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Why do students have to keep doing four-level analyses in every level of the MCT curriculum, in the grammar and practice and writing books, once they know how to do it? If a student has already done level one or two, is it not better to skip the practice book or the four-levels in the writing book? This is a good question. Why should a student have to keep doing it? Am I not opposed to students having to prove and prove and prove that they know something? Yes, I am opposed to that, but this is different. Four-level analysis is different…Four-level analysis is in part a logic of sentence construction. With each example you see more clearly how and why to make a verb agree with its subject, how to structure a good introductory participial phrase, how to punctuate a complex sentence, how to edit out junky modifiers, how to do the ten thousand things that writers want to do.
The Eyes of the Enemy is both a war story and a family story, but with something extra as well. One thing I like about being an author is that I can bend the rules of reality in a story if it helps me explore a particular subject or theme. In my previous book, Unswept Graves (a companion to this volume), I sent my modern-day heroine Jasmine Wu into the past, to show her things she never knew about the trials her ancestors faced. This time, I send my heroine Kathy Syverson, a girl from the Nebraska home front during World War II, into the fury of the war’s Pacific theater. She sees the horrors her brother experiences during battle but also discovers the connections she has with her fellow human beings – even those on the other side of the conflict.
Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community, the academy for academic excellence, is now accepting registrations for the summer session. We strive to provide the best education for children no matter where they live. Online learning courses from Royal Fireworks Press will give your children the basics and beyond—way beyond. Our summer session begins on May 15. […]
by Stephanie S. Tolan, author of Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness As 2015 drew to a close, I received a newsletter from a rare charter school for the highly gifted that included a letter of gratitude from the parents of a recent graduate. He had found in that school peers, friends, and a “place […]
Philosophy is the story of brave thinkers who can change the world. Here’s a question for you: What is your touchstone book? The book that changed your life. The book that made you realize who you are and what you stand for. You may not have fully realized it when you read it, but, looking […]
Royal Fireworks recently announced a new revision of my Word Within the Word, Volume Three. The revision contains rigorous supplementary content by Dr. Tom Kemnitz that provides background for the development of English vocabulary, and this is made more rich by the inclusion of beautiful photographs that he took of ancient ruins and artifacts. In terms of implementation, the way to understand the new supplemental texts and photographs is that they profoundly enrich the background of English vocabulary, without affecting the interdisciplinary focus of the curriculum itself.
10 August: It was on this date in 1846 that the United States Congress passed legislation creating the Smithsonian Institution, now a massive complex of museums.
Dr. Sharon Kaye has taken advantage of the Smithsonian Institution castle, to create a middle-grades trilogy for our philosophy curriculum. The fictional New Smithsonian Foundation—based in the Smithsonian castle in Washington, D.C.—sends middle school students on a series of virtual reality adventures in which they meet and learn about the work and thinking of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Boyle, Newton, Leibniz, Rousseau, Hume, and Kant. It is exciting and engaging philosophy absorbed through living the problems and arguments rather than reading dry exposition.
As Michael Clay Thompson notes, “It is by loving to read that children become literate.” And of course, it matters what they read. A child cannot become literate by reading a few modern pieces of short fiction or a few excerpts in an anthology. Becoming literate means reading the great classics, which are great classics […]
We are pleased to announce that Michael Clay Thompson is teaching the first five levels of his English language arts curriculum in full-year, online courses, starting in the autumn.
A Martian invasion, a Civil War classic, and adventure in bonny Scotland Michael Clay Thompson has added another trilogy of classic, masterpiece novels to his literature component of the language arts curriculum: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. He has called […]
Our thanks to the family for this letter and for permission to publish it with the names changed. Dear Michael, I wanted to take a moment to tell you how grateful Hazel’s father and I are to you for being such a wonderful teacher to our daughter last semester. Your Mud Trilogy, which she read […]
Michael Clay Thompson is expanding his online courses beginning in the new year, with new offerings of the Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy, Grammar Island, and The Word Within the Word, Volume I, in addition to the writing assessments. Fourteen online courses are now available for students who are following his language arts curriculum.
Michael has completed two semesters of online courses. He says they have been fun, and he has been pleased with the “excellent writing and the insightful comments about literature that the students have made.”
Online Courses Taught by Michael Clay Thompson This autumn Michael Clay Thompson is offering three new online literature courses, as well as continuing the writing assessment programs for Essay Voyage and Advanced Academic Writing. These are courses, not classes; the students will be able to access the material from MCT on their own schedule. LITERATURE […]
Author Robert Black reflects on his inspiration for math in fiction. Whenever I give a presentation on my Mathematical Nights books, there’s one name I always mention – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Mathematical Lecturer at Oxford University during much of the Victorian era. You may know him better by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. From the […]
Meet us at the following conferences and conventions: 2016 October 16th – 18th Ohio Association for Gifted Children, Columbus, OH November 3rd – 6th NAGC Annual Convention, Orlando, FL 17th -18th Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, Harrisburg, PA December 6th – 7th South Carolina Gifted Conference, Columbia SC 11th – 13th Indiana […]
This autumn Michael Clay Thompson is offering three new online literature courses, as well as continuing the writing assessment programs for Essay Voyage and Advanced Academic Writing. LITERATURE TRILOGIES The literature courses are for the Mud, Search, and Shadow trilogies. In each case children will get the benefit of Michael’s guidance through the novels. And […]