MCT Language Arts Level 4: The Classic Literature Level

  • Instructor Michael Clay Thompson
  • Code MCTL4
  • Student Ages 9-15
  • Terms Fall Semester 2023
    Spring Semester 2024
    Full Year


The fourth level of the MCT language arts curriculum is an introduction to literature that is sophisticated and insightful at a level beyond what most students will ever encounter. Michael Clay Thompson leads students in an examination of how the great writers use poetic techniques, subtle paragraph transitions, and sound in their classic novels. He takes them into the grammar, vocabulary, and poetic elements of these novels, and he does so at a level that few students will encounter unless they are English majors at top universities. During the second semester, Michael will add the Shadow Trilogy of literary novels to the curriculum.

No other curriculum comes close to this level of sophistication, and Michael is the ideal instructor to lead students in exploring it.

Live Classes: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. OR Wednesdays 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 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 4 texts: The Grammar of Literature, 4Practice for Literature, The Vocabulary of Literature, The Writing of Literature, and The Poetry of Literature, and as well as the Shadow Trilogy novels: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.



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