MCT Language Arts Level 5 – Lens I Level

Term Spring 2021
Ages 10-18
Instructor Michael Clay Thompson
Price $775

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This is the second half of a two-semester course that began in Fall 2020.

The fifth level of the MCT language arts curriculum offers a high level of challenge. Using the strategies explained in Advanced Academic Writing I, Michael Clay Thompson teaches the students how to write academic essays, complete with citations and works cited. The grammar book, The Magic Lens I, explores the intricacies of how the English language is constructed through grammar. There are 500 stems in The Word Within the Word I that will enable students to understand words that they have never before encountered, and the 250 important vocabulary words will bring students’ language skills to impressive levels. Also in that book is an engaging discussion of Greece in the Classical Age from 490 to 323 B.C. The poetics strand is at once an important and a fun part of the curriculum. As with all levels, the students in Michael’s online classes not only will get the opportunity for live classes but also will see a good deal more in the way of images and explication than those who simply use the texts.

During the second semester, Michael will add the Time Trilogy of literary novels to the curriculum.

Live Classes: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from January 13th to May 12th. 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 5 texts: The Magic Lens I, The Word Within the Word I, Advanced Academic Writing I, Poetry and Humanity, and 4Practice I, as well as the Time Trilogy novels: The Time Machine, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and A Christmas Carol. Students will need to have an email account and access to a computer with audio and video capabilities.


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