Michael Clay Thompson: Vocabulary, Elementary Program

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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 The Word Within The Word Vocabulary program.

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.

Read more about the classical editions.

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 Brontës, 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.

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

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We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to help you save money. 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 The Word Within The Word Vocabulary program.

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.

Read more about the classical editions.


We are continuing to publish the original, standard edition now revised, 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 Brontës, Jane Austen, Defoe, Milton, Morrison, and Shelley

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.

Teachers and educators in schools are invited to join the Forum: MCTteachers

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

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Building Language: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-906-6

Latest edition: June 2015

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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Our second edition of 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 Caesar's English II.

Our second edition of 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 Caesar's English II.

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

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-907-3

Latest edition: July 2014

Order code: 9073

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Building Language: Teacher Manual Cover

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

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.

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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: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-464-9

Latest edition: April 2012

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

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Classical Education Edition (In Two Parts)

We are proud of this Classical Education volume.   It is the best we have ever done.  Our 450,000-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 at 192 pages each.

Michael Clay Thompson has redesigned 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 writes about the importance of Iberia to the Roman world and provides biographies of some of the Roman emperors born there. 
  • There is 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 proud of this Classical Education volume.   It is the best we have ever done.  Our 450,000-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 at 192 pages each.

Michael Clay Thompson has redesigned 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 Townthe 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 writes about the importance of Iberia to the Roman world and provides biographies of some of the Roman emperors born there. 
  • There is 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 link and the Ancient Greek link.

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

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

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-619-3

Latest edition: June 2014

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 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.

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.

The iBook edition comes in two parts. Each part must be ordered individually at $11.99 each:  Part 1 contains Lessons I through X and Part 2 contains Lessons XI through XX.

The digital edition includes many interactive activities such as word searches, analogies, sentence analysis, and word reviews. 

 

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Caesar's English I: Classical Education Implementation Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-466-3

Order code: 4656

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

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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. 

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. 

Caesar's English I: Classical Education Implementation Manual Cover

Caesar's English I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

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: Student Book Cover

There are twenty lessons in Caesar's English I, each introducing five new Latin stems. Learning activities include: Latin Stem Talk, Advanced Words, Classic Words, Caesar's Analogies, Caesar's Synonyms, Caesar's Analogies, Who Is That Writer?, What Is This Writer Saying?, Caesar's Rewrites, Caesar's Favorite Word, A Wordy Story, Caesar's Spanish, A Roman Fact, Real Latin, Word Poster, and Discussion Poster. 

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.

 

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities include word searches, reviews, and analogies. 

Insights into the Roman world are provided by full-page photographs of Roman sites and artifacts. Students can hear the actual voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the students. 

 

Caesar's English I: Student Book Cover

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Caesar's English I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

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

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-571-4

Latest edition: November 2014

Order code: 5714

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Caesar's English I: Teacher  Manual Cover

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

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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 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.

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Caesar's English II: Classical Education Black and White Edition: Student Book

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: October 2014

Order code: 4977

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

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

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

This substantial upgrade follows the same formula as Caesar’s English I: Classical Education Edition; 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; 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 Black and White Edition: Student Book Cover

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

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: 978-0-89824-495-3

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

This is 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.

Caesar’s English II Classical Education Edition is the third book in Michael Clay Thompson’s vocabulary curriculum. It is divided into quarters based on the four parts of grammar analysis. The vocabulary component is based on the Latin stems and lists of nonfiction words made from the stems. Vocabulary is loaded into all the activities and there are new vocabulary terms added to the stem lessons: five new words in each lesson. 

Caesar’s English II CEE is full of new photographs, poetry to help students feel the Roman experience, an expanded emphasis on the vocabulary of non-fiction, new Caesar’s writing activities, and fun Caesar’s math problems. 

Sections include Classic Words, Latin Stems, Nonfiction Words, Caesar’s AnalogiesCaesar’s SynonymsCaesar’s AntonymsCaesar’s Context, Caesar’s Grammar, Caesar’s Mathematics, Caesar’s Essay, and Caesar’s Word Searches. Each chapter concludes with a Review for Cumulative Quiz. There is a substantial emphasis on the geography of the Roman world with additional essays by Myriam Borges Thompson and Thomas Milton Kemnitz.

This digital edition includes many interactive activities such as word searches, word challenges, analogies, sentence analysis, and stem and classic word reviews. Lesson Quizzes have been added to the end of each chapter.

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Caesar's English II: Classical Education Implemention Manual

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

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 11, 12, 13

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-498-4

Latest edition: September 2013

Order code: 4984

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

Caesar's English II: Classical Education Implemention Manual Cover

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. 

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Caesar's English II: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Thompson, Myriam Borges

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

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

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-592-1

Latest edition: November 2014

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: Student Book Cover

Caesar's English II, revised for 2015, is the vocabulary volume in Level Three of the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts program. It has many wonderful photographs to enhance the understanding of Ancient Rome.

Each of the twenty lessons includes five new stems and five review stems from Caesar’s English I. Lesson sections include: Latin Stem Talk,  Analogies, Antonyms, Context, Advanced Words,  Grammar of Vocabulary, Classic Words, Caesar’s Usage, Word/Discussion Poster, Caesar’s Sesquipedalian Story, From William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Vocabulary Essay, Commentaries on the Gallic Wars, and a Review for Cumulative Quiz.

There is also an enhanced classical education edition of Caesar's English II with more activities and background material.

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities include Latin Stem Review, Caesar’s Analogies, Caesar’s Antonyms, Caesar’s Context, Caesar’s Classic Words Challenge, and Classic Words Review. Students can self-check their answers within the interactive widgets.

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Caesar's English II: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

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

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-593-8

Latest edition: November 2014

Order code: 5938

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Caesar's English II: Teacher Manual Cover

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

Caesar's English II: Teacher Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

Caesar's English II: Alternative Tests

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

Subjects: Teacher Resources; English Language Arts; 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 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.

Caesar's English II: Alternative Tests Cover

The Vocabulary of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Reading; Literature

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-872-4

Latest edition: July 2015

Order code: 8724

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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The Vocabulary of Literature: Student Book Cover

In The Vocabulary of Literature there are ten chapters with examples of the most frequently used words in the classics. Word challenges, quizzes, exercises, creative readings, biographies and photographs of famous authors  aim to help students internalize these words and thereby pave a wonderful 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 and database. They are, therefore, the words he believes “must be known as a necessary component of an educated vocabulary.”

The principal authors featured: 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.

In The Vocabulary of Literature there are ten chapters with examples of the most frequently used words in the classics. Word challenges, quizzes, exercises, creative readings, biographies and photographs of famous authors  aim to help students internalize these words and thereby pave a wonderful 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 and database. They are, therefore, the words he believes “must be known as a necessary component of an educated vocabulary.”

The principal authors featured: 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 including classic word challenges, 4-level analysis, classic word muddles, reviews, and self-check quizzes.

The Vocabulary of Literature: Student Book Cover

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The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Reading; Literature

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-873-1

Latest edition: July 2015

Order code: 8731

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

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

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.

The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

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