Michael Clay Thompson: Literature Trilogies

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Michael Clay Thompson has produced several trilogies for the literature component of his curriculum, including a trilogy of novels about Mud the Fish and other characters from the early levels. They are an optional add-on to the main curriculum and are not included in the level packages.

All of the books and parent manuals are also available in digital format as iBooks. To see the MCT books as iBooks, we have grouped them together in sets on this page.

Our purpose in the literature series, as Michael Clay Thompson writes in his introduction, “is to immerse children in great books so that they experience literature as literature and not as a drudgery of tedious school activities.”  The ultimate test of the program is this: “if the child does not love reading, we have failed.”  After all, as Michael points out, “It is by loving to read that children become literate.”

The focus of the program is on the literature itself, “avoiding all traditional worksheet activities in favor of rich discussion and thoughtful reading. Busywork has been eliminated.” 

Each part of the program consists of three works of literature (complete and unabridged), together with a parent manual.

In each of the classics chosen, Michael Clay Thompson provides close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. These "language illustrations" all focus on the author’s writing technique while still keeping the child's mind on the book itself.

The Mud Trilogy: This is the introductory point for literature study. Mud the Fish has been given a series of adventures in a trilogy of novels designed to introduce young children to the complex themes and long words of classic literature, but with what he calls "a kind of academic silliness."

Alice, Peter, and Mole: This trilogy studies three great children's classics: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Peter Pan by James M. Barrie, and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This is the collection most appropriate for students at the first or second level of the MCT curriculum.

The Search Trilogy: The three novels in this trilogy are Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. Michael has written a special poem, "Silver's Song," to go with Treasure Island. There is an audio clip with the book, below.

The Time Trilogy: The novels in this trilogy are The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. These books are most suitable for fifth- and sixth-grade students. Where the original edition contained artwork important to the tradition of the book, it has been included.

The Shadow Trilogy: This trilogy features works of three great nineteenth-century authors: Edgar Allen Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. 

The Dickens Trilogy: A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and The Chimes: A Goblin Story are three novels by Charles Dickens that give young readers an introduction to his work and an opportunity to enjoy his writing without having to tackle one of his long novels.   

The American Autobiography Trilogy: This nonfiction trilogy contains The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Though very different from one another, these works reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, showing the contributions they made to the way we live and think now. This is for students at the highest level.

COMING SOON: The Fog Trilogy, consisting of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

The parent manuals are designed to aid you in helping your child in becoming more critical, creative, understanding, and aware as a reader. The books are published in trilogies so you can leverage the reading experience. The three novels are intended to be read in a particular order, with questions flowing from one classic work to the next and then to all three. Children are encouraged to make comparisons across all three books and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. This provides for a far richer reading experience and aids children in developing a broad range of insights into their reading.

This is a program that encourages reflection, discussion, growth, and understanding. The literature program not only gives children an acquaintance with great authors and an in-depth understanding of many of the classics, it has two additional benefits for students of the MCT curriculum. First, it reinforces the importance of all aspects of the curriculum for children because they see all the things they are learning being used by the greatest authors. Second, as children come to the language illustrations of text they have read and see Michael pointing out outstanding passages, it makes many of them realize that they are reading too fast and with too little concentration because they have missed what the author was up to.

We have taken a great deal of trouble with the design of the series. We have chosen a pleasing font, the margins are wide, the type is large, and the space between lines is greater than normal. The books are five and quarter inches by seven and a half inches, a good size for children to hold.

Review by Jeff Danielian, LaSalle Academy PEGASUS Program, in Teaching for High Potential:  "I wish [this program] was available when I was a student. Thompson’s direction and clarity, written from a practitioner’s perspective, leaves all other reading programs in the dust.... The author suggests early on that 'this program is a magic synergy of book, student, and teacher.' I could not agree more." Read the full review.
 

Michael Clay Thompson has produced several trilogies for the literature component of his curriculum, including a trilogy of novels about Mud the Fish and other characters from the early levels. They are an optional add-on to the main curriculum and are not included in the level packages.

All of the books and teacher manuals are also available in digital format as iBooks. To see the MCT books as iBooks, we have grouped them together in sets on this page.

Our purpose in the literature series, as Michael Clay Thompson writes in his introduction, “is to immerse children in great books so that they experience literature as literature and not as a drudgery of tedious school activities.”  The ultimate test of the program is this: “if the child does not love reading, we have failed.”  After all, as Michael points out, “It is by loving to read that children become literate.”

The focus of the program is on the literature itself, “avoiding all traditional worksheet activities in favor of rich discussion and thoughtful reading. Busywork has been eliminated.”  

Each part of the program consists of three works of literature (complete and unabridged), together with a teacher manual.

In each of the classics chosen, Michael Clay Thompson provides close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. These "language illustrations" all focus on the author’s writing technique while still keeping the students' minds on the book itself.

The Mud Trilogy: This is the introductory point for literature study. Mud the Fish has been given a series of adventures in a trilogy of novels designed to introduce young children to the complex themes and long words of classic literature, but with what he calls "a kind of academic silliness."

Alice, Peter, and Mole: This trilogy studies three great children's classics: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Peter Pan by James M. Barrie, and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This is the collection most appropriate for students at the first or second level of the MCT curriculum.

The Search Trilogy: The three novels in this trilogy are Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. Michael has written a special poem, "Silver's Song," to go with Treasure Island. There is an audio clip with the book, below.

The Time Trilogy: The novels in this trilogy are The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. These books are most suitable for fifth- and sixth-grade students. Where the original edition contained artwork important to the tradition of the book, it has been included.

The Shadow Trilogy: This trilogy features works of three great nineteenth-century authors: Edgar Allen Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. 

The Dickens Trilogy: A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and The Chimes: A Goblin Story are three novels by Charles Dickens that give young readers an introduction to his work and an opportunity to enjoy his writing without having to tackle one of his long novels.   

The American Autobiography Trilogy: This nonfiction trilogy contains The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Though very different from one another, these works reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, showing the contributions they made to the way we live and think now. This is for students at the highest level.

COMING SOON: The Fog Trilogy, consisting of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

The teacher manuals are designed to aid you in helping students become more critical, creative, understanding, and aware as readers. The books are published in trilogies so you can leverage the reading experience. The three novels are intended to be read in a particular order, with questions flowing from one classic work to the next and then to all three. Students are encouraged to make comparisons across all three books and to regard the reading experience of each in relation to the others. This provides for a far richer reading experience and aids students in developing a broad range of insights into their reading.

This is a program that encourages reflection, discussion, growth, and understanding. The literature program not only gives students an acquaintance with great authors and an in-depth understanding of many of the classics, it has two additional benefits for students of the MCT curriculum. First, it reinforces the importance of all aspects of the curriculum for students because they see all the things they are learning being used by the greatest authors. Second, as students come to the language illustrations of text they have read and see Michael pointing out outstanding passages, it makes many of them realize that they are reading too fast and with too little concentration because they have missed what the author was up to.

We have taken a great deal of trouble with the design of the series. We have chosen a pleasing font, the margins are wide, the type is large, and the space between lines is greater than normal. The books are five and quarter inches by seven and a half inches, a good size for children to hold.

Review by Jeff Danielian, LaSalle Academy PEGASUS Program, in Teaching for High Potential:  "I wish [this program] was available when I was a student. Thompson’s direction and clarity, written from a practitioner’s perspective, leaves all other reading programs in the dust.... The author suggests early on that 'this program is a magic synergy of book, student, and teacher.' I could not agree more." Read the full review.

 

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The Mud Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-845-6

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 8456

Price: $30.00

The Mud Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

The Rescue at Fragment Crag, The Red Tide, and The Green-Face Virus by Michael Clay Thompson feature the characters he created in his language arts curriculum to help explain grammar and writing rules. Following requests for more about these characters, he decided that Mud the Fish should have a series of adventures of his own. The novels are described as classic word novels, designed to introduce young readers to the literary words Michael identified in his classic words vocabulary research. They are full-length books (around 100 pages each), exuberant, funny, and abounding in alliteration and other poetic techniques. Difficult words are defined at the bottom of each page. The books are illustrated with charming drawings.

Michael writes in the introduction, "These Mud novels are like training wheels for the classics, with big words, long length, complex characters, intricate plots, and big ideas, all in a magical world where little animals love sentences and stay loyal to each other."

The teacher manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, a list of strategies and activities for students to do, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, quotations for quote quizzes, and discussion questions.

There is also an iBook Implementation Manual.

The Mud Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

The Mud Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-843-2

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 8432

Price: $30.00

The Mud Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

A parent on the RFWP Support Forum says, "We are loving the Mud Trilogy already! I'm reading them aloud to my son, as I don't want to miss out. We love all the characters; Baldwin is a hoot!"

The Rescue at Fragment Crag, The Red Tide, and The Green-Face Virus by Michael Clay Thompson feature the characters he created in his language arts curriculum to help explain grammar and writing rules. Following requests for more about these characters, he decided that Mud the Fish should have a series of adventures of his own. The novels are described as classic word novels, designed to introduce young readers to the literary words Michael identified in his classic words vocabulary research. They are full-length books (around 100 pages each), exuberant, funny, and abounding in alliteration and other poetic techniques. Difficult words are defined at the bottom of each page. The books are illustrated with charming drawings.

Michael writes in the introduction, "These Mud novels are like training wheels for the classics, with big words, long length, complex characters, intricate plots, and big ideas, all in a magical world where little animals love sentences and stay loyal to each other."

The parent manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, a list of strategies and activities for children to do, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, quotations for quote quizzes, and discussion questions.

There is also an iBook Implementation Manual.

The Mud Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

The Rescue at Fragment Crag

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-840-1

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 8401

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8401S

The Rescue at Fragment Crag Cover

Most children will encounter Mud the Fish first as an endearing character learning what a sentence is in Michael Clay Thompson’s writing curriculum book, Sentence Island. In The Rescue at Fragment Crag, the first novel in the Mud Trilogy, we meet Mud again, along with Fidget the cricket, his subject-verb friend; Oopsy and Daisy, the pelicans who taught him the parts of the sentence; Click the sandpiper; Clack the lobster; Herman the kingfisher; and Merv the mouse. They are joined by Turner the turtle, Baldwin the bellicose and eccentric big-horn beetle, and Marjorie Harbinger, the vivacious wave who brings news of a problem on Fragment Crag, where little Click is injured and has become trapped.   

The animals and birds have to work together to rescue Click, but things don’t turn out as planned. Fragment Crag is a fearsome, isolated crag where all thoughts are fragments, and an evil rat nearly succeeds in eating Click for dinner. After the rescue there is a falling out among the animals, who only know part of what happened. And they forget that rats can swim. There is another attack and another rescue, after which everyone reflects on what it means to be part of a group and to work together to support one another.

Michael writes: "A national neglect of formal vocabulary instruction has left many children unable to read standard books that have been the favorites of children for generations, and so you will find these words emphasized in this trilogy, with definitions at the bottoms of the pages so that the vocabulary is not an obstacle but a treat. These novels about Mud will prepare children to read children’s classics with ease and enjoyment."

Most children will encounter Mud the Fish first as an endearing character learning what a sentence is in Michael Clay Thompson’s writing curriculum book, Sentence Island. In The Rescue at Fragment Crag, the first novel in the Mud Trilogy, we meet Mud again, along with Fidget the cricket, his subject-verb friend; Oopsy and Daisy, the pelicans who taught him the parts of the sentence; Click the sandpiper; Clack the lobster; Herman the kingfisher; and Merv the mouse. They are joined by Turner the turtle, Baldwin the bellicose and eccentric big-horn beetle, and Marjorie Harbinger, the vivacious wave who brings news of a problem on Fragment Crag, where little Click is injured and has become trapped.   

The animals and birds have to work together to rescue Click, but things don’t turn out as planned. Fragment Crag is a fearsome, isolated crag where all thoughts are fragments, and an evil rat nearly succeeds in eating Click for dinner. After the rescue there is a falling out among the animals, who only know part of what happened. And they forget that rats can swim. There is another attack and another rescue, after which everyone reflects on what it means to be part of a group and to work together to support one another.

Michael writes: "A national neglect of formal vocabulary instruction has left many children unable to read standard books that have been the favorites of children for generations, and so you will find these words emphasized in this trilogy, with definitions at the bottoms of the pages so that the vocabulary is not an obstacle but a treat. These novels about Mud will prepare children to read children’s classics with ease and enjoyment."

The Rescue at Fragment Crag Cover

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The Red Tide

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-841-8

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 8418

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8418S

The Red Tide Cover

Mud the Fish and his friends are back to battle the forces of nature around them on Sentence Island. They are enjoying a peaceful life and reflecting on the meaning of words, on the two sides of sentences, and on the importance of thinking clearly. They experiment with various true and untrue sentences, grammar notwithstanding. A fish is an animal. All fish are animals. Therefore all animals are fish is clearly not true.

A series of near calamities throws everything into disarray—a tsunami, a red tide, and then a waterspout. The red tide coincides with a distinguished visitor, Queequack, the famous paragraph expert, and Mud has to convince everyone that the two are not connected. After the waterspout they learn that everything has to be in its rightful place. Then a tall, green stranger arrives on their shore to tell them that their disasters are a result of poor leadership. If they obey him, the mantis tells them, and echo his words, he will solve all their problems. He is a devious character and demands absolute loyalty with no questions asked. Daisy the pelican, Clack, and Mud do not fall for his false words and manage to persuade the others by using the logic they have all learned. As the great waterbird Benjamin Frankloon once said, "We must all stick together, or we will all get stuck separately.”

Mud the Fish and his friends are back to battle the forces of nature around them on Sentence Island. They are enjoying a peaceful life and reflecting on the meaning of words, on the two sides of sentences, and on the importance of thinking clearly. They experiment with various true and untrue sentences, grammar notwithstanding. A fish is an animal. All fish are animals. Therefore all animals are fish is clearly not true.

A series of near calamities throws everything into disarray—a tsunami, a red tide, and then a waterspout. The red tide coincides with a distinguished visitor, Queequack, the famous paragraph expert, and Mud has to convince everyone that the two are not connected. After the waterspout they learn that everything has to be in its rightful place. Then a tall, green stranger arrives on their shore to tell them that their disasters are a result of poor leadership. If they obey him, the mantis tells them, and echo his words, he will solve all their problems. He is a devious character and demands absolute loyalty with no questions asked. Daisy the pelican, Clack, and Mud do not fall for his false words and manage to persuade the others by using the logic they have all learned. As the great waterbird Benjamin Frankloon once said, "We must all stick together, or we will all get stuck separately.”

The Red Tide Cover

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The Green-Face Virus

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-842-5

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 8425

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8425S

The Green-Face Virus Cover

In the third novel of the Mud Trilogy, Mud discovers to his dismay that the other animals have been infected with a virus that destroys their altruism and makes them greedy and selfish. This cannot continue, and Mud must embark on a perilous adventure to Nothing Atoll to find the Shadow Maker in order to procure a shake of shock-shade, a glowing jungle fern that opens only at midnight. Marjorie the wave tells him that he has to take Fishmeal along, the paragraph duck who studied under the great Queequack and who holds the secret of organization.

At the last minute they are joined by Baldwin the beetle on a raft that takes them across a bioluminescent sea to the atoll. They meet strange creatures called aye-ayes who help them and who even suggest that they might like to stay on Nothing Atoll with nothing to do but live a long, pleasant life of comfort. But Mud remembers his friends and their mission to save them from the virus. A plan is formed to acquire the shock-shade from the snapping beast that is its guardian. The friends win in the end, and Mud reflects on his adventures, the various ethical concerns raised, the sights he has seen, and the meaning of friendship.

In the third novel of the Mud Trilogy, Mud discovers to his dismay that the other animals have been infected with a virus that destroys their altruism and makes them greedy and selfish. This cannot continue, and Mud must embark on a perilous adventure to Nothing Atoll to find the Shadow Maker in order to procure a shake of shock-shade, a glowing jungle fern that opens only at midnight. Marjorie the wave tells him that he has to take Fishmeal along, the paragraph duck who studied under the great Queequack and who holds the secret of organization.

At the last minute they are joined by Baldwin the beetle on a raft that takes them across a bioluminescent sea to the atoll. They meet strange creatures called aye-ayes who help them and who even suggest that they might like to stay on Nothing Atoll with nothing to do but live a long, pleasant life of comfort. But Mud remembers his friends and their mission to save them from the virus. A plan is formed to acquire the shock-shade from the snapping beast that is its guardian. The friends win in the end, and Mud reflects on his adventures, the various ethical concerns raised, the sights he has seen, and the meaning of friendship.

The Green-Face Virus Cover

Sample Pages:

The Mud Trilogy: Extra Set of Novels

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Order code: 8432S

Price: $27.00

This is an extra set of the three classic words novels by Michael Clay Thompson about Mud the Fish and his friends: The Rescue at Fragment Crag, The Red Tide, and The Green-Face Virus. It is offered at a special price and is only available to order as an add-on to the set that contains the implementation manual.

The Mud Trilogy Set Bought with a Level Package

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Order code: 8432B

Price: $25.00

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.

Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-804-3

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 8043

Price: $40.00

Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

The Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy contains the classic novels Alice's Adventures in WonderlandPeter Pan, and The Wind in the Willows. Each book is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael Clay Thompson's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page. The combination of those devices makes these novels perfect companions to his MCT language arts curriculum, which contains grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetics strands.

The teacher manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, character quotations for quote quizzes, discussion questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice.

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

Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-803-6

Latest edition: June 2014

Order code: 8036

Price: $40.00

Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

The Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy contains the classic novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wind in the Willows. 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, character 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.

Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Carroll, Lewis; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-802-9

Order code: 8029

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8029S

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Cover

Now your child can enjoy Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 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 well-known story that children have loved for generations, with its zany and memorable characters, surreal adventures, and funny rhymes. 

Now your students can enjoy Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 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 well-known story that children have loved for generations, with its zany and memorable characters, surreal adventures, and funny rhymes. 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Cover

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Peter Pan

Author: Barrie, James M.; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-801-2

Order code: 8012

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8012S

Peter Pan Cover

Now your child can enjoy Peter Pan by James M. Barrie 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 entrancing story about Peter Pan and Wendy, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile that has captivated the imaginations of children for more than a century.

Now your students can enjoy Peter Pan by James M. Barrie 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 entrancing story about Peter Pan and Wendy, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile that has captivated the imaginations of children for more than a century.

Peter Pan Cover

Sample Pages:

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Grahame, Kenneth; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-800-5

Order code: 8005

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8005S

The Wind in the Willows Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 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 beautiful children's classic explores the life of the riverbank as seen through the eyes of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and others, including the incorrigible Mr. Toad.

Now your students can enjoy The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 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 beautiful children's classic explores the life of the riverbank as seen through the eyes of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and others, including the incorrigible Mr. Toad.

The Wind in the Willows Cover

Sample Pages:

Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy: Extra Set of Novels

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8036S

Price: $27.00

This is an extra set of the three classic novels in the Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wind in the Willows. 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.

Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy Set Bought with a Level Package

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8036B

Price: $30.00

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

Search Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

Latest edition: July 2014

Order code: 8197

Price: $40.00

Search Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

The Search Trilogy contains the classic novels Treasure IslandThe Call of the Wild, and The Invisible Man. Each book is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael Clay Thompson's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page. The combination of those devices makes these novels perfect companions to his MCT language arts curriculum, which contains grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetics strands.

The teacher manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, character quotations for quote quizzes, discussion questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice.

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

Search Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

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Search Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Latest edition: July 2014

Order code: 8180

Price: $40.00

Search Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

The Search Trilogy contains the classic novels Treasure IslandThe Call of the Wild, and The Invisible Man. Each book is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael Clay Thompson's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page. The combination of those devices makes these novels perfect companions to his MCT language arts curriculum, which contains grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetics strands.

The parent manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, character 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.

Search Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

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The Call of the Wild

Author: London, Jack; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-816-6

Order code: 8166

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8166S

The Call of the Wild Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Call of the Wild by Jack London 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 Call of the Wild is Jack London’s most popular novel and is one of the most translated works in the history of literature, making it one of the most widely read American classics. The story follows the gradual transformation of a tame dog, Buck, to a state of fierce wildness in which Buck adopts the primordial instincts of survival in the Alaskan wilderness.

Based on experiences that Jack London had when he worked in the Klondike gold rush, The Call of the Wild is filled with characters, events, and descriptions that never could have been created through imagination alone. It offers ideas that repay mature and thoughtful consideration and is read by strong readers of all ages.

Now your students can enjoy The Call of the Wild by Jack London 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 Call of the Wild is Jack London’s most popular novel and is one of the most translated works in the history of literature, making it one of the most widely read American classics. The story follows the gradual transformation of a tame dog, Buck, to a state of fierce wildness in which Buck adopts the primordial instincts of survival in the Alaskan wilderness.

Based on experiences that Jack London had when he worked in the Klondike gold rush, The Call of the Wild is filled with characters, events, and descriptions that never could have been created through imagination alone. It offers ideas that repay mature and thoughtful consideration and is read by strong readers of all ages.

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The Invisible Man

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-817-3

Order code: 8173

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8173S

The Invisible Man Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

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

Now your students can enjoy The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

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

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Treasure Island

Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-815-9

Order code: 8159

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8159S

Treasure Island Cover

Now your child can enjoy Treasure Island 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.

According to Michael, "Treasure Island was first serialized in Young Folks magazine from 1881 to 1882 and then published in novel form in 1883. Stevenson created a world-unto-itself, with a ship’s-worth of pirates and rogues, good souls and bad. While reading Treasure Island, we feel the salt spray of the novel, hear the booming surf on the reef, and glimpse the quick wink of that smartest of pirates, Long John Silver. Jim Hawkins is a true spirit, navigating a path through the unworldly, even as circumstances become stranger and stranger. Stevenson soaks us in strong characters with vivid, rich names—rascals and thieves, lawyers and boys. From one’s first reading of Treasure Island, Long John Silver clunks into one’s inner reality with his wooden leg and his squawking parrot and his weasel words, and from that day forward, there is always an inner Long John lurking within us, ready to fool us once again." 

Now your students can enjoy Treasure Island 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.

According to Michael, "Treasure Island was first serialized in Young Folks magazine from 1881 to 1882 and then published in novel form in 1883. Stevenson created a world-unto-itself, with a ship’s-worth of pirates and rogues, good souls and bad. While reading Treasure Island, we feel the salt spray of the novel, hear the booming surf on the reef, and glimpse the quick wink of that smartest of pirates, Long John Silver. Jim Hawkins is a true spirit, navigating a path through the unworldly, even as circumstances become stranger and stranger. Stevenson soaks us in strong characters with vivid, rich names—rascals and thieves, lawyers and boys. From one’s first reading of Treasure Island, Long John Silver clunks into one’s inner reality with his wooden leg and his squawking parrot and his weasel words, and from that day forward, there is always an inner Long John lurking within us, ready to fool us once again." 

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Search Trilogy: Extra Set of Novels

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

Order code: 8180S

Price: $27.00

This is an extra set of the three classic novels in the Search Trilogy: Treasure Island, The Call of the Wild, and The Invisible Man. 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.

Search Trilogy Set Bought with a Level Package

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8180B

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.

Time Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-809-8

Latest edition: September 2014

Order code: 8098

Price: $40.00

Time Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

In a review of the Time Trilogy in Teaching for High Potential, Jeff Danielian writes: "The Time Trilogy provides a fresh and interesting look at sharing three classics with students. For me it is as if I have explored these texts for the first time. I wish the same for you and your students."

The Time Trilogy contains the classic novels The Time MachineA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and A Christmas Carol. Each book is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael Clay Thompson's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page. The combination of those devices makes these novels perfect companions to his MCT language arts curriculum, which contains grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetics strands.

The teacher manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, character quotations for quote quizzes, discussion questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice.

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

Time Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

Review of the Time Trilogy:

Time Trilogy Teacher Manual sample pages:

Time Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-808-1

Latest edition: September 2014

Order code: 8081

Price: $40.00

Time Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

In a review of the Time Trilogy in Teaching for High Potential, Jeff Danielian writes: "The Time Trilogy provides a fresh and interesting look at sharing three classics with students. For me it is as if I have explored these texts for the first time. I wish the same for you and your students."

The Time Trilogy contains the classic novels The Time MachineA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and A Christmas Carol. Each book is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael Clay Thompson's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page. The combination of those devices makes these novels perfect companions to his MCT language arts curriculum, which contains grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetics strands.

The parent manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, character 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.

Time Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

Review of Time Trilogy & the Literature Program:

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A Christmas Carol (Part of the Time Trilogy)

Author: Dickens, Charles; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-807-4

Order code: 8074

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8074S

A Christmas Carol (Part of the Time Trilogy) Cover

Now your child can enjoy A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

This is the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from odious miser to caring friend. Michael writes that the novel "ignites the reader’s sympathy for people who survive at society’s edges. It condemns mercenary and industrial indifference to human suffering and celebrates the goodness that is possible in all parts of society." Its lessons have touched readers for more than a century.

Now your students can enjoy A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

This is the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from odious miser to caring friend. Michael writes that the novel "ignites the reader’s sympathy for people who survive at society’s edges. It condemns mercenary and industrial indifference to human suffering and celebrates the goodness that is possible in all parts of society." Its lessons have touched readers for more than a century.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Author: Twain, Mark; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-806-7

Order code: 8067

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8067S

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Cover

Now your child can enjoy A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

In his introduction to the novel, Michael writes: "This is a novel with riches to spare, filled with Twain’s irrepressible relish for the English language, loaded with characters of all kinds, pervaded with irony. There are moments when the novel seems to be entirely humorous, and there are moments when the novel is horrifyingly prophetic, as in the final scenes that seem to be visions of the great world war to come.... A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is no novel for the faint of heart. Twain despised cruelty and violence, and he had to depict them to attack them, so this is a sometimes brutal story, powered by a vision of peace and humanity. It is a great read."

Now your students can enjoy A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

In his introduction to the novel, Michael writes: "This is a novel with riches to spare, filled with Twain’s irrepressible relish for the English language, loaded with characters of all kinds, pervaded with irony. There are moments when the novel seems to be entirely humorous, and there are moments when the novel is horrifyingly prophetic, as in the final scenes that seem to be visions of the great world war to come.... A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is no novel for the faint of heart. Twain despised cruelty and violence, and he had to depict them to attack them, so this is a sometimes brutal story, powered by a vision of peace and humanity. It is a great read."

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The Time Machine

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

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

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

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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-805-0

Order code: 8050

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8050S

The Time Machine Cover

Now your child can enjoy The Time Machine by H.G. Wells as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

According to Michael, the novel is "a supreme work of the imagination, a work so captivating in its vivid description of the distant future that the reader scarcely notices the radical art of the work, such as the almost total absence of dialogue and the fact that the main character is never named. The astounding final chapters are visionary to a degree almost unique in literature.... The novel has it all: brilliant vocabulary, reflection on the implications of science, subtle and wry commentary on governmental and social systems, reflections on morality, a deep portrait of a creative genius whose mind isolates him even from his friends, luminous poetic writing, dazzling images...everything. It is a one-book humanities course."

Now your students can enjoy The Time Machine by H.G. Wells as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic. The novel is reproduced in its entirety and includes Michael's "language illustrations"—close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. Challenging vocabulary is defined at the bottom of each page.

According to Michael, the novel is "a supreme work of the imagination, a work so captivating in its vivid description of the distant future that the reader scarcely notices the radical art of the work, such as the almost total absence of dialogue and the fact that the main character is never named. The astounding final chapters are visionary to a degree almost unique in literature.... The novel has it all: brilliant vocabulary, reflection on the implications of science, subtle and wry commentary on governmental and social systems, reflections on morality, a deep portrait of a creative genius whose mind isolates him even from his friends, luminous poetic writing, dazzling images...everything. It is a one-book humanities course."

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Time Trilogy: Extra Set of Novels

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8081S

Price: $27.00

This is an extra set of the three classic novels in the Time Trilogy: The Time Machine, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and A Christmas Carol. 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.

Time Trilogy Set Bought with a Level Package

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8081B

Price: $30.00

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

Shadow Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

ISBN: 978-0-88092-849-6

Latest edition: September 2014

Order code: 8496

Price: $40.00

Shadow Trilogy Set with Teacher 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 teacher manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, character quotations for quote quizzes, discussion questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice.

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

Shadow Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

Shadow Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-848-9

Latest edition: September 2014

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, character 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.

Shadow Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

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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: 12, 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

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 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; Literacy; MCT Curriculum

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

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

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.

The Hound of the Baskervilles Cover

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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 Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: English Language Arts; Reading; Literature

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-866-3

Latest edition: November 2014

Order code: 8663

Price: $40.00

The Dickens Trilogy Set with Teacher 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 teacher manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, language illustration questions, character quotations for quote quizzes, discussion questions and activities, and suggestions for academic writing practice.

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

The Dickens Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

The Dickens Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-865-6

Latest edition: November 2014

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, character 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: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 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: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 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.

The Cricket on the Hearth Cover

Sample Pages:

The Chimes: A Goblin Story

Author: Dickens, Charles; Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-864-9

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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Sample Pages:

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

Latest edition: November 2014

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.

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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

ISBN: 978-0-89824-857-9

Latest edition: August 2014

Order code: 8579

Price: $40.00

The American Autobiography Trilogy Set with Teacher Manual Cover

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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Sample Pages:

The American Autobiography Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-856-2

Latest edition: August 2014

Order code: 8562

Price: $40.00

The American Autobiography Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

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

The American Autobiography Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

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

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Cover

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.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Cover

Sample Pages:

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.

The Narrative of Frederick Douglass Cover

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

Walden Cover

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

Sample Pages:

The American Autobiography Trilogy: Extra Set of Autobiographies

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8562S

Price: $27.00

This is an extra set of the three classic works in the American Autobiography Trilogy: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden. 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 American Autobiography Trilogy Set Bought with a Level Package

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; Literature; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8562B

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 autobiographies and the parent manual.

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