Level 4 Complete - Literature Level


The fourth level of the MCT language arts curriculum is an introduction to literature—sophisticated and insightful at a level beyond what most students will ever encounter. mrT leads students in a year-long examination of how the great writers use poetic techniques, subtle paragraph transitions, and sound in their classic novels. He takes us into the vocabulary, grammar, and poetry of these novels, and he does this at a level few students will encounter unless they are English majors at the top universities. No other curriculum comes close to this level of sophistication, and mrT is the ideal instructor to lead students in exploring it. The live classes will play a significant part in opening literature at this level to students.

During the second semester, mrT will be teaching the Shadow 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 Shadow Trilogy description for details on this optional part of the course.



Michael Clay Thompson

Class Details

Live Class: Thursdays at 1:00 ET
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 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 4 texts: The Grammar of Literature, The Vocabulary of Literature, The Writing of Literature, The Poetry of Literature, and 4Practice for Literature. For the literary option, students will need the novels of the Shadow Trilogy: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Resources. Students will need to have an email account and access to a computer with audio and video capabilities.

Students should have completed Level 3 of the MCT language arts curriculum.

For Ages: