Newsletter – August 3rd, 2011
Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts Curriculum, covering Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing, and Poetics, has a new component: Literature. The literature strand will be published in trilogies of three works together with separate manuals for parents and teachers. We are pleased to announce that the eagerly awaited first trilogy is now available and the second should be ready soon.
The first trilogy is Alice, Peter, and Mole trilogy, consisting of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and Peter Pan by J M Barrie. This collection is most appropriate for students at the first or second level of the MCT curriculum.
The next trilogy will consist of: The Time Machine by H.G Wells, A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This will be for upper levels of the Curriculum. A trilogy for the middle levels will follow it.
The author writes in his introduction that the aim “is to immerse children in great books so that they experience literature as literature and not as a drudgery of tedious school activities.” The ultimate test of the program is “if the child does not love reading, we have failed… It is by loving to read that children become literate.”
In each of the classics chosen, Michael Clay Thompson provides close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. They all focus on the author’s writing technique whilst still keeping the child’s mind on the book itself.
It is a program that encourages reflection and discussion, growth and understanding; Parent Manual and Teacher Manual show how these can be achieved in different settings. The manuals include background notes, Socratic questioning, and quotation quizzes.
We have taken trouble with the design of the series. The type is Goudy Old Style which is generally regarded as a very pleasing font. The margins are wide, the type is large, and the space between lines is greater than normal. The books are five and quarter inches by seven and a half inches, a very easy size for children to hold.
There are special prices for teachers who order class sets and for homeschool parents who order with a level package.
Michael Clay Thompson and Royal Fireworks Press will be at the following:
16 -18 October: Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) Annual Fall Conference,
3 -6 November: National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Annual Convention: “Advancing Potential… and All That Jazz!” New Orleans, Louisiana.
28-30 November: South Carolina Consortium for the Gifted; Charleston, SC.
30 November – 2 December: TAGT Professional Development Conference for Educators & Parents, Austin Convention Center, Texas.
Our Royal Fireworks website, rfwp.com, has served us well since 2006 but a newly designed, clearer and more functional site will be up and running in the next fortnight.