Michael Clay Thompson: Writing Program

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Writing is the summative skill that combines what is learned in grammar, vocabulary, and poetics as part of producing a finished piece of writing.

Home educators find the grammar, vocabulary, and poetics programs incredibly useful, successful and illuminating. This writing series should be used in conjunction with the rest of the program to teach children formal essay writing.

The Elementary Level Series, which begins with Sentence Island and finishes with Essay Voyage, is stunningly illustrated with original drawings from the art of noted American artist, Milton N. Kemnitz.

The Secondary Level Series is illustrated by actual research papers and Michael Thompson's grading comments. It consists of Advanced Academic Writing and OPUS 40.

Michael Clay Thompson says, “When we do advanced academic writing…we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it.” 

Gifted students need to be able to write academic English. This involves knowing how to formulate papers, how to write according to the MLA rules, how to avoid grammatical and punctuation errors, and how to structure their papers to achieve in any subject.

Michael has compiled comments for students’ papers over many years. He shares this archive so that you can encourage, develop, and advance your children's writing skills. Each Teacher Manual of the three volumes of Advanced Academic Writing comes with a CD of his actual research paper comments on hundreds of errors. You can copy and paste them to help your children to correct their errors of grammar, style, and punctuation. This is an innovative and probably unique practical resource.  OPUS 40 with its accompanying CD consists of all the grading comments with Michael's explanations and additional advice.

You can see and hear Michael Clay Thompson talking about teaching formal writing to gifted students in a clip on our video page.

Homeschoolers and parents are invited to join the Support Group: 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. The Homeschool Packages include student books and teacher manuals for each stage of the curriculum.

Writing is the summative skill that combines what is learned in grammar, vocabulary, and poetics as part of producing a finished piece of writing.

Elementary Writing Development Sequence (pdf).

Teachers find the grammar, vocabulary, and poetics programs incredibly inspiring, successful and illuminating. This writing series should be used in conjunction with the rest of the program to teach students formal essay writing.

The Elementary level series, which begins with Sentence Island and finishes with Essay Voyage, is stunningly illustrated with original drawings from the art of noted American artist, Milton N. Kemnitz.

The Secondary Level Series is illustrated by actual research papers and Michael Thompson's grading comments. It consists of Advanced Academic Writing and OPUS 40.

Michael Clay Thompson says, “When we do advanced academic writing…we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it.” 

Gifted students need to be able to write academic English. This involves knowing how to formulate papers, how to write according to the MLA rules, how to avoid grammatical and punctuation errors, and how to structure their papers to achieve in any subject.

Advanced Academic Writing Teachers Manual CDMichael Clay Thompson has emphasized the illustrated nature of the program because he knows that is very helpful to student progress. When they can see what is expected and what to avoid, students have a far better chance to succeed.

Michael Thompson has compiled comments for students’ papers over many years. He shares this archive with teachers so that they too can encourage, develop, and advance students’ writing skills and not merely grade. Each Teacher Manual of the three volumes of Advanced Academic Writing comes with a CD of his actual research paper comments on hundreds of grammatical errors. Teachers can copy and paste these for their students as appropriate. This is an innovative and probably unique  practical resource for English teachers. OPUS 40 with its accompanying CD consists of all the grading comments with Michael's explanations and advice.

You can see and hear Michael Clay Thompson talking about teaching formal writing to gifted students in a clip on our video page.

Teachers and educators are invited to join the Yahoo! Group: MCTteachers

Course PackagesMichael Clay Thompson Course Packages
We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to help you save money. The School Examination Packages include student books and teacher manuals for each stage of the curriculum.

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Sentence Island: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N (Art)

Subjects: English Language Arts

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

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-668-3

Latest edition: April 2014

Order code: 6683

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 6683S

Sentence Island: Student Book Cover

Michael Clay Thompson’s writing series begins with Sentence Island, a lavishly illustrated book for children ages 7, 8, 9, and 10. Ideally, Thompson would like children to use Grammar Island first, and then proceed to Sentence Island while working concurrently with Building Language and The Music of the Hemispheres

The entire book is devoted to the sentence. Thompson knows that if a child cannot write a sentence he or she cannot write and will never be able to write. So it is essential that children master sentence writing. Thompson believes that most programs do not devote enough time and attention to the sentence, and hence children do not master writing sentences at a level that provides an adequate foundation.

Sentence Island teaches some advanced concepts in a lively way. Understanding these concepts enables your child to write sentences that make sense, communicate ideas, and impart information. Its approach and the wonderful illustrations demonstrate that it can be fun to write well. Although the presentation is simple, the information is sophisticated, and by the end of the book your child is getting information not usually taught until high school or college—if at all.

This volume features an array of quirky animals, birds, insects, a talking tree, and an amazing fish whose name is Mud. From each character, Mud learns a different aspect of sentence structure. Mud and his friends proved so popular with children that Thompson was impelled to write a series of novels about them. They make learning the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing assignments enjoyable.

Michael Clay Thompson’s writing series begins with Sentence Island, a lavishly illustrated book for children ages 7, 8, 9, and 10. Ideally, Thompson would like children to use Grammar Island first, and then proceed to Sentence Island while working concurrently with Building Language and The Music of the Hemispheres

The entire book is devoted to the sentence. Thompson knows that if a child cannot write a sentence he or she cannot write and will never be able to write. So it is essential that children master sentence writing. Thompson believes that most programs do not devote enough time and attention to the sentence, and hence children do not master writing sentences at a level that provides an adequate foundation.

Sentence Island teaches some advanced concepts in a lively way. Understanding these concepts enables your child to write sentences that make sense, communicate ideas, and impart information. Its approach and the wonderful illustrations demonstrate that it can be fun to write well. Although the presentation is simple, the information is sophisticated, and by the end of the book your child is getting information not usually taught until high school or college—if at all.

This volume features an array of quirky animals, birds, insects, a talking tree, and an amazing fish whose name is Mud. From each character, Mud learns a different aspect of sentence structure. Mud and his friends proved so popular with children that Thompson was impelled to write a series of novels about them. They make learning the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing assignments enjoyable.

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 reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the readers. Full color has been added to many of the illustrations. The iBook includes interactive reviews and practice problems. This digital edition has truly become a learning medium with a direct connection to an author of genius.

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Sentence Island: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing

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

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-088092-669-0

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 6690

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Sentence Island: 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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Paragraph Town: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N (Art)

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing

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

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-670-6

Latest edition: June 2015

Order code: 6706

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 6706S

Paragraph Town: Student Book Cover

Paragraph Town is at the same level as Grammar Town, Caesar's English Iand Building Poems. These four books enable teachers to implement a full language arts curriculum strongly grounded in the fundamentals.

This book gives children an entertaining and comprehensive introduction to the paragraph. It has an extensive and structured Teacher Manual with twenty lessons, in-depth exposition, and assignments.

The protagonists who teach the concepts to be learned are two engaging ducks who explore the importance of organizing sentences into orderly paragraphs with dialogue, description, expository, comparison, punctuation, and grammar.

Paragraph Town is at the same level as Grammar TownCaesar's English Iand Building Poems. These four books enable teachers to implement a full language arts curriculum strongly grounded in the fundamentals.

This book gives children an entertaining and comprehensive introduction to the paragraph. It has an extensive and structured Teacher Manual with twenty lessons, in-depth exposition, and assignments.

The protagonists who teach the concepts to be learned are two engaging ducks who explore the importance of organizing sentences into orderly paragraphs with dialogue, description, expository, comparison, punctuation, and grammar.

Additional features that make this book a special treat for students (and their teachers) is the audio. Students can hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he speaks directly to the readers. This digital edition is a learning medium with a direct connection to an author of genius.

 

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Paragraph Town: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing

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

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-671-3

Latest edition: October 2011

Order code: 6713

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Paragraph Town: 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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Essay Voyage: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N (Art)

Subjects: English Language Arts

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

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-672-0

Latest edition: October 2011

Order code: 6720

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 6720S

Essay Voyage: Student Book Cover

Essay Voyage explicates the elements of the correct, formal essay—the essay expected for exams, research papers, critical responses, and other formal analyses of academic subjects. With the use of extensive examples and thorough explanation, we see that formal writing involves the correct use of words, sentences, paragraphs, punctuation, and other elements such as organized structure and unity.

The book has a journeying theme that takes us around the world. Each chapter is followed by exercises, challenging questions, examples of good essays, and a discussion of the correct use of words taken from Caesar’s English II.

Ideally it should be used in conjunction with Grammar Voyage, Caesar’s English IIand A World of Poetry.

Essay Voyage explicates the elements of the correct, formal essay—the essay expected for exams, research papers, critical responses, and other formal analyses of academic subjects. With the use of extensive examples and thorough explanation, we see that formal writing involves the correct use of words, sentences, paragraphs, punctuation, and other elements such as organized structure and unity.

The book has a journeying theme that takes us around the world. Each chapter is followed by exercises, challenging questions, examples of good essays, and a discussion of the correct use of words taken from Caesar’s English II.

Ideally it should be used in conjunction with Grammar VoyageCaesar’s English IIand A World of Poetry.

Additional iBook Features: Each chapter includes interactive exercises, challenging questions, examples of good essays, and a discussion of the correct use of words taken from Caesar’s English II.

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Essay Voyage: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-088092-673-7

Latest edition: June 2015

Order code: 6737

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Essay Voyage: 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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Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-644-5

Latest edition: August 2015, Second Edition

Order code: 6445

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 6445S

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book Cover

This is the first volume at the secondary level in Michael Clay Thompson's Writing Program. It is an important addition to his curriculum for formal language study and extends the writing series from Sentence Island, Paragraph Town, and Essay Voyage into higher grade levels.

Students practice advanced academic writing with four assignments for which they must review their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, learn the MLA formatting method for research papers, know how to structure a well-written paper, and use standard proofreader's marks for correcting their own work.

There are sample papers to illustrate good and bad writing, an explanation of grading expectations, and ten new focus points after each assignment to use as a checklist.

This is a rigorous and detailed program, essential for gifted students, and for anyone who needs to write formal academic papers. The accompanying Teacher Manual comes with comments for teachers to use when grading papers so that students can learn not only from their mistakes but also from when they do well. This is available for dowload.

“When we do advanced academic writing we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it.” —Michael Clay Thompson

This is the first volume at the secondary level in Michael Clay Thompson's Writing Program. It is an important addition to his curriculum for formal language study and extends the writing series from Sentence IslandParagraph Town, and Essay Voyage into higher grade levels.

Students practice advanced academic writing with four assignments for which they must review their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, learn the MLA formatting method for research papers, know how to structure a well-written paper, and use standard proofreader's marks for correcting their own work.

There are sample papers to illustrate good and bad writing, an explanation of grading expectations, and ten new focus points after each assignment to use as a checklist.

This is a rigorous and detailed program, essential for gifted students, and for anyone who needs to write formal academic papers. The accompanying Teacher Manual has comments for teachers to use when grading papers so that students can learn not only from their mistakes but also from when they do well. This is available for download.

“When we do advanced academic writing we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it.” —Michael Clay Thompson

Additional iBook Features: Interactive review quizzes, punctuation quizzes, and sample papers that allow students to self-check their knowledge.

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book Cover

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Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-6452

Latest edition: August 2015

Order code: 6452

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual Cover

The Teacher Manual consists of a book and supplement information available for download. The book contains the student manual pages with supplementary material throughout, implementation advice and punctuation quizzes.

The downloads have Michael Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years and which parents may copy and paste to use in grading student papers; they enable you to do a thorough job of instructing and helping students in the grading process.

There is also a slideshow of how to use the whole MCT Language Arts Curriculum.

The Teacher Manual consists of a book and supplement information available for download. The book contains the student manual pages with supplementary material throughout, implementation advice and punctuation quizzes.

The downloads have Michael Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years and which parents may copy and paste to use in grading student papers; they enable you to do a thorough job of instructing and helping students in the grading process.

There is also a slideshow of how to use the whole MCT Language Arts Curriculum.

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing II: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-638-4

Latest edition: August 2015, Second Edition

Order code: 6384

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 6384S

Advanced Academic Writing II: Student Book Cover

Volume II of Advanced Academic Writng extends from Volume I with more elaborate MLA format rules, more competent essay continuity to forge, more proofreader's marks and forty more actual research paper comments to absorb.

So that students and parents do not have to juggle two books to find out what is in which book, Volume II also contains the summaries of punctuation, usage and grammar rules of Volume I for review, with additional items and special comments.

The assignments:

  • A Paper about Poetry or Shakespeare
  • Comparison or Contrast
  • Evaluating Ideas
  • Creating an Academic Idea

Volume II of Advanced Academic Writng extends from Volume I with more elaborate MLA format rules, more competent essay continuity to forge, more proofreader's marks and forty more actual research paper comments to absorb.

So that students and parents do not have to juggle two books to find out what is in which book, Volume II also contains the summaries of punctuation, usage and grammar rules of Volume I for review, with additional items and special comments.

The assignments:

  • A Paper about Poetry or Shakespeare
  • Comparison or Contrast
  • Evaluating Ideas
  • Creating an Academic Idea

iBook features interactive grammar, punctuation, and usage quizzes that allow students to check their knowledge.

Advanced Academic Writing II: Student Book Cover

Advanced Academic Writing II: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-639-1

Latest edition: August 2015, Second Edition

Order code: 6391

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing II: Teacher Manual Cover

The book contains the student manual pages with supplementary material throughout and implementation advice.

Supplementary information is available for download, and it has Michael Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years and which English teachers may copy and paste to use in grading student papers, and also, in this volume, a 3-minute video of Michael addressing the student about the importance of excellent standards in academic writing.

 

 

The book contains the student manual pages with supplementary material throughout and implementation advice.

Supplementary information is available for download, and it has Michael Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years and which English teachers may copy and paste to use in grading student papers, and also, in this volume, a 3-minute video of Michael addressing the student about the importance of excellent standards in academic writing.

Advanced Academic Writing II: Teacher Manual Cover

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Advanced Academic Writing III: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers

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

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-640-7

Latest edition: July 2010, Second Edition

Order code: 6407

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 6407S

Advanced Academic Writing III: Student Book Cover

Advanced Academic Writing Volume III not only requires longer, more complex, and more deeply documented papers of students, it also provides extensive explorations of intellectually advanced attitudes and understandings that differentiate the most mature and outstanding students, teaching students the excitement of aggressive library research and the pleasure of participating in a scholarly tradition that has ennobled research for centuries.

This volume focuses on achieving unity in style and and originality in content and the assignments are: Art and Thought; The Idea of an -Ism; Discovery and Truth; Ancient Ethics.

The Appendix includes punctuation and grammar rules and a list of common errors.

Advanced Academic Writing Volume III not only requires longer, more complex, and more deeply documented papers of students, it also provides extensive explorations of intellectually advanced attitudes and understandings that differentiate the most mature and outstanding students, teaching students the excitement of aggressive library research and the pleasure of participating in a scholarly tradition that has ennobled research for centuries.

This volume focuses on achieving unity in style and and originality in content and the assignments are: Art and Thought; The Idea of an -Ism; Discovery and Truth; Ancient Ethics.

The Appendix includes punctuation and grammar rules and a list of common errors.

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Advanced Academic Writing III: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

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

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-641-4

Latest edition: July 2010, Second Edition

Order code: 6414

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing III: Teacher Manual Cover

The book contains the student manual pages with supplementary material throughout and implementation advice.

The CD has Michael Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years and which English teachers may copy and paste to use in grading student papers.

 

The book contains the student manual pages with supplementary material throughout and implementation advice.

The CD has Michael Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years and which English teachers may copy and paste to use in grading student papers.

Advanced Academic Writing III: Teacher Manual Cover

OPUS 40: A Resource for Grading Academic Writing

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Teacher Resources; English Language Arts; Grading

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-468-7

Latest edition: June 2015

Order code: 4687

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This 184-page book of all Michael Clay Thompson's research paper comments, supplements his three-volume Advanced Academic Writing series and also offers a unique stand-alone resource for grading student academic papers.

Now in its second edition, it is a sine qua non for grading academic papers, a resource as useful to seasoned teachers as to homeschoolers coping with the issues for the first time.

For the past forty and more years, Michael has graded student papers and written extensive comments on them. He soon tired of writing the same comment for the same mistake year after year and began to put his comments into an archive he could draw upon as he needed. Eventually this archive became extensive and comprehensive.

OPUS 40 has the archive of his comments, his approach to teaching students how to write formal papers, his approach to grading student papers, and his reflections on, and explanations of, the comments he has written about structure, grammar, punctuation, format, and style.

Extra material is available for download and makes accessible in one place all the comments that are in the Advanced Academic Writing books so that parents can use them when grading.

This 184-page book of all Michael Clay Thompson's research paper comments, supplements his three-volume Advanced Academic Writing series and also offers a unique stand-alone resource for grading student academic papers.

Now in its second edition, it is a sine qua non for grading academic papers, a resource as useful to seasoned teachers as to homeschoolers coping with the issues for the first time.

For the past forty and more years, Michael has graded student papers and written extensive comments on them. He soon tired of writing the same comment for the same mistake year after year and began to put his comments into an archive he could draw upon as he needed. Eventually this archive became extensive and comprehensive.

OPUS 40 has the archive of his comments, his approach to teaching students how to write formal papers, his approach to grading student papers, and his reflections on, and explanations of, the comments he has written about structure, grammar, punctuation, format, and style.

Extra material is available for download and makes accessible in one place all the comments that are in the Advanced Academic Writing books so that parents can use them when grading.

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