MCT Language Arts Level 4 – Literature Level
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 will be held most Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The first semester begins the week of August 19th and ends the week of December 16th. The second semester begins the week of January 13th, 2020, and ends the week of May 11th. 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.
Assignments: Vary by class
Student Expectations: Students must be able to do assignments using a keyboard (no handwritten assignments) and be comfortable accessing the internet.
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.