MCT Language Arts Level 2: The Town Level


In the second level of the MCT language arts curriculum, Michael Clay Thompson takes children into Paragraph Town, where two ducks, Fishmeal and Queequack, explore the art of organizing their writing. Grammar Town introduces children 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 your child navigate the challenges of learning the language arts.

Live Classes: Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. OR Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (students can choose which time works best for them each week)

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


There are two alternatives to taking the live-class version of this course. The first is to have the child audit the course. Children who are auditing the course will be able to watch a recording of the live class each week, but they will not be able to attend the live classes nor have their work graded. The second alternative is to have the child audit the course with assignments graded by an instructor chosen by Michael Clay Thompson. Both alternatives offer children the chance to experience Michael’s teaching but at a discounted rate.


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