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 MCT grammar, vocabulary, and poetics programs extremely 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 continues on through Paragraph Town, and Essay Voyage, is beautifully illustrated with original drawings from the art of noted American artist Milton N. Kemnitz. 

The fourth book in the series, The Writing of Literature, examines some of the techniques that classic writers of both novels and nonfiction use to write immortal literary works. This book is as much about reading as it is about writing, as Thompson emphasizes how intertwined and connected extensive reading is with writing.

The secondary level series is illustrated with actual research papers and Michael Clay Thompson's grading comments. It consists of three volumes of Advanced Academic Writing and an instructor resource, Opus 40.

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 information on how to download the archive of Michael's actual research paper comments on more than a hundred common writing errors. Parents can copy and paste them to help their children learn to correct their errors of grammar, style, and punctuation. This is an innovative and unique practical resource. Opus 40 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 Royal Fireworks Press Support Group: MCTLA 

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

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

Teachers find the MCT grammar, vocabulary, and poetics programs extremely 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 continues on through Paragraph Town, and Essay Voyage, is beautifully illustrated with original drawings from the art of noted American artist Milton N. Kemnitz. For detailed information on the content included in these three books, see the Elementary Writing Development Sequence (pdf).

The fourth book in the series, for grades 6 and up, is The Writing of Literature. This book examines some of the techniques that classic writers of both novels and nonfiction use to write immortal literary works. The book is as much about reading as it is about writing, as Thompson emphasizes how intertwined and connected extensive reading is with writing.

The secondary level series is illustrated with actual research papers and Michael Clay Thompson's grading comments. It consists of three volumes of Advanced Academic Writing and a teacher resource, Opus 40.

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 Clay Thompson has emphasized the illustrated nature of the program because he knows that it is helpful to student progress. When students can see what is expected and what to avoid, they have a far better chance of succeeding. 

Michael has compiled comments for students’ papers over many years. He shares this archive so that you can encourage, develop, and advance your students' writing skills. Each teacher manual of the three volumes of Advanced Academic Writing comes with information on how to download the archive of Michael's actual research paper comments on more than a hundred common writing errors. Teachers can copy and paste them to help their students learn to correct their errors of grammar, style, and punctuation. This is an innovative and unique practical resource. Opus 40 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.

Teachers and educators are invited to join the Royal Fireworks Press Support Group: MCTteachers 

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

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Sentence Island: Student Book

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-668-3

Latest edition: June 2016

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

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Michael Clay Thompson’s writing series begins with the lavishly illustrated Sentence Island. 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. 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. Most programs do not devote enough time and attention to the sentence, and hence many children do not master writing sentences at a level that provides an adequate foundation for more advanced writing.

Sentence Island teaches advanced concepts in a lively way. Understanding these concepts enables the child to write sentences that make sense, communicate ideas, and impart information. The book's 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, the 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 the lavishly illustrated Sentence Island. 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. 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. Most programs do not devote enough time and attention to the sentence, and hence many children do not master writing sentences at a level that provides an adequate foundation for more advanced writing.

Sentence Island teaches advanced concepts in a lively way. Understanding these concepts enables students to write sentences that make sense, communicate ideas, and impart information. The book's 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, students are 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.

Additional iBook Features: Hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the reader. Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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Sentence Island: Teacher Manual

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-088092-669-0

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 6690

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Sentence Island: Teacher Manual Cover

The Sentence Island teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The Sentence Island teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

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Paragraph Town: Student Book

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-670-6

Latest edition: August 2016

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 I,
and Building Poems. These four books enable instructors to implement a full language arts curriculum strongly grounded in the fundamentals.

This book gives children an entertaining and comprehensive introduction to the paragraph within the narrative of a story. The protagonists who teach the concepts are two engaging ducks who explore the importance of organizing sentences into orderly paragraphs with dialogue, description, comparison, punctuation, and grammar.

The book also contains an extensive, structured section of exercises and consists of twenty lessons, each containing in-depth exposition and assignments.

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

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

This book gives students an entertaining and comprehensive introduction to the paragraph within the narrative of a story. The protagonists who teach the concepts are two engaging ducks who explore the importance of organizing sentences into orderly paragraphs with dialogue, description, comparison, punctuation, and grammar.

The book also contains an extensive, structured section of exercises and consists of twenty lessons, each containing in-depth exposition and assignments.

Additional iBook Features: Hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the reader. Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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Paragraph Town: Teacher Manual

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-671-3

Latest edition: August 2016

Order code: 6713

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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The Paragraph Town teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, as well as suggestions for implementing the student book, an extensive section of activities, and answers to questions and exercises.

The Paragraph Town teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, as well as suggestions for implementing the student book, an extensive section of activities, and answers to questions and exercises.

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Essay Voyage: Student Book

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-672-0

Latest edition: March 2016

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, children 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 readers 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, this text should be used in conjunction with Grammar Voyage, Caesar’s English IIand A World of Poetry.

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

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, students 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 readers 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, this text should be used in conjunction with Grammar VoyageCaesar’s English IIand A World of Poetry.

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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Essay Voyage: Teacher Manual

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-088092-673-7

Latest edition: March 2016

Order code: 6737

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Essay Voyage: Teacher Manual Cover

The Essay Voyage teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The Essay Voyage teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

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The Writing of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-876-2

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8762

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 8762S

The Writing of Literature: Student Book Cover

The Writing of Literature is Michael Clay Thompson's seventh book about writing, but unlike the other six books, this one is about literary writing, focusing on the language of classic fiction and nonfiction. The other writing books are about formal academic writing: academic essays and research papers—the sort of nonfiction writing that all students must do in academic courses and in most professions.

Thompson wrtites in the introduction: "Our task is to see what writing secrets great novels can teach us about the kind of writing that we do and to absorb writing elements that help us become great readers.... Classic novelists show us deeper strategies that are not usually mentioned in school instructions for beginners. One reason the writers of immortal books are immortal is that they take commonly known writing techniques to uncommon heights, finding uncommon depth and beauty in the ways they use them."

The book contains practice exercises, essay or discussion topics, and substantial exercepts to read from classic authors, including nonfiction from James Madison, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, William Lloyd Garrison, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida M. Tarbell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and W.E.B. Dubois. 

The Writing of Literature is Michael Clay Thompson's seventh book about writing, but unlike the other six books, this one is about literary writing, focusing on the language of classic fiction and nonfiction. The other writing books are about formal academic writing: academic essays and research papers—the sort of nonfiction writing that all students must do in academic courses and in most professions.

Thompson wrtites in the introduction: "Our task is to see what writing secrets great novels can teach us about the kind of writing that we do and to absorb writing elements that help us become great readers.... Classic novelists show us deeper strategies that are not usually mentioned in school instructions for beginners. One reason the writers of immortal books are immortal is that they take commonly known writing techniques to uncommon heights, finding uncommon depth and beauty in the ways they use them."

The book contains practice exercises, essay or discussion topics, and substantial exercepts to read from classic authors, including nonfiction from James Madison, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, William Lloyd Garrison, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida M. Tarbell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and W.E.B. Dubois.

Addition iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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The Writing of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

ISBN: 978-0-88092-877-9

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8779

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

The Writing of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Writing of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus information about implementing the student book, as well as answers to the exercises.

The teacher manual for The Writing of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus information about implementing the student book, as well as answers to the exercises.

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Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-644-5

Latest edition: November 2015

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

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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 proofreaders' marks for correcting their work.

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

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 what 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 proofreaders' marks for correcting their work.

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

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 what 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

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-6452

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 6452

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing I includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The book comes with access to a database of hundreds of comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for parents and a learning experience for children.

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing I includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises. 

The book comes with access to a database of hundreds of comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for teachers and a learning experience for children.

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing II: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-638-4

Latest edition: November 2015

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 proofreaders' marks, and forty more actual research paper comments to absorb. Like Volume I, there are four assignments, this time requiring the child to write longer, more complex papers than what were required for the previous volume.

Volume II also contains the summaries of punctuation, usage, and grammar rules of Volume I for review, with additional items and special comments.

Volume II of Advanced Academic Writng extends from Volume I with more elaborate MLA format rules, more competent essay continuity to forge, more proofreaders' marks, and forty more actual research paper comments to absorb. Like Volume I, there are four assignments, this time requiring students to write longer, more complex papers than what were required for the previous volume.

Volume II also contains the summaries of punctuation, usage, and grammar rules of Volume I for review, with additional items and special comments.

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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Advanced Academic Writing II: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-639-1

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 6391

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing II: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing II includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The book comes with access to a database of more than a hundred comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for parents and a learning experience for children.

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing II includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The book comes with access to a database of more than a hundred comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for teachers and a learning experience for students.

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Advanced Academic Writing III: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-640-7

Latest edition: November 2015

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 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 originality in content. It contains more elaborate MLA format rules, more proofreaders' marks, and forty more actual research paper comments. The appendix includes an extensive list of punctuation, grammar, and usage rules and a list of common errors, all of which include and expand upon the content in the first two volumes in the series.

Advanced Academic Writing 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 originality in content. It contains more elaborate MLA format rules, more proofreaders' marks, and forty more actual research paper comments. The appendix includes an extensive list of punctuation, grammar, and usage rules and a list of common errors, all of which include and expand upon the content in the first two volumes in the series.

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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Advanced Academic Writing III: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-641-4

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 6414

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing III: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing III includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The book comes with access to a database of more than a hundred comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for parents and a learning experience for children.

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing III includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The book comes with access to a database of more than a hundred comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for teachers and a learning experience for students.

Advanced Academic Writing III: Teacher Manual Cover

Opus 40: A Resource for Grading Academic Writing

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Teacher Resources; 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: November 2015

Order code: 4687

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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

The book 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-plus years, Michael has graded student papers and has written detailed comments on them. He soon tired of writing the same comments for the same mistakes year after year and began to put his comments into an archive that he could draw upon as he needed. Eventually this archive became extensive and comprehensive.

Opus 40 contains 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, format, punctuation, style, and more.

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

The book 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-plus years, Michael has graded student papers and has written detailed comments on them. He soon tired of writing the same comments for the same mistakes year after year and began to put his comments into an archive that he could draw upon as he needed. Eventually this archive became extensive and comprehensive.

Opus 40 contains 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, format, punctuation, style, and more.

This book makes accessible in one place all the comments that are in the Advanced Academic Writing books so that teachers can use them when grading.

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