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Michael Clay Thompson: Writing Program

Michael Clay Thompson: Writing Program Series Cover

This is part of the innovative and revolutionary English Language Arts programs by Michael Clay Thompson.

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, Volumes One and Two. Michael Clay Thompson:

“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 has decided to share this archive with teachers so that they too can encourage, develop and advance students’ writing skills and not merely grade. Each Teacher Manual with the Advanced Academic Writing volumes 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.

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

Support Groups for users of Michael Clay Thompson's Language Arts series
Teachers and educators in schools 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. Includes student book and teacher's manual for each stage of the curriculum: | School Examination Packages

 

Sentence Island: Student Manual Cover

Sentence Island: Student Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N (Art)
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum
Grade:
3
ISBN:
978-0-88092-668-3
Latest edition:
August 2012
Order code:
6683
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $22.00 each. Order code: 6683S

Michael Clay Thompson’s writing series begins with Sentence Island, a lavishly illustrated book for gifted third-grade or regular fourth-grade students. Ideally, Thompson would like students to use Grammar Island first, and then proceed to Sentence Island, while working concurrently with Building Language and Music of the Hemispheres. (For information on these books and the complete series, go to Michael Clay Thompson's  Language Arts Curriculum.)

The entire book—and year’s work in writing—is devoted to the sentence. Thompson knows that if a student cannot write a sentence he or she cannot write and will never be able to write. So it is essential that students master sentence writing. Thompson believes that most programs do not devote enough time and attention to the sentence, and hence students 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 students 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 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 students that Thompson was impelled to write a series of novels about them. They make enjoyable learning the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing assignments.

IBOOK: 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.

The next book in the writing series is Paragraph Town.

Sentence Island Student sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Sentence Island: Teacher Manual Cover

Sentence Island: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-088092-669-0
Latest edition:
August 2012
Order code:
6690
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$30.00

The teacher manuals in the curriculum always include the student book overlaid with tips for teaching, plus: extra material containing wonderful original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning and, where applicable, pre and post tests, answers to questions and activities for specific topics.

The teacher manuals in the curriculum always include the student book overlaid with tips for teaching, plus: extra material containing wonderful original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning and, where applicable, pre and post tests, answers to questions and activities for specific topics.

Sentence Island Teacher sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Paragraph Town: Student Manual Cover

Paragraph Town: Student Manual

Author:
Kemnitz, Milton N (Art); Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English; Language Arts; Writing
Grade:
4, 5
ISBN:
978-0-88092-670-6
Latest edition:
2009
Order code:
6706
This Book is Available as an iBook
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $20.00 each. Order code: 6706S

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

This new 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; some of the different kinds of paragraphs--dialogue, description, expository, comparison; punctuation as well as grammar.

Paragraph Town student manual pages: View online or Download PDF

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Paragraph Town: Teacher Manual Cover

Paragraph Town: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-88092-671-3
Latest edition:
October 2011
Order code:
6713
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$30.00

Paragraph Town Teacher sample pages 105-114: View online or Download PDF

Paragraph Town Teacher pages 157-164: View online or Download PDF

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Essay Voyage: Student Manual Cover

Essay Voyage: Student Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English; Language Arts; Writing
Age:
10, 11, 12
Grade:
5, 6
ISBN:
978-0-088092-672-0
Latest edition:
October 2011
Order code:
6720
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $20.00 each. Order code: 6720S

In what will be an indispensable book for English teachers and all teachers of gifted children, Essay Voyage explicates the elements of the correct, formal essay—the essay expected for essay 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 Volume 2.

Ideally it should be used in conjunction with Grammar Voyage, Caesar’s English Volume 2 and A World of Poetry.

 

Essay Voyage Sample Pages: View online or Download PDF

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Essay Voyage: Teacher Manual Cover

Essay Voyage: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-088092-673-7
Latest edition:
April 2010
Order code:
6737
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$30.00

Essay Voyage Teacher sample pages: View online or Download PDF

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Advanced Academic Writing, Vol 1: Student Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing, Vol 1: Student Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English Language Arts; Writing
Age:
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Grade:
6, 7, 8, 9, 10
ISBN:
978-0-88092-674-4
Latest edition:
August 2010
Order code:
6744
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00
Class sets:
25 or more: $22.00 each. Order code: 6744S

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 has an invaluable CD of 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.

Advanced Academic Writing, Volume One: Student Book Table of Contents: View online or Download PDF

Advanced Academic Writing, Volume One: Student Book Page 13: View online or Download PDF

Advanced Academic Writing, Volume One: Student Book Page 19: View online or Download PDF

Advanced Academic Writing, Volume One: Student Book Page 24: View online or Download PDF

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Advanced Academic Writing, Vol 1: Teacher Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing, Vol 1: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-88092-675-1
Latest edition:
August 2010
Order code:
6751
Price:
$50.00
Website Price:
$40.00

The Teacher Manual consists of a book and a CD. The book contains the student manual pages with supplementary material throughout, implementation advice and punctuation quizzes.

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; they enable teachers 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, Vol1: Teacher Manual TOC: View online or Download PDF

Advanced Academic Writing, Vol1: Teacher Manual Page 112: View online or Download PDF

Advanced Academic Writing, Vol1: Teacher Manual Page 113: View online or Download PDF

Advanced Academic Writing, Vol1: Teacher Manual Page 114: View online or Download PDF

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Advanced Academic Writing Vol 2: Student Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing Vol 2: Student Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10, 11
ISBN:
978-0-88092-676-8
Latest edition:
October 2009
Order code:
6768
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00

Volume Two's Student and Teacher books, published in November 2009, extend this exacting program from Volume One 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 teachers do not have to juggle two books to find out what is in which book, Volume Two also contains the summaries of punctuation, usage and grammar rules of Volume One 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

Advanced Academic Writing, Volume One: Student Book Table of Contents: View online or Download PDF

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Advanced Academic Writing Vol 2: Teacher Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing Vol 2: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-88092-677-5
Latest edition:
October 2009
Order code:
6775
Price:
$50.00
Website Price:
$40.00

The Teacher Manual consists of a book and a CD.

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, 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 Volume Two: Teacher Manual Sample Pages: View online or Download PDF

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Advanced Academic Writing Vol 3: Student Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing Vol 3: Student Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
Subjects:
English; English Language Arts; Writing; Writing Research Papers
Age:
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grade:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
ISBN:
978-0-88092-678-2
Latest edition:
July 2010
Order code:
6782
Price:
$35.00
Website Price:
$25.00

Advanced Academic Writing volume 3 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 Three: First 10 Pages: View online or Download PDF

Advanced Academic Writing Volume Three: Pages 19 to 28: View online or Download PDF

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Advanced Academic Writing Vol 3: Teacher Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing Vol 3: Teacher Manual

Author:
Thompson, Michael Clay
ISBN:
978-0-88092-679-9
Latest edition:
July 2010
Order code:
6799
Price:
$50.00
Website Price:
$40.00

The Teacher Manual consists of a book and a CD.

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.

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Opus 40: A Resource for Grading Academic Writing Cover

Opus 40: A Resource for Grading Academic Writing

Author:
Thompson. Michael Clay
Subjects:
Teacher Resources; English Language Arts; Grading
ISBN:
978-0-88092-697-3
Latest edition:
April 2010
Order code:
6973
Price:
$40.00
Website Price:
$30.00

This 191-page book, with its CD 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.

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 a word processed 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, style etc.

The CD makes accessible all the comments so that teachers and parents can use them when grading. (Note that these are the same comments that accompanies each of the Advanced Academic Writing Books).

Opus 40 Sample Pages: View online or Download PDF

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