MCT Language Arts Curriculum Level 4: The Classic Literature Level

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"I recently purchased The Vocabulary of Literature and The Writing of Literature, and I was overwhelmed by how beautiful and meaningful these books are."  – Homeschool parent Lynne Holsapple

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

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

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

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

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

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The Grammar of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-870-0

Order code: 8700

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.50 each.
Order code: 8700S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Grammar of Literature Student Book Sample Pages:

The Grammar of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

ISBN: 978-0-88092-871-7

Order code: 8717

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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

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

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The Vocabulary of Literature: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-872-4

Order code: 8724

Price: $35.00
Website price: $20.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 8724S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Vocabulary of Literature Student Book Sample Pages:

The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

ISBN: 978-0-88092-873-1

Order code: 8731

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

The Vocabulary of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

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

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

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The Writing of Literature: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-947-9

Order code: 9479

Price: $35.00
Website price: $20.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 9479S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Writing of Literature Student Book Sample Pages:

The Writing of Literature: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

ISBN: 978-0-88092-948-6

Order code: 9486

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

The Writing of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

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

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

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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The Writing of Literature Teacher Manual Sample Pages:

The Poetry of Literature: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-876-0

Order code: 8760

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 8760S

The Poetry of Literature: Student Book Cover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Poetry of Literature Student Book Sample Pages:

The Poetry of Literature: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

ISBN: 978-0-89824-877-7

Order code: 8777

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

The Poetry of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

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

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

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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The Poetry of Literature Teacher Manual Sample Pages:

4Practice for Literature: Student Book

Subtitle: One Hundred Four-Level Analysis Practice Sentences

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-878-6

Order code: 8786

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Class sets: 25 or more: $10.00 each.
Order code: 8786S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4Practice for Literature Student Book Sample Pages:

4Practice for Literature: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: One Hundred Four-Level Analysis Practice Sentences

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

ISBN: 978-0-88092-879-3

Order code: 8793

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

4Practice for Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

4Practice for Literature 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 for Literature 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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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

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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 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 Shadow Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

Order code: 8489

Price: $40.00

The 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.

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Shadow Trilogy Parent Manual Sample Pages:

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Author: Poe, Edgar Allen; 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: 78-0-88092-845-8

Order code: 8458

Price: $13.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $8.00 each.
Order code: 8458S

The Murders in the Rue Morgue Cover

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 Murders in the Rue Morgue Sample Pages:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Shadow Trilogy)

Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis; 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: 978-0-88092-846-5

Order code: 8465

Price: $13.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $8.00 each.
Order code: 8465S

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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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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Shadow) Sample Pages:

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Author: Doyle, Arthur Conan; 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: 78-0-88092-847-2

Order code: 8472

Price: $13.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $8.00 each.
Order code: 8472S

The Hound of the Baskervilles Cover

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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The 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 or to a homeschool complete level package or a student books-only package.

The Shadow Trilogy Set Bought with a Complete 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 complete 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.

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