MCT Language Arts Curriculum, Grade 7

MCT Language Arts Curriculum, Grade 7 Series Cover

The level for students in grade 7 marks a substantial increase in demand in the grammar, vocabulary, and writing portions of the curriculum. This level is a major challenge for the most motivated students to complete in the course of a school year. This is the point at which students are asked to perform at truly adult levels. The poetics strand continues to build upon the previous books, introducing increasingly subtle and complex poetic techniques. 

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The Magic Lens I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-825-8

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 8258

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 8258S

The Magic Lens I: Student Book Cover

The Magic Lens I is entirely based on four-level sentence analysis. This analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses is Michael Clay Thompson's original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. It uses his beautiful "t-models" to illustrate how sentences are constructed and includes a detailed look at how grammar affects punctuation.

The student book is in full color.

The Magic Lens I is entirely based on four-level sentence analysis. This analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses is Michael Clay Thompson's original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. It uses his beautiful "t-models" to illustrate how sentences are constructed and includes a detailed look at how grammar affects punctuation.

The student book is in full color.

Additional iBook Features: Students can self-check their knowledge with the interactive activities. Interactive exercises include identifying parts of speech, identifying types of pronouns, verbisections, identifying types of conjunctions, chapter reviews, four-level analysis, and more. 

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The Magic Lens I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-826-5

Latest edition: March 2016

Order code: 8265

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

The Magic Lens I: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Magic Lens I contains the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, classroom teaching notes, and answers to the questions and exercises. The book is in full color.

Grammar is an easily teachable subject because its concepts are so few and well-defined. It is the fundamental starting point for the MCT curriculum, which recommends front-loading language arts teaching with grammar. Vocabulary, writing, and poetics can be added once the students have grasped the basics: parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses.

The 4Practice I workbook provides an extra 100 practice sentences for four-level analysis.

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The Word Within the Word I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-604-1

Latest edition: April 2016

Order code: 6041

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 6041S

The Word Within the Word I: Student Book Cover

The Word Within the Word I is a rigorous vocabulary text that contains thirty lessons filled with readings and activities to illustrate the important role of Latin and Greek stems in academic English. The first twenty lessons offer a list of twenty-five stems, along with several example words that contain each stem, and the last ten lessons provide twenty-five words that students will need to be familiar with to navigate well through advanced academic endeavors.

Each lesson contains discussions and illustrations that offer students a greater understanding of the classical roots of the English language. Much of the text is meant only to be read, with exercises interspersed that students or instructors can choose from to help solidify the knowledge through manipulation of the vocabulary.

In addition, we present an extensive discussion of the history of Greece in the Classical Period from 490 to 323 B.C. Each lesson contains an essay, written by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz, about the ancient Greeks. These essays introduce students to Darius and Xerxes, Leonidas and Themistocles, Cimon and Pericles, the Spartans and the Athenians, the Peloponnesian and Delian Leagues, Athenian democracy and Spartan oligarchy, Alcibiades and Socrates, and finally Philip and Alexander of Macedonia. The writings are enhanced with maps, timelines, and scores of photographs taken by Dr. Kemnitz of Greek buildings, sculptures, and artifacts.

There is an enormous amount of historical material in this book, including descriptions of how the Spartans lived, the strategies of various battles, the functioning of democracy and the jury system in Athens, the practice of ostracism, the importance of the navy in Athens, the Spartan system of education, and the building of the glorious Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. Interspersed among the activity pages are vignettes of aspects of life in ancient Greece as depicted in vases, statuettes, and artifacts so that we learn not only about helmets and shields but also about hairstyles, musical instruments, and sports.

Publisher Dr. T.M. Kemnitz says, "Our intention is to give students enough of a picture of ancient Greece so that they can understand what occurred and why. So much of history written for students is little more than a story devoid of meaningful context. It is the context that helps to explain why people acted as they did and which helps us to understand that history is not a story of actions but rather a series of reactions. The history is enrichment; the purpose of the book remains to help students learn English vocabulary, specifically the academic English of learned discourse."

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

The Word Within the Word I is a rigorous vocabulary text that contains thirty lessons filled with readings and activities to illustrate the important role of Latin and Greek stems in academic English. The first twenty lessons offer a list of twenty-five stems, along with several example words that contain each stem, and the last ten lessons provide twenty-five words that students will need to be familiar with to navigate well through advanced academic endeavors.

Each lesson contains discussions and illustrations that offer students a greater understanding of the classical roots of the English language. Much of the text is meant only to be read, with exercises interspersed that students or instructors can choose from to help solidify the knowledge through manipulation of the vocabulary.

In addition, we present an extensive discussion of the history of Greece in the Classical Period from 490 to 323 B.C. Each lesson contains an essay, written by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz, about the ancient Greeks. These essays introduce students to Darius and Xerxes, Leonidas and Themistocles, Cimon and Pericles, the Spartans and the Athenians, the Peloponnesian and Delian Leagues, Athenian democracy and Spartan oligarchy, Alcibiades and Socrates, and finally Philip and Alexander of Macedonia. The writings are enhanced with maps, timelines, and scores of photographs taken by Dr. Kemnitz of Greek buildings, sculptures, and artifacts.

There is an enormous amount of historical material in this book, including descriptions of how the Spartans lived, the strategies of various battles, the functioning of democracy and the jury system in Athens, the practice of ostracism, the importance of the navy in Athens, the Spartan system of education, and the building of the glorious Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. Interspersed among the activity pages are vignettes of aspects of life in ancient Greece as depicted in vases, statuettes, and artifacts so that we learn not only about helmets and shields but also about hairstyles, musical instruments, and sports.

Publisher Dr. T.M. Kemnitz says, "Our intention is to give students enough of a picture of ancient Greece so that they can understand what occurred and why. So much of history written for students is little more than a story devoid of meaningful context. It is the context that helps to explain why people acted as they did and which helps us to understand that history is not a story of actions but rather a series of reactions. The history is enrichment; the purpose of the book remains to help students learn English vocabulary, specifically the academic English of learned discourse."

This book is printed in black and white, but there is a full color version available here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features the activities of the print book but in interactive form. Small analogies quizzes, classic words challenges, mystery questions based on the meanings of the stems, and end-of-chapter quizzes all allow students to self-check their work to test their growing knowledge. The Implementation Manual contains links to cumulative review quizzes to be taken after every five lessons of the book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. This iBook, which is in full, vibrant color, also includes several beautiful images not in the print version.

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The Word Within the Word I: Color Edition: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: English Language Arts; Vocabulary; Classical Education

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-917-0

Latest edition: March 2015

Order code: 9170

The Word Within the Word I: Color Edition: Student Book Cover

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word I, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word I, with all the illustrations and photographs in full color and on special, high-quality paper. For a full description of the contents, see here.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook is the same for both the color and the black-and-white versions of The Word Within the Word I. However, the digital version is in full color and features many gorgeous images not in the print versions.

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The Word Within the Word I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-606-5

Latest edition: March 2013

Order code: 6065

Price: $55.00
Website price: $40.00

The Word Within the Word I: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Word Within the Word I contains the full text of the student book, plus all the answers to the questions and activities, together with extensive implementation strategies and advice. It also contains cumulative quizzes and answer keys for each lesson of the book, as well as review tests after every five lessons.

The Word Within the Word I: Teacher Manual Cover

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-494-6

Latest edition: January 2018

Order code: 4946

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 4946S

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book Cover

This is the first volume at the secondary level in Michael Clay Thompson's writing program. It is an important addition to his curriculum for formal language study and extends the writing series from Sentence Island, Paragraph Town, and Essay Voyage into higher grade levels.

Students practice advanced academic writing with four assignments for which they must review their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, learn the MLA formatting method for research papers, know how to structure a well-written paper, and use standard proofreaders' marks for correcting their work.

There are sample papers to illustrate good and bad writing, an explanation of grading expectations, and ten focus points to use as a checklist for each assignment.

This is a rigorous and detailed program, essential for gifted students—and for anyone who needs to write formal academic papers. The accompanying teacher manual comes with comments for teachers to use when grading papers so that students can learn not only from their mistakes but also from what they do well. This is available for dowload.

"When we do advanced academic writing, we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it." —Michael Clay Thompson

This is the first volume at the secondary level in Michael Clay Thompson's writing program. It is an important addition to his curriculum for formal language study and extends the writing series from Sentence IslandParagraph Town, and Essay Voyage into higher grade levels.

Students practice advanced academic writing with four assignments for which they must review their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, learn the MLA formatting method for research papers, know how to structure a well-written paper, and use standard proofreaders' marks for correcting their work.

There are sample papers to illustrate good and bad writing, an explanation of grading expectations, and ten focus points to use as a checklist for each assignment.

This is a rigorous and detailed program, essential for gifted students—and for anyone who needs to write formal academic papers. The accompanying teacher manual comes with comments for teachers to use when grading papers so that students can learn not only from their mistakes but also from what they do well. This is available for dowload.

"When we do advanced academic writing, we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it." —Michael Clay Thompson

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

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book Cover

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Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; Research Papers; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-496-0

Latest edition: January 2018

Order code: 4960

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing I includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The book comes with access to a database of hundreds of comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for parents and a learning experience for children.

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing I includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises. 

The book comes with access to a database of hundreds of comments for instructors to use when grading student papers. It is Michael Clay Thompson's extensive archive of his grading comments, compiled over many years, which help to make the grading process simpler for teachers and a learning experience for children.

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual Cover

Poetry and Humanity: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 5, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-662-1

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 6627

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 6627S

Poetry and Humanity: Student Book Cover

Poetry and Humanity develops and expands the MCT poetics program and is built on a theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult, or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.

All of the topics from the previous volumes are included in this one, but more advanced techniques are also explored. These include advanced rhymes such as half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, and apophany; advanced meters, from monometer to octameter; complex stanza forms, such as heroic couplets, terza rima, villanelles, quintets, sestets, octets, and submerged sonnets; and more involved figures of speech, including metonymy, synecdoche, and oxymorons. 

The poems featured in the book are by such immortal poets as Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Cowper, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, and G.K. Chesterton.

Like he has done with the other poetics books in this series, Michael beautifully illustrates the idea that poetry is not an art for the elite only. There are poems for everyone, and they can be lovely, or gritty, or heartbreaking, or amusing. And the best of them contain elements that make them memorable as well.

Sample pages (pdf files): Table of Contents | page 5page 47

Poetry and Humanity develops and expands the MCT poetics program and is built on a theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult, or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.

All of the topics from the previous volumes are included in this one, but more advanced techniques are also explored. These include advanced rhymes such as half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, and apophany; advanced meters, from monometer to octameter; complex stanza forms, such as heroic couplets, terza rima, villanelles, quintets, sestets, octets, and submerged sonnets; and more involved figures of speech, including metonymy, synecdoche, and oxymorons. 

The poems featured in the book are by such immortal poets as Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Cowper, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, and G.K. Chesterton.

Like he has done with the other poetics books in this series, Michael beautifully illustrates the idea that poetry is not an art for the elite only. There are poems for everyone, and they can be lovely, or gritty, or heartbreaking, or amusing. And the best of them contain elements that make them memorable as well.

Sample pages (pdf files): Table of Contents page 5 |  page 47

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems, as well as some interactive exercises that allow students to self-check their knowledge. The Implementation Manual also contains a link to a comprehensive quiz that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the quiz are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

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Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-663-8

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 6635

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Poetry and Humanity includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

Sample page (pdf file): page 162

The teacher manual for Poetry and Humanity includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

Sample page (pdf file): page 162

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4Practice I: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 12, 13, 14

Grade: 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-557-8

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 5578

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 5578S

4Practice I: Student Book Cover

4Practice I is a supplement to The Magic Lens I and is the practice workbook for the fifth level of the MCT language arts curriculum. It contains one hundred sentences, and each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within the Word I and the poetic devices studied in Poetry and HumanityStudents work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is explained in The Magic Lens I. The focus of the sentences is on ancient Greek and Roman history, with particular emphasis on the Latin and Greek stems found in some of the words.

Each sentence 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 I is a supplement to The Magic Lens I and is the practice workbook for the fifth level of the MCT language arts curriculum. It contains one hundred sentences, and each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within the Word I and the poetic devices studied in Poetry and HumanityStudents work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is explained in The Magic Lens I. The focus of the sentences is on ancient Greek and Roman history, with particular emphasis on the Latin and Greek stems found in some of the words.

Each sentence 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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4Practice1 Student book sample pages:

4Practice I: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 12, 13, 14

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

ISBN: 978-0-89824-558-5

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 5585

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

4Practice I: Teacher Manual Cover

The 4Practice I 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 I 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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4Practice1 Teacher Manual sample pages:

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

Opus 40: A Resource for Grading Academic Writing Cover

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.

Opus 40: A Resource for Grading Academic Writing Cover

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Fog 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: 7596

Price: $40.00

Fog Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

The Fog Trilogy contains the classic novels The War of the Worlds, The Red Badge of Courage, and Kidnapped. 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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The War of the Worlds (Fog Trilogy)

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-756-5

Order code: 7565

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7565S

The War of the Worlds (Fog Trilogy) Cover

Now your child can enjoy The War of the Worlds 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.

The War of the Worlds is the book that modern alien invasion stories are founded upon, and this gripping novel has lost none of its ability to excite in the years since it was first published. 

Now your students can enjoy The War of the Worlds 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.

The War of the Worlds is the book that modern alien invasion stories are founded upon, and this gripping novel has lost none of its ability to excite in the years since it was first published. 

The War of the Worlds (Fog Trilogy) Cover

The Red Badge of Courage

Author: Crane, Stephen; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-755-8

Order code: 7558

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7558S

The Red Badge of Courage Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 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.

With the Civil War as a backdrop, The Red Badge of Courage is the story of Henry Fleming, a young private in the Union Army who flees from battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound—a red badge of courage—to make up for his cowardice.

Now your students can enjoy The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 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.

With the Civil War as a backdrop, The Red Badge of Courage is the story of Henry Fleming, a young private in the Union Army who flees from battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound—a red badge of courage—to make up for his cowardice.

The Red Badge of Courage Cover

Kidnapped (Fog Trilogy)

Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-757-2

Order code: 7572

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7572S

Kidnapped (Fog Trilogy) Cover

Now your child can enjoy Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson 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.

Set in eighteenth-century Scotland against a backdrop of real places and true historical events, Kidnapped is narrated by and centers around seventeen-year-old David Balfour, who is kidnapped by his conniving uncle and who befriends an unlikely ally in the quest to regain his freedom and his inheritance.

Now your students can enjoy Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson 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.

Set in eighteenth-century Scotland against a backdrop of real places and true historical events, Kidnapped is narrated by and centers around seventeen-year-old David Balfour, who is kidnapped by his conniving uncle and who befriends an unlikely ally in the quest to regain his freedom and his inheritance.

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H.G. Wells 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: 2973

Price: $40.00

H.G. Wells Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

The H.G. Wells Trilogy contains three of the most famous classic science fiction novels in the world: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man. 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 an essay written by Michael about H.G. Wells, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, a short essay by Michael about each novel, language illustration questions, quotations for quote quizzes, discussion questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice.

There is also an iBook Teacher Manual to use with the iBook version of the novels.

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The Time Machine (H.G. Wells Trilogy)

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-293-5

Order code: 2935

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2935S

The Time Machine (H.G. Wells Trilogy) 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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The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells Trilogy)

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-294-2

Order code: 2942

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2942S

The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells Trilogy) Cover

Now your child can enjoy The War of the Worlds 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.

The War of the Worlds is the book that modern alien invasion stories are founded upon, and this gripping novel has lost none of its ability to excite in the years since it was first published. 

Now your students can enjoy The War of the Worlds 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.

The War of the Worlds is the book that modern alien invasion stories are founded upon, and this gripping novel has lost none of its ability to excite in the years since it was first published. 

The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells Trilogy) Cover

The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells Trilogy)

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-295-9

Order code: 2959

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2959S

The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells Trilogy) Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Invisible Man 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.

Michael writes, "The Invisible Man is reminiscent of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886, and of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, first published anonymously in 1818. These books were written at a time when science was making dramatic strides forward, challenging traditional ideas and inspiring profound ideas about what might become possible. In each novel, a scientist’s work produces a monster. Also in each novel, we see a vivid story of how science/power corrupts the individual who possesses it. Like Stevenson’s monster, H.G. Wells’s monster is a transformation of the scientist himself, and the inevitable questions arise about the price of progress and about the need for knowledge to be developed in terms that are moral and human."

Now your students can enjoy The Invisible Man 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.

Michael writes, "The Invisible Man is reminiscent of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886, and of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, first published anonymously in 1818. These books were written at a time when science was making dramatic strides forward, challenging traditional ideas and inspiring profound ideas about what might become possible. In each novel, a scientist’s work produces a monster. Also in each novel, we see a vivid story of how science/power corrupts the individual who possesses it. Like Stevenson’s monster, H.G. Wells’s monster is a transformation of the scientist himself, and the inevitable questions arise about the price of progress and about the need for knowledge to be developed in terms that are moral and human."

The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells Trilogy) Cover

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