Michael Clay Thompson: Vocabulary Program

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Michael Clay Thompson’s vocabulary program begins at the elementary level with Building Language, Caesar's English I, and Caesar's English II. These books 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 The Word Within the Word series.

Building Language introduces students to the concept of Latin stems as the foundation for English academic language. Learning the meanings of the stems allows children to figure out the meanings of many other words that contain those same stems, even if the children have never seen those words before.

From this beginning, students move on to the Caesar's English books. Enhanced classical education editions of Caesar’s English I and Caesar's English II offer students an enriched learning experience. These editions are longer than the standard editions; in fact, they are so filled with extra elements, such as nonfiction essays, creative writings, and photographs, that the student books come in two separately bound parts. The implementation manual is also enhanced with a great deal more helpful instructional material. These editions are particularly appropriate for those pursuing a classical education, expanding the material devoted to the Roman context, including maps, biographical sections on Caesar, and a series of poems by Michael Clay Thompson. They also contain essays by Thomas Milton Kemnitz on Roman architecture, construction methods, roads, and buildings. The new sections are buttressed by more than a hundred photographs of the world that was Rome. 

Together, Building Language and the Caesar's English books:

  • 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 young children can give the species names of dinosaurs—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 author has chosen examples of the use of words and their stems in the best sentences he could find—even if a sentence was from books likely to be read in high school rather than in elementary school. Included are authors such as Sir Walter Scott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Kenneth Grahame, and Robert Louis Stevenson, but also the Brontës, Jane Austen, Defoe, Milton, Morrison, and Shelley

Read more about the classical editions.

The fourth book in the series is The Vocabulary of Literature, which highlights the vocabulary commonly used by the greatest authors of English and American literature. This book allows students to see the vocabulary they have been studying in the context of the fiction and nonfiction writings of immortal authors.

Michael Clay Thompson's vocabulary program at the secondary level contains three volumes of The Word Within the Word. This program, like the elementary program, uses etymology, not memorization. Latin and Greek stems are presented as a system of thinking, a way of building, analyzing, spelling, pronouncing, using, and choosing words. Consequently, students will know far more than the list of words encountered in this course—the tens of thousands of words that are not listed but that are expressions of the system.

The Word Within the Word series is complex, demanding, erudite, and witty. It is intended as a weekly effort, built on a cumulative basis from Volume I. Every test reinforces every list. Through constant review, students build ever-increasing familiarity. The program makes the costly, time-consuming, quick-fix/quick-forget tutorials of junior and senior high school things of the past.

The books also include historical essays written by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz about ancient Greece and Rome. The Word Within the Word I contains extra pages relating to the history of ancient Greece in the Classical Period (490-323 B.C.); The Word Within the Word II relates to the Roman Republic—i.e., Rome until the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.; The Word Within the Word III covers the battle for control of Rome after the assassination of Caesar, as well as Rome’s development as a great manufacturing power. All three books include discussions, maps, timelines, and scores of photographs of ancient buildings, sculptures, and artifacts. 

To maximize the learning value of The Word Within the Word, the books are designed to work with The Magic Lens, a high-level grammar series by the same author.

Read more about the interdisciplinary aspect of The Word Within the Word program in an article by Michael Clay Thompson about his intention to interweave "the vocabulary of science, mathematics, history, literature, art, and other disciplines into a great vocabulary fabric that will make students better in every subject and prepare them for advanced college and professional vocabulary like no other curriculum ever has."

For a complete overview of our language arts curriculum, go to Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum. You can also see a video clip of a keynote presentation Michael gave about teaching vocabulary.

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

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We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to save you money: Homeschool Packages

Michael Clay Thompson’s vocabulary program begins at the elementary level with Building Language, Caesar's English I, and Caesar's English II. These books 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 The Word Within the Word series.

Building Language introduces students to the concept of Latin stems as the foundation for English academic language. Learning the meanings of the stems allows children to figure out the meanings of many other words that contain those same stems, even if the children have never seen those words before.

From this beginning, students move on to the Caesar's English books. Enhanced classical education editions of Caesar’s English I and Caesar's English II offer students an enriched learning experience. These editions are longer than the standard editions; in fact, they are so filled with extra elements, such as nonfiction essays, creative writings, and photographs, that the student books come in two separately bound parts. The implementation manual is also enhanced with a great deal more helpful instructional material. These editions are particularly appropriate for those pursuing a classical education, expanding the material devoted to the Roman context, including maps, biographical sections on Caesar, and a series of poems by Michael Clay Thompson. They also contain essays by Thomas Milton Kemnitz on Roman architecture, construction methods, roads, and buildings. The new sections are buttressed by more than a hundred photographs of the world that was Rome. 

Together, Building Language and the Caesar's English books:

  • 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 young children can give the species names of dinosaurs—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 author has chosen examples of the use of words and their stems in the best sentences he could find—even if a sentence was from books likely to be read in high school rather than in elementary school. Included are authors such as Sir Walter Scott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Kenneth Grahame, and Robert Louis Stevenson, but also the Brontës, Jane Austen, Defoe, Milton, Morrison, and Shelley

Read more about the classical editions.

The fourth book in the series is The Vocabulary of Literature, which highlights the vocabulary commonly used by the greatest authors of English and American literature. This book allows students to see the vocabulary they have been studying in the context of the fiction and nonfiction writings of immortal authors.

Michael Clay Thompson's vocabulary program at the secondary level contains three volumes of The Word Within the Word. This program, like the elementary program, uses etymology, not memorization. Latin and Greek stems are presented as a system of thinking, a way of building, analyzing, spelling, pronouncing, using, and choosing words. Consequently, students will know far more than the list of words encountered in this course—the tens of thousands of words that are not listed but that are expressions of the system. 

The Word Within the Word series is complex, demanding, erudite, and witty. It is intended as a weekly effort, built on a cumulative basis from Volume I. Every test reinforces every list. Through constant review, students build ever-increasing familiarity. The program makes the costly, time-consuming, quick-fix/quick-forget tutorials of junior and senior high school things of the past.

The books also include historical essays written by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz about ancient Greece and Rome. The Word Within the Word I contains extra pages relating to the history of ancient Greece in the Classical Period (490-323 B.C.); The Word Within the Word II relates to the Roman Republic—i.e., Rome until the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.; The Word Within the Word III covers the battle for control of Rome after the assassination of Caesar, as well as Rome’s development as a great manufacturing power. All three books include discussions, maps, timelines, and scores of photographs of ancient buildings, sculptures, and artifacts. 

To maximize the learning value of The Word Within the Word, the books are designed to work with The Magic Lens, a high-level grammar series by the same author.

Read more about the interdisciplinary aspect of The Word Within the Word program in an article by Michael Clay Thompson about his intention to interweave "the vocabulary of science, mathematics, history, literature, art, and other disciplines into a great vocabulary fabric that will make students better in every subject and prepare them for advanced college and professional vocabulary like no other curriculum ever has."

For a complete overview of our language arts curriculum, go to Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum. You can also see a video clip of a keynote presentation Michael gave about teaching vocabulary.

Teachers and educators in schools are invited to join the Royal Fireworks Press Support Forum: MCTteachers

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We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to save you money. Each package includes a student book and a teacher manual for each stage of the curriculum: School Examination Packages

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Building Language: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-906-6

Latest edition: August 2016

Order code: 9066

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 9066S

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Building Language provides an introduction to Latin stems as the basis 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 Caesar's English II.

Building Language provides an introduction to Latin stems as the basis 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 Caesar's English II.

Additional iBook Features: Hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the reader. The Implementation Manual contains a link to two quizzes for this book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

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Building Language: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-907-3

Latest edition: August 2016

Order code: 9073

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

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The Building Language teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and quizzes and answer keys.

The Building Language teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and quizzes and answer keys.

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Caesar's English I: Classical Education Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-464-9

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 4649

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $23.00 each.
Order code: 4649S

Caesar's English I: Classical Education Edition: Student Book Cover

The Classical Education Edition of Caesar's English I is filled with so many extra elements that the book is too large to be handled easily by children. We ultimately decided to publish the student book in two parts at 192 pages each. 

A principal aim of the book is to teach children important vocabulary while giving them wide-ranging insight into the ancient world and its contributions to our lives.

Michael Clay Thompson has designed this book 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 the lists of nonfiction words made from those stems, as well as lists of advanced words and classic words. There are analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and word searches. 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 present in each lesson with numerous examples of how the great writers have used the vocabulary words. Specific writing activities include paragraph-writing assignments, which parallel those in Paragraph Townthe writing book at this level, as well as exercises in which students rewrite the sentences of great authors. Other sections provide short introductions to major authors whose works are used in the examples.

The lessons have been divided into quarters to reflect the four levels of grammar analysis as taught in Grammar Town, the gammar component at this level. 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, then phrases, and finally clauses. 

The poetics, which use techniques described in Building Poems, the poetry book at this level, are enhanced by a poem written by Michael in every lesson. Using the vocabulary words of the lesson, his poems offer students a perspective on the Roman world through the eyes of one of its denizens.

Insight into the Roman world is enhanced by more than 80 full-page photographs taken by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz of Roman sites and artifacts. 

In addition, the book includes: 

  • Concentration on the links between English and Spanish, highlighting the Spanish cognates of the English vocabulary that the students are learning. Myriam Thompson has translated some of MCT’s poems into Spanish, and bold type is used to emphasize the cognates. She also writes about the importance of Iberia to the Roman world and provides biographies of some of the Roman emperors born there. 
  • 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, and 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.  
  • Fifteen essays by Thomas Milton Kemnitz on Roman buildings; the use, styles, and making of columns; the Roman use of concrete and its importance; Roman roads; and the Roman handling of water, including aqueducts, lead pipes to houses, 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 link and the Ancient Greek link.

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

The Classical Education Edition of Caesar's English I is filled with so many extra elements that the book is too large to be handled easily by children. We ultimately decided to publish the student book in two parts at 192 pages each. 

A principal aim of the book is to teach children important vocabulary while giving them wide-ranging insight into the ancient world and its contributions to our lives.

Michael Clay Thompson has designed this book 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 the lists of nonfiction words made from those stems, as well as lists of advanced words and classic words. There are analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and word searches. 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 present in each lesson with numerous examples of how the great writers have used the vocabulary words. Specific writing activities include paragraph-writing assignments, which parallel those in Paragraph Townthe writing book at this level, as well as exercises in which students rewrite the sentences of great authors. Other sections provide short introductions to major authors whose works are used in the examples.

The lessons have been divided into quarters to reflect the four levels of grammar analysis as taught in Grammar Town, the gammar component at this level. 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, then phrases, and finally clauses. 

The poetics, which use techniques described in Building Poems, the poetry book at this level, are enhanced by a poem written by Michael in every lesson. Using the vocabulary words of the lesson, his poems offer students a perspective on the Roman world through the eyes of one of its denizens.

Insight into the Roman world is enhanced by more than 80 full-page photographs taken by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz of Roman sites and artifacts. 

In addition, the book includes: 

  • Concentration on the links between English and Spanish, highlighting the Spanish cognates of the English vocabulary that the students are learning. Myriam Thompson has translated some of MCT’s poems into Spanish, and bold type is used to emphasize the cognates. She also writes about the importance of Iberia to the Roman world and provides biographies of some of the Roman emperors born there. 
  • 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, and 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.  
  • Fifteen essays by Thomas Milton Kemnitz on Roman buildings; the use, styles, and making of columns; the Roman use of concrete and its importance; Roman roads; and the Roman handling of water, including aqueducts, lead pipes to houses, 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 link and the Ancient Greek link.

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook, which comes in two parts, features the activities of the print book but in interactive form. Small review quizzes, analogies quizzes, grammar analyses, mathematics challenges using Roman numerals, and word searches all allow students to self-check their work to test their growing knowledge. The Implementation Manual contains links to cumulative review quizzes for each lesson of the book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. This iBook, which is in full, vibrant color, also includes several beautiful images not in the print version.

Caesar's English I: Classical Education Color Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-619-3

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 6193

Class sets: 25 or more: $40.00 each.
Order code: 6193S

Caesar's English I: Classical Education Color Edition: Student Book Cover

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

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

Additional iBook Features: The iBook is the same for both the color and the black-and-white versions of Caesar's English I: Classical Education Edition. However, the digital version is in full color and features many gorgeous images not in the print versions.

Caesar's English I: Classical Education Color Edition: Student Book Cover

Caesar's English I: Classical Education Edition: Implementation Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-466-3

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 4656

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

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

The implementation manual for Caesar's English I: Classical Education Edition contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book.

We recommend getting both the student books and the implementation manual for this text, as there are too many places where the implementation manual gives away the answers to the questions and exercises. In addition, the implementation manual is contained within a single book, whereas the student version is broken into two parts, making it easier for children to handle.

The implementation manual for Caesar's English I: Classical Education Edition contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book.

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

Caesar's English I: Standard Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-570-7

Latest edition: November 2014

Order code: 5707

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 5707S

Caesar's English I: Standard Edition: Student Book Cover

Caesar's English I contains twenty lessons, each introducing five Latin stems (for odd-numbered lessons) or five classic words (for even-numbered lessons). Students alternate between learning the stems that our academic words are built upon and the classic words identified by Michael Clay Thompson as being prominently used among the great writers of English and American literature. Learning activities include discussions of the stems or classic words, analogies exercises, synonym and antonym exercises, Spanish cognates that use the same stems as those used in the English words, Latin sayings with translations, short biographies of major authors, word searches, excerpts from Julius Caesar's writings, activities designed to allow students to manipulate and play with the vocabulary, and more. 

There is an enhanced and expanded Classical Education Edition of this book, which comes in two parts and which has its own implementation manual.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features the activities of the print book but in interactive form. Small review quizzes, analogies quizzes, and word searches all allow students to self-check their work to test their growing knowledge. The Implementation Manual contains links to cumulative review quizzes for each lesson of the book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. This iBook, which is in full, vibrant color, also includes several beautiful images of ancient Roman sites and artifacts not in the print version, as well as audio files of Michael reading some of the sections directly to the reader.

Caesar's English I: Standard Edition: Student Book Cover

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Caesar's English I: Standard Edition: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-571-4

Latest edition: March 2015

Order code: 5714

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Caesar's English I: Standard Edition: Teacher Manual Cover

The implementation manual for Caesar's English I: Standard Edition contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book.

Caesar's English I: Standard Edition: Teacher Manual Cover

Caesar's English I: Alternative Tests

Author: Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Ault, Jennifer

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Vocabulary; School Tests

Age: 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-560-8

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 5608

Price: $30.00

Caesar's English I: Alternative Tests Cover

We have created 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 them only to school addresses.
  2. The tests contain 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 to 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.

These books are available only for schools that are implementing the Michael Clay Thompson language arts 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.

Caesar's English I: Alternative Tests Cover

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-497-7

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 4977

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $23.00 each.
Order code: 4977S

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition: Student Book Cover

This book follows the same formula as Caesar’s English I: Classical Education Edition; it offers twenty lessons that alternate between introducing five Latin stems that are the basis for many of our academic words and five classic words that have been identified by Michael Clay Thompson as being prominently used among the great writers of English and American literature. The book is loaded with vocabulary activities that allow students to manipulate and play with the stems and words, as well as grammar analyses, nonfiction writing samples, poetry to help students feel the Roman experience, writing exercises, math problems using Roman numerals, word searches, and much more. 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 by Thomas Milton Kemnitz, who took the more than 100 photographs reproduced in the volumes.

Because the book is filled with so many extra elements, it is too large to be handled easily and so is divided into two parts.

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

This book follows the same formula as Caesar’s English I: Classical Education Edition; it offers twenty lessons that alternate between introducing five Latin stems that are the basis for many of our academic words and five classic words that have been identified by Michael Clay Thompson as being prominently used among the great writers of English and American literature. The book is loaded with vocabulary activities that allow students to manipulate and play with the stems and words, as well as grammar analyses, nonfiction writing samples, poetry to help students feel the Roman experience, writing exercises, math problems using Roman numerals, word searches, and much more. 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 by Thomas Milton Kemnitz, who took the more than 100 photographs reproduced in the volumes.

Because the book is filled with so many extra elements, it is too large to be handled easily and so is divided into two parts.

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features the activities of the print book but in interactive form. Small review quizzes, context quizzes, analogies quizzes, classic words challenges, grammar analyses, mathematics challenges using Roman numerals, and word searches all allow students to self-check their work to test their growing knowledge. The Implementation Manual contains links to cumulative review quizzes for each lesson of the book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. This iBook, which is in full, vibrant color, also includes several beautiful images not in the print version.

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Color Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-495-3

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 4953

Class sets: 25 or more: $40.00 each.
Order code: 4953S

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Color Edition: Student Book Cover

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

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

Additional iBook Features: The iBook is the same for both the color and the black-and-white versions of Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition. However, the digital version is in full color and features many gorgeous images not in the print versions.

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Color Edition: Student Book Cover

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition: Implementation Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-498-4

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 4984

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition: Implementation Manual Cover

The implementation manual for Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book.

We recommend getting both the student books and the implementation manual for this text, as there are too many places where the implementation manual gives away the answers to the questions and exercises. In addition, the implementation manual is contained within a single book, whereas the student version is broken into two parts, making it easier for children to handle.

The implementation manual for Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book.

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Edition: Implementation Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

Caesar's English II: Standard Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-592-1

Latest edition: June 2015

Order code: 5921

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 5921S

Caesar's English II: Standard Edition: Student Book Cover

Caesar's English II picks up where Caesar's English I left off, offering twenty lessons that alternate between introducing five Latin stems and five classic words. This time, however, there are five review stems or words brought forward from Volume I to reinforce the learning. Learning activities include discussions of the stems or classic words; analogy, synonym, and context exercises; classic words challenges; discussions on grammar and usage; excerpts from writings by Julius Caesar and from Shakespeare's play about him; original writings by Michael Clay Thompson; and more. 

There is an enhanced and expanded Classical Education Edition of this book, which comes in two parts and which has its own implementation manual.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features the activities of the print book but in interactive form. Small review quizzes, analogies quizzes, antonym quizzes, and classic words and context challenges all allow students to self-check their work to test their growing knowledge. The Implementation Manual contains links to cumulative review quizzes for each lesson of the book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. This iBook, which is in full, vibrant color, also includes several beautiful images of ancient Roman sites and artifacts not in the print version.

Caesar's English II: Standard Edition: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

Caesar's English II: Standard Edition: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-593-8

Latest edition: June 2015

Order code: 5938

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Caesar's English II: Standard Edition: Teacher Manual Cover

The implementation manual for Caesar's English II: Standard Edition contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book.

Caesar's English II: Standard Edition: Teacher Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

Caesar's English II: Alternative Tests

Author: Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton; Ault, Jennifer

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Vocabulary; School Tests

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-89824-561-5

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 5615

Price: $30.00

Caesar's English II: Alternative Tests Cover

We have created test booklets 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 them only to school addresses.
  2. The tests contain 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 to 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.

These books are available only for schools that are implementing the Michael Clay Thompson language arts 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.

Caesar's English II: Alternative Tests Cover

The Vocabulary of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-872-4

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 8724

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 8724S

The Vocabulary of Literature: Student Book Cover

The Vocabulary of Literature contains ten chapters that highlight the most frequently used words in the classics. Word challenges, grammar exercises, creative readings, biographies, and photographs of famous authors help students internalize these words and thereby pave a path to a lifetime’s enjoyment and love of great literature.

Each of the ten lessons presents ten new classic words and ten words brought forward from Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II, so students have 200 powerful words to learn and use. These are not words chosen arbitrarily for the purpose of a textbook; they are the words most frequently used in classic literature as identified by MCT’s painstaking research. They are, therefore, the words that Michael Clay Thompson believes “must be known as a necessary component of an educated vocabulary.”

The authors featured in ths book are Jack London, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. 

And because we love literature and visiting writers’ houses, we have included not only their portraits but also our photographs of where they wrote and with what, including Jane Austen’s tiny writing table and Dickens’s desk. Jane Austen’s house is featured on the cover of the student book; Rudyard Kipling’s house is on the teacher manual.

The Vocabulary of Literature contains ten chapters that highlight the most frequently used words in the classics. Word challenges, grammar exercises, creative readings, biographies, and photographs of famous authors help students internalize these words and thereby pave a path to a lifetime’s enjoyment and love of great literature.

Each of the ten lessons presents ten new classic words and ten words brought forward from Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II, so students have 200 powerful words to learn and use. These are not words chosen arbitrarily for the purpose of a textbook; they are the words most frequently used in classic literature as identified by MCT’s painstaking research. They are, therefore, the words that Michael Clay Thompson believes “must be known as a necessary component of an educated vocabulary.”

The authors featured in ths book are Jack London, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. 

And because we love literature and visiting writers’ houses, we have included not only their portraits but also our photographs of where they wrote and with what, including Jane Austen’s tiny writing table and Dickens’s desk. Jane Austen’s house is featured on the cover of the student book; Rudyard Kipling’s house is on the teacher manual.

Additional iBook Features: Interactive exercises include classic word challenges, exercises to identify the parts of speech of famous sentences, classic word muddles, highlighting mistakes that have been inserted into great works, and end-of-chapter quizzes. All allow students to self-check their work. The Implementation Manual contains a link to two review tests for this book (one mid-way through the unit and one after it is completed) that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the tests are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

The Vocabulary of Literature: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-873-1

Latest edition: March 2016

Order code: 8731

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Vocabulary of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus suggestions for its implementation, as well as answers to the questions and exercises, end-of-chapter quiz answer keys, and review tests.

The teacher manual for The Vocabulary of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus suggestions for its implementation, as well as answers to the questions and exercises, end-of-chapter quiz answer keys, and review tests.

The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-604-1

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 6041

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 6041S

The Word Within the Word I: Student Book Cover

The Word Within the Word I is a rigorous vocabulary text that contains thirty lessons filled with readings and activities to illustrate the important role of Latin and Greek stems in academic English. The first twenty lessons offer a list of twenty-five stems, along with several example words that contain each stem, and the last ten lessons provide twenty-five words that students will need to be familiar with to navigate well through advanced academic endeavors.

Each lesson contains discussions and illustrations that offer students a greater understanding of the classical roots of the English language. Much of the text is meant only to be read, with exercises interspersed that students or instructors can choose from to help solidify the knowledge through manipulation of the vocabulary.

In addition, we present an extensive discussion of the history of Greece in the Classical Period from 490 to 323 B.C. Each lesson contains an essay, written by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz, about the ancient Greeks. These essays introduce students to Darius and Xerxes, Leonidas and Themistocles, Cimon and Pericles, the Spartans and the Athenians, the Peloponnesian and Delian Leagues, Athenian democracy and Spartan oligarchy, Alcibiades and Socrates, and finally Philip and Alexander of Macedonia. The writings are enhanced with maps, timelines, and scores of photographs taken by Dr. Kemnitz of Greek buildings, sculptures, and artifacts.

There is an enormous amount of historical material in this book, including descriptions of how the Spartans lived, the strategies of various battles, the functioning of democracy and the jury system in Athens, the practice of ostracism, the importance of the navy in Athens, the Spartan system of education, and the building of the glorious Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. Interspersed among the activity pages are vignettes of aspects of life in ancient Greece as depicted in vases, statuettes, and artifacts so that we learn not only about helmets and shields but also about hairstyles, musical instruments, and sports.

Publisher Dr. T.M. Kemnitz says, "Our intention is to give students enough of a picture of ancient Greece so that they can understand what occurred and why. So much of history written for students is little more than a story devoid of meaningful context. It is the context that helps to explain why people acted as they did and which helps us to understand that history is not a story of actions but rather a series of reactions. The history is enrichment; the purpose of the book remains to help students learn English vocabulary, specifically the academic English of learned discourse."

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

The Word Within the Word I is a rigorous vocabulary text that contains thirty lessons filled with readings and activities to illustrate the important role of Latin and Greek stems in academic English. The first twenty lessons offer a list of twenty-five stems, along with several example words that contain each stem, and the last ten lessons provide twenty-five words that students will need to be familiar with to navigate well through advanced academic endeavors.

Each lesson contains discussions and illustrations that offer students a greater understanding of the classical roots of the English language. Much of the text is meant only to be read, with exercises interspersed that students or instructors can choose from to help solidify the knowledge through manipulation of the vocabulary.

In addition, we present an extensive discussion of the history of Greece in the Classical Period from 490 to 323 B.C. Each lesson contains an essay, written by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz, about the ancient Greeks. These essays introduce students to Darius and Xerxes, Leonidas and Themistocles, Cimon and Pericles, the Spartans and the Athenians, the Peloponnesian and Delian Leagues, Athenian democracy and Spartan oligarchy, Alcibiades and Socrates, and finally Philip and Alexander of Macedonia. The writings are enhanced with maps, timelines, and scores of photographs taken by Dr. Kemnitz of Greek buildings, sculptures, and artifacts.

There is an enormous amount of historical material in this book, including descriptions of how the Spartans lived, the strategies of various battles, the functioning of democracy and the jury system in Athens, the practice of ostracism, the importance of the navy in Athens, the Spartan system of education, and the building of the glorious Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. Interspersed among the activity pages are vignettes of aspects of life in ancient Greece as depicted in vases, statuettes, and artifacts so that we learn not only about helmets and shields but also about hairstyles, musical instruments, and sports.

Publisher Dr. T.M. Kemnitz says, "Our intention is to give students enough of a picture of ancient Greece so that they can understand what occurred and why. So much of history written for students is little more than a story devoid of meaningful context. It is the context that helps to explain why people acted as they did and which helps us to understand that history is not a story of actions but rather a series of reactions. The history is enrichment; the purpose of the book remains to help students learn English vocabulary, specifically the academic English of learned discourse."

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features the activities of the print book but in interactive form. Small analogies quizzes, classic words challenges, mystery questions based on the meanings of the stems, and end-of-chapter quizzes all allow students to self-check their work to test their growing knowledge. The Implementation Manual contains links to cumulative review quizzes to be taken after every five lessons of the book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. This iBook, which is in full, vibrant color, also includes several beautiful images not in the print version.

The Word Within the Word I: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word I: Color Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-917-0

Latest edition: March 2015

Order code: 9170

The Word Within the Word I: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word I, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word I, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook is the same for both the color and the black-and-white versions of The Word Within the Word I. However, the digital version is in full color and features many gorgeous images not in the print versions.

The Word Within the Word I: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word I: Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-609-6

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 6096

Price: $35.00
Website price: $20.00

The Word Within the Word I: Parent Manual Cover

The parent manual for The Word Within the Word I contains most of the text that is in the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book, as well as review tests after every five lessons.

Because the parent manual does not contain the complete text of the student book, we recommend that you purchase both the student book and the parent manual to teach this book effectively.

The Word Within the Word I: Parent Manual Cover

The Word Within the Word I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-606-5

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 6065

Price: $55.00
Website price: $40.00

The Word Within the Word I: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Word Within the Word I contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book, as well as review tests after every five lessons.

The Word Within the Word I: Teacher Manual Cover

The Word Within the Word II: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-914-9

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 9149

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $19.00 each.
Order code: 9149S

The Word Within the Word II: Student Book Cover

The Word Within the Word II takes up where Volume I left off and continues to illustrate to students the benefits of knowing Latin and Greek stems. Once students know what a stem means, they are able to figure out the meanings of several other words that contain that stem, even if those words are ones that they have never seen before. 

In this book, each of the thirty lessons begins with a list of stems, along with their meanings and words that contain them, followed by a list of advanced academic words that contain the stems in the list. There are ten new words in each lesson, as well as five words brought forward from The Word Within the Word I.

As in Volume I, there are numerous activities in each lesson, many of which simply involve reading and thinking and discussing the facts and ideas presented. Activities allow students to play with the words, to see them in context, and to understand their grammatical function. 

Whereas Volume I included extensive essays on the ancient Greeks, Volume II provides substantial discussion of the Roman Republic. This is the period in which Rome rose from a small mud village ruled by kings to the most powerful entity in the Mediterranean world. It looks at the history, people, institutions, and army that made this rise possible. There are more than a hundred photographs in the book, along with discussions of such topics as the toga, Roman food, and educational practices, in which frequent beatings were considered an aid to understanding. 

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

The Word Within the Word II takes up where Volume I left off and continues to illustrate to students the benefits of knowing Latin and Greek stems. Once students know what a stem means, they are able to figure out the meanings of several other words that contain that stem, even if those words are ones that they have never seen before. 

In this book, each of the thirty lessons begins with a list of stems, along with their meanings and words that contain them, followed by a list of advanced academic words that contain the stems in the list. There are ten new words in each lesson, as well as five words brought forward from The Word Within the Word I.

As in Volume I, there are numerous activities in each lesson, many of which simply involve reading and thinking and discussing the facts and ideas presented. Activities allow students to play with the words, to see them in context, and to understand their grammatical function. 

Whereas Volume I included extensive essays on the ancient Greeks, Volume II provides substantial discussion of the Roman Republic. This is the period in which Rome rose from a small mud village ruled by kings to the most powerful entity in the Mediterranean world. It looks at the history, people, institutions, and army that made this rise possible. There are more than a hundred photographs in the book, along with discussions of such topics as the toga, Roman food, and educational practices, in which frequent beatings were considered an aid to understanding. 

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features the activities of the print book but in interactive form. Small quizzes on classic words, analogies, antonyms, and comprehension questions about challenging readings, as well as end-of-chapter quizzes all allow students to self-check their work to test their growing knowledge. The Implementation Manual contains links to cumulative review quizzes to be taken after every five lessons of the book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. This iBook, which is in full, vibrant color, also includes several beautiful images not in the print version.

The Word Within the Word II: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word II: Color Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-492-2

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 4922

The Word Within the Word II: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word II, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word II, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook is the same for both the color and the black-and-white versions of The Word Within the Word II. However, the digital version is in full color and features many gorgeous images not in the print versions.

The Word Within the Word II: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word II: Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-916-3

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 9163

Price: $35.00
Website price: $20.00

The Word Within the Word II: Parent Manual Cover

The parent manual for The Word Within the Word II contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book, as well as review tests after every five lessons.

We recommend that you purchase both the student book and the parent manual to teach this book effectively.

The Word Within the Word II: Parent Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word II: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-9156

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 9156

Price: $55.00
Website price: $40.00

The Word Within the Word II: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Word Within the Word II contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book, as well as review tests after every five lessons.

The Word Within the Word II: Teacher Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word III: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-850-2

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8502

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 8502S

The Word Within the Word III: Student Book Cover

The Word Within the Word III is the third volume of The Word Within the Word series and is intended as a weekly effort, built on a cumulative basis from Volumes I and II. Like the first two volumes, Volume III contains thirty lessons, which are structured the same way that the lessons in Volume II were set up: each lesson contains a list of stems, with meanings and example words, as well as a list of advanced academic words that contain the stems, ten of which are new and five of which are brought forward from the first two volumes.

The lessons in this book include various elements from each of the first two volumes, including stem close-ups, notes and ideas pages, reading comprehension questions, analogies, antonyms, comprehension questions about challenging readings, and invention activities, in which students are asked to play with the words in the context of creative writing.  

The Word Within the Word III is an excellent program for preparing students for the most difficult vocabulary questions on SATs and SSATs.

In this volume, the historical essays feature the battle for control of Rome between the assassins of Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian and what the Romans did with the peace that came with the end of the civil wars, particularly Rome’s development as the greatest manufacturing power the world would see until the nineteenth century. More than a hundred photographs illustrate the book, bringing ancient Rome to life.

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

The Word Within the Word III is the third volume of The Word Within the Word series and is intended as a weekly effort, built on a cumulative basis from Volumes I and II. Like the first two volumes, Volume III contains thirty lessons, which are structured the same way that the lessons in Volume II were set up: each lesson contains a list of stems, with meanings and example words, as well as a list of advanced academic words that contain the stems, ten of which are new and five of which are brought forward from the first two volumes.

The lessons in this book include various elements from each of the first two volumes, including stem close-ups, notes and ideas pages, reading comprehension questions, analogies, antonyms, comprehension questions about challenging readings, and invention activities, in which students are asked to play with the words in the context of creative writing.  

The Word Within the Word III is an excellent program for preparing students for the most difficult vocabulary questions on SATs and SSATs.

In this volume, the historical essays feature the battle for control of Rome between the assassins of Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian and what the Romans did with the peace that came with the end of the civil wars, particularly Rome’s development as the greatest manufacturing power the world would see until the nineteenth century. More than a hundred photographs illustrate the book, bringing ancient Rome to life.

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features the activities of the print book but in interactive form. Small quizzes on analogies, antonyms, and comprehension of challenging reading, as well as end-of-chapter quizzes all allow students to self-check their work to test their growing knowledge. The Implementation Manual contains links to cumulative review quizzes to be taken after every five lessons of the book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. This iBook, which is in full, vibrant color, also includes several beautiful images not in the print version.

The Word Within the Word III: Student Book Cover

Sample pages Word Within the Word III, Student book (in color):

The Word Within the Word III: Color Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-857-1

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8571

The Word Within the Word III: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word III, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word III, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook is the same for both the color and the black-and-white versions of The Word Within the Word III. However, the digital version is in full color and features many gorgeous images not in the print versions.

The Word Within the Word III: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

Sample pages Word Within the Word III color edition student:

The Word Within the Word III: Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-852-6

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 8526

Price: $20.00
Website price: $20.00

The Word Within the Word III: Parent Manual Cover

The parent manual for The Word Within the Word III contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book, as well as review tests after every five lessons.

We recommend that you purchase both the student book and the parent manual to teach this book effectively.

The Word Within the Word III: Parent Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word III: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-851-9

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8519

Price: $55.00
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The Word Within the Word III: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Word Within the Word III contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book, as well as review tests after every five lessons.

The Word Within the Word III: Teacher Manual Cover

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