MCT Language Arts Curriculum, Grade 6, The Classic Literature Level

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The classic literature level, which is the fourth level of the MCT language arts curriculum, contains books that focus on the grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetic techniques of the great classics of English and American literature. It acts as a bridge between the elementary and secondary levels, but it is so rich in content that it is recommended even for students who have advanced beyond this level.

Michael brings his genius and insight into the English language for you to share with your students and to help foster in them a love of classic literature.

This level is based on Michael Clay Thompson’s decades-long research into the vocabulary of the classic English and American novels and the far-reaching database that grew out of it. When Michael pinpoints the most-used words of the classic English and American novelists, he is not guessing or even making a rough estimate. He knows precisely how many times they were used, by whom, and in what piece of literature, and he can cite each sentence in which they appeared. This provides an unmatched, solid foundation for The Vocabulary of Literature.

In the grammar book, The Grammar of Literature, Michael introduces the t-model, a new way of picturing sentences. In The Poetry of Literature, he shows how classic writers used poetic devices that helped to make their prose extraordinary. The Writing of Literature leads students through a sophisticated and often subtle exploration of the writing techniques the great authors used to make an indelible impression on their readers.

The literature level offers students—and their teachers—a unique, in-depth look at some of the greatest works of literature available in the English language. It will impart an appreciation for the diligence and dedication of the authors of those works, revealing techniques that readers will look for in future books and will employ in their own writing as well.

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The Grammar of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-870-0

Latest edition: March 2016

Order code: 8700

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 8700S

The Grammar of Literature: Student Book Cover

Michael Clay Thompson has long argued that grammar is simple and beautiful.  Once again he has proven it so with his book The Grammar of Literature.

This is the grammar component of the newest level of the MCT language arts curriculum.  What is extraordinary about the book is not only its capacity to help students figure out complicated sentences like this one but also MCT’s introduction of a new "t-model" for picturing sentences. 

This t-model exquisitely showcases one of the crucial parts of MCT’s genius: his ability to render complex grammar relationships as simple but beautiful illustrations. The t-model shows clearly the importance of subjects and verbs in relation to adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of the sentence; it visually emphasizes the dichotomy between subject and predicate; it visually clarifies the distinction between action verbs and linking verbs; it provides a simple, clear, and elegant visualization of phrases, particularly of verbal phrases. Its simplification of verbals will help many children master what continues to prove daunting to many parents and teachers. 

The books in this level of the MCT curriculum focus on the vocabulary, grammar, writing, and poetic techniques of the authors of the great classics of English and American literature.

Michael Clay Thompson has long argued that grammar is simple and beautiful.  Once again he has proven it so with his book The Grammar of Literature.

This is the grammar component of the newest level of the MCT language arts curriculum.  What is extraordinary about the book is not only its capacity to help students figure out complicated sentences like this one but also MCT’s introduction of a new "t-model" for picturing sentences. 

This t-model exquisitely showcases one of the crucial parts of MCT’s genius: his ability to render complex grammar relationships as simple but beautiful illustrations. The t-model shows clearly the importance of subjects and verbs in relation to adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of the sentence; it visually emphasizes the dichotomy between subject and predicate; it visually clarifies the distinction between action verbs and linking verbs; it provides a simple, clear, and elegant visualization of phrases, particularly of verbal phrases. Its simplification of verbals will help many children master what continues to prove daunting to many parents and teachers. 

The books in this level of the MCT curriculum focus on the vocabulary, grammar, writing, and poetic techniques of the authors of the great classics of English and American literature.

Additional iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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The t-model for picturing sentences:

The Grammar of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-871-7

Latest edition: March 2016

Order code: 8717

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

The Grammar of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Grammar of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus information about implementing the student book, as well as answers to the exercises.

The teacher manual for The Grammar of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus information about implementing the student book, as well as answers to the exercises.

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The Vocabulary of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-872-4

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 8724

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 8724S

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The Vocabulary of Literature contains ten chapters that highlight the most frequently used words in the classics. Word challenges, grammar exercises, creative readings, biographies, and photographs of famous authors help students internalize these words and thereby pave a path to a lifetime’s enjoyment and love of great literature.

Each of the ten lessons presents ten new classic words and ten words brought forward from Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II, so students have 200 powerful words to learn and use. These are not words chosen arbitrarily for the purpose of a textbook; they are the words most frequently used in classic literature as identified by MCT’s painstaking research. They are, therefore, the words that Michael Clay Thompson believes “must be known as a necessary component of an educated vocabulary.”

The authors featured in ths book are Jack London, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. 

And because we love literature and visiting writers’ houses, we have included not only their portraits but also our photographs of where they wrote and with what, including Jane Austen’s tiny writing table and Dickens’s desk. Jane Austen’s house is featured on the cover of the student book; Rudyard Kipling’s house is on the teacher manual.

The Vocabulary of Literature contains ten chapters that highlight the most frequently used words in the classics. Word challenges, grammar exercises, creative readings, biographies, and photographs of famous authors help students internalize these words and thereby pave a path to a lifetime’s enjoyment and love of great literature.

Each of the ten lessons presents ten new classic words and ten words brought forward from Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II, so students have 200 powerful words to learn and use. These are not words chosen arbitrarily for the purpose of a textbook; they are the words most frequently used in classic literature as identified by MCT’s painstaking research. They are, therefore, the words that Michael Clay Thompson believes “must be known as a necessary component of an educated vocabulary.”

The authors featured in ths book are Jack London, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. 

And because we love literature and visiting writers’ houses, we have included not only their portraits but also our photographs of where they wrote and with what, including Jane Austen’s tiny writing table and Dickens’s desk. Jane Austen’s house is featured on the cover of the student book; Rudyard Kipling’s house is on the teacher manual.

Additional iBook Features: Interactive exercises include classic word challenges, exercises to identify the parts of speech of famous sentences, classic word muddles, highlighting mistakes that have been inserted into great works, and end-of-chapter quizzes. All allow students to self-check their work. The Implementation Manual contains a link to two review tests for this book (one mid-way through the unit and one after it is completed) that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the tests are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

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The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-873-1

Latest edition: March 2016

Order code: 8731

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Vocabulary of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus suggestions for its implementation, as well as answers to the questions and exercises, end-of-chapter quiz answer keys, and review tests.

The teacher manual for The Vocabulary of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus suggestions for its implementation, as well as answers to the questions and exercises, end-of-chapter quiz answer keys, and review tests.

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The Writing of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-876-2

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8762

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 8762S

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The Writing of Literature is Michael Clay Thompson's seventh book about writing, but unlike the other six books, this one is about literary writing, focusing on the language of classic fiction and nonfiction. The other writing books are about formal academic writing: academic essays and research papers—the sort of nonfiction writing that all students must do in academic courses and in most professions.

Thompson wrtites in the introduction: "Our task is to see what writing secrets great novels can teach us about the kind of writing that we do and to absorb writing elements that help us become great readers.... Classic novelists show us deeper strategies that are not usually mentioned in school instructions for beginners. One reason the writers of immortal books are immortal is that they take commonly known writing techniques to uncommon heights, finding uncommon depth and beauty in the ways they use them."

The book contains practice exercises, essay or discussion topics, and substantial exercepts to read from classic authors, including nonfiction from James Madison, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, William Lloyd Garrison, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida M. Tarbell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and W.E.B. Dubois. 

The Writing of Literature is Michael Clay Thompson's seventh book about writing, but unlike the other six books, this one is about literary writing, focusing on the language of classic fiction and nonfiction. The other writing books are about formal academic writing: academic essays and research papers—the sort of nonfiction writing that all students must do in academic courses and in most professions.

Thompson wrtites in the introduction: "Our task is to see what writing secrets great novels can teach us about the kind of writing that we do and to absorb writing elements that help us become great readers.... Classic novelists show us deeper strategies that are not usually mentioned in school instructions for beginners. One reason the writers of immortal books are immortal is that they take commonly known writing techniques to uncommon heights, finding uncommon depth and beauty in the ways they use them."

The book contains practice exercises, essay or discussion topics, and substantial exercepts to read from classic authors, including nonfiction from James Madison, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, William Lloyd Garrison, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida M. Tarbell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and W.E.B. Dubois.

Addition iBook Features: Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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Sample pages The Writin of Literature by MCT:

The Writing of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

ISBN: 978-0-88092-877-9

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8779

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

The Writing of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Writing of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus information about implementing the student book, as well as answers to the exercises.

The teacher manual for The Writing of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus information about implementing the student book, as well as answers to the exercises.

The Writing of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

The Poetry of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-874-8

Latest edition: April 2015

Order code: 8748

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 8748S

The Poetry of Literature: Student Book Cover

The Poetry of Literature is unique among the poetics books written by Michael Clay Thompson. Unlike those, which naturally focus on the poetics of poetry, this book shows how the great novelists of English and American classics used poetic devices in their prose writing. Michael provides abundant examples of their use, many pulled from the novels in the trilogies of this curriculum. Among the devices he explores are how the novelists used silence, rhythm and meter, alliteration, assonance and consonance, and stopped consonants—all of which have been studied in the earlier poetics books: The Music of the Hemispheres, Building Poems, and A World of Poetry.

These concepts will come as no great surprise to any student who has completed the previous levels of the curriculum with the accompanying literary trilogies. But for anyone else, this book will be an eye-opening experience. The illustrations are full pages from the novels with the poetic devices highlighted. Seen in the context of a full page, it is readily apparent how easy it is for even careful readers to miss the poetics that are hidden in plain sight.

The novelists featured in the book are Herman Melville, Kenneth Grahame, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, James M. Barrie, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edith Wharton, George Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The poetics strand of the MCT language arts curriculum is one of its great strengths and a source of beauty and joy for many students. The Poetry of Literature is so powerful an addition to the poetics strand that every student should read it, even those who have finished the curriculum or who have advanced beyond this level. It is a book not to be missed—both by students and by parents.

The Poetry of Literature is unique among the poetics books written by Michael Clay Thompson. Unlike those, which naturally focus on the poetics of poetry, this book shows how the great novelists of English and American classics used poetic devices in their prose writing. Michael provides abundant examples of their use, many pulled from the novels in the trilogies of this curriculum. Among the devices he explores are how the novelists used silence, rhythm and meter, alliteration, assonance and consonance, and stopped consonants—all of which have been studied in the earlier poetics books: The Music of the HemispheresBuilding Poemsand A World of Poetry.

These concepts will come as no great surprise to any student who has completed the previous levels of the curriculum with the accompanying literary trilogies. But for anyone else, this book will be an eye-opening experience. The illustrations are full pages from the novels with the poetic devices highlighted. Seen in the context of a full page, it is readily apparent how easy it is for even careful readers to miss the poetics that are hidden in plain sight.

The novelists featured in the book are Herman Melville, Kenneth Grahame, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, James M. Barrie, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edith Wharton, George Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The poetics strand of the MCT language arts curriculum is one of its great strengths and a source of beauty and joy for many students. The Poetry of Literature is so powerful an addition to the poetics strand that every student should read it, even those who have finished the curriculum or who have advanced beyond this level. It is a book not to be missed—both by students and by teachers.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook, which is in gorgeous full color, contains several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites the poems that appear in the book and that were written by the featured novelists. It also contains practice pages to allow students to identify for themselves the poetic elements in the pages of several famous novels. The answers to the practice exercises are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

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Sample pages of Poetry of Literature by MCT:

The Poetry of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-875-5

Latest edition: April 2015

Order code: 8755

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

The Poetry of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Poetry of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus instructions for its implementation, as well as answers to the practice pages that allow students to try their hand at identifying poetic elements in pages of famous novels.

The teacher manual for The Poetry of Literature includes the full text of the student book plus instructions for its implementation, as well as answers to the practice pages that allow students to try their hand at identifying poetic elements in pages of famous novels.

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4Practice for Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-878-6

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 8786

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 8786S

4Practice for Literature: Student Book Cover

4Practice for Literature is a supplement to The Grammar of Literature and is the practice workbook for the literature level of the MCT language arts curriculum. Its aim is to improve students' grammar and writing skills through analysis of sentences written by many of the greatest authors of English and American literature. Students work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is introduced in The Grammar of Literature.

Each of the one hundred sentences appears on a separate page with four blank lines beneath it where students can fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. By examining a wide range of sentences, students will experience the satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

This useful workbook is meant to be consumable and is therefore offered at a low cost.

4Practice for Literature is a supplement to The Grammar of Literature and is the practice workbook for the literature level of the MCT language arts curriculum. Its aim is to improve students' grammar and writing skills through analysis of sentences written by many of the greatest authors of English and American literature. Students work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is introduced in The Grammar of Literature.

Each of the one hundred sentences appears on a separate page with four blank lines beneath it where students can fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. By examining a wide range of sentences, students will experience the satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

This useful workbook is meant to be consumable and is therefore offered at a low cost.

The practice books have class set prices depending upon the quantity ordered; schools and school districts can combine orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00 each
50 books: $8.00 each
100 books: $7.00 each
250 books: $6.50 each
500 books: $6.00 each
750 books: $5.50 each
1,000 books: $5.00 each

Any mix of practice books can be ordered. Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Additional iBook Features: The one hundred interactive sentences have boxes below the four lines where students can type in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, the phrases, and the clauses that are in each sentence. Students can then self-check their answers with the check button, which also reveals comments about the grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing of each sentence. Because all the answers are available in the iBook version, no teacher manual is required.

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4Practice for Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-879-3

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 8793

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

4Practice for Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

The 4Practice for Literature teacher manual gives an introduction to the course, advice on implementation, correct answers, and specific comments about the grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing of each sentence.

The 4Practice for Literature teacher manual gives an introduction to the course, advice on implementation, correct answers, and specific comments about the grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing of each sentence.

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Opus 40: A Resource for Grading Academic Writing

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Teacher Resources; Grading

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-468-7

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 4687

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This book of all Michael Clay Thompson's research paper comments supplements his three-volume Advanced Academic Writing series and also acts as a unique stand-alone resource for grading student academic papers.

The book is a sine qua non for grading academic papers, a resource as useful to seasoned teachers as to homeschoolers coping with the issues for the first time.

For the past forty-plus years, Michael has graded student papers and has written detailed comments on them. He soon tired of writing the same comments for the same mistakes year after year and began to put his comments into an archive that he could draw upon as he needed. Eventually this archive became extensive and comprehensive.

Opus 40 contains the archive of his comments, his approach to teaching students how to write formal papers, his approach to grading student papers, and his reflections on and explanations of the comments he has written about structure, grammar, format, punctuation, style, and more.

This book makes accessible in one place all the comments that are in the Advanced Academic Writing books so that parents can use them when grading.

This book of all Michael Clay Thompson's research paper comments supplements his three-volume Advanced Academic Writing series and also acts as a unique stand-alone resource for grading student academic papers.

The book is a sine qua non for grading academic papers, a resource as useful to seasoned teachers as to homeschoolers coping with the issues for the first time.

For the past forty-plus years, Michael has graded student papers and has written detailed comments on them. He soon tired of writing the same comments for the same mistakes year after year and began to put his comments into an archive that he could draw upon as he needed. Eventually this archive became extensive and comprehensive.

Opus 40 contains the archive of his comments, his approach to teaching students how to write formal papers, his approach to grading student papers, and his reflections on and explanations of the comments he has written about structure, grammar, format, punctuation, style, and more.

This book makes accessible in one place all the comments that are in the Advanced Academic Writing books so that teachers can use them when grading.

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Sample Pages:

Time Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 8098

Price: $40.00

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In a review of the Time Trilogy in Teaching for High Potential, Jeff Danielian writes: "The Time Trilogy provides a fresh and interesting look at sharing three classics with students. For me it is as if I have explored these texts for the first time. I wish the same for you and your students."

The Time Trilogy contains the classic novels The Time MachineA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and A Christmas Carol. Each book is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael Clay Thompson's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page. The combination of those devices makes these novels perfect companions to his MCT language arts curriculum, which contains grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetics strands.

The teacher manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, quotations for quote quizzes, discussion questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice.

There is also an iBook Teacher Manual for the three novels, which are also iBooks.

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Review of the Time Trilogy:

Time Trilogy Teacher Manual sample pages:

The Time Machine

Author: Wells, H.G.; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-805-0

Order code: 8050

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8050S

The Time Machine Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Time Machine by H.G. Wells as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

According to Michael, the novel is "a supreme work of the imagination, a work so captivating in its vivid description of the distant future that the reader scarcely notices the radical art of the work, such as the almost total absence of dialogue and the fact that the main character is never named. The astounding final chapters are visionary to a degree almost unique in literature.... The novel has it all: brilliant vocabulary, reflection on the implications of science, subtle and wry commentary on governmental and social systems, reflections on morality, a deep portrait of a creative genius whose mind isolates him even from his friends, luminous poetic writing, dazzling images...everything. It is a one-book humanities course."

Now your students can enjoy The Time Machine by H.G. Wells as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

According to Michael, the novel is "a supreme work of the imagination, a work so captivating in its vivid description of the distant future that the reader scarcely notices the radical art of the work, such as the almost total absence of dialogue and the fact that the main character is never named. The astounding final chapters are visionary to a degree almost unique in literature.... The novel has it all: brilliant vocabulary, reflection on the implications of science, subtle and wry commentary on governmental and social systems, reflections on morality, a deep portrait of a creative genius whose mind isolates him even from his friends, luminous poetic writing, dazzling images...everything. It is a one-book humanities course."

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Sample Pages:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Author: Twain, Mark; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-806-7

Order code: 8067

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8067S

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Cover

Now your child can enjoy A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

In his introduction to the novel, Michael writes: "This is a novel with riches to spare, filled with Twain’s irrepressible relish for the English language, loaded with characters of all kinds, pervaded with irony. There are moments when the novel seems to be entirely humorous, and there are moments when the novel is horrifyingly prophetic, as in the final scenes that seem to be visions of the great world war to come.... A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is no novel for the faint of heart. Twain despised cruelty and violence, and he had to depict them to attack them, so this is a sometimes brutal story, powered by a vision of peace and humanity. It is a great read."

Now your students can enjoy A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

In his introduction to the novel, Michael writes: "This is a novel with riches to spare, filled with Twain’s irrepressible relish for the English language, loaded with characters of all kinds, pervaded with irony. There are moments when the novel seems to be entirely humorous, and there are moments when the novel is horrifyingly prophetic, as in the final scenes that seem to be visions of the great world war to come.... A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is no novel for the faint of heart. Twain despised cruelty and violence, and he had to depict them to attack them, so this is a sometimes brutal story, powered by a vision of peace and humanity. It is a great read."

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Cover

Sample Pages:

A Christmas Carol (Part of the Time Trilogy)

Author: Dickens, Charles; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-807-4

Order code: 8074

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8074S

A Christmas Carol (Part of the Time Trilogy) Cover

Now your child can enjoy A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

This is the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from odious miser to caring friend. Michael writes that the novel "ignites the reader’s sympathy for people who survive at society’s edges. It condemns mercenary and industrial indifference to human suffering and celebrates the goodness that is possible in all parts of society." Its lessons have touched readers for more than a century.

Now your students can enjoy A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

This is the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from odious miser to caring friend. Michael writes that the novel "ignites the reader’s sympathy for people who survive at society’s edges. It condemns mercenary and industrial indifference to human suffering and celebrates the goodness that is possible in all parts of society." Its lessons have touched readers for more than a century.

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