MCT Language Arts Level 7: The Lens III Level


The seventh level of the MCT language arts curriculum offers a high level of challenge. Using the strategies explained in Advanced Academic Writing III, Michael Clay Thompson teaches the students how to write academic essays advocating their own ideas, complete with citations and works cited. The grammar book, The Magic Lens III, explores the intricacies of how the English language is constructed through grammar. There are hundreds of stems in The Word Within the Word III that will enable students to understand words that they have never before encountered; there is also an engaging discussion of the beginnings of the ancient Roman Empire. The poetics strand is both an important and a fun part of the curriculum; Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth introduces students to Plato’s epistemology and traces how great poets have dealt with the concept of truth. During the second semester, Michael will add the American Autobiography Trilogy of literary works to the curriculum.

As with all of the levels, the students in Michael’s online courses will get a good deal more in the way of images and explication than those who simply use the texts.

Live Classes: Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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 7 texts: The Magic Lens III; 4Practice III; The Word Within the Word III; Advanced Academic Writing III; and Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth; as well as the American Autobiography Trilogy books: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, and Walden.


There is an alternative to taking the live-class version of this course: the child can 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. This allows children the chance to experience Michael’s teaching but at a discounted rate.


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