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Michael Clay Thompson: Secondary Vocabulary, Word Within The Word

Michael Clay Thompson: Secondary Vocabulary, Word Within The Word Series Cover

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

Word Within The Word, by Michael Clay Thompson, 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 and schools and districts that have tried it are typically expanding their use of it.

It provides internalized, maximum, meaningful impact at the time students take 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 academically motivated grades 6-7.

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 SSAT's and SAT's; 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 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 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 series 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.

Support Groups for users of Michael Clay Thompson's Language Arts series: 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 packages for each stage of the curriculum: Homeschool Packages |

 

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

Word within the Word, by Michael Clay Thompson, 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 and schools and districts that have tried it are typically expanding their use of it.

It provides internalized, maximum, meaningful impact at the time students take 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, 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 academically motivated grades 6-7.

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 SSAT's and SAT's; 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.

The new edition of 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 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 sample lessons for each book below

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

Go to our Practice Workbooks series 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.

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

Course PackagesMichael Clay Thompson Course Packages
We have made available special 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: School Examination Packages

 

Word Within The Word, Vol I: Student Cover

Word Within The Word, Vol I: Student

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton
Subjects:
Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education; Ancient Greece; MCT Curriculum
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14
Grade:
6, 7, 8, 9
ISBN:
978-0-88092-6041
Latest edition:
March 2013
Order code:
6041
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 6041S

This new edition of Word Within the Word Volume I 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 artefacts.  



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 1 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.

Historian, Dr TM 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."

There is a new Homeschool Parent Manual, and an edition with color photographs.

This new edition of Word Within the Word Volume I 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 artefacts.  



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 1 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.

Historian, Dr TM 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."

There is a new Teacher Manual, and an edition with color photographs.

 

The Word Within the Word Vol I New Edition Lesson 10: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Word Within The Word, Vol I. Student. Color Edition Cover

Word Within The Word, Vol I. Student. Color Edition

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education; Ancient Greece
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14
Grade:
6, 7, 8, 9
ISBN:
978-0-89824-917-0
Latest edition:
September 2013
Order code:
9170
Price:
$40.00

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

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

The Word Within The Word Vol I Color Edition sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Word Within The Word, Vol I: Teacher, New Edition Cover

Word Within The Word, Vol I: Teacher, New Edition

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education; Ancient Greece
ISBN:
978-0-88092-606-5
Latest edition:
October 2012
Order code:
6065
Price:
$55.00
Website Price:
$40.00
Series description
Word Within The Word, Vol I: Parent Manual Cover

Word Within The Word, Vol I: Parent Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education; Ancient Greece
ISBN:
978-0-88092-6096
Latest edition:
December 2013
Order code:
6096
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$20.00

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. Contains the student book but does not replace it.

Series description
Word Within The Word, Vol II: Student. New Edition Cover

Word Within The Word, Vol II: Student. New Edition

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education; Ancient Rome
Age:
12, 13, 14, 15
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10
ISBN:
978-0-89824-9149
Latest edition:
November 2013
Order code:
9149
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 9149S

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.

There is a new Parent Manual that accompanies this 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.

There is also a new Teacher Manual for this edition.

Lesson 40 in WWWII Student: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Word Within the Word, Vol II: Student, Color Edition Cover

Word Within the Word, Vol II: Student, Color Edition

Author:
Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton; Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education; Ancient Rome
Age:
12, 13, 14, 15
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10
ISBN:
978-0-89824-492-2
Latest edition:
November 2013
Order code:
4922
Price:
$40.00

The photographs of the Roman Republic are so beautiful and best appreciated in color, that we have produced this de-luxe edition to treasure.

The photographs of the Roman Republic are so beautiful and best appreciated in color, that we have produced this de-luxe edition to treasure.

WWWII Lesson 40 Color Edition: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Word Within The Word, Vol II. Teacher, New Edition Cover

Word Within The Word, Vol II. Teacher, New Edition

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton
ISBN:
978-0-89824-9156
Latest edition:
November 2013
Order code:
9156
Price:
$55.00
Website Price:
$40.00

WWWII Lesson 40 in Teacher Manual: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Word Within The Word, Vol II. Parent, New Edition Cover

Word Within The Word, Vol II. Parent, New Edition

Author:
Michael Clay Thompson; Kemnitz, Dr Thomas Milton
ISBN:
978-0-89824-9163
Latest edition:
November 2013
Order code:
9163
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$20.00

This book supplements the Student Book. It does not replace it.

WWWII Lesson 31 Parent Manual: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Word Within The Word, Vol 3: Student Manual Cover

Word Within The Word, Vol 3: Student Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Vocabulary
Age:
13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Grade:
8, 9, 10, 11
ISBN:
978-0-88092-204-3
Latest edition:
August 2013
Order code:
2044
Price:
$30.00
Website Price:
$20.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $18.00 each. Order code: 2044S

Lesson 70: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Word Within The Word. Vol 3. HOME SCHOOL PARENT ANSWER MANUAL Cover

Word Within The Word. Vol 3. HOME SCHOOL PARENT ANSWER MANUAL

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Grade:
8, 9, 10, 11
ISBN:
978-0-88092-559-0
Latest edition:
2008
Order code:
5590
Price:
$20.00
Website Price:
$10.00

This book supplements the Student Book. It does not replace it.

Word 3 Parent Guide sample pages: View online or Download PDF

Series description
Word Within The Word, Volume 3: Teacher Manual Cover

Word Within The Word, Volume 3: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-88092-205-0
Latest edition:
February 2013
Order code:
2052
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$30.00

NOTE: This book is for sale only to teachers; we will ship only to school addresses.

Series description
Word Within The Word. Alternative Test Book A Cover

Word Within The Word. Alternative Test Book A

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Grade:
6, 7, 8, 9
Order code:
2176
Price:
$25.00

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.

Series description
Word Within The Word. Alternative Test Book B Cover

Word Within The Word. Alternative Test Book B

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Grade:
6, 7, 8, 9
Order code:
2230
Price:
$25.00

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.

Series description