MCT Language Arts Curriculum, Grades 7/8, The Lens I Level

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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

Subtitle: Fifth Edition

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: 978-0-89824-748-0

Order code: 7480

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 7480S

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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 "t-models" to illustrate how sentences are constructed, exquisitely showcasing complex grammar relationships as simple but beautiful illustrations.

This full-color book not only includes a comprehensive look at grammar; it delves deeply into common grammar errors and usage problems and includes detailed explanations of how grammar affects punctuation. Michael often uses the sentences of great classic writers to show children examples of interesting grammar in some of the most famous literary works in the English language. Practice is provided at every stage so that children are immediately applying what they have learned and actively building a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the language.

Note: New to the fifth edition of this book is a special bonus feature: QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson talking about important, potentially confusing, or interesting facts about grammar so that children can hear additional grammar content from the author himself.

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 "t-models" to illustrate how sentences are constructed, exquisitely showcasing complex grammar relationships as simple but beautiful illustrations.

This full-color book not only includes a comprehensive look at grammar; it delves deeply into common grammar errors and usage problems and includes detailed explanations of how grammar affects punctuation. Michael often uses the sentences of great classic writers to show students interesting examples of grammar in some of the most famous literary works in the English language. Practice is provided at every stage so that students are immediately applying what they have learned and actively building a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the language.

Note: New to the fifth edition of this book is a special bonus feature: QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson talking about important, potentially confusing, or interesting facts about grammar so that students can hear additional grammar content from the author himself.

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The Magic Lens I Student Book Sample Pages:

The Magic Lens I: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Fifth Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

ISBN: 978-0-88092-748-2

Order code: 7482

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

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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.

Note: New to the fifth edition of this book is a special bonus feature: QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson talking about important, potentially confusing, or interesting facts about grammar so that students can hear additional grammar content from the author himself.

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

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The Magic Lens I Teacher Manual Sample Pages:

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

Order code: 6041

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 6041S

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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 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 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.

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

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

Subjects: 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

Order code: 9170

Price: $70.00
Website price: $50.00

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.

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The Word Within the Word I Color Student Book Sample Pages:

The Word Within the Word I: Teacher Manual

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

ISBN: 978-0-88092-606-5

Order code: 6065

Price: $55.00
Website price: $40.00

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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.

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The Word Within the Word I Teacher Manual Sample Pages:

Advanced Academic Writing I: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

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

Order code: 4946

Price: $45.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 4946S

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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

Note: This is a second edition of this book. It reflects the current MLA guidelines, which are substantially changed from those that were in existence when the first edition was written. As a result of those changes, the information in the first edition is now wrong, and no one should continue to use the first edition.

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

Note: This is a second edition of this book. It reflects the current MLA guidelines, which are substantially changed from those that were in existence when the first edition was written. As a result of those changes, the information in the first edition is now wrong, and no one should continue to use the first edition.

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Advanced Academic Writing I Student Book Sample Pages:

Advanced Academic Writing I: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-496-0

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.

Note: This is a second edition of this book. It reflects the current MLA guidelines, which are substantially changed from those that were in existence when the first edition was written. As a result of those changes, the information in the first edition is now wrong, and no one should continue to use the first edition.

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.

Note: This is a second edition of this book. It reflects the current MLA guidelines, which are substantially changed from those that were in existence when the first edition was written. As a result of those changes, the information in the first edition is now wrong, and no one should continue to use the first edition.

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Advanced Academic Writing I Teacher Manual Sample Pages:

Poetry and Humanity: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

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: 978-0-89824-263-8

Order code: 2638

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 2638S

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.

Note: New to the second edition of this book are QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson himself reading the poems in the book.

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.

Note: New to the second edition of this book are QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson himself reading the poems in the book.

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Poetry and Humanity Student Book Sample Pages:

Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

ISBN: 978-0-88092-231-9

Order code: 2319

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

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.

Note: New to the second edition of this book are QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson himself reading the poems in the book.

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.

Note: New to the second edition of this book are QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson himself reading the poems in the book.

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Poetry and Humanity Teacher Manual Sample Pages:

4Practice I: Student Book

Subtitle: One Hundred Four-Level Analysis Practice Sentences

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

Order code: 5578

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Class sets: 25 or more: $10.00 each.
Order code: 5578S

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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 the 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 the 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.

You can order any mix of 25 or more practice books for the discounted price of $10.00 each.

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4Practice I Student Book Sample Pages:

4Practice I: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: One Hundred Four-Level Analysis Practice Sentences

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

ISBN: 978-0-89824-558-5

Order code: 5585

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

4Practice I: Teacher Manual Cover

4Practice I contains 100 four-level analysis practice sentences. The teacher manual provides an introduction to the four-level analysis method, advice on implementation, correct answers, and comments about each sentence.

4Practice I contains 100 four-level analysis practice sentences. The teacher manual provides an introduction to the four-level analysis method, advice on implementation, correct answers, and comments about each sentence.

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4Practice I Teacher Manual Sample Pages:

Opus 40: A Resource for Grading Academic Writing

Subtitle: Third Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Teacher Resources; Grading

ISBN: 978-0-88092-923-3

Order code: 9233

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 format, structure, grammar, punctuation, style, and more. The 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.

Note: This is a third edition of this book. It has two significant changes from the previous edition. First, it contains several comments that Michael has rewritten as a result of his online teaching. Second, it reflects the current MLA guidelines, with the publication of the newest edition of the MLA Handbook. As a result of these changes, we strongly recommend discontinuing use of the previous editions in favor of this new, updated edition.

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 teachers 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 format, structure, grammar, punctuation, style, and more. The 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.

Note: This is a third edition of this book. It has two significant changes from the previous edition. First, it contains several comments that Michael has rewritten as a result of his online teaching. Second, it reflects the current MLA guidelines, with the publication of the newest edition of the MLA Handbook. As a result of these changes, we strongly recommend discontinuing use of the previous editions in favor of this new, updated edition.

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Opus 40 Sample Pages:

The Time Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Grade: 5, 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.

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Review of the Time Trilogy:

Time Trilogy Teacher Manual Sample Pages:

The Time Machine (Time Trilogy)

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-805-0

Order code: 8050

Price: $13.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $8.00 each.
Order code: 8050S

The Time Machine (Time 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 Time Machine (Time) Sample Pages:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Author: Twain, Mark; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-806-7

Order code: 8067

Price: $13.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $8.00 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

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A Christmas Carol (Time Trilogy)

Author: Dickens, Charles; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-807-4

Order code: 8074

Price: $13.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $8.00 each.
Order code: 8074S

A Christmas Carol (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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A Christmas Carol (Time) Sample Pages:

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