MCT Language Arts Curriculum Preliminary Level: The Poodle Level

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The Poodle Level offers a chance for children who are not quite ready for Level 1 of the MCT language arts curriculum to enter the program more gently, drawing them in with delightful stories, engaging characters, imaginative language, and gorgeous illustrations. Children won't just learn about grammar and poetic techniques; they'll see them in action through Michael's ingenious use of language to communicate, to allure, to enchant, and to instruct. These books are masterful works that are unconventional in their execution and that challenge children on multiple levels of intellectual and academic sophistication, yet they remain inviting and accessible, welcoming children in to the glittering world of language arts. (Michael successfully demonstrates in these books why they're called language arts.)

The first two titles are grammar books; the third is a book about poetics. All three books provide a joyous introduction to language in a way that few other authors can accomplish. Each book has an accompanying instructor manual, and as a special bonus, each book features QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the text, further bringing the stories to life. Poodle the chicken, his best friend What? the beagle, and Sidney the world's fastest snail are destined to be cherished by generations of children who can't help but fall in love—with the characters, the stories, the series, and the author, not to mention the beauty, flexibility, complexity, and versatility of language.

The Poodle Level offers a chance for children who are not quite ready for Level 1 of the MCT language arts curriculum to enter the program more gently, drawing them in with delightful stories, engaging characters, imaginative language, and gorgeous illustrations. Children won't just learn about grammar and poetic techniques; they'll see them in action through Michael's ingenious use of language to communicate, to allure, to enchant, and to instruct. These books are masterful works that are unconventional in their execution and that challenge children on multiple levels of intellectual and academic sophistication, yet they remain inviting and accessible, welcoming children in to the glittering world of language arts. (Michael successfully demonstrates in these books why they're called language arts.)

The first two titles are grammar books; the third is a book about poetics. All three books provide a joyous introduction to language in a way that few other authors can accomplish. Each book has an accompanying instructor manual, and as a special bonus, each book features QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the text, further bringing the stories to life. Poodle the chicken, his best friend What? the beagle, and Sidney the world's fastest snail are destined to be cherished by generations of children who can't help but fall in love—with the characters, the stories, the series, and the author, not to mention the beauty, flexibility, complexity, and versatility of language.

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Poodle Knows What? Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: 1, 2, 3

Pages: 114

ISBN: 978-0-88092-938-7

Order code: 9387

Price: $45.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $26.00 each.
Order code: 9387S

Poodle Knows What? Student Book Cover

Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner!
Academics' Choice Award Winner!

Grammar is hard, and horrible, and miserable, and you have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Right?

Poodle and Sidney would disagree with that. And What?. What?

Poodle is a chicken, and his best friend is a beagle named What?. And before you have a chance to think about that too hard, ZOOM!, in races Sidney, the fastest snail you ever did see. (She’s in training to be a verb.)

Between the three of them, they know quite a lot about grammar, and it turns out that all of those myths about grammar being awful and complicated and hard to do are simply untrue. I’m serious.

Grammar—when you have the right chicken, the right beagle, and the right snail—is easy! There are only eight kinds of words, and they are simple to learn. Just ask What?. He’ll tell you. What?

Okay, don’t ask What?. But What? and his friends will share all of their secrets with any child who opens the pages of this introductory grammar book for young children.

Poodle Knows What? is a delightful book told in unmetered rhyme and overflowing with quirky and endearing images drawn by artist Christopher Tice and incorporating the art of Milton Kemnitz, whose work infuses many of the other books in the curriculum. On page after page, Michael plays with words and with sounds—with what language can do. And the best part is that children get to hear Michael read it himself because every spread of two pages contains a QR code that links to audio of Michael narrating the text. If you think the story is fun, wait until you hear Michael tell it.

Young children will cherish this book for its wit, its humor, its beauty, its cleverness, and—oh yes—its valuable grammar instruction, which will provide them with a solid foundation of grammar knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Even children who have advanced beyond the primary levels will find themselves enchanted by Sidney’s enthusiasm and by the deep friendship between Poodle and What?. What?

Grammar is not hard, nor horrible, nor miserable, and you don’t have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you don’t have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Poodle knows that. He knows What?. Exactly.

Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner!
Academics' Choice Award Winner!

Grammar is hard, and horrible, and miserable, and you have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Right?

Poodle and Sidney would disagree with that. And What?. What?

Poodle is a chicken, and his best friend is a beagle named What?. And before you have a chance to think about that too hard, ZOOM!, in races Sidney, the fastest snail you ever did see. (She’s in training to be a verb.)

Between the three of them, they know quite a lot about grammar, and it turns out that all of those myths about grammar being awful and complicated and hard to do are simply untrue. I’m serious.

Grammar—when you have the right chicken, the right beagle, and the right snail—is easy! There are only eight kinds of words, and they are simple to learn. Just ask What?. He’ll tell you. What?

Okay, don’t ask What?. But What? and his friends will share all of their secrets with any child who opens the pages of this introductory grammar book for young children.

Poodle Knows What? is a delightful book told in unmetered rhyme and overflowing with quirky and endearing images drawn by artist Christopher Tice and incorporating the art of Milton Kemnitz, whose work infuses many of the other books in the curriculum. On page after page, Michael plays with words and with sounds—with what language can do. And the best part is that children get to hear Michael read it himself because every spread of two pages contains a QR code that links to audio of Michael narrating the text. If you think the story is fun, wait until you hear Michael tell it.

Young children will cherish this book for its wit, its humor, its beauty, its cleverness, and—oh yes—its valuable grammar instruction, which will provide them with a solid foundation of grammar knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Even children who have advanced beyond the primary levels will find themselves enchanted by Sidney’s enthusiasm and by the deep friendship between Poodle and What?. What?

Grammar is not hard, nor horrible, nor miserable, and you don’t have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you don’t have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Poodle knows that. He knows What?. Exactly.

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Poodle Knows What? Student Book Sample Pages:

Poodle Knows What? Instructor Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Pages: 120

ISBN: 978-0-88092-939-4

Order code: 9394

Price: $50.00
Website price: $35.00

Poodle Knows What? Instructor Manual Cover

The Poodle Knows What? instructor manual contains the full text of the student book, but the pages also contain special boxes and bubbles filled with information that instructors can share with the children to enhance their learning. There is also an instructor section, where Michael shares his thoughts on implementation so that the instruction remains deep but joyful, thorough but fun.

The Poodle Knows What? instructor manual contains the full text of the student book, but the pages also contain special boxes and bubbles filled with information that teachers can share with the students to enhance their learning. There is also an instructor section, where Michael shares his thoughts on implementation so that the instruction remains deep but joyful, thorough but fun.

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Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: 1, 2, 3

Pages: 107

ISBN: 978-0-89824-924-8

Order code: 9248

Price: $45.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $26.00 each.
Order code: 9248S

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Winner of a Gold Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence!

When last we saw Poodle the chicken and his best friends What? and Sidney (a beagle and a snail, respectively), they had just mastered the eight parts of speech (Level One of MCT's four-level grammar instruction), and they were heading across a vast blue plain toward the world of words. Now the horizon shows a mountain range with a bright star above it, holding the promise of new knowledge: the five parts of the sentence (Level Two). But getting to the top of the mountain is a treacherous endeavor because a frightening monster keeps buffeting them with wind and hurling snow at them and doing what he can to stop their progress.

CUT!

What? No, not you, What?. (He thought I was talking to him.) I mean, What happened?

LIGHTS!

Wait, that's a mouse shouting those directions, and the three friends are on a stage!? Where's the mountain? Where's the monster? Is that a wind machine? What's going on?

Maybe mouse is directing a play, and she's doing a masterful job of it, but the actors are confused. Has the entire journey been make-believe? Dickinson (the monster, apparently) sits at the top of the mountain (which isn't much like a mountain at all now), waiting for them to arrive, but there's too much to learn along the way, so Maybe offers some important acting instructions and then exits stage left. Suddenly the white wall behind them is a mountain again, and the world reappears, and the parts of the sentence await discovery—first the subject, then the action verb, then the direct object, the linking verb, and the subject complement. The friends encounter Gramlet, a pika, who helps them in their quest for knowledge but who warns them about the fury of Dickinson, the monster they are destined to meet at the top.

But what happens when Poodle and What? and Sidney arrive at the summit is unexpected, and when the lights come up, not only do the friends understand the parts of the sentence and how they work and when to use them, but they've learned a little about themselves and a lot about the characters around them, who are as multi-dimensional as the story itself.

This fun adventure tale, told in unmetered rhyme, is pure creative genius, celebrating both the power of words and the power of friendship and camaraderie and a willingness to extend those qualities to others. Michael is brilliant at word play, and artist Christopher Tice has brought the story to life with dazzling creativity. And if you think that that's enough to make a book good (it is, but we didn't stop there), just wait until you hear the audio of Michael reading the story himself—a feat made possible by the QR code on each spread of two pages. Children will treasure Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster as a luminous sequel to Poodle Knows What?, all the while learning grammar in the most delightful way.

Winner of a Gold Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence!

When last we saw Poodle the chicken and his best friends What? and Sidney (a beagle and a snail, respectively), they had just mastered the eight parts of speech (Level One of MCT's four-level grammar instruction), and they were heading across a vast blue plain toward the world of words. Now the horizon shows a mountain range with a bright star above it, holding the promise of new knowledge: the five parts of the sentence (Level Two). But getting to the top of the mountain is a treacherous endeavor because a frightening monster keeps buffeting them with wind and hurling snow at them and doing what he can to stop their progress.

CUT!

What? No, not you, What?. (He thought I was talking to him.) I mean, What happened?

LIGHTS!

Wait, that's a mouse shouting those directions, and the three friends are on a stage!? Where's the mountain? Where's the monster? Is that a wind machine? What's going on?

Maybe mouse is directing a play, and she's doing a masterful job of it, but the actors are confused. Has the entire journey been make-believe? Dickinson (the monster, apparently) sits at the top of the mountain (which isn't much like a mountain at all now), waiting for them to arrive, but there's too much to learn along the way, so Maybe offers some important acting instructions and then exits stage left. Suddenly the white wall behind them is a mountain again, and the world reappears, and the parts of the sentence await discovery—first the subject, then the action verb, then the direct object, the linking verb, and the subject complement. The friends encounter Gramlet, a pika, who helps them in their quest for knowledge but who warns them about the fury of Dickinson, the monster they are destined to meet at the top.

But what happens when Poodle and What? and Sidney arrive at the summit is unexpected, and when the lights come up, not only do the friends understand the parts of the sentence and how they work and when to use them, but they've learned a little about themselves and a lot about the characters around them, who are as multi-dimensional as the story itself.

This fun adventure tale, told in unmetered rhyme, is pure creative genius, celebrating both the power of words and the power of friendship and camaraderie and a willingness to extend those qualities to others. Michael is brilliant at word play, and artist Christopher Tice has brought the story to life with dazzling creativity. And if you think that that's enough to make a book good (it is, but we didn't stop there), just wait until you hear the audio of Michael reading the story himself—a feat made possible by the QR code on each spread of two pages. Children will treasure Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster as a luminous sequel to Poodle Knows What?, all the while learning grammar in the most delightful way.

Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster Student Book Cover

Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster Student Book Sample Pages:

Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster Instructor Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Pages: 115

ISBN: 978-0-89824-925-5

Order code: 9255

Price: $50.00
Website price: $35.00

Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster Instructor Manual Cover

The Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster instructor manual contains the full text of the student book, as well as special boxes and bubbles that contain information, hints, and tips for instructors to enhance student learning. There is also an instructor section, where Michael explains his ideas for implementation to ensure that the grammar instruction is both intellectually and emotionally rich, sophisticated, and rewarding.

The Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster instructor manual contains the full text of the student book, as well as special boxes and bubbles that contain information, hints, and tips for teachers to enhance student learning. There is also an instructor section, where Michael explains his ideas for implementation to ensure that the grammar instruction is both intellectually and emotionally rich, sophisticated, and rewarding.

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Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster Instructor Manual Sample Pages:

Poodle Knows Poetry Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: 1, 2, 3

Pages: 129

ISBN: 978-0-88092-926-4

Order code: 9264

Price: $45.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $26.00 each.
Order code: 9264S

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Poodle Knows Poetry is the third book in the Poodle series. Children who befriended Poodle the chicken and his friends What? and Sidney in the first two books will be delighted to discover them again as Poodle explains the fundamentals of poetic devices to his surprised (and ornery!) author.

Poodle begins the story alone after having left the Blue Mountain. Eventually the author is talked into writing his best friend What? the beagle into the book, and ultimately they are joined by Sidney, the world's fastest snail, but not before a few new characters join the cast and Poodle teaches us some of the most important techniques used in writing poetry. The brilliance of the book, however, is that Michael has written these poetic devices into nearly every line so that prose and poetry become almost indistinguishable.

Throughout the story, we both learn about and see in action the importance of sound and meter, including various kinds of rhyme, assonance, consonance, alliteration, iambic tetrameter and trimeter, and ballad stanzas. Poodle professes to be a poet, and although he successfully puts his money where his beak is, the author is a pretty sneaky player as well, filling the story with the very poetic techniques that he claims never to have heard of (you can't trust authors).

Again in this book the fourth wall is broken as the author and Poodle discuss and debate both poetic devices and the plot of the story, and again Maybe the mouse breaks into the scene occasionally to remind everyone that this is not just a story; it's a play, and they'd best get their parts right. The book operates at several different levels, all as the drama unfolds around both a lurking monster and an ominous storm brewing in the distance.

Michael sprinkles the story liberally with literary references, from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet to Thoreau's Walden, to Melville, Cervantes, Homer, Robert Burns, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Wallace Stevens. The characters actually meet Long John Silver aboard his pirate ship and Alice and the white rabbit in Wonderland as the author (a devious sort of fellow) yanks them from one scene to another. There are even references to Bob Marley, Bobby Day, and Lawrence of Arabia! (Perhaps the author is mad?)

Poodle Knows Poetry is gorgeously illustrated by artist Christopher Tice (it is arguably some of Chris's best work yet) and features QR codes that link to audio of Michael narrating the story, which is a bonus that no one, no matter of what age, will want to miss. Between Michael and Chris, the book is practically a living entity, brought to life with color and sound in ways that are rarely achieved in a printed work. And don't forget that children will actually learn from it (it's easy to forget that, we know)!

Poodle Knows Poetry is the third book in the Poodle series. Children who befriended Poodle the chicken and his friends What? and Sidney in the first two books will be delighted to discover them again as Poodle explains the fundamentals of poetic devices to his surprised (and ornery!) author.

Poodle begins the story alone after having left the Blue Mountain. Eventually the author is talked into writing his best friend What? the beagle into the book, and ultimately they are joined by Sidney, the world's fastest snail, but not before a few new characters join the cast and Poodle teaches us some of the most important techniques used in writing poetry. The brilliance of the book, however, is that Michael has written these poetic devices into nearly every line so that prose and poetry become almost indistinguishable.

Throughout the story, we both learn about and see in action the importance of sound and meter, including various kinds of rhyme, assonance, consonance, alliteration, iambic tetrameter and trimeter, and ballad stanzas. Poodle professes to be a poet, and although he successfully puts his money where his beak is, the author is a pretty sneaky player as well, filling the story with the very poetic techniques that he claims never to have heard of (you can't trust authors).

Again in this book the fourth wall is broken as the author and Poodle discuss and debate both poetic devices and the plot of the story, and again Maybe the mouse breaks into the scene occasionally to remind everyone that this is not just a story; it's a play, and they'd best get their parts right. The book operates at several different levels, all as the drama unfolds around both a lurking monster and an ominous storm brewing in the distance.

Michael sprinkles the story liberally with literary references, from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet to Thoreau's Walden, to Melville, Cervantes, Homer, Robert Burns, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Wallace Stevens. The characters actually meet Long John Silver aboard his pirate ship and Alice and the white rabbit in Wonderland as the author (a devious sort of fellow) yanks them from one scene to another. There are even references to Bob Marley, Bobby Day, and Lawrence of Arabia! (Perhaps the author is mad?)

Poodle Knows Poetry is gorgeously illustrated by artist Christopher Tice (it is arguably some of Chris's best work yet) and features QR codes that link to audio of Michael narrating the story, which is a bonus that no one, no matter of what age, will want to miss. Between Michael and Chris, the book is practically a living entity, brought to life with color and sound in ways that are rarely achieved in a printed work. And don't forget that children will actually learn from it (it's easy to forget that, we know)!

Poodle Knows Poetry Student Book Cover

Poodle Knows Poetry Student Book Sample Pages:

Poodle Knows Poetry Instructor Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Pages: 134

ISBN: 978-0-88092-927-1

Order code: 9271

Price: $50.00
Website price: $35.00

Poodle Knows Poetry Instructor Manual Cover

The Poodle Knows Poetry instructor manual contains the full text of the student book, as well as special boxes and bubbles filled with information that instructors can share with the children to enhance their learning. In addition to providing answers to the end-of-chapter quizzes, the book also includes an instructor section, where Michael makes a case for the importance of poetry and an understanding of poetic devices, explores the fundamental concepts within the book, and explains his ideas for implementation to ensure that young readers come away from the text with a new respect for both the seriousness and the whimsy of language.

The Poodle Knows Poetry instructor manual contains the full text of the student book, as well as special boxes and bubbles filled with information that teachers can share with the students to enhance their learning. In addition to providing answers to the end-of-chapter quizzes, the book also includes an instructor section, where Michael makes a case for the importance of poetry and an understanding of poetic devices, explores the fundamental concepts within the book, and explains his ideas for implementation to ensure that young readers come away from the text with a new respect for both the seriousness and the whimsy of language.

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Poodle Knows Poetry Instructor Manual Sample Pages:

Poodle Pack

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: 1, 2, 3

Order code: 9387S

Price: $175.00

Poodle Pack Cover

The Poodle Pack includes both the student books and the instructor manuals of all three titles in the Poodle series: Poodle Knows What?, Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster, and Poodle Knows Poetry, all offered together at a reduced price.

The Poodle Pack includes both the student books and the instructor manuals of all three titles in the Poodle series: Poodle Knows What?, Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster, and Poodle Knows Poetry, all offered together at a reduced price.

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