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MCT Language Arts Curriculum: All Seven Levels Now Complete

Posted on: 04/29/2016

With the publication of the final book in the Classic Literature series, the seven levels of the widely-acclaimed Royal Fireworks Press Language Arts Curriculum by Michael Clay Thompson are now complete.

Each level of the MCT curriculum contains five strands: grammar, vocabulary, poetics, writing, and practice books, all coordinated with classic literature. The newly finished fourth level is intended to prepare students for serious study of the classics of English and American literature

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The Interdisciplinary Concept of the Vocabulary Program by Michael Clay Thompson

Posted on: 04/29/2016

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.

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MCT’s The Word Within the Word III Revised for 2016

Posted on: 04/22/2016

Yesterday,  April 21, is the date when the ancient Romans celebrated the founding of Rome.  What better way to celebrate than with the publication of the revised edition of The Word Within the Word III and, with it, the completion of this phase of the revision of the language arts curriculum by Michael Clay Thompson. […]

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Michael Clay Thompson to assess essays this summer

Posted on: 04/22/2016

Writing Assessments and Special Presentations with Michael Clay Thompson Many parents would love to have support correcting and assessing their children’s papers.  Now we are offering an extraordinary solution:  Michael Clay Thompson will personally assess and correct your children’s papers. Also, teachers have asked for an additional resource that they can offer parents who are […]

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We must advocate for real reading…and it is a question not only of quality but of quantity.

Posted on: 04/11/2016

Michael Clay Thompson’s blog post on putting serious fiction and non-fiction back in place in schools. If I ruled the world (I recently observed that this is increasingly unlikely), every school system in the United States would make a powerful literature program the centerpiece of its educational strategy. The opposite is what is happening; school […]

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