MCT Language Arts Curriculum, Grade 9

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The level for students in grade 9 is the highest level of the MCT language arts curriculum. Building on the previous two levels, it takes students to the most advanced concepts in grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetics. The writing book is particularly rigorous; the focus has shifted from the “hows” of writing to the “what” of the essay. The poetics book asks students to consider the concept of truth within the context of Plato's explorations of it. The practice book again offers students sentences from classic English and American authors. Students who complete this level will be well-prepared for the intellectual and academic demands of college and professional life.

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The Magic Lens III: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-833-3

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 8333

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 8333S

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The Magic Lens series encapsulates Michael Clay Thompson’s passion for imparting a love of grammar. He says: "You must know all four levels to understand grammar. When you finally master the four levels, everything changes."

This book is the culmination of the Magic Lens series, as well as MCT's grammar curriculum. It contains more information about the grammar of the English language than any of the previous books, yet it builds on them all so that there is a cumulative effect of the knowledge gained through them.

Full-color graphics enhance the text and understanding. Practice is incorporated at every level, along with sections on punctuation and grammar rules.

The Magic Lens series encapsulates Michael Clay Thompson’s passion for imparting a love of grammar. He says: "You must know all four levels to understand grammar. When you finally master the four levels, everything changes."

This book is the culmination of the Magic Lens series, as well as MCT's grammar curriculum. It contains more information about the grammar of the English language than any of the previous books, yet it builds on them all so that there is a cumulative effect of the knowledge gained through them.

Full-color graphics enhance the text and understanding. Practice is incorporated at every level, along with sections on punctuation and grammar rules.

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

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The Magic Lens III: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-834-0

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 8340

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

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The teacher manual for The Magic Lens III contains the full text of the student book plus 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 III workbook provides an extra 100 practice sentences for four-level analysis.

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The Word Within the Word III: Student Book

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-850-2

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8502

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 8502S

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The Word Within the Word III is the third volume of The Word Within the Word series and is intended as a weekly effort, built on a cumulative basis from Volumes I and II. Like the first two volumes, Volume III contains thirty lessons, which are structured the same way that the lessons in Volume II were set up: each lesson contains a list of stems, with meanings and example words, as well as a list of advanced academic words that contain the stems, ten of which are new and five of which are brought forward from the first two volumes.

The lessons in this book include various elements from each of the first two volumes, including stem close-ups, notes and ideas pages, reading comprehension questions, analogies, antonyms, comprehension questions about challenging readings, and invention activities, in which students are asked to play with the words in the context of creative writing.  

The Word Within the Word III is an excellent program for preparing students for the most difficult vocabulary questions on SATs and SSATs.

In this volume, the historical essays feature the battle for control of Rome between the assassins of Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian and what the Romans did with the peace that came with the end of the civil wars, particularly Rome’s development as the greatest manufacturing power the world would see until the nineteenth century. More than a hundred photographs illustrate the book, bringing ancient Rome to life.

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

The Word Within the Word III is the third volume of The Word Within the Word series and is intended as a weekly effort, built on a cumulative basis from Volumes I and II. Like the first two volumes, Volume III contains thirty lessons, which are structured the same way that the lessons in Volume II were set up: each lesson contains a list of stems, with meanings and example words, as well as a list of advanced academic words that contain the stems, ten of which are new and five of which are brought forward from the first two volumes.

The lessons in this book include various elements from each of the first two volumes, including stem close-ups, notes and ideas pages, reading comprehension questions, analogies, antonyms, comprehension questions about challenging readings, and invention activities, in which students are asked to play with the words in the context of creative writing.  

The Word Within the Word III is an excellent program for preparing students for the most difficult vocabulary questions on SATs and SSATs.

In this volume, the historical essays feature the battle for control of Rome between the assassins of Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian and what the Romans did with the peace that came with the end of the civil wars, particularly Rome’s development as the greatest manufacturing power the world would see until the nineteenth century. More than a hundred photographs illustrate the book, bringing ancient Rome to life.

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 quizzes on analogies, antonyms, and comprehension of challenging reading, as well as 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 III: Color Edition: Student Book

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-857-1

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8571

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This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word III, 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 III, 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 III. 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 III: Teacher Manual

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-851-9

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 8519

Price: $55.00
Website price: $40.00

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The teacher manual for The Word Within the Word III 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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Advanced Academic Writing III: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

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

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-640-7

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 6407

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 6407S

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Advanced Academic Writing III not only requires longer, more complex, and more deeply documented papers of students, it also provides extensive explorations of intellectually advanced attitudes and understandings that differentiate the most mature and outstanding students, teaching students the excitement of aggressive library research and the pleasure of participating in a scholarly tradition that has ennobled research for centuries.

This volume focuses on achieving unity in style and originality in content. It contains more elaborate MLA format rules, more proofreaders' marks, and forty more actual research paper comments. The appendix includes an extensive list of punctuation, grammar, and usage rules and a list of common errors, all of which include and expand upon the content in the first two volumes in the series.

Advanced Academic Writing III not only requires longer, more complex, and more deeply documented papers of students, it also provides extensive explorations of intellectually advanced attitudes and understandings that differentiate the most mature and outstanding students, teaching students the excitement of aggressive library research and the pleasure of participating in a scholarly tradition that has ennobled research for centuries.

This volume focuses on achieving unity in style and originality in content. It contains more elaborate MLA format rules, more proofreaders' marks, and forty more actual research paper comments. The appendix includes an extensive list of punctuation, grammar, and usage rules and a list of common errors, all of which include and expand upon the content in the first two volumes in the series.

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

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Advanced Academic Writing III: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

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

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-641-4

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 6414

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing III: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing III 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 more than a hundred 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 III 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 more than a hundred 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 students.

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Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-666-9

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 666X

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 666XS

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The final volume in the poetics program by Michael Clay Thompson continues the study of poetic techniques and poems and takes them to an even higher level. Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the concept of truth, students are led to consider the difficult question that has absorbed philosophers, scientists, artists, and poets throughout time: What is the nature of truth?

Many poems deal with the concept of truth. Great poems that stand the test of time express, at their core, something that is true. Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth looks at the truth of sound, meter, and stanza and at figures of speech that explore truth through comparison. The elements discussed include everything in the previous volumes of the poetics strand, as well as the most advanced techniques that poets use when constructing their poems.

The book features poems by great poets such as Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Sir Walter Scott, Edmund Spenser, Edgar Allen Poe, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The truth can be slippery, and students who complete this book will come away with an advanced sense of how poets have explored the concept of truth through their poetry.

The final volume in the poetics program by Michael Clay Thompson continues the study of poetic techniques and poems and takes them to an even higher level. Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the concept of truth, students are led to consider the difficult question that has absorbed philosophers, scientists, artists, and poets throughout time: What is the nature of truth?

Many poems deal with the concept of truth. Great poems that stand the test of time express, at their core, something that is true. Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth looks at the truth of sound, meter, and stanza and at figures of speech that explore truth through comparison. The elements discussed include everything in the previous volumes of the poetics strand, as well as the most advanced techniques that poets use when constructing their poems.

The book features poems by great poets such as Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Sir Walter Scott, Edmund Spenser, Edgar Allen Poe, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The truth can be slippery, and students who complete this book will come away with an advanced sense of how poets have explored the concept of truth through their poetry.

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, Plato, and the Problem of Truth: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-665-2

Latest edition: July 2016

Order code: 6678

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth 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.

The teacher manual for Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth 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.

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4Practice III: Student Book

Subtitle: One Hundred Four-Level Analysis Practice Sentences

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-568-4

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 5684

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 5684S

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4Practice III is a supplement to The Magic Lens III and is the practice workbook for the seventh level of the MCT language arts curriculum. It contains one hundred sentences taken from some of the greatest works of classic literature, giving illuminating insights into how great writers achieve meaning, beauty, and depth in their writing.

Each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within the Word III and the poetic devices studied in Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of TruthStudents work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is explained in The Magic Lens III

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.

The authors whose sentences are used in 4Practice III include William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Robert Penn Warren, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, Thornton Wilder, Benjamin Franklin, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, George Eliot, James Joyce, and Joseph Heller.

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

4Practice III is a supplement to The Magic Lens III and is the practice workbook for the seventh level of the MCT language arts curriculum. It contains one hundred sentences taken from some of the greatest works of classic literature, giving illuminating insights into how great writers achieve meaning, beauty, and depth in their writing.

Each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within the Word III and the poetic devices studied in Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of TruthStudents work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is explained in The Magic Lens III

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.

The authors whose sentences are used in 4Practice III include William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Robert Penn Warren, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, Thornton Wilder, Benjamin Franklin, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, George Eliot, James Joyce, and Joseph Heller.

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 III Student Book sample pages:

4Practice III: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: One Hundred Four-Level Analysis Practice Sentences

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-569-1

Latest edition: May 2016

Order code: 5691

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

4Practice III: Teacher Manual Cover

The 4Practice III 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 III 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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The American Autobiography Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 8579

Price: $40.00

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The American Autobiography Trilogy contains the classic books The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinThe Narrative of Frederick Douglass, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden. 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 books 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 book, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, quotations for discussion, discussion questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice.

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

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author: Franklin, Benjamin; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-853-1

Order code: 8531

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8531S

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Now your child can enjoy The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The book 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 Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is, by any reckoning, among the most extraordinary documents of the New World. Written in Franklin’s signature clear prose style, the autobiography, which Franklin called his memoir, tells of Franklin’s rise to manhood, first in Boston, where he was apprenticed to his brother, and then in Philadelphia, where his industry, frugality, integrity, and erudite intelligence helped him rise to prosperity and importance in the community. 

Benjamin Franklin was an extraordinary man—America's original Renaissance man, skilled not only in politics but in writing and science, an inventor and publisher, on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, instrumental in developing America's first libraries and fire departments, and a strong advocate (in voice and in example) for the abolition of slavery. His story is one that every American student should read.

Now your students can enjoy The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The book 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 Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is, by any reckoning, among the most extraordinary documents of the New World. Written in Franklin’s signature clear prose style, the autobiography, which Franklin called his memoir, tells of Franklin’s rise to manhood, first in Boston, where he was apprenticed to his brother, and then in Philadelphia, where his industry, frugality, integrity, and erudite intelligence helped him rise to prosperity and importance in the community. 

Benjamin Franklin was an extraordinary man—America's original Renaissance man, skilled not only in politics but in writing and science, an inventor and publisher, on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, instrumental in developing America's first libraries and fire departments, and a strong advocate (in voice and in example) for the abolition of slavery. His story is one that every American student should read.

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The Narrative of Frederick Douglass

Author: Douglass, Frederick; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-854-8

Order code: 8548

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8548S

The Narrative of Frederick Douglass Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Narrative of Frederick Douglass as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The book 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 full title of this book—one of the most significant works of American letters—is The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.  According to Michael, it is "a book that every American student should read." It is the remarkable and harrowing story of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), who was born into slavery and poverty in Maryland but who managed to escape with the help of the Underground Railroad and later became a powerful voice for freedom and equality. At the time he wrote his narrative, it was still too dangerous to name those who had helped him escape.

Much of the power of Douglass’s writing comes from his flat, direct, declarative statements of terrible truths. His early life was marked by cruelty and degradation, yet also by a determination to learn to read, to be educated, and to run away.

Now your students can enjoy The Narrative of Frederick Douglass as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The book 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 full title of this book—one of the most significant works of American letters—is The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.  According to Michael, it is "a book that every American student should read." It is the remarkable and harrowing story of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), who was born into slavery and poverty in Maryland but who managed to escape with the help of the Underground Railroad and later became a powerful voice for freedom and equality. At the time he wrote his narrative, it was still too dangerous to name those who had helped him escape.

Much of the power of Douglass’s writing comes from his flat, direct, declarative statements of terrible truths. His early life was marked by cruelty and degradation, yet also by a determination to learn to read, to be educated, and to run away.

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Frederick Douglass sample pages:

Walden

Author: Thoreau, Henry David; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-855-5

Order code: 8555

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8555S

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Now your child can enjoy Walden by Henry David Thoreau as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The book 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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) is best known for his ideas about individual liberty. He was an abolitionist, attacking the Fugitive Slave Law, and he wrote a famous essay, "On Civil Disobedience," advocating resistance to unjust laws. He influenced Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. He also spent a night in jail in opposition to the Mexican-American War. 

His most famous work is Walden, a uniquely American mixture of dissidence, transcendental philosophy, natural science, self-reliance, and iconoclasm. The book is filled with memorable lines and thought-provoking challenges to conventional assumptions, all against a background of living in the woods by Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

Michael encourages us to read Walden at "thought speed" (rather than "talk speed"), which is much slower and deeper, pausing for the processing of profound ideas and special language, looking up strange words, place names, and other references that Thoreau sprinkled liberally throughout the book. It is a masterpiece worth the time.

Now your students can enjoy Walden by Henry David Thoreau as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The book 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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) is best known for his ideas about individual liberty. He was an abolitionist, attacking the Fugitive Slave Law, and he wrote a famous essay, "On Civil Disobedience," advocating resistance to unjust laws. He influenced Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. He also spent a night in jail in opposition to the Mexican-American War.

His most famous work is Walden, a uniquely American mixture of dissidence, transcendental philosophy, natural science, self-reliance, and iconoclasm. The book is filled with memorable lines and thought-provoking challenges to conventional assumptions, all against a background of living in the woods by Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

Michael encourages us to read Walden at "thought speed" (rather than "talk speed"), which is much slower and deeper, pausing for the processing of profound ideas and special language, looking up strange words, place names, and other references that Thoreau sprinkled liberally throughout the book. It is a masterpiece worth the time.

Walden Cover

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