denizens.

Insight into the Roman world is provided by a more than 80 full-page photographs of Roman sites and artifacts. 

It includes:

  • Many more vocabulary-loaded, reinforcement activities than in the original edition, including a Word Search in each of the twenty lessons
  • An increased concentration on the links between English and Spanish.  Caesar’s Spanish highlights the Spanish cognates of the English vocabulary the students are learning.  Myriam Thompson has translated some of MCT’s poems into Spanish, and bolder type is used to emphasize the cognates.   She also wirtes about the importance of Iberia to the Roman world and provides biographies of some of the Roman emperors born there. 
  • Added perspective on the feminine experience in Rome: MCT says: "We have tried to pay some attention to this dimension of the text. There are images of Roman women, there is a poem from a mother's point of view, there are images of jewelry that Roman women wore, there are poems about art and culture.  The difficult thing about looking at Roman history is that most of the famous names are men, and most of the famous events are battles or assassinations (think Caesar).  But we have tried to give a bit of a rounded perspective".
  • A ten-part biography of Julius Caesar using the words from the vocabulary lessons.  
  • Thomas Milton Kemnitz has provided fifteen essays on Roman buildings, the use, styles, and making of columns, the Roman use of concrete and its importance, Roman roads and streets, the Roman handling of water including aqueducts, lead pipes to houses and fountains, and the Roman baths.

You can read more about the background to these books and how they fit into classical education in two News items: The Roman links and the Ancient Greek link.

Classical Education Edition (In Two Parts)

We are excited to announce that our new Caesar’s English I Classical Education Edition is now available. 

We are proud of this Classical Education volume.   It is the best we have ever done.  Our 25,000-image photo gallery of the ancient world—which we have built recently—has engendered in us a new level of creativity.  A principal aim of this new Edition is to give children wide-ranging insight into the ancient world and its contributions to our lives.

We were so enthusiastic about the new edition of Caesar's English that we created a book that is too large to be handled easily by children.  We ultimately decided to publish the student book in two parts of 192 pages each.  We also kept the original, one volume standard edition, to which we will soon add new photographs and change the cover.

Michael Clay Thompson has re-designed the volume to reinforce the entire language arts curriculum; every strand of the curriculum is revisited in each of the twenty lessons. 

The vocabulary component is based on the Latin stems and lists of Nonfiction Words made from the stems as well as lists of Advanced Words and Classic Words.  There are Caesar’s Analogies, Caesar’s Synonyms, and Caesar’s Antonyms.  And there is Caesar’s Word Search. Vocabulary is loaded into all the activities and there are new vocabulary terms added to the stem lessons: five new words in each lesson.

The writing component is ever present in each lesson with numerous examples of how the great writers have used the vocabulary words.  Specific writing activities include Caesar’s Paragraph where the exercises parallel Paragraph Town, the writing book at this level, as well as Caesar’s Rewrites where the students rewrite the sentences of great authors.  Also included are sections entitled Who Is That Writer? in which there is a short introduction to a major author whose work has been used in the examples.

The lessons have been divided into quarters to reflect the four levels of grammar analysis.  Through every set of five lessons a different level of grammar analysis is emphasized, so the first five are devoted to the parts of speech, the next five to the parts of the sentence, lessons xi to xv to phrases, and lesson xvi to xx to clauses. 

The poetics are enhanced by a poem written by Michael in every lesson.  Using the vocabulary words of the lesson, his poems offer the students a perspective on the Roman world through the eyes of one of its denizens.

Insight into the Roman world is provided by a more than 80 full-page photographs of Roman sites and artifacts. 

It includes:

  • Many more vocabulary-loaded, reinforcement activities than in the original edition, including a Word Search in each of the twenty lessons
  • An increased concentration on the links between English and Spanish.  Caesar’s Spanish highlights the Spanish cognates of the English vocabulary the students are learning.  Myriam Thompson has translated some of MCT’s poems into Spanish, and bolder type is used to emphasize the cognates.   She also wirtes about the importance of Iberia to the Roman world and provides biographies of some of the Roman emperors born there. 
  • Added perspective on the feminine experience in Rome: MCT says: "We have tried to pay some attention to this dimension of the text. There are images of Roman women, there is a poem from a mother's point of view, there are images of jewelry that Roman women wore, there are poems about art and culture.  The difficult thing about looking at Roman history is that most of the famous names are men, and most of the famous events are battles or assassinations (think Caesar).  But we have tried to give a bit of a rounded perspective".
  • A ten-part biography of Julius Caesar using the words from the vocabulary lessons.  
  • Thomas Milton Kemnitz has provided fifteen essays on Roman buildings, the use, styles, and making of columns, the Roman use of concrete and its importance, Roman roads and streets, the Roman handling of water including aqueducts, lead pipes to houses and fountains, and the Roman baths.

You can read more about the background to these books and how they fit into classical education in two News items: The Roman links and the Ancient Greek link.

Caesar's English Classical Education Edition sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Caesar's English I, Classical Education: Implementation Manual Cover

Caesar's English I, Classical Education: Implementation Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-88092-465-6
Order code:
4656
Price:
$45.00
Online Price:
$35.00

This has all the answers to the quizzes and activities in Caesar's English I Classical Education Edition, together with extensive implementation strategy and advice.

Parents should note that this teacher manual is not usable by students as it has too many pages for the binding to withstand normal student handling. The student book is bound in two parts to make it easier to handle and also to make it possible for the parts to be read repeatedly without danger of the binding coming apart. 

Teachers should note that this teacher manual is not usable by students.  The student edition is rich in activities and exercises, all of which are completely filled out in this Implementation Manual. 

This volume has too many pages for the binding to withstand normal student use. (The student book is bound in two parts to make it easier to handle and also to make it possible for the student to read the parts repeatedly without danger of the binding coming apart.)

Series description
Caesar's English I Classical Education: Color Cover

Caesar's English I Classical Education: Color

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges
Age:
9, 10, 11
Grade:
4, 5
ISBN:
978-0-89824-619-3
Order code:
6193
Price:
$50.00

This is a beautiful edition of Caesar's English I Classical Education Edition, Parts I and II, student books, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special paper. For the full description of the contents see here.

This is the beautiful edition of Caesar's English I Classical Education Edition, Parts I and II, student books, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special paper. For the full description of the contents see here.

Series description
Caesar's English I Cover

Caesar's English I

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Thompson, Myriam Borges
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary
Age:
9, 10, 11
Grade:
4, 5
ISBN:
978-0-88092-208-1
Latest edition:
April 2013
Order code:
2087
Price:
$25.00
Online Price:
$15.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $14.00 each. Order code: 2087S

Caesar's English I has twenty lessons, each introducing five new stems with an introductory Latin Stem List and the following learning activities:

Latin Stem Talk; Latin Stem Analogy; Advanced Words, Classic Words, Who's That Writer; Latin Stem: English and Spanish; A Roman Fact; and a Latin Stem Word Search game.

There is also, as an alternative, an enhanced and expanded Classical Education Edition, of this book, which comes in two parts, with an Implementation Manual.

Caesar's English I has twenty lessons, each introducing five new stems with an introductory Latin Stem List and the following learning activities:

Latin Stem Talk; Latin Stem Analogy; Advanced Words, Classic Words, Who's That Writer; Latin Stem: English and Spanish; A Roman Fact; and a Latin Stem Word Search game.

There is also, as an alternative, an enhanced and expanded Classical Education Edition, of this book, which comes in two parts, with an Implementation Manual.

 

CE1 pages 1-10: View online or Download PDF

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Caesar's English I. Teacher  Manual Cover

Caesar's English I. Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Age:
9, 10, 11
Grade:
4, 5
ISBN:
978-0-88092-209-8
Latest edition:
April 2013
Order code:
2095
Price:
$30.00
Online Price:
$20.00
Series description
Caesar's English I Alternative Tests Cover

Caesar's English I Alternative Tests

Author:
Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton; Ault, Jennifer
Subjects:
Teacher Resources; Vocabulary; School Tests
Latest edition:
June 2014
Order code:
5608
Price:
$30.00

We have created new tests for Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II that teachers can use to ensure that all of their students are on a level playing field.  These tests are designed to go beyond memorization to encourage comprehension and interest.

The new tests are designed to achieve several objectives:

  1.  Some parents have obtained the teacher manuals for Caesar’s English I and II and have been able to give their children an unfair advantage by preparing for the tests. This advantage will be eliminated with these test booklets, as we will ship only to school addresses.
  2. The tests have sections that require understanding of the material rather than memorization of flashcards. Testing for comprehension rather than memorization encourages students to learn the material rather than simply do test prep.
  3. We have endeavored to formulate many questions that provide information that will intrigue some students and will give additional background to the content of the texts about Caesar and the Romans.
  4. The new tests are cumulative. They ask about any word or stem that has appeared in any one of the previous lessons. We do not want students to take the test and then forget what they have learned. The content of this curriculum will be useful to them for a lifetime, and we want to ensure that they are focused on learning and retaining it.

Available only for schools that are implementing the Michael Clay Thompson curriculum—either by purchasing class sets or by the parents' purchase of the student books individually. These test books are for sale exclusively to school districts using official purchase orders or school credit cards; we will ship only to school addresses.

Series description
Caesar's English II, Classical Education Edition Cover

Caesar's English II, Classical Education Edition

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education
Age:
10, 11, 12
Grade:
5, 6
ISBN:
978-0-89824-497-7
Latest edition:
September 2013
Order code:
4977
Price:
$40.00
Online Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $23.00 each. Order code: 4977S

This substantial upgrade follows the same formula as Caesar’s English I Classical Education Edition—the student book is far larger and has been divided for ease of handling in two separately bound parts; it is divided into quarters based on the four parts of grammar analysis; it is full of new photographs; it has new poetry to help students feel the Roman experience; there is an expanded emphasis on the vocabulary of non-fiction; there are new Caesar’s writing activities, as well as fun Caesar’s math problems. There is a substantial emphasis on the geography of the Roman world. There are additional essays on the Iberian Peninsula by Myriam Borges Thompson and on Roman history and on Roman things by Thomas Milton Kemnitz, who shot the more than 100 photographs reproduced in the volumes.

This volume has too many pages for the binding to withstand normal student use so it is bound in two parts to make it easier to handle and also to make it possible for the student to read the parts repeatedly without danger of the binding coming apart.

This substantial upgrade follows the same formula as Caesar’s English I Classical Education Edition—the student book is far larger and has been divided for ease of handling in two separately bound parts; it is divided into quarters based on the four parts of grammar analysis; it is full of new photographs; it has new poetry to help students feel the Roman experience; there is an expanded emphasis on the vocabulary of non-fiction; there are new Caesar’s writing activities, as well as fun Caesar’s math problems. There is a substantial emphasis on the geography of the Roman world. There are additional essays on the Iberian Peninsula by Myriam Borges Thompson and on Roman history and on Roman things by Thomas Milton Kemnitz, who shot the more than 100 photographs reproduced in the volumes.

This volume has too many pages for the binding to withstand normal student use so it is bound in two parts to make it easier to handle and also to make it possible for the student to read the parts repeatedly without danger of the binding coming apart.

We will continue to publish the original volume (Caesar's English II) for its convenience for school use.

Caesar's English II Classical Education Ed. sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Caesar's English II, Classical Education Edition, Implemention Manual Cover

Caesar's English II, Classical Education Edition, Implemention Manual

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges
ISBN:
978-0-89824-498-4
Latest edition:
September 2013
Order code:
4984
Price:
$45.00
Online Price:
$35.00

Parents should note that this implementation manual is not usable by their children.  The student edition is rich in activities and exercises, all of which are completely filled out in this manual. 

Teachers should note that this teacher manual is not usable by students.  The student edition is rich in activities and exercises, all of which are completely filled out in this Implementation Manual. 

Caesar's English II Classical Ed. Implementation Manual sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Caesar's English II: Classical Education Color Edition Cover

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Color Edition

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges
Age:
9, 10, 11
Grade:
4, 5
ISBN:
978-0-89824-495-3
Order code:
4953
Price:
$50.00

A color edition on special paper to bring out the beauty and detail of the Roman world. For full details of the contents see here.

A color edition on special paper to bring out the beauty and detail of the Roman world. For full details of the contents see here.

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Caesar's English II Cover

Caesar's English II

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Thompson, Myriam Borges
Subjects:
Language Arts; Vocabulary
Age:
10, 11, 12
Grade:
5, 6
ISBN:
978-0-88092-225-8
Latest edition:
February 2013
Order code:
2257
Price:
$25.00
Online Price:
$15.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $14.00 each. Order code: 2257S

Caesar's English II: the latest edition has many wonderful photographs to enhance the understanding of Ancient Rome. It has, besides all the elements in the first volume, a heavier emphasis on the relationship between English and Spanish.

Each of the twenty lessons also includes five new stems and five review stems from volume I. Students are challenged to fill in the blank in a sentence by a famous author using stem words. Each lesson has a grammar example of the use of one stem word.

There is a new, enhanced, classical education edition of Caesar's English II with many more activities and background material.

Caesar's English II Sample Pages pdf file

Caesar's English II: the latest edition has many wonderful photographs to enhance the understanding of Ancient Rome. It has, besides all the elements in the first volume, a heavier emphasis on the relationship between English and Spanish.

Each of the twenty lessons also includes five new stems and five review stems from volume I. Students are challenged to fill in the blank in a sentence by a famous author using stem words. Each lesson has a grammar example of the use of one stem word.

There is a new, enhanced, classical education edition of Caesar's English II with many more activities and background material.

Caesar's English II Sample Pages pdf file

Series description
Caesar's English II: Teacher Manual Cover

Caesar's English II: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Age:
10, 11, 12
Grade:
5, 6
ISBN:
978-0-88092-226-5
Latest edition:
2003
Order code:
2265
Price:
$30.00
Online Price:
$20.00

CE2 Teacher pages sample: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Caesar's English II Alternative Tests Cover

Caesar's English II Alternative Tests

Author:
Ault, Jennifer; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton
Subjects:
Teacher Resources; Vocabulary; School Tests
Latest edition:
June 2014
Order code:
5615
Price:
$30.00

We have created new tests for Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II that teachers can use to ensure that all of their students are on a level playing field.  These tests are designed to go beyond memorization to encourage comprehension and interest.

The new tests are designed to achieve several objectives:

  1.  Some parents have obtained the teacher manuals for Caesar’s English I and II and have been able to give their children an unfair advantage by preparing for the tests. This advantage will be eliminated with these test booklets, as we will ship only to school addresses.
  2. The tests have sections that require understanding of the material rather than memorization of flashcards. Testing for comprehension rather than memorization encourages students to learn the material rather than simply do test prep.
  3. We have endeavored to formulate many questions that provide information that will intrigue some students and will give additional background to the content of the texts about Caesar and the Romans.
  4. The new tests are cumulative. They ask about any word or stem that has appeared in any one of the previous lessons. We do not want students to take the test and then forget what they have learned. The content of this curriculum will be useful to them for a lifetime, and we want to ensure that they are focused on learning and retaining it.

Available only for schools that are implementing the Michael Clay Thompson curriculum—either by purchasing class sets or by the parents' purchase of the student books individually. These test books are for sale exclusively to school districts using official purchase orders or school credit cards; we will ship only to school addresses.

Series description