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MCT Language Arts Level 3: The Voyage Level
- Instructor Michael Clay Thompson
- Code MCTLV3
- Student Ages 8-13
THIS COURSE HAS PASSED THE LIMIT AT WHICH REGISTRATION GUARANTEES AUTOMATIC INCLUSION. However, it is still possible to register your child to be put on a waiting list for full participation in the course. Inevitably, some of the children now in the course will not take part, and their places will be available for children on the waiting list.
You can sign up for the waiting list by registering and either paying at the time of registration (you will receive a full refund if your child is not in the course) or by choosing “Pay by Purchase Order,” which will enable you to delay payment until you know if your child has made it into the course. Please use the child’s first name as the purchase order number if you choose this option.
An alternative is having 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.
A third option is to have the child audit the course with assignments graded by an instructor chosen by Michael Clay Thompson.
THIS IS A TWO-SEMESTER COURSE.
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 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 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.