MCT Language Arts Level 4 – Literature Level
This is the second half of a two-semester course that began in Fall 2020.
The fourth level of the MCT language arts curriculum is an introduction to literature that is sophisticated and insightful at a level beyond what most students will ever encounter. Michael Clay Thompson leads students in a year-long examination of how the great writers use poetic techniques, subtle paragraph transitions, and sound in their classic novels. He takes them into the vocabulary, grammar, and poetic elements of these novels, and he does so at a level that few students will encounter unless they are English majors at top universities. No other curriculum comes close to this level of sophistication, and Michael is the ideal instructor to lead students in exploring it. The live classes will play a significant part in opening literature at this level to students.
During the second semester, Michael will add the Shadow Trilogy of literary novels to the curriculum.
Live Classes: Mondays OR Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (students can choose which day works best for them each week). The semester begins the week of January 11th and ends the week of May 10th. 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 Expectations: Students must be able to do assignments using a keyboard (no handwritten assignments).
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 4 texts: The Grammar of Literature, The Vocabulary of Literature, The Writing of Literature, The Poetry of Literature, and 4Practice for Literature, as well as the Shadow Trilogy novels: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Students will need to have an email account and access to a computer with audio and video capabilities.