MCT Level 5 Complete Homeschool Package with The Word Within the Word I Color Edition

Order code: SO7D

Price: $215.00

This is the complete Michael Clay Thompson language arts curriculum for children at Level 5. It includes both student books and teacher or parent books for each strand of the curriculum: grammar, vocabulary, writing, poetics, and practice, and includes the color edition of The Word Within the Word I student book.

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The Magic Lens I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-825-8

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 8258

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 8258S

The Magic Lens I: Student Book Cover

The Magic Lens I is entirely based on four-level sentence analysis. This analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses is Michael Clay Thompson's original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. It uses his beautiful "t-models" to illustrate how sentences are constructed and includes a detailed look at how grammar affects punctuation.

The student book is in full color.

The Magic Lens I is entirely based on four-level sentence analysis. This analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses is Michael Clay Thompson's original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. It uses his beautiful "t-models" to illustrate how sentences are constructed and includes a detailed look at how grammar affects punctuation.

The student book is in full color.

Additional iBook Features: Students can self-check their knowledge with the interactive activities. Interactive exercises include identifying parts of speech, identifying types of pronouns, verbisections, identifying types of conjunctions, chapter reviews, four-level analysis, and more. 

The Magic Lens I: Student Book Cover

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The Magic Lens I: Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-827-2

Latest edition: March 2016

Order code: 8272

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

The Magic Lens I: Parent Manual Cover

This is the homeschool parent's manual to accompany The Magic Lens I. To help you save money, this book is in black and white, while the student book is full color throughout.

The parent manual contains the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, implementation instructions, and answers to the questions and exercises.

Grammar is an easily teachable subject because its concepts are so few and well-defined. It is the fundamental starting point for the MCT curriculum, which recommends front-loading language arts teaching with grammar. Vocabulary, writing, and poetics can be added once the child has grasped the basics: parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses.

This book accompanies the student book. It does not replace it. Homeschoolers need both.

The 4Practice I workbook provides an extra 100 practice sentences for four-level analysis.

The Magic Lens I: Parent Manual Cover

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The Word Within the Word I: Color Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-917-0

Latest edition: March 2015

Order code: 9170

The Word Within the Word I: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word I, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word I, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook is the same for both the color and the black-and-white versions of The Word Within the Word I. However, the digital version is in full color and features many gorgeous images not in the print versions.

The Word Within the Word I: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

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The Word Within the Word I: Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-609-6

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 6096

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

The Word Within the Word I: Parent Manual Cover

The parent manual for The Word Within the Word I contains most of the text that is in the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book, as well as review tests after every five lessons.

Because the parent manual does not contain the complete text of the student book, we recommend that you purchase both the student book and the parent manual to teach this book effectively.

The Word Within the Word I: Parent Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-494-6

Latest edition: January 2018

Order code: 4946

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 4946S

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book Cover

This is the first volume at the secondary level in Michael Clay Thompson's writing program. It is an important addition to his curriculum for formal language study and extends the writing series from Sentence Island, Paragraph Town, and Essay Voyage into higher grade levels.

Students practice advanced academic writing with four assignments for which they must review their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, learn the MLA formatting method for research papers, know how to structure a well-written paper, and use standard proofreaders' marks for correcting their work.

There are sample papers to illustrate good and bad writing, an explanation of grading expectations, and ten focus points to use as a checklist for each assignment.

This is a rigorous and detailed program, essential for gifted students—and for anyone who needs to write formal academic papers. The accompanying teacher manual comes with comments for teachers to use when grading papers so that students can learn not only from their mistakes but also from what they do well. This is available for dowload.

"When we do advanced academic writing, we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it." —Michael Clay Thompson

This is the first volume at the secondary level in Michael Clay Thompson's writing program. It is an important addition to his curriculum for formal language study and extends the writing series from Sentence IslandParagraph Town, and Essay Voyage into higher grade levels.

Students practice advanced academic writing with four assignments for which they must review their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, learn the MLA formatting method for research papers, know how to structure a well-written paper, and use standard proofreaders' marks for correcting their work.

There are sample papers to illustrate good and bad writing, an explanation of grading expectations, and ten focus points to use as a checklist for each assignment.

This is a rigorous and detailed program, essential for gifted students—and for anyone who needs to write formal academic papers. The accompanying teacher manual comes with comments for teachers to use when grading papers so that students can learn not only from their mistakes but also from what they do well. This is available for dowload.

"When we do advanced academic writing, we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it." —Michael Clay Thompson

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book Cover

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Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-496-0

Latest edition: January 2018

Order code: 4960

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing I includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The book comes with access to a database of hundreds of comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for parents and a learning experience for children.

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing I includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises. 

The book comes with access to a database of hundreds of comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for teachers and a learning experience for children.

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual Cover

Poetry and Humanity: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 5, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-662-1

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 6627

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 6627S

Poetry and Humanity: Student Book Cover

Poetry and Humanity develops and expands the MCT poetics program and is built on a theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult, or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.

All of the topics from the previous volumes are included in this one, but more advanced techniques are also explored. These include advanced rhymes such as half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, and apophany; advanced meters, from monometer to octameter; complex stanza forms, such as heroic couplets, terza rima, villanelles, quintets, sestets, octets, and submerged sonnets; and more involved figures of speech, including metonymy, synecdoche, and oxymorons. 

The poems featured in the book are by such immortal poets as Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Cowper, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, and G.K. Chesterton.

Like he has done with the other poetics books in this series, Michael beautifully illustrates the idea that poetry is not an art for the elite only. There are poems for everyone, and they can be lovely, or gritty, or heartbreaking, or amusing. And the best of them contain elements that make them memorable as well.

Sample pages (pdf files): Table of Contents | page 5page 47

Poetry and Humanity develops and expands the MCT poetics program and is built on a theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult, or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.

All of the topics from the previous volumes are included in this one, but more advanced techniques are also explored. These include advanced rhymes such as half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, and apophany; advanced meters, from monometer to octameter; complex stanza forms, such as heroic couplets, terza rima, villanelles, quintets, sestets, octets, and submerged sonnets; and more involved figures of speech, including metonymy, synecdoche, and oxymorons. 

The poems featured in the book are by such immortal poets as Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Cowper, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, and G.K. Chesterton.

Like he has done with the other poetics books in this series, Michael beautifully illustrates the idea that poetry is not an art for the elite only. There are poems for everyone, and they can be lovely, or gritty, or heartbreaking, or amusing. And the best of them contain elements that make them memorable as well.

Sample pages (pdf files): Table of Contents page 5 |  page 47

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems, as well as some interactive exercises that allow students to self-check their knowledge. The Implementation Manual also contains a link to a comprehensive quiz that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the quiz are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

Poetry and Humanity: Student Book Cover

Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-663-8

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 6635

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Poetry and Humanity includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

Sample page (pdf file): page 162

The teacher manual for Poetry and Humanity includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

Sample page (pdf file): page 162

Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual Cover

4Practice I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 12, 13, 14

Grade: 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-557-8

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 5578

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 5578S

4Practice I: Student Book Cover

4Practice I is a supplement to The Magic Lens I and is the practice workbook for the fifth level of the MCT language arts curriculum. It contains one hundred sentences, and each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within the Word I and the poetic devices studied in Poetry and HumanityStudents work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is explained in The Magic Lens I. The focus of the sentences is on ancient Greek and Roman history, with particular emphasis on the Latin and Greek stems found in some of the words.

Each sentence appears on a separate page with four blank lines beneath it where students can fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. By examining a wide range of sentences, students will experience the satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

This useful workbook is meant to be consumable and is therefore offered at a low cost.

4Practice I is a supplement to The Magic Lens I and is the practice workbook for the fifth level of the MCT language arts curriculum. It contains one hundred sentences, and each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within the Word I and the poetic devices studied in Poetry and HumanityStudents work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is explained in The Magic Lens I. The focus of the sentences is on ancient Greek and Roman history, with particular emphasis on the Latin and Greek stems found in some of the words.

Each sentence appears on a separate page with four blank lines beneath it where students can fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. By examining a wide range of sentences, students will experience the satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

This useful workbook is meant to be consumable and is therefore offered at a low cost.

The practice books have class set prices depending upon the quantity ordered; schools and school districts can combine orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00 each
50 books: $8.00 each
100 books: $7.00 each
250 books: $6.50 each
500 books: $6.00 each
750 books: $5.50 each
1,000 books: $5.00 each

Any mix of practice books can be ordered. Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Additional iBook Features: The one hundred interactive sentences have boxes below the four lines where students can type in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, the phrases, and the clauses that are in each sentence. Students can then self-check their answers with the check button, which also reveals comments about the grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing of each sentence. Because all the answers are available in the iBook version, no teacher manual is required.

4Practice I: Student Book Cover

4Practice1 Student book sample pages:

4Practice I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 12, 13, 14

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

ISBN: 978-0-89824-558-5

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 5585

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

4Practice I: Teacher Manual Cover

The 4Practice I teacher manual gives an introduction to the course, advice on implementation, correct answers, and specific comments about the grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing of each sentence.

The 4Practice I teacher manual gives an introduction to the course, advice on implementation, correct answers, and specific comments about the grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing of each sentence.

4Practice I: Teacher Manual Cover

4Practice1 Teacher Manual sample pages:

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