Michael Clay Thompson: Secondary Vocabulary, The Word Within the Word

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For a complete overview of our Language Arts Curriculum go to: Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum.

Michael Clay Thompson's The Word Within the Word 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. In consequence students will know far more than the list of words encountered in this course—the tens of thousands of words which are not listed, but which are expressions of the system.

It is our middle and secondary level, vocabulary-building curriculum that is like no other and of which we are very proud. It is a complex, demanding, erudite, and witty curriculum.

It provides internalized and meaningful impact at the time students take the SSATs and SATs. The SATs now include an extensive grammar section and students having both Word and Magic Lens in their background have a substantial advantage. The program makes the costly, time consuming, quick-fix/quick-forget tutorials of junior and senior high school years things of the past.

Building Language and Caesar's English provide the elementary level curriculum.

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

It is a program that 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. In consequence students will know far more than the list of words encountered in this course—the tens of thousands of words which are not listed, but which are expressions of the system.

The series is extensively used in grades 8–12 and is also appropriate for the academically motivated in grades 6–7.

The Word Within the Word program is intended as a weekly effort—built on a cumulative basis from Volume I. Every test reinforces every list. Through constant review, ever increasing familiarity is built. This is a tremendously wonderful undertaking that combines learning and fun for the students.

There are 30 lessons in each book—Volume I covers lessons 1–30, Volume II lessons 31–60, and Volume III lessons 61–90. In Volume I there are 500 stems, both Greek and Latin, followed by 250 words made of those stems. (The term "stems" includes all word pieces: prefixes, suffixes, and roots.)

Lessons include: a Stems List; a Sentence Page designed to show how example words should be used; an Analogies Page which promotes thinking and prepares students for SSATs and SATs; Mystery Spelling and Mystery Questions pages designed to be enjoyable activities to show and to practice that it is not just the word one studies that one knows; a Notes Page or Stem Close-up Page that takes a closer look at the list of stems and highlights special points or adds information; an Ideas Page that expands the brain's contact with the stems through activities of synthesis, divergence, analysis, evaluation, intuition, emotion and esthetics; an Inventions Page that gives the student the opportunity to create words just as scientists, writers and others do; and Flip Side Tests which give the definition and ask the term.

See sample lessons with each book entry below.

The new edition of The Word Within the Word I contains sixty extra pages relating to the history of Ancient Greece in the Classical Period (from 490 to 323 BC.). The new edition of The Word Within the Word II relates to the Roman Republic, i.e., Rome until the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.

Both new editions are upgrades of the original volumes and include new discussions, maps, timelines, and scores of especially-taken photographs of buildings, sculpture, and artefacts. This is part of our exciting upgrade to the series helping students to better understand the roots of English.

See a video clip of the author's sometimes controversial views on teaching Vocabulary.

Go to our practice workbooks to see the new supplements to all our vocabulary and grammar programs. These low-cost, consumable workbooks provide in-depth instruction with 100 practice sentences for four-level analysis.

Homeschoolers and parents are invited to join the Support Group: MCTLA 

Course PackagesMichael Clay Thompson Course Packages
We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to help you save money. There are Complete and Basic homeschool packages for each stage of the curriculum.

 

For a complete overview of our Language Arts Curriculum go to: Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum.

Michael Clay Thompson's The Word Within the Word 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. In consequence students will know far more than the list of words encountered in this course—the tens of thousands of words which are not listed, but which are expressions of the system.

It is our middle and secondary level, vocabulary-building curriculum that is like no other and of which we are very proud. It is a complex, demanding, erudite, and witty curriculum.

It provides internalized and meaningful impact at the time students take the SSATs and SATs. The SATs now include an extensive grammar section and students having both Word and Magic Lens in their background have a substantial advantage. The program makes the costly, time consuming, quick-fix/quick-forget tutorials of junior and senior high school years things of the past.

Building Language and Caesar's English provide the elementary level curriculum.

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

It is a program that 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. In consequence students will know far more than the list of words encountered in this course—the tens of thousands of words which are not listed, but which are expressions of the system.

The series is extensively used in grades 8–12 and is also appropriate for the academically motivated in grades 6–7.

The Word Within the Word program is intended as a weekly effort—built on a cumulative basis from Volume I. Every test reinforces every list. Through constant review, ever increasing familiarity is built. This is a tremendously wonderful undertaking that combines learning and fun for the students.

There are 30 lessons in each book—Volume I covers lessons 1–30, Volume II lessons 31–60, and Volume III lessons 61–90. In Volume I there are 500 stems, both Greek and Latin, followed by 250 words made of those stems. (The term "stems" includes all word pieces: prefixes, suffixes, and roots.)

Lessons include: a Stems List; a Sentence Page designed to show how example words should be used; an Analogies Page which promotes thinking and prepares students for SSATs and SATs; Mystery Spelling and Mystery Questions pages designed to be enjoyable activities to show and to practice that it is not just the word one studies that one knows; a Notes Page or Stem Close-up Page that takes a closer look at the list of stems and highlights special points or adds information; an Ideas Page that expands the brain's contact with the stems through activities of synthesis, divergence, analysis, evaluation, intuition, emotion and esthetics; an Inventions Page that gives the student the opportunity to create words just as scientists, writers and others do; and Flip Side Tests which give the definition and ask the term.

See sample lessons with each book entry below.

The new edition of The Word Within the Word I contains sixty extra pages relating to the history of Ancient Greece in the Classical Period (from 490 to 323 BC.). The new edition of The Word Within the Word II relates to the Roman Republic, i.e., Rome until the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.

Both new editions are upgrades of the original volumes and include new discussions, maps, timelines, and scores of especially-taken photographs of buildings, sculpture, and artefacts. This is part of our exciting upgrade to the series helping students to better understand the roots of English.

See a video clip of the author's sometimes controversial views on teaching Vocabulary.

Go to our practice workbooks to see the new supplements to all our vocabulary and grammar programs. These low-cost, consumable workbooks provide in-depth instruction with 100 practice sentences for four-level analysis.

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

Course PackagesMichael Clay Thompson Course Packages
We have made available special school examination packages of the curriculum so that educations can see samples of the books, and to help save money. Includes student book and teacher's manual for each stage of the curriculum. 

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The Word Within the Word I: Student Book

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

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-604-1

Latest edition: June 2015

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 new edition of The Word Within the Word  is part of our planned revamping of the MCT Secondary Vocabulary series. It still has its main focus on teaching vocabulary, with the original first thirty lessons containing Latin and Greek stems, word lists, activities, and tests, but each lesson now has historical discussions and illustrations that offer students a greater understanding of the classical roots of the English language.

In the first volume we present an extensive discussion of the history of Greece in the Classical Period from 490 to 323 BC. There are maps, timelines, and scores of specially-taken photographs of buildings, sculpture and artifacts.

There are  500 word stems, both Greek and Latin, followed by 250 words made of those stems. The term "stem" includes all word pieces: prefixes, suffixes, and roots.

Volume I features 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.

There is an enormous amount of historical material, 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 amongst 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."

The new edition of The Word Within the Word  is part of our planned revamping of the MCT Secondary Vocabulary series. It still has its main focus on teaching vocabulary, with the original first thirty lessons containing Latin and Greek stems, word lists, activities, and tests, but each lesson now has historical discussions and illustrations that offer students a greater understanding of the classical roots of the English language.

In the first volume we present an extensive discussion of the history of Greece in the Classical Period from 490 to 323 BC. There are maps, timelines, and scores of specially-taken photographs of buildings, sculpture and artifacts.

There are  500 word stems, both Greek and Latin, followed by 250 words made of those stems. The term "stem" includes all word pieces: prefixes, suffixes, and roots.

Volume I features 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.

There is an enormous amount of historical material, 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 amongst 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."

Additional iBook Features: The newest updated version includes additional interactivity in every lesson. Lessons are reinforced with the Analogies, Classic Words, Mystery Questions, and Flip Side widgets. Each chapter concludes with an interactive test that allows students to check their knowledge.

The Word Within the Word I: Student Book Cover

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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: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

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

The Greek art and architecture of 2,500 years ago is so beautiful that we thought it should be available in color. 

The Greek art and architecture of 2,500 years ago is so beautiful that we thought it should be available in color. 

Additional iBook Features: The newest updated version includes additional interactivity in every lesson. Lessons are reinforced with the Analogies, Classic Words, Mystery Questions, and Flip Side widgets. Each chapter concludes with an interactive test that allows students to check their knowledge.

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

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The Word Within the Word I: Parent Manual

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

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-609-6

Latest edition: December 2013

Order code: 6096

Price: $35.00
Website price: $20.00

The Word Within the Word I: Parent Manual Cover

We have listened to parents who wanted more material in the parent manual. This is a newly revised and significantly fuller edition for homeschool parents. It contains the student book but does not replace it.

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: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education; Ancient Greece

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-606-5

Latest edition: March 2013

Order code: 6065

Price: $55.00
Website price: $40.00

The Word Within the Word 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.

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: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-914-9

Latest edition: June 2015

Order code: 9149

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

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

The Word Within the Word II: Student Book Cover

In this new edition we have added a 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, men, institutions, and army that made this rise possible. There are more than 100 new photographs along with discussions of such topics as the toga, Roman food, and educational practices in which frequent beatings were considered an aid to understanding. We have made a number of fixes to the vocabulary part of the text, but the Word Lists are the same as in the previous edition. 

In this new edition we have added a 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, men, institutions, and army that made this rise possible. There are more than 100 new photographs along with discussions of such topics as the toga, Roman food, and educational practices in which frequent beatings were considered an aid to understanding. We have made a number of fixes to the vocabulary part of the text, but the Word Lists are the same as in the previous edition. 

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: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-492-2

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 4922

Price: $40.00

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

The photographs of the Roman Republic are so beautiful that we have produced this deluxe edition to treasure.

The photographs of the Roman Republic are so beautiful that we have produced this deluxe edition to treasure.

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

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word II: Teacher Manual

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

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 2015

Order code: 9156

Price: $55.00
Website price: $40.00

The Word Within the Word 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.

The Word Within the Word II: Teacher Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word II: Parent Manual

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

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-916-3

Latest edition: June 2015

Order code: 9163

Price: $35.00
Website price: $20.00

The Word Within the Word II: Parent Manual Cover

This book supplements the student book. It does not replace it.

The Word Within the Word II: Parent Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word III: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

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

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-204-3

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 2044

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 2044S

The Word Within the Word III: Student Book Cover

Word III is extensively used in grades 8–12 and is appropriate for academically motivated students in grades 6–7. It is an excellent program for preparing students for the most difficult volcabulary questions on the SATs and SSATs.

Word III is extensively used in grades 8–12 and is appropriate for academically motivated students in grades 6–7. It is an excellent program for preparing students for the most difficult volcabulary questions on the SATs and SSATs.

The Word Within the Word III: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word III: Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

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

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-559-0

Latest edition: 2008

Order code: 5590

Price: $20.00
Website price: $10.00

The Word Within the Word III: Parent Manual Cover

This book supplements the student book. It does not replace it.

The Word Within the Word III: Parent Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word III: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary

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

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-205-0

Latest edition: July 2015

Order code: 2052

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

The Word Within the Word III: 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.

The Word Within the Word III: Teacher Manual Cover

The Word Within the Word: Alternative Test Book A

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 2176

Price: $25.00

The Word Within the Word: Alternative Test Book A Cover

Only for purchasers of the class sets, alternative test books are available for Word I. These books are designed to reduce the possibility of students cheating successfully on the tests.

The Word Within the Word: Alternative Test Book A Cover

The Word Within the Word: Alternative Test Book B

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 2230

Price: $25.00

The Word Within the Word: Alternative Test Book B Cover

Only for purchasers of the class sets, alternative test books are available for Word I. These books are designed to reduce the possibility of students cheating successfully on the tests.

The Word Within the Word: Alternative Test Book B Cover

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