MCT Language Arts Curriculum, Level 6

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In Level 6, the grammar, vocabulary, and writing strands continue to increase in difficulty, building cumulatively on the previous level so that children are steadily reinforcing their knowledge while simultaneously expanding and deepening it. The largest step up is in the poetics book, where children are asked to consider the concept of beauty, particularly in the context of the works of Plato. Another new challenge is afforded by the practice book, which now contains sentences from the classics of English and American literature. Children who completed Level 5 will find this level challenging but rewarding; however, there is enough review that even children new to the program will be able to complete it.

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The Magic Lens II: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-828-9

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 8289

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $20.00 each.
Order code: 8289S

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The Magic Lens II is based on four-level sentence analysis—an analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses and which is Michael Clay Thompson's original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. Material and examples take advantage of Thompson’s t-model, which exquisitely showcases complex grammar relationships as simple but beautiful illustrations.

Some of the areas of study include types of pronouns (subject, object, possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, relative, reflexive, intensive); degrees of adjectives (good, better, best); proper, verbal, and number adjectives; action, linking, and being verbs; verb tense; principal parts of the verb; subject/verb agreement; parts of sentence; types of phrases; and the four sentence structures.

Punctuation is dealt with at each level; practice is incorporated at every stage.

The Magic Lens II is based on four-level sentence analysis—an analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses and which is Michael Clay Thompson's original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. Material and examples take advantage of Thompson’s t-model, which exquisitely showcases complex grammar relationships as simple but beautiful illustrations.

Some of the areas of study include types of pronouns (subject, object, possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, relative, reflexive, intensive); degrees of adjectives (good, better, best); proper, verbal, and number adjectives; action, linking, and being verbs; verb tense; principal parts of the verb; subject/verb agreement; parts of sentence; types of phrases; and the four sentence structures.

Punctuation is dealt with at each level; practice is incorporated at every stage.

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 II: Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-830-2

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 8302

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This is the homeschool parent's manual to accompany The Magic Lens II. To help you save money, this book is in black and white, while the student book is full color throughout.

The parent manual contains the full text of the student book plus teaching tips and answers to the questions and exercises.

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 child has grasped the basics: parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses.

This book accompanies the student book. It does not replace it. Homeschoolers need both.

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

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The Word Within the Word II: Student Book

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-914-9

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 9149

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $19.00 each.
Order code: 9149S

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The Word Within the Word II takes up where Volume I left off and continues to illustrate to students the benefits of knowing Latin and Greek stems. Once students know what a stem means, they are able to figure out the meanings of several other words that contain that stem, even if those words are ones that they have never seen before. 

In this book, each of the thirty lessons begins with a list of stems, along with their meanings and words that contain them, followed by a list of advanced academic words that contain the stems in the list. There are ten new words in each lesson, as well as five words brought forward from The Word Within the Word I.

As in Volume I, there are numerous activities in each lesson, many of which simply involve reading and thinking and discussing the facts and ideas presented. Activities allow students to play with the words, to see them in context, and to understand their grammatical function. 

Whereas Volume I included extensive essays on the ancient Greeks, Volume II provides substantial discussion of the Roman Republic. This is the period in which Rome rose from a small mud village ruled by kings to the most powerful entity in the Mediterranean world. It looks at the history, people, institutions, and army that made this rise possible. There are more than a hundred photographs in the book, along with discussions of such topics as the toga, Roman food, and educational practices, in which frequent beatings were considered an aid to understanding. 

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

The Word Within the Word II takes up where Volume I left off and continues to illustrate to students the benefits of knowing Latin and Greek stems. Once students know what a stem means, they are able to figure out the meanings of several other words that contain that stem, even if those words are ones that they have never seen before. 

In this book, each of the thirty lessons begins with a list of stems, along with their meanings and words that contain them, followed by a list of advanced academic words that contain the stems in the list. There are ten new words in each lesson, as well as five words brought forward from The Word Within the Word I.

As in Volume I, there are numerous activities in each lesson, many of which simply involve reading and thinking and discussing the facts and ideas presented. Activities allow students to play with the words, to see them in context, and to understand their grammatical function. 

Whereas Volume I included extensive essays on the ancient Greeks, Volume II provides substantial discussion of the Roman Republic. This is the period in which Rome rose from a small mud village ruled by kings to the most powerful entity in the Mediterranean world. It looks at the history, people, institutions, and army that made this rise possible. There are more than a hundred photographs in the book, along with discussions of such topics as the toga, Roman food, and educational practices, in which frequent beatings were considered an aid to understanding. 

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 classic words, analogies, antonyms, and comprehension questions about challenging readings, 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 II: Color Edition: Student Book

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-492-2

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 4922

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

This is a beautiful edition of The Word Within the Word II, 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 II, 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 II. 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 II: Parent Manual

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-916-3

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 9163

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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The parent manual for The Word Within the Word II 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.

We recommend that you purchase both the student book and the parent manual to teach this book effectively.

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Advanced Academic Writing II: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

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

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-638-4

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 6384

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 6384S

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Volume II of Advanced Academic Writng extends from Volume I with more elaborate MLA format rules, more competent essay continuity to forge, more proofreaders' marks, and forty more actual research paper comments to absorb. Like Volume I, there are four assignments, this time requiring the child to write longer, more complex papers than what were required for the previous volume.

Volume II also contains the summaries of punctuation, usage, and grammar rules of Volume I for review, with additional items and special comments.

Volume II of Advanced Academic Writng extends from Volume I with more elaborate MLA format rules, more competent essay continuity to forge, more proofreaders' marks, and forty more actual research paper comments to absorb. Like Volume I, there are four assignments, this time requiring students to write longer, more complex papers than what were required for the previous volume.

Volume II also contains the summaries of punctuation, usage, and grammar rules of Volume I for review, with additional items and special comments.

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

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Advanced Academic Writing II: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

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

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-639-1

Latest edition: November 2015

Order code: 6391

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

Advanced Academic Writing II: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Advanced Academic Writing II 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 II 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 Beauty: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-664-5

Latest edition: July 2016

Order code: 6643

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 6643S

Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty: Student Book Cover

Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the complex problem of beauty, the sixth volume in the acclaimed poetics program by Michael Clay Thompson continues the study of poetic techniques and poems. It is a wonderfully illustrated, thought-provoking, and challenging addition to the series and, like the other volumes, can also stand alone.

Is beauty relative? Is it a mystery? Poetry helps us look at these questions.

As with the other books in the series, Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty provides an in-depth, detailed exploration of sound, meter, stanza, and figures of speech. Students are asked to explore further such concepts as the complex world of technique and the Socratic paradox: "I only know that I know nothing." The book contains numerous quotations from Plato and Aristotle.

The poems of many of the most illustrious poets are featured in this book, including Thomas Gray, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Blake, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, Alexander Pope, John Milton, e.e. cummings, Sylvia Plath, Ralph Hodgson, Herman Melville, John Keats, William Butler Yeats, Ben Jonson, Robinson Jeffers, Christina Rossetti, and William Wordsworth.

Students will come away from this book with a profound understanding of the illusive nature of beauty and the many ways in which poets have explored it through poetry.

Sample pages (pdf files): page 5 | page 35 | page 111

Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the complex problem of beauty, the sixth volume in the acclaimed poetics program by Michael Clay Thompson continues the study of poetic techniques and poems. It is a wonderfully illustrated, thought-provoking, and challenging addition to the series and, like the other volumes, can also stand alone.

Is beauty relative? Is it a mystery? Poetry helps us look at these questions.

As with the other books in the series, Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty provides an in-depth, detailed exploration of sound, meter, stanza, and figures of speech. Students are asked to explore further such concepts as the complex world of technique and the Socratic paradox: "I only know that I know nothing." The book contains numerous quotations from Plato and Aristotle.

The poems of many of the most illustrious poets are featured in this book, including Thomas Gray, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Blake, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, Alexander Pope, John Milton, e.e. cummings, Sylvia Plath, Ralph Hodgson, Herman Melville, John Keats, William Butler Yeats, Ben Jonson, Robinson Jeffers, Christina Rossetti, and William Wordsworth.

Students will come away from this book with a profound understanding of the illusive nature of beauty and the many ways in which poets have explored it through poetry.

Sample pages (pdf files): page 5 page 35 | page 111

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 Beauty: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-665-2

Latest edition: July 2016

Order code: 6651

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

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

The teacher manual for Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty 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, and a review test.

The teacher manual for Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty 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, and a review test.

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4Practice II: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-562-2

Latest edition: August 2016

Order code: 5622

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 5622S

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4Practice II is a supplement to The Magic Lens II and is the practice workbook for the sixth 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 II and the poetic devices studied in Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of BeautyStudents work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is explained in The Magic Lens II

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 II include William Shakespeare, John Milton, Daniel Defoe, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Upton Sinclair, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Toni Morrison, Marjorie Kennan Rawlings, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Alan Paton, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Joseph Heller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Eudora Welty.

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

4Practice II is a supplement to The Magic Lens II and is the practice workbook for the sixth 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 II and the poetic devices studied in Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of BeautyStudents work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is explained in The Magic Lens II

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 II include William Shakespeare, John Milton, Daniel Defoe, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Upton Sinclair, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Toni Morrison, Marjorie Kennan Rawlings, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Alan Paton, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Joseph Heller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Eudora Welty.

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 II: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-563-9

Latest edition: August 2016

Order code: 5639

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

4Practice II: Teacher Manual Cover

The 4Practice II 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 II 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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Shadow Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

Order code: 8489

Price: $40.00

Shadow Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

The Shadow Trilogy contains the classic novels The Murders in the Rue MorgueThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. 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 parent 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 Parent Manual for the three novels, which are also iBooks.

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Author: Poe, Edgar Allen; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 78-0-88092-845-8

Order code: 8458

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8458S

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Now your child can enjoy The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe 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.

Originally published in Graham’s Magazine in 1841, The Murders in the Rue Morgue is regarded as the first detective story—the story that created the genre. Michael writes in his introduction that reading this short story is to “witness the very point in intellectual history at which one of our great literary traditions began.” Poe used an array of literary devices in this book to achieve to maximum effect the horror and mystery of a murder by a non-human agent in nineteenth-century Paris.

Now your students can enjoy The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe 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.

Originally published in Graham’s Magazine in 1841, The Murders in the Rue Morgue is regarded as the first detective story—the story that created the genre. Michael writes in his introduction that reading this short story is to “witness the very point in intellectual history at which one of our great literary traditions began.” Poe used an array of literary devices in this book to achieve to maximum effect the horror and mystery of a murder by a non-human agent in nineteenth-century Paris.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-846-5

Order code: 8465

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8465S

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 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.

The novel is a disturbing account of murder and personality, good and evil, and dangerous experiments in a foggy London of the nineteenth century. Michael describes it as “one of literary history’s great stories of intuitive inspiration.... The reasons that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are famous all lie within the book itself. It is an extraordinary book by one of literature’s most talented writers."

In addition, Stevenson’s “On Some Technical Elements of Style in Literature” is included to demonstrate that the author knew what he was about in the craft of writing. Michael believes that Stevenson is under-appreciated as a serious writer and says that this essay is “one of the best statements in literary history of what a supremely talented writer was thinking."

Now your students can enjoy The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 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.

The novel is a disturbing account of murder and personality, good and evil, and dangerous experiments in a foggy London of the nineteenth century. Michael describes it as “one of literary history’s great stories of intuitive inspiration.... The reasons that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are famous all lie within the book itself. It is an extraordinary book by one of literature’s most talented writers."

In addition, Stevenson’s “On Some Technical Elements of Style in Literature” is included to demonstrate that the author knew what he was about in the craft of writing. Michael believes that Stevenson is under-appreciated as a serious writer and says that this essay is “one of the best statements in literary history of what a supremely talented writer was thinking."

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Author: Doyle, Arthur Conan; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 78-0-88092-847-2

Order code: 8472

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8472S

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Now your child can enjoy The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 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 Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the most famous novels in English, a literary masterpiece of suspense and mystery. Conan Doyle's skill as a writer enables him, according to Michael, to "lift the words of the story above the random clutter of ordinary, toneless prose.

Now your students can enjoy The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 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 Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the most famous novels in English, a literary masterpiece of suspense and mystery. Conan Doyle's skill as a writer enables him, according to Michael, to "lift the words of the story above the random clutter of ordinary, toneless prose.

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Shadow Trilogy: Extra Set of Novels

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8489S

Price: $27.00

This is an extra set of the three classic novels in the Shadow Trilogy: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. It is offered at a special price and is only available to order as an add-on to the set that contains the parent manual.

Shadow Trilogy Set Bought with a Level Package

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8489B

Price: $30.00

If you are buying a Homeschool Level Package, you can add this trilogy set (and as many other trilogy sets as you want) to your order at a reduced price. The set comprises all four books: the three novels and the parent manual.

The Dickens Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

Order code: 8656

Price: $40.00

The Dickens Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

The Dickens Trilogy contains the classic novels A Christmas CarolThe Cricket on the Hearth, and The Chimes: A Goblin Story. 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.

Dickens was the greatest genius of the Victorian novel; this trilogy gives young readers an introduction to him and an opportunity to enjoy his work without having to tackle one of his long novels. 

The parent 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 Parent Manual for the three novels, which are also iBooks.

Students who already have A Christmas Carol from the Time Trilogy can order the Dickens Trilogy without that book for a reduced price by going here.

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A Christmas Carol (Part of the Dickens Trilogy)

Author: Dickens, Charles; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-862-5

Order code: 8625

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8625S

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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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The Cricket on the Hearth

Author: Dickens, Charles; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-863-2

Order code: 8632

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8632S

The Cricket on the Hearth Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Cricket on the Hearth 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.

The Cricket on the Hearth is a short "Christmas story’" published in December 1845. Dickens described the novel as "quiet and domestic...innocent and pretty.” It is subdivided into chapters, called "Chirps," similar to the "Quarters" of The Chimes: A Goblin Story.

The Cricket on the Hearth was popular when it was first published as a book, and also as a play, about the ideal Victorian family and home. In the story, John Peerybingle, a slow but honest carrier, lives with his young wife Dot, their baby boy, and their nursemaid Tilly Slowboy. A cricket chirps on the hearth and acts as a guardian angel to the family. One day a mysterious elderly stranger comes to visit and takes up lodging at Peerybingle's house for a few days. The plot becomes a complex love story that is resolved in time for a festive Christmas.

Now your students can enjoy The Cricket on the Hearth 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.

The Cricket on the Hearth is a short "Christmas story’" published in December 1845. Dickens described the novel as "quiet and domestic...innocent and pretty.” It is subdivided into chapters, called "Chirps," similar to the "Quarters" of The Chimes: A Goblin Story.

The Cricket on the Hearth was popular when it was first published as a book, and also as a play, about the ideal Victorian family and home. In the story, John Peerybingle, a slow but honest carrier, lives with his young wife Dot, their baby boy, and their nursemaid Tilly Slowboy. A cricket chirps on the hearth and acts as a guardian angel to the family. One day a mysterious elderly stranger comes to visit and takes up lodging at Peerybingle's house for a few days. The plot becomes a complex love story that is resolved in time for a festive Christmas.

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The Chimes: A Goblin Story

Author: Dickens, Charles; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-864-9

Order code: 8649

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8649S

The Chimes: A Goblin Story Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Chimes: A Goblin Story 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.

The Chimes: A Goblin Story is a short novel that was published in 1844, one year after A Christmas Carol. It is one of Dickens's "Christmas stories,” which are five short books that contain strong social and moral messages.

The chimes are the old bells in the church on whose cold and windy steps poor and elderly Toby Veck waits for jobs. He is a ticket porter, or messenger, for those rich enough to use his services—although they despise his poverty and those like him. The book is divided into four parts called "quarters," after the quarter chimes of a striking clock, and we meet an array of characters, stereotypically good and bad. The book reveals the power and significance of Dickens’s message that, as in the Sermon on the Mount, "Blessed are the pure of heart."

Now your students can enjoy The Chimes: A Goblin Story 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.

The Chimes: A Goblin Story is a short novel that was published in 1844, one year after A Christmas Carol. It is one of Dickens's "Christmas stories,” which are five short books that contain strong social and moral messages.

The chimes are the old bells in the church on whose cold and windy steps poor and elderly Toby Veck waits for jobs. He is a ticket porter, or messenger, for those rich enough to use his services—although they despise his poverty and those like him. The book is divided into four parts called "quarters," after the quarter chimes of a striking clock, and we meet an array of characters, stereotypically good and bad. The book reveals the power and significance of Dickens’s message that, as in the Sermon on the Mount, "Blessed are the pure of heart."

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The Dickens Trilogy: Extra Set of Novels

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8656S

Price: $27.00

This is an extra set of the three classic novels in the Dickens Trilogy: A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and The Chimes: A Goblin Story. It is offered at a special price and is only available to order as an add-on to the set that contains the parent manual.

The Dickens Trilogy Set Bought with a Level Package

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8656B

Price: $30.00

If you are buying a Homeschool Level Package, you can add this trilogy set (and as many other trilogy sets as you want) to your order at a reduced price. The set comprises all four books: the three novels and the parent manual.

The Dickens Trilogy Parent Set Without A Christmas Carol

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8670

Price: $32.00

The Dickens Trilogy Parent Set Without A Christmas Carol Cover

If you have purchased A Christmas Carol previously as part of the Time Trilogy, you can order just The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth and the Parent Manual at a reduced price.

The Dickens Trilogy Parent Set Without A Christmas Carol Cover

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