MCT Language Arts Level 2: The Town Level

  • Instructor Michael Clay Thompson
  • Code MCT2-24/25
  • Student Ages 7–11
  • Terms Fall Semester 2024
    Spring Semester 2025
    Full Year
  • Day Monday, Tuesday
  • Time 3:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M.


In the second level of the MCT language arts curriculum, Michael Clay Thompson takes students into Paragraph Town, where two ducks, Fishmeal and Queequack, explore the art of organizing their writing. Grammar Town introduces students to the building blocks of the English language within the context of a town. Expanding further, students are introduced in the vocabulary strand to the ancient world of Caesar and the contributions of the Romans to the English language. Caesar’s English I is not only a sophisticated vocabulary book but also a broad introduction to many aspects of Roman history, culture, and ingenuity. Roman architecture is reinforced in the poetics book for this level, Building Poems. During the second semester, Michael will add the Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy of literary novels to the curriculum.

This level is considerably more sophisticated than the first level, and Michael is the ideal instructor to help students navigate the challenges of learning the language arts.

Class Meetings: Mondays at 7:00 p.m. OR Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. (Students can choose which time works best for them. Students unable to attend either class meeting can watch a recording of the classes.)
Fall Semester: August 19/20 – December 16/17, 2024
Spring Semester:
January 13/14 – May 12/13, 2025

There will not be a class meeting every week. The core of the course is the assignments and the extensive feedback given by Michael, with the class meeting being a voluntary enrichment for students who are able to attend. Students’ attendance of the class meetings has no effect on their grades. Students unable to attend a class meeting will be able to access a recording of the class.

Student Expectations: Students must be able to do assignments using a keyboard (no handwritten assignments).

Student Support: Michael is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment: Michael may reply to students’ answers with comments or questions, and he will want them to answer those emails.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need the Level 2 texts: Grammar Town, Practice Town, Caesar’s English I CEE, Paragraph Town, and Building Poems, as well as the Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy novels: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wind in the Willows.


NOTE: There is an audit and grading option available for this course. Students who choose this option will not be able to join the weekly class meetings, nor will they be able to ask Michael Clay Thompson any questions. Instead, on Friday of each week, there will be a video recording posted on the course website (to which they will have access) of that week’s class meeting with Michael that the students can watch. In addition, students who do the homework can have it graded by an experienced instructor of Michael’s choosing.


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