Level 1 Complete - Island Level


Children are ready to begin this level as soon as they have passed the stage of learning to read and can read to learn. Join author Michael Clay Thompson on the Island Level of the MCT language arts curriculum as he introduces his students to grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetics. In Sentence Island, the writing book for this level, children will be taken to a new world where they meet the beloved Mud the Fish and a host of other creative characters. Children in this class will get a strong, solid foundation in the language arts that will be thorough and yet simple and comprehensible. Throughout this year-long course, mrT will provide plenty of practice, occasional online classes, and perhaps even a surprise or two! It is an experience children will remember for years to come.

During the second semester, mrT will be teaching the Mud Trilogy. If your child has already read this trilogy, he or she has the choice of rereading the books for greater depth or choosing a different trilogy. Children taking advantage of the literature component will be asked to make their choice by the end of the first semester. See the Mud Trilogy description for details on this optional part of the course.



Michael Clay Thompson

Class Details

Live Class: Most Wednesdays at 1:00 ET. There will be a live class most weeks, but not all of them. The core of the course is the assignments and the extensive feedback given by the instructor, with the live class being a voluntary enrichment for students who are able to attend. Students' attendance of the live class has no effect on their grades. Students unable to attend the live class will be able to access a recording of the class.

Assignments: Varies per class

Duration: Full year

Student Expectations:
Students must be able to do assigments using a keyboard (no handwriting assignments) and be comfortable accessing the internet.

Student Support:
mrT is available via email.

mrT may reply to students' answers with comments or questions, and he will want them to answer those emails.

Students will need the Level 1 texts: Grammar Island, Building Language, Sentence Island, The Music of the Hemispheres, and Practice Island. For the literature component, students will need the Mud Trilogy novels. Resources. Students will need to have an email account and a computer with audio/video capabilities.

Students should be able to read to learn.

For Ages: