MCT Language Arts Level 3: The Voyage Level

  • Instructor Michael Clay Thompson
  • Code MCTL3
  • Student Ages 8-13
  • Terms Fall Semester 2023
    Spring Semester 2024
    Full Year


In the third level of the MCT language arts curriculum, Michael Clay Thompson takes children on a voyage around the world in Essay Voyage. It is at once a strong and creative introduction to how to write an essay and also an exploration of the geography of the world. Michael enriches that theme and shows students more of the world in A World of Poetry. Grammar Voyage keeps the children aboard ship as the grammar gets ever more sophisticated and challenging. The vocabulary text is Caesar’s English II, which offers fifty Latin stems that students will learn are the foundation of hundreds of words in the English language, thus providing a base that will extend far beyond the lessons themselves. During the second semester, Michael will add the Search Trilogy of literary novels to the curriculum.

Live Classes: Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. OR Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (students can choose which time works best for them each week). Fall semester runs from the week of August 14th to the week of December 11th, 2023; spring semester runs from the week of January 8th to the week of May 6th, 2024.

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 3 texts: Grammar Voyage, Practice Voyage, Caesar’s English II CEE, Essay Voyage, and A World of Poetry, as well as the Search Trilogy novels: Treasure Island, The Call of the Wild, and The Invisible Man.


There is an alternative to taking the live-class version of this course. The child can audit the course and have assignments graded by an instructor of Michael’s choosing. This option allows children the chance to experience Michael’s teaching but at a discounted rate.


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