Michael Clay Thompson: Poetics Program

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Michael Clay Thompson's poetics program is designed to enable students to understand poetry on a far higher plane than has been previously possible.

Students are taught in increasing detail about the elements of poems, including patterns of sound, meter, stanza, figures of speech, poetic techniques, and meaning.

Thompson shows how meticulously poets plan and craft poems. Students gain an appreciation for both the rigorous intellectual discipline and the complex creativity that a poet must bring together in order to create a poem.

Special attention is given to the design of each page of the books so that students can see the concepts not only through the text but visually as well. With books that are beautiful, creative, engaging, and unusual, the series positively soars.

The poetics book at the fourth level, the Literature Level, is particularly noteworthy. Unlike the other six poetics books, which all explore poetic techniques within the context of poetry, The Poetry of Literature examines the poetic devices that novelists use to write extraordinary prose. This book is a valuable addition to the series and should not be missed, even by students who have progressed beyond this level of the curriculum.

A key method of Michael Clay Thompson in teaching poetics is to get students to vocalize the sounds of letters and words. Watch a video clip of him showing teachers how to do this.

For a complete overview of the MCT language arts curriculum, go to the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum page.

Course PackagesMichael Clay Thompson Course Packages
We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to save you money: Homeschool Packages

Michael Clay Thompson's poetics program is designed to enable students to understand poetry on a far higher plane than has been previously possible.

Students are taught in increasing detail about the elements of poems, including patterns of sound, meter, stanza, figures of speech, poetic techniques, and meaning.

Thompson shows how meticulously poets plan and craft poems. Students gain an appreciation for both the rigorous intellectual discipline and the complex creativity that a poet must bring together in order to create a poem.

Special attention is given to the design of each page of the books so that students can see the concepts not only through the text but visually as well. With books that are beautiful, creative, engaging, and unusual, the series positively soars.

The poetics book at the fourth level, the Literature Level, is particularly noteworthy. Unlike the other six poetics books, which all explore poetic techniques within the context of poetry, The Poetry of Literature examines the poetic devices that novelists use to write extraordinary prose. This book is a valuable addition to the series and should not be missed, even by students who have progressed beyond this level of the curriculum.

A key method of Michael Clay Thompson in teaching poetics is to get students to vocalize the sounds of letters and words. Watch a video clip of him showing teachers how to do this.

For a complete overview of the MCT language arts curriculum, go to the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum page.

Course PackagesMichael Clay Thompson Course Packages
We have made available special packages of the curriculum to help make your ordering easier and to save you money. Each package includes a student book and a teacher manual for each stage of the curriculum: School Examination Packages

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The Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

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

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-672-8

Order code: 6728

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 6728S

The Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book Cover

The Music of the Hemispheres is Michael Clay Thompson's introduction to poetics for young children. In this beautiful book, which features extraordinary graphics that call attention to the points being made in the text, children learn that the sounds of words are an important component to good writing. Chapters cover the basics of rhyme, alliteration, meter, stanza, and similies and metaphors. These elements are illustrated through poems by such notable poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as original works by Michael himself.

This book is a wonderful way to foster an early appreciation for poetry in children.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

The Music of the Hemispheres is Michael Clay Thompson's introduction to poetics for young children. In this beautiful book, which features extraordinary graphics that call attention to the points being made in the text, children learn that the sounds of words are an important component to good writing. Chapters cover the basics of rhyme, alliteration, meter, stanza, and similies and metaphors. These elements are illustrated through poems by such notable poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as original works by Michael himself.

This book is a wonderful way to foster an early appreciation for poetry in children.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook, which is in gorgeous full color, features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems. It also contains pre- and post-tests; however, the answers to those are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. In addition, the Implementation Manual also contains a link to a review quiz that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the quiz are only in the Implementation Manual.

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The Music of the Hemispheres: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

ISBN: 978-0-89824-673-5

Order code: 6735

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

The Music of the Hemispheres: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Music of the Hemispheres includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, a pre- and post-test with answer keys, a review quiz, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

The teacher manual for The Music of the Hemispheres includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, a pre- and post-test with answer keys, a review quiz, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

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Building Poems: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 9, 10, 11

Grade: 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-708-4

Order code: 7084

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 7084S

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Building Poems, the second book of Michael Clay Thompson's poetics series, uses architecture as an extended metaphor, showing that poems are constructed like buildings, with careful attention to every detail. Like the metaphor itself, the book is constructed so that it beautifully illustrates the points made by reinforcing them visually. 

This book takes the same basic topics that were introduced in The Music of the Hemispheres and expands upon them, adding new elements. It includes alliteration, assonance, consonance, end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye-rhyme, poetic feet, iambs, trochees, anapests, dactyls, spondees, sonnets, ballads, rime royal, limericks, similes, metaphors, personification, apostrophe, and endstopped versus enjambed lines.

These elements are exhibited in the poems of famous poets such as Lewis Carroll, T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Keats, Edward Lear, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Robert Frost, Henry Longfellow, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Shakespeare, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The book enables students to understand and appreciate poetry on a far higher level than usual. It can be used as a stand-alone introduction to poetry for young students or to set the stage for a more advanced program in middle or high school.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

Building Poems, the second book of Michael Clay Thompson's poetics series, uses architecture as an extended metaphor, showing that poems are constructed like buildings, with careful attention to every detail. Like the metaphor itself, the book is constructed so that it beautifully illustrates the points made by reinforcing them visually. 

This book takes the same basic topics that were introduced in The Music of the Hemispheres and expands upon them, adding new elements. It includes alliteration, assonance, consonance, end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye-rhyme, poetic feet, iambs, trochees, anapests, dactyls, spondees, sonnets, ballads, rime royal, limericks, similes, metaphors, personification, apostrophe, and endstopped versus enjambed lines. 

These elements are exhibited in the poems of famous poets such as Lewis Carroll, T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Keats, Edward Lear, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Robert Frost, Henry Longfellow, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Shakespeare, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The book enables students to understand and appreciate poetry on a far higher level than usual. It can be used as a stand-alone introduction to poetry for young students or to set the stage for a more advanced program in middle or high school.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems. It also contains pre- and post-tests; however, the answers to those are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. In addition, the Implementation Manual also contains a link to a review quiz that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the quiz are only in the Implementation Manual.

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Building Poems: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

ISBN: 978-0-89824-709-1

Order code: 7091

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Building Poems: Teacher Manual Cover

The Building Poems teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, a pre- and post-test with answer keys, a review quiz, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

The Building Poems teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, a pre- and post-test with answer keys, a review quiz, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

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A World of Poetry: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-706-2

Order code: 7062

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 7062S

A World of Poetry: Student Book Cover

A World of Poetry builds on the first two books in the MCT poetics program but goes even further into the details of good poetry. This volume is built on comparisons of poetic and scientific observations of nature and the world around us. As with the other poetics books, the design of this book has been meticulously attended to so that it highlights the points in the text with beautiful and interesting visuals.

Among the featured topics are alliteration, assonance, consonance, end-stopped versus enjambed lines, end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye-rhyme, near rhyme, poetic feet, iambs, trochees, dactyls, spondees, amphibrachs, amphimacers, pyrrhics, Shakespearan sonnets, Petrarchan sonnets, ballads, rime royal, limericks, haiku, similes, metaphors, personification, apostrophes, and the grammar of poetry. 

There are many poems in the book that illustrate the poetic elements discussed, including ones by T.S. Eliot, Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, A.E. Houseman, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale, Anne Sexton, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allen Poe, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, Emma Lazarus, Sylvia Plath, and Basho Matsuo.

A World of Poetry, like the poetics books that lead up to it (The Music of the Hemispheres and Building Poems) allows students to see that the common stereotypes about poetry—that it is comprised only of pretty poems for girls—are unfounded. This text can be used as a stand-alone introduction to poetry or as a foundation for more advanced study in poetics.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

A World of Poetry builds on the first two books in the MCT poetics program but goes even further into the details of good poetry. This volume is built on comparisons of poetic and scientific observations of nature and the world around us. As with the other poetics books, the design of this book has been meticulously attended to so that it highlights the points in the text with beautiful and interesting visuals.

Among the featured topics are alliteration, assonance, consonance, end-stopped versus enjambed lines, end rhyme, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, eye-rhyme, near rhyme, poetic feet, iambs, trochees, dactyls, spondees, amphibrachs, amphimacers, pyrrhics, Shakespearan sonnets, Petrarchan sonnets, ballads, rime royal, limericks, haiku, similes, metaphors, personification, apostrophes, and the grammar of poetry. 

There are many poems in the book that illustrate the poetic elements discussed, including ones by T.S. Eliot, Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, A.E. Houseman, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale, Anne Sexton, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allen Poe, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, Emma Lazarus, Sylvia Plath, and Basho Matsuo.

A World of Poetry, like the poetics books that lead up to it (The Music of the Hemispheres and Building Poems) allows students to see that the common stereotypes about poetry—that it is comprised only of pretty poems for girls—are unfounded. This text can be used as a stand-alone introduction to poetry or as a foundation for more advanced study in poetics.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook, which is in gorgeous full color, features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems, as well as some interactive exercises that allow students to self-check their knowledge. It also contains pre- and post-tests; however, the answers to those are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. In addition, the Implementation Manual also contains a link to a review test that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the test are only in the Implementation Manual.

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A World of Poetry: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

ISBN: 978-0-88092-707-9

Order code: 7079

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

A World of Poetry: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for A World of Poetry includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, a pre- and post-test with answer keys, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

The teacher manual for A World of Poetry includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, a pre- and post-test with answer keys, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

A World of Poetry: Teacher Manual Cover

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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: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 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.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael 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.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook, which is in gorgeous full color, contains several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites the poems that appear in the book and that were written by the featured novelists. It also contains practice pages to allow students to identify for themselves the poetic elements in the pages of several famous novels. The answers to the practice exercises are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

The Poetry of Literature: Student Book Cover

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: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

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.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael 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.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

The Poetry of Literature: Teacher Manual Cover

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Poetry and Humanity: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 5, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-230-2

Order code: 2302

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 2302S

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Poetry and Humanity develops and expands the MCT poetics program and is built on a theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult, or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.

All of the topics from the previous volumes are included in this one, but more advanced techniques are also explored. These include advanced rhymes such as half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, and apophany; advanced meters, from monometer to octameter; complex stanza forms, such as heroic couplets, terza rima, villanelles, quintets, sestets, octets, and submerged sonnets; and more involved figures of speech, including metonymy, synecdoche, and oxymorons. 

The poems featured in the book are by such immortal poets as Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Cowper, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, and G.K. Chesterton.

Like he has done with the other poetics books in this series, Michael beautifully illustrates the idea that poetry is not an art for the elite only. There are poems for everyone, and they can be lovely, or gritty, or heartbreaking, or amusing. And the best of them contain elements that make them memorable as well.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

Poetry and Humanity develops and expands the MCT poetics program and is built on a theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult, or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.

All of the topics from the previous volumes are included in this one, but more advanced techniques are also explored. These include advanced rhymes such as half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, and apophany; advanced meters, from monometer to octameter; complex stanza forms, such as heroic couplets, terza rima, villanelles, quintets, sestets, octets, and submerged sonnets; and more involved figures of speech, including metonymy, synecdoche, and oxymorons. 

The poems featured in the book are by such immortal poets as Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Cowper, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, and G.K. Chesterton.

Like he has done with the other poetics books in this series, Michael beautifully illustrates the idea that poetry is not an art for the elite only. There are poems for everyone, and they can be lovely, or gritty, or heartbreaking, or amusing. And the best of them contain elements that make them memorable as well.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems, as well as some interactive exercises that allow students to self-check their knowledge. The Implementation Manual also contains a link to a comprehensive quiz that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the quiz are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

Poetry and Humanity: Student Book Cover

Sample Pages:

Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

ISBN: 978-0-88092-231-9

Order code: 2319

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for Poetry and Humanity includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

The teacher manual for Poetry and Humanity includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The second edition of this book includes QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems in the book.

Poetry and Humanity: Teacher Manual Cover

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

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

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

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-664-5

Order code: 6643

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems, as well as some interactive exercises that allow students to self-check their knowledge. The Implementation Manual also contains a link to a comprehensive quiz that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the quiz are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

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

Sample Pages:

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

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

ISBN: 978-0-88092-665-2

Order code: 6651

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

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

The teacher manual for Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, and a review test.

The teacher manual for Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, and a review test.

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

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-666-9

Order code: 666X

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional iBook Features: The iBook features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems, as well as some interactive exercises that allow students to self-check their knowledge. The Implementation Manual also contains a link to a comprehensive quiz that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the quiz are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

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

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

ISBN: 978-0-88092-665-2

Order code: 6678

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

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

The teacher manual for Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The teacher manual for Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, answers to the exercises, a review test, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

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

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Romeo and Juliet: The Poetry of the Prologue

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Shakespeare; Exclusive iBook; Poetics

iBook price: $2.99

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As an English sonnet, the Prologue to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is only fourteen lines long, but Michael Clay Thompson believes that by itself it demonstrates the “astounding inventiveness of Shakespeare.” The more you look, the more you see and hear—and the more you understand the techniques of sound, meter, and rhyme that great poets use.

This book is available as an iBook only.

For a full list of Michael Clay Thompson's iBooks, go here.

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