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Royal Fireworks ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITY The MCT curriculum will be taught by Michael Clay Thompson. The philosophy curriculum will be taught by Sharon Kaye. We will also offer: • Foreign Languages • Science • Math • History • Technology • American Sign Language • Many Electives
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Royal Fireworks Press Language Arts Curriculum
by Michael Clay Thompson A thorough foundation in the basics with a highly creative format
VOCABULARY · GRAMMAR LITERATURE · POETICS · WRITING The texts are demanding; the design is inspiring. The Royal Fireworks Press Language Arts Curriculum by Michael Clay Thompson has one goal: to ensure that the individual student who completes it is proficient in the language arts at a level that will carry him or her through life. There is one essential behavior that demonstrates the achievement of this goal: the ability to write an advanced academic essay. This is the essay that is required in almost every college course and is the basis for professional writing, such as scientific papers, legal briefs, departmental reports, and legislative briefings. This curriculum has become a favorite of discerning homeschool parents because it enchants both the children and their parents. The education is sophisticated—far above that of any other language arts curriculum—yet the approach is enticing, drawing children in with meaningful content, creative design, art, humor, imaginative typography, and layout. There is a huge joy about the curriculum that children feel and respond to. Michael Clay Thompson takes delight in language, and his approach to grammar, vocabulary, poetics, literature, and writing is enthusiastic, positive, and great fun. He has chosen to illustrate the early books with the art of Milton Kemnitz, who approached the visual world with a playfulness that children love. The curriculum is carefully constructed to enable children and parents to succeed at a high level. It is built upon a thorough understanding of the basics. This is not a curriculum of sure-fire tricks or secret shortcuts. These are the basics made meaningful, related one to another, to make a whole that is language proficiency. Hundreds of thousands of parents have been delighted by how much their children enjoyed and learned from this curriculum. There are student books and parent/teacher manuals for each part at each level. The Language Arts Curriculum has seven levels and covers grammar, practice, vocabulary, poetics, literature, and writing. The presentation of this catalog is color-coded by levels. Opus 40 is appropriate for Levels 3 to 6, and it is listed with each level. It is not part of any pack; it must be purchased separately, as must the literature trilogies. The curriculum is not watered down. The student books are the same as those being used in thousands of schools with true gifted programs across the United States. When parents are not following the same teacher manuals used in the schools, we have designed special, more comprehensive parent manuals to provide more help with implementation—and we offer them at a lower cost than the classroom teacher manuals. Enthusiastic parents have formed an online group and Facebook pages to discuss the curriculum, its implementation in their homes, and their joys and problems. The forum of more than 3,500 members is a wonderful venue for sharing lesson plans and implementation ideas. Royal Fireworks personnel and Michael Clay Thompson regularly contribute to it.
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Using the Language Arts Curriculum in Homeschools A key feature of the MCT curriculum is that you go at your child’s pace. Some children complete books and levels quickly; others take more time. There are no set week-by-week plans that you must do. MCT offers advice on the website (rfwp.com) on how the strands of the curriculum fit together, but the time scale is flexible. While there are no workbooks as such, there are exercises and assignments and tests within each book, and the practice books provide 100 more sentences for analysis and discussion at each level. The fundamental starting points are the student books, which are available to the child to read and reread, to explore and enjoy on his or her own. The elementary levels: At the first levels of the curriculum, parents have found success by just using the teacher / parent manuals. The full text of the student books is in the teacher manuals, so parents determined to save money can do so, although at some cost in pedagogic value and a loss in activities available to the children as follow-up. The secondary levels: Some parents report that they find themselves challenged by the implementation at this level, so there are some special parent manuals. We are determined to help all parents with their teaching of the curriculum and will continue to refine and enlarge the range of parent manuals. As a way of thanking you for your commitment to teach your children the MCT curriculum, we are keeping these manuals especially low in cost. Practice books: These are inexpensive and we believe essential in making the curriculum work as a whole. You need to purchase both student and teacher books for each level. They are excellent guides to how well children are doing and to where parents should focus attention for improvement. Where to start? For children ages 6 to 9, it is most often appropriate to start with the Island level. Generally, those ages 10 or 11 begin with the Town or Voyage level. Children of 11 or 12 years begin most readily with the Voyage level. For older children, the recommended starting point is The Word Within the Word, Volume I, Magic Lens I, Poetry and Humanity, 4 Practice I, and Essay Voyage. Where appropriate, the use of Essay Voyage can be abbreviated and the student moved on to Advanced Academic Writing, Volume I. The homeschool packages contain books that complement one another at each level to get the full benefit from the curriculum, and they include the parent answer manuals where appropriate. Ordering a package will save money, even on the online price of single book prices added together. Additional student packages: If you have more than one child studying at any of the levels and need an extra student book or workbook, you can buy these in the additional student packages.
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An Overview of the Language Arts curriculum Exciting, demanding, entertaining, and inspiring, each book serves as a stand-alone text, but ideally as a component in a progressive and comprehensive language arts curriculum. There are student books and parent/teacher manuals for every component. Each level is available as a package—with the Literature books as optional add-ons. Language Arts: CORE TEXTS are color-coded in this catalog for each of the levels. LITERATURE
The Music of the Hemispheres
Caesar’s English I
Alice, Peter, & Mole
Caesar’s English II
A World of Poetry
The Grammar of Literature
The Vocabulary of Literature
The Poetry of Literature
The Writing of Literature
4Practice for Literature
Magic Lens I
The Word Within the Word I
Poetry and Humanity
Advanced Academic Writing I
Magic Lens II
The Word Within the Word II
Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty
Advanced Academic Writing II
Magic Lens III
The Word Within the Word III
Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth
Advanced Academic Writing III
Time Stevenson Fog H.G. Wells Shadow Dickens American Autobiography
Need Help or Support: All of our parent/teacher manuals give full recommendations for implementation and are supplemented by support. Or go to our online Parent Support Group at rfwpsupport.com.
MCT Homeshool Language Arts Posters Personal-sized language arts posters, at 8.5" x 11", bright and colorful help students visualize the simplicity and beauty of important language concepts. Thorough descriptions and visuals are found on our website at rfwp.com under the heading language arts posters. 6324 MCT Homeschool Language Arts Posters Set Special Price: $25.00
The Self-Evident Truth Series
This superlative series combines grammar, vocabulary, poetics, writing, and historical knowledge to probe the central statements of equality in American history. For grades 5 and up, these illustrated books are interdisciplinary. The series is fully described later in this catalog on the page headed The SelfEvident Truth Series: Statements of Equality. See page 22.
Other Works Michael Clay Thompson has written a variety of other works for educators and students. They include Classics in the Classroom, The Heart of the Mind, Thinkers, Classic Words, The Conceptual Dialectic, The Sesquipedalian Neologist’s Lexicon, and Relativity, Quanta, and Consciousness. See page 23. 3
MCT Level 1 - The Island Level Level 1 is the entry level for the Michael Clay Thompson (MCT) curriculum. Children are ready to begin this level as soon as they can read and are ready to learn. Parent and child or children can snuggle up on the sofa and read together. Many parents have found that the student books are wonderful points for children to begin the practice of reading on their own and then discussing the material. The teacher manuals are full of Socratic questions to raise with the children; there are also many activities in the manuals. Although the material is presented simply, it reaches a surprising level of complexity and sophistication.
Grammar Island At the heart of this program is Michael Clay Thompson’s innovative method of helping children to understand grammar as a four-part analysis. Equally important is his elemental delight in grammar. Children catch his infectious enthusiasm, and many a child has adopted Grammar Island as his or her favorite book and clung to it years after moving to higher levels of the curriculum. Thompson’s four-part analysis consists of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses. As the children identify each word, each part of the sentence, each phrase and clause, they master grammar without the artificial complexities and mind-numbing repetition of most grammar programs. Grammar Island is a lavishly illustrated book. It introduces, in a simple, graphic way, the four-level grammar of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses and offers child-friendly ways to make sophisticated academics alive and fun. Each page focuses on a single concept. The teaching approach is reading together and talking about the concepts, asking questions, referring back, and responding. The teacher manual has many boxes of text for the parent that are not appropriate for the student, so children need their own student books. 8388 Grammar Island Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $30.00 7992 Grammar Island Teacher Manual $45.00 Special Price: $35.00
Building Language Building Language uses the analogy of the Roman arch to explain the construction of words, and it explores the Roman roots of English and Spanish, followed by ten lessons. It performs the important function of helping children to visualize the makeup of English words. 9066 Building Language Student Book $25.00 Special Price: $15.00 9073 Building Language Teacher Manual $30.00 Special Price: $20.00
See Pages 22-25 for Homeschool Packages “I just received Paragraph Town, Essay Town, and the corresponding workbooks. I have never been so excited to start a curriculum, probably because I can see many areas where I can learn with my daughter. I also bought Classics in the Classroom. I am astounded at Thompson’s ideas. I have thought for a very long time that we should be approaching literature education in a different manner, and Classics in the Classroom seems to be the way to go. I promised my daughter that we wouldn’t start something new until this summer, but I don’t know if we can wait. She has already read the first three chapters of Paragraph Town in anticipation!” —Britta S. on the MCTLA Yahoo Group 4
MCT Level 1 - The Island Level The Music of the Hemispheres MCT’s poetics curriculum is unrivaled in its ability to impart the fundamentals. He understands poetics as a core component of language arts instruction, and he has set out to teach students all of the basics. This extraordinary series enables students to understand poetry on a higher plane than has been previously possible. Each book can be used as a stand-alone introduction to poetry, or it can set the stage for the more advanced texts that follow. These books are beautiful, creative, engaging, and unusual. Students are taught the elements of poems, including sound, patterns of rhythm, meter, stanza, figures of speech, poetic techniques, and meaning. 6562 The Music of the Hemispheres Student Book $30.00 Special Price: $20.00 6570 The Music of the Hemispheres Teacher Manual $35.00 Special Price: $25.00
Sentence Island Sentence Island features an array of quirky animals, birds, insects, a talking tree, and an amazing fish whose name is Mud. From each character Mud learns a different aspect of sentence structure. These rules and concepts are the essential foundation for formal writing assignments; if a person cannot write a sentence, he or she cannot write. It is, therefore, essential that children master the sentence, and MCT makes it so much fun. Mud is a favorite in many households. 6683 Sentence Island Student Book $35.00 Special Price: $25.00 6690 Sentence Island Teacher Manual $40.00 Special Price: $30.00
Practice Island Practice Island is the first of the series at the elementary level. It is primarily a supplement to Grammar Island and Sentence Island; students work through the sentences using Thompson’s four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills.
6805 Practice Island Student Book $17.50 Special Price: $12.50 6812 Practice Island Teacher Manual $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
“Thank you for creating a program that inspires 10-year-olds to think and argue passionately about language, and families to talk about it at the breakfast table.” —Joan A-S, Ohio Homeschooler
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MCT Level 2 - The Town Level Level 2 dramatically increases the challenges in vocabulary and writing from Level 1. Caesar’s English is a large step up from Building Language, with many more stems and much more text. The other major step is going from the construction of sentences in Level 1 to the various types of paragraphs in Level 2. The exercises in Paragraph Town are more numerous and far more challenging than in Sentence Island. As with Level 1, Level 2 is richly illustrated.
Grammar Town Grammar Town’s new second edition is in color. Grammar Town builds on the four-part analysis foundation of Grammar Island and offers increasingly sophisticated grammar concepts. It is compact and is intended for use in the early part of the teaching year so youngsters get the benefits throughout the year. It is designed to provide a comprehensible yet sophisticated presentation of grammar. It ignores the low limits and assumptions of traditional grammar instruction for elementary-level students and contains challenging content often withheld in school settings until middle or even high school. The instructor’s manual includes tips for the student pages, pre- and post-tests, activities for specific topics, and original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning. The second edition of the teacher manual is too full of boxes of text for the parents to be read easily by the students. We recommend a student book for the child. The Teacher Manual includes supplemental material available for download with extra practice sentences for each of the four levels. 5907 Grammar Town Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $30.00 5914 Grammar Town Teacher Manual $50.00 Special Price: $40.00
This is a supplement to Grammar Town and Paragraph Town and uses vocabulary from Caesar’s English I and poetics from Building Poems. Students work through the sentences using Thompson’s four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills. Each of the hundred sentences has a separate page with four blank lines to fill in the parts of speech, the parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses. The teacher manual has the completed answers. 6829 Practice Town Student Book $17.50 Special Price: $12.50 6836 Practice Town Teacher Manual $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Paragraph Town Paragraph Town is at the same level as Grammar Town, Caesar’s English I, and Building Poems. In Paragraph Town, two engaging ducks, Fishmeal and Queequack, discover how to organize sentences into orderly paragraphs, learn about the different kinds of paragraphs (dialogue, description, exposition, comparison), and study punctuation as well as grammar. The elaborate teacher manual contains in-depth assignments for each chapter, providing the parent with writing assignments for every week. 6706 Paragraph Town Student Book $35.00 Special Price: $25.00 6713 Paragraph Town Teacher Manual $40.00 Special Price: $30.00
“Thank you for such an astonishing language arts program. I literally had tears (of joy) in my eyes the first time I looked at one of your books!” —Mary DeLia, homeschooling parent and poet
MCT Level 2 - The Town Level Caesar’s English I: Classical Education Edition
(in Two Parts)
Co-authored with Myriam Borges Thompson and Dr. Thomas Milton Kemnitz We are proud of this Caesar’s English I, Classical Education Edition (CEE). It is the best we have ever done. Our 450,000-image photo gallery of the ancient world—which we have built recently—has engendered in us a new level of creativity. A principal aim of this new edition is to give children wide-ranging insight into the ancient world and its contributions to our lives. We were so enthusiastic about the new edition of Caesar’s English that we created a book that is too large to be handled easily by children. We ultimately decided to publish the student book in two parts of 192 pages each. Michael Clay Thompson has redesigned the volume to reinforce the entire language arts curriculum; every strand of the curriculum is revisited in each of the twenty lessons. The vocabulary component is based on the Latin stems and lists of nonfiction words made from the stems, as well as lists of advanced words and classic words. There are Caesar’s Analogies, Caesar’s Synonyms, and Caesar’s Antonyms. And there is Caesar’s Word Search. Vocabulary is loaded into all of the activities, and there are new vocabulary terms added to the stem lessons—five new words in each lesson. The writing component is ever-present in each lesson, with numerous examples of how the great writers have used the vocabulary words. Specific writing activities include Caesar’s Paragraph, in which the exercises parallel Paragraph Town, the writing book at this level, as well as Caesar’s Rewrites, in which the students rewrite the sentences of great authors. Also included are sections titled Who Is That Writer?, in which there is a short introduction to a major author whose work has been used in the examples. The lessons have been divided into quarters to reflect the four levels of grammar analysis. Through every set of five lessons, a different level of grammar analysis is emphasized, so the first five are devoted to the parts of speech, the next five to the parts of sentence, Lessons XI to XV to phrases, and Lessons XVI to XX to clauses. The poetics are enhanced by a poem written by MCT in every lesson. Using the vocabulary words of the lesson, his poems offer the students a perspective on the Roman world through the eyes of one of its denizens. You can read more about the background to these books and how they fit into classical education in the News section of our website. 4649 Caesar’s English I: CEE, Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $25.00 4656 Caesar’s English I: CEE, Implementation $45.00 Special Price: $35.00
Caesar’s English I: Classical Education Edition
Caesar’s English I: Classical Education Edition (CEE) is also available as a beautiful color edition on special paper to bring out the beauty and detail of the Roman world. 6193 Caesar’s English I: CEE Student Book Color Edition $50.00
Building Poems Michael Clay Thompson shows how meticulously poets plan and craft poems, from haiku to ballads. Students gain an appreciation of both the rigorous intellectual discipline and the complex creativity that a poet must combine to write a poem. Building Poems explores elements of poems, including sound, patterns of rhythm, meter, stanza, figures of speech, poetic techniques, and meaning. 6589 Building Poems Student Book $30.00 Special Price: $20.00 6597 Building Poems Teacher Manual $35.00 Special Price: $25.00 7
MCT Level 3 - The Voyage Level Level 3 marks a significant step in creativity and in the demands of the writing portion of the curriculum. In Grammar Voyage the students are expected to play with grammar in contexts that include poetry. Caesar’s English II has a good deal more emphasis on creativity than its predecessor. Essay Voyage is quite challenging in its writing demands, and it is here that many students and some parents really begin to feel the rigor of the curriculum. Opus 40 is useful to help parents grade their children’s essays.
Grammar Voyage This stunning new edition is designed to build on the foundations established in Grammar Island and Grammar Town, both visually and in terms of the four-level analysis. It reinforces the vocabulary of Caesar’s English II and the poetics of A World of Poetry, as well as the spirit and intellectual demands of Essay Voyage. The ship paintings offer a beautiful counterpoint to Michael Clay Thompson’s lovely color illustrations of grammar concepts. Grammar Voyage is compact and is intended for use in the early part of the year so students get the benefits throughout the rest of the year. The book ignores the low limits and assumptions of traditional grammar instruction for elementary students and includes challenging content. The Teacher Manual includes tips for student pages, pre- and post-tests, activities for specific topics, original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning, the answers to the quizzes in the student book, supplemental material available to download with Michael Clay Thompson’s reading of the story that runs through the student book, and additional practice sentences for each of the four levels. For each topic there is an indication of the level at which that topic is introduced in the Common Core Curriculum. 3833 Grammar Voyage Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $30.00 3857 Grammar Voyage Teacher Manual $50.00 Special Price: $40.00
Practice Voyage Practice Voyage is a supplement to Grammar Voyage and Essay Voyage. Using vocabulary from Caesar’s English II and poetics from A World of Poetry; students work through the sentences using Thompson’s four-level analysis and thereby reinforce their grammar and writing skills. 6843 Practice Voyage Student Book $17.50 Special Price: $12.50 6850 Practice Voyage Teacher Manual $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Essay Voyage Essay Voyage offers ten lessons in formal essay writing. It is a straight-forward, comprehensive, high-level introduction to essay writing. The bonus in this volume is the story of a trip around the world with a great deal of geographical information. 6720 Essay Voyage Student Book $35.00 Special Price: $25.00 6737 Essay Voyage Teacher Manual $40.00 Special Price: $30.00
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MCT Level 3 - The Voyage Level Caesar’s English II: Classical Education Edition
(in Two Parts)
Co-authored with Myriam Borges Thompson and Dr. Thomas Milton Kemnitz
This substantial upgrade follows the same formula as Caesar’s English I Classical Education Edition—the student book is far larger and has been divided for ease of handling into two separately bound parts; it is divided into quarters based on the four parts of grammar analysis; it is full of new photographs; it has new poetry to help students feel the Roman experience; there is an expanded emphasis on the vocabulary of nonfiction; there are new Caesar’s writing activities, as well as fun Caesar’s math problems. There is a substantial emphasis on the geography of the Roman world. There are additional essays on the Iberian Peninsula by Myriam Borges Thompson and on Roman history and Roman items by Thomas Milton Kemnitz, who shot the more than 100 photographs reproduced in the volumes. 4977 Caesar’s English II: CEE Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $25.00 4984 Caesar’s English II: CEE Implementation $45.00 Special Price: $35.00
Caesar’s English II: Classical Education Edition (Color Edition)
Caesar’s English II: Classical Education Edition (CEE) student book is also available as a color edition on special paper to bring out the beauty and detail of the Roman world. 4953 Caesar’s English II: CEE Student Book Color Edition $50.00
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A World of Poetry A World of Poetry emphasis in this volume is on poetry and science and on poetry and the natural world. 6600 A World of Poetry Student Book $30.00 Special Price: $20.00 6619 A World of Poetry Teacher Manual $35.00 Special Price: $25.00
Opus 40 The result of 40 years of grading student papers, this book contains Michael Clay Thompson’s archive of comments used for grading student papers—and his comments to teachers about those comments. Comments are in several formats so the grader can use MCT’s explanations instead of having to write them de novo. An invaluable resource. 4687 OPUS 40 $40.00 Special Price: $30.00
MCT Level 4 - The Classic Literature Level The Classic Literature Level was developed to take the opportunity presented by the large gap between the Voyage level and the Magic Lens I/Word I level. We wanted to provide an intermediate level that offered students new perspectives arising from an intense focus on the great classics of English and American literature. This level brings students into contact with the vocabulary, grammar, writing, and poetic techniques of the greatest authors of our literature. It is a launching pad for the serious study of literature, and the books look at the topics in ways that students will not find anywhere else. This level is designed as a culmination of the early years of the curriculum and depends upon students having done at least one earlier level.
The Vocabulary of Literature The Vocabulary of Literature is the first book in Michael Clay Thompson’s new level. The ten chapters feature examples of the most frequently used words in the classics, word challenges, quizzes, exercises, creative readings, biographies, and photographs of famous authors. The aim is to help students to internalize these words and to pave a wonderful path to a lifetime’s enjoyment and love of great literature. Each lesson presents ten new classic words and ten words from Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II so students have 200 powerful words to learn and use. These words were not chosen arbitrarily just for the purpose of a textbook. They are the words most frequently used in classic literature as identified by MCT’s meticulous research and database. They are the words he believes “must be known as a necessary component of an educated vocabulary.” The principal authors featured are Jack London, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. Because RFWP loves literature and visiting writers’ homes we have included not only their portraits, but also our photographs of where they wrote and with what, including Jane Austen’s tiny writing table and Dickens’s desk. Jane Austen’s house is featured on the cover of the student book and Rudyard Kipling’s house is on the teacher manual. 8724 The Vocabulary of Literature Student Book $25.00 Special Price: $15.00 8731 The Vocabulary of Literature Teacher Manual $30.00 Special Price: $20.00
The Grammar of Literature Michael Clay Thompson has long argued that grammar is simple and beautiful. Now once again he has proven it so with his newest book, in full color, The Grammar of Literature. This is the grammar component of the new level of the MCT language arts curriculum. What is extraordinary about the book is its capacity to help students figure out complicated sentences like this one and MCT’s introduction of a new ‘t-model’ for illustrating sentences. This t-model exquisitely showcases one of the crucial parts of MCT’s genius—his ability to render complex grammar relationships in simple and beautiful graphics. The t-model clearly shows the importance of nouns and verbs in relation to adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech and the importance of the subject and verb in relation to the other parts of the sentence. It visually emphasizes the dichotomy between subject and predicate, visually clarifies the distinction between action verbs and linking or feeling verbs, and provides a simple, clear, and elegant visualization of phrases, particularly of verbal phrases. Its simplification of verbals will help many children master what perplexed their ancestors and continues to prove daunting to their parents and teachers. Both the Student Book and the Teacher Manual are in full color. 8700 The Grammar of Literature Student Book $30.00 Special Price: $20.00 8717 The Grammar of Literature Teacher Manual $35.00 Special Price: $25.00
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MCT Level 4 - The Classic Literature Level The Poetry of Literature In The Poetry of Literature MCT shows how the great novelists of English and American classics use poetic devices employed by the greatest poets to convey their meaning in novels. He 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 use 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. This will come as no great surprise to any teenager who has done five 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 hidden in plain sight. The poetics strand is one of the MCT curriculum’s 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—by students and even more so by teachers and parents. 8748 The Poetry of Literature Student Book $25.00 Special Price: $15.00 8755 The Poetry of Literature Teacher Manual $30.00 Special Price: $20.00
The Writing of Literature
In this volume, The Writing of Literature, MCT examines in detail many of the writing techniques of great writers, both of fiction and of non-fiction. Here we see masters making use of many of the devices that have been taught in the curriculum in the earlier years as well as their imaginative reinterpretation of the “rules” of good writing. 8762 The Writing of Literature Student Book $25.00 Special Price: $15.00 8779 The Writing of Literature Teacher Manual $30.00 Special Price: $20.00
4Practice for Literature In 4Practice for Literature, Michael Clay Thompson has produced 100 practice sentences. 8786 4Practice for Literature Student book $17.50 Special Price: $12.50 8973 4Practice for Literature Teacher Manual $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Fishmeal and the Mounching Monster Michael Clay Thompson has written a truly delightful novel featuring the characters Fishmeal and Queequack, the ducks readers met in Paragraph Town. Fishmeal has taken a cabin in the woods, unaware that danger lurks among the trees. The Mounching Monster sees the duck as a tasty snack. Through a series of preventing-being-eaten adventures, Fishmeal and Queequack discover that their adversary has been misunderstood. The monster is not a monster, and is in fact, a hero. Their success with the Mounching Monster is matched by their ability to transform a group of angry farmers into admirers of the monster and to make friends with a wounded wolverine. Michael’s new novel entertains while teaching classic words and offering wonderful turns of phrase. The story races from adventure to adventure, delivering a message that is powerful without being didactic. MCT highlights examples of vocabulary, grammar, and poetic techniques in language illustrations. Classic words are defined at the bottom of the pages. 2874 Fishmeal and the Mounching Monster Price: $13.00 11
MCT Level 5 Level 5 marks an enormous increase in demands in the grammar, vocabulary, and writing portions of the curriculum. This level is a major challenge for the most motivated children to complete in the course of a school year. This is the point at which the students are asked to perform at truly adult levels.
The Magic Lens I The student book of the fourth edition of The Magic Lens I is entirely based on the four-level sentence analysis. This analysis (parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses) is enormously successful and is Michael Clay Thompson’s original approach to teaching grammar. Now in full color with an improved layout, it includes enhanced sentence diagramming. Punctuation is dealt with at each level of analysis. There is a special homeschool parent answer manual, but those who want additional material can order the teacher manual, which has the “loops” of the previous edition and class tests that are available to download with the purchase of the teacher manual. 8258 The Magic Lens I Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $25.00 8272 The Magic Lens I Homeschool Parent Manual $40.00 Special Price: $30.00 8265 The MAGIC Lens I Teacher Manual $50.00 Special Price: $40.00
The Word Within the Word I The new edition of The Word Within the Word I contains sixty extra pages relating to the history of ancient Greece in the Classical Period (from 490 to 323 B.C.). This is an upgrade of the original volume and includes new discussions, maps, timelines, and scores of especially-taken photographs of buildings, sculpture, and artifacts. This is part of our exciting upgrade to the vocabulary series, helping students to better understand the classical roots of English. Volume I features Darius and Xerxes, Leonidas and Themistocles, Cimon and Pericles, the Spartans and the Athenians, the Peloponnesian and Delian Leagues, Athenian democracy and Spartan oligarchy, Alcibiades and Socrates, and finally Philip and Alexander of Macedonia. There is an enormous amount of historical material, including descriptions of how the Spartans lived, the strategies of various battles, the functioning of democracy and the jury system in Athens, the practice of ostracism, the importance of the navy in Athens, the Spartan system of education, and the building of the glorious Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. Interspersed among the activity pages are vignettes of aspects of life in ancient Greece as depicted in vases, statuettes, and artifacts so that we learn not only about helmets and shields but also about hairstyles, musical instruments, and sports. 6041 The Word within the Word I Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $25.00 6096 The Word within the Word I Homeschool Parent Manual $35.00 Special Price: $30.00
The Word Within the Word I
The Greek art and architecture of 2,500 years ago is so beautiful that we thought it should be available in color. This is a book to treasure and keep. 9170 The Word within the Word I Student Book Color Edition Price: $40.00 “The Word Within the Word has been a joyful program for my students. Their success has astounded me.” —Jeanette Smith, teacher, Pleasanton, California
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MCT Level 5 Poetry and Humanity Poetry and Humanity shows and teaches how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about us that are most true, or difficult, or subtle. Poets quoted include Hardy, Blake, Shakespeare, Longfellow, Dickinson, and many more. 6627 Poetry and Humanity Student Book $30.00 Special Price: $20.00 6635 Poetry and Humanity Teacher Manual $35.00 Special Price: $25.00
Advanced Academic Writing I “When we do advanced academic writing…we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it.” —Michael Clay Thompson This is the first volume at the secondary level in Michael Clay Thompson’s Writing Program. It is an important addition to his curriculum for formal language study and extends the writing series from Sentence Island, Paragraph Town, and Essay Voyage into higher grade levels. Students practice advanced academic writing with four assignments for which they must review their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, learn the MLA formatting method for research papers, know how to structure a well-written paper, and use standard proofreader’s marks for correcting their own work. The teacher manual includes supplemental material available to download. 6445 Advanced Academic Writing I Student Book $35.00 Special Price: $25.00 6452 Advanced Academic Writing I Teacher Manual $50.00 Special Price: $40.00
4Practice I In 4Practice I, Michael Thompson has produced 100 sentences about the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans. Each sentence uses vocabulary from The Word Within the Word I and complements the grammar learned in The Magic Lens I and the poetic devices studied in Poetry and Humanity. Each sentence challenges students on points of grammar, vocabulary, poetics, and writing. The content of many sentences will propel students to reference works to understand the context. The focus on the ancient world emphasizes the importance of classical Greek and Latin to modern English. 5578 4Practice I Student Book $17.50 Special Price: $12.50 5585 4Practice I Teacher Manual $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Opus 40 The result of 40 years of grading student papers, this book contains Michael Clay Thompson’s archive of comments used for grading student papers—and his comments to teachers about those comments. Comments are in several formats so the grader can use MCT’s explanations instead of having to write them de novo. An invaluable resource. 4687 Opus 40 $40.00 Special Price: $30.00
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MCT Level 6 In Level 6, the largest step is in the poetics, where students are asked to consider the concept of beauty, particularly in the context of the works of Plato. Another new challenge is afforded by the practice book, which now contains sentences from the classics of English literature.
The Magic Lens II The demands of the four-level sentence analysis increase, and the grammar challenges get increasingly sophisticated. 8289 The Magic Lens II Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $25.00 8302 The Magic Lens II Homeschool Parent Manual $40.00 Special Price: $30.00 8296 The Magic Lens II Teacher Manual $50.00 Special Price: $40.00
The Word Within the Word II The new edition of The Word Within the Word II relates to the Roman Republic, i.e., Rome until the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. This is an upgrade of the original volume and includes new discussions, maps, timelines, and scores of especially-taken photographs of buildings, sculpture, and artifacts. This is part of our exciting upgrade to the vocabulary series, helping students to better understand the classical roots of English. In this new edition we have added a substantial discussion of the Roman Republic. This is the period in which Rome rose from a small mud village ruled by kings to the most powerful entity in the Mediterranean world. It looks at the history, men, institutions, and army that made this rise possible. There are more than 100 new photographs, along with discussions of such topics as the toga, Roman food, and educational practices, in which frequent beatings were considered an aid to understanding. 9149 The Word within the Word II Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $25.00 9163 The Word within the Word II Homeschool Parent Manual $35.00 Special Price: $30.00
The Word Within the Word II
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“I find that the Michael Clay Thompson books are so useful that I go back year after year for review and to get new ideas even after we’ve finished a book. It would be impossible to put a price on what we’ve gained from the series. I only wish all the materials I’ve bought over the years were as useful as MCT!” —Elizabeth Pyle Ross, homeschooling parent “I suspect that most parents will be inspired by these books, just as I was, since they reveal aspects of language arts that offer beauty and meaning.” —Cathy Duffy Reviews 14
MCT Level 6 Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty uses Plato’s Dialogues and Socratic questioning as sources of ideas and a way of thinking about the complex concept of beauty. There are numerous quotations from Plato and Aristotle. 6643 Poetry Plato Beauty Student Book $30.00 Special Price: $20.00 6651 Poetry Plato Beauty Teacher Manual $35.00 Special Price: $25.00
Advanced Academic Writing II “When we do advanced academic writing…we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it.” —Michael Clay Thompson 6384 Advanced Academic Writing II Student Book $35.00 Special Price: $25.00 6391 Advanced Academic Writing II Homeschool Parent Manual $50.00 Special Price: $30.00
4Practice II The sentences in 4Practice II are taken from works of classic literature, giving illuminating insights into how great writers achieve meaning, beauty, and depth in their writing. This book is a vital supplement to the grammar program The Magic Lens II. It uses vocabulary taken directly from The Word Within the Word II and refers to poetic devices in Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty. The authors whose sentences are used in 4Practice II range from William Shakespeare and John Milton to Daniel Defoe, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Upton Sinclair, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Toni Morrison, Marjorie Kennan Rawlings, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Alan Paton, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Joseph Heller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Makepeace Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Eudora Welty. 5622 4Practice II Student Book $17.50 Special Price: $12.50 5639 4Practice II Teacher Manual $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Opus 40 The result of 40 years of grading student papers, this book contains Michael Clay Thompson’s archive of comments used for grading student papers—and his comments to teachers about those comments. Comments are in several formats so the grader can use MCT’s explanations instead of having to write them de novo. An invaluable resource. 4687 Opus 40 $40.00 Special Price: $30.00
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MCT Level 7 In Level 7, the students are challenged to produce new ideas in their essay writing. The focus has shifted from the “hows” of writing to the “what” of the essay. The poetics book asks students to explore the notion of truth. The practice book has more sentences from the great authors of the English language. Finally, the vocabulary book demands a high degree of creativity.
The Magic Lens III The Magic Lens volumes are the upper-grades part of Michael Clay Thompson’s grammar program. They continue his innovative four-level analysis, and each volume is coordinated with the same volume of The Word Within the Word to share vocabulary and explore the meaning and grammatical formations of the same words. Each level reinforces the instruction that has come before, and each level takes the student further in sophistication. The Magic Lens front-loads the grammar instruction, allowing all concepts to be introduced at the beginning of the year so they can be applied all year long. 8333 The Magic Lens III Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $25.00 8357 The Magic Lens III Homeschool Parent Manual $40.00 Special Price: $30.00 8340 The Magic Lens III Teacher Manual $50.00 Special Price: $40.00
The Word Within the Word III In schools, The Word Within the Word III is extensively used in grades 8-12 and is appropriate for academically motivated students in grades 6-7. It is an excellent program for preparing students for the most difficult vocabulary questions on SATs and SSATs. 8502 The Word within the Word III Student Book $30.00 Special Price: $25.00 8526 The Word within the Word III Homeschool Parent Manual $20.00 Special Price: $30.00
The Word Within the Word III
The photographs of the Roman Empire are so beautiful that we have produced a deluxe color edition to treasure. 8571 The Word within the Word III Student BooK Color Edition Price: $40.00
“I haven’t bothered with much language arts with my son because so many materials make me nervous, and I can’t bear putting my son through that. And then came Michael Clay Thompson with his wonderful materials, and the scales fell from my eyes, and now we are a family of language lovers. We cuddle up on the couch and read them together like bedtime stories (sometimes in the morning). We both really dig them. Fun is had by all.” —A homeschooling parent
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MCT Level 7 Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth continues the use of Plato’s Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a way of thinking about truth. Great poems stand the test of time and express at their core something that is true. 6669 Poetry Plato Truth Student Book $30.00 Special Price: $20.00 6676 Poetry Plato Truth Teacher Manual $35.00 Special Price: $25.00
Advanced Academic Writing III “When we do advanced academic writing…we must learn not only to accept but to enjoy the relaxed pace of research, the meticulous construction of sentences, the gradual architecture of essays. The advanced process must be accompanied by an advanced attitude because so long as we resist enjoying advanced competence, we will be unable to achieve it.” —Michael Clay Thompson
6407 Advanced Academic Writing III student Book $35.00 Special Price: $25.00 6414 Advanced Academic Writing III Teacher Manual $50.00 Special Price: $40.00
4Practice III 4Practice III supplements the grammar of The Magic Lens III. It uses vocabulary taken directly from The Word Within the Word III and refers to poetic devices in Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth. Volume III includes sentences from William Shakespeare, Kenneth Grahame, John Milton, Daniel Defoe, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Joseph Heller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, William Makepeace Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, James Hilton, Maya Angelou, Jack London, Henry James, Robert Penn Warren, James Fennimore Cooper, Christopher Marlowe, Robert Louis Stevenson, W.E.B. DuBois, Thornton Wilder, Oscar Wilde, George Eliott, E.M. Forster, Ralph Ellison, Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Swift, T.S. Eliot, Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Gardner, George Orwell, John Knowles, and Kate Douglas Wiggin. 5684 4Practice III Student Book $17.50 Special Price: $12.50 5691 4Practice III Teacher Manual $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Opus 40 The result of 40 years of grading student papers, this book contains Michael Clay Thompson’s archive of comments used for grading student papers—and his comments to teachers about those comments. Comments are in several formats so the grader can use MCT’s explanations instead of having to write them de novo. An invaluable resource. 4687 Opus 40 $40.00 Special Price: $30.00
Homeschool Packages Making your ordering easier and saving you money We have created packages consisting of books that complement one another at each level and, when studied together, make up the MCT English Language Arts Curriculum. Note: The books in the literature component (pages 27-29) have to be ordered separately.
The Complete Packages have a student book and a parent manual (or teacher manual) for each level of the curriculum. This is the way Michael Clay Thompson intended his books to be used: for the child to read in the student book and for the parent or teacher to raise Socratic questions based on the boxes or bullets in the teacher or parent manuals. With the exception of the practice books, these are not workbooks, but books to be read with concepts as well as competencies for the children to absorbâ€”hence also his emphasis on the look and presentation of the material in the student books and his desire that each child should have his or her own student book. *FREE SHIPPING on all orders that include a Complete Package! Add as many books as you want to the order and it all ships free. If ordering online, enter MCTHSP in the voucher box in the shopping cart.
The Additional Packages include extra copies of the student books. If you have more than one child studying at any of the levels and need an extra student book or workbook, you can buy these in the Additional Student Packages, but only when you purchase a package. Please do not order these additional books unless you have purchased the relevant level package from us. We will not fill orders for customers who do not meet this qualification, and your order will be delayed while we establish contact with you and collect the additional amount due. Of course you can order additional student books separately if you wish. Thank you!
MCT Level 1: Basic Homeschool Package
Teacher manuals: Building Language, Music of the Hemispheres, Sentence Island Student book and teacher manual: Grammar Island, Practice Island
HO3B Price: $160.00 Special Price: $150.00
The Basic Package at Level 1 is provided for parents who sit with their children and read together snuggled up on the couch. For these parents, the student books are still essential for the practice and grammar components. All the other books can be done using only the teacher manual, but often this vitiates the Socratic questions which are a vital part of the curriculum. The student books are crucial to this curriculum, and we do not recommend the basic package at any level.
MCT Level 1: Complete Homeschool Package
Student books and teacher manuals: Grammar Island, Building Language, Music of the Hemispheres, Sentence Island, Practice Island SO3C Price: $220.00 Special Price: $205.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 1: Additional Student Books
Student books: Grammar Island, Building Language, Music of the Hemispheres, Sentence Island, Practice Island HO3CX Price: $80.00
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Homeschool Packages MCT Level 2: Complete Homeschool Package with Classical Education Edition
Student books and teacher manuals: Grammar Town, Caesar’s English I Classical Education Edition, Building Poems, Paragraph Town, Practice Town SO4E Price $260.00 Special Price: $225.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 2: Additional Student Books with Classical Education Edition
Student books: Grammar Town, Caesar’s English I Classical Education Edition, Building Poems, Paragraph Town, Practice Town HO4EX Price: $90.00
MCT Level 2: Complete Homeschool Package with CEE I Color Edition
Student books and teacher manuals: Grammar Town, Caesar’s English I CEE Color Edition, Building Poems, Paragraph Town, Practice Town SO4D Price: $250.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 2: Additional Student Books with CEE I Color Edition
Student books: Grammar Town, Caesar’s English I CEE Color Edition, Building Poems, Paragraph Town, Practice Town
HO4DX Price: $120.00
MCT Level 3: Complete Homeschool Package with Classical Education Edition
Student books and teacher manuals: Grammar Voyage, Caesar’s English II CEE, World of Poetry, Essay Voyage, Practice Voyage SO5E Price $260.00 Special Price: $225.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 3: Additional Student Books with Classical Education Edition
Student books: Grammar Voyage, Caesar’s English II CEE, World of Poetry, Essay Voyage, Practice Voyage HO5EX Price: $90.00
MCT Level 3: Complete Homeschool Package with CEE II Color Edition
Student books and teacher manuals: Grammar Voyage, Caesar’s English II CEE Color Edition, World of Poetry, Essay Voyage, Practice Voyage SO5D Price: $250.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 3: Additional Student Books with CEE II Color Edition
Student books: Grammar Voyage, Caesar’s English II Classical Education Edition, World of Poetry, Essay Voyage, Practice Voyage HO5DX Price: $120.00
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Homeschool Packages MCT Level 4: Complete Homeschool Package
Student books and teacher manuals: The Grammar of Literature, The Vocabulary of Literature, The Poetry of Literature, The Writing of Literature, 4Practice for Literature SO6C $170.00 Special Price: $150.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 4: Additional Student Books
Student books: The Grammar of Literature, The Vocabulary of Literature, The Poetry of Literature, The Writing of Literature, 4Practice for Literature HO6CX Price: $65.00
MCT Level 5: Complete Homeschool Package
Student books and homeschool parent answer manuals: Magic Lens I, Word Within the Word I Student books and teacher manuals: Poetry and Humanity, Advanced Academic Writing I, 4Practice I
SO7C Price: $225.00 Special Price: $195.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 5: Additional Student Books
Student books: Magic Lens I, Word Within the Word I, Poetry and Humanity, Advanced Academic Writing I, 4Practice I HO7CX Price: $85.00
MCT Level 5: Complete Homeschool Package with Word I Color Edition
Student books and homeschool parent answer manuals: Magic Lens I, Word Within the Word I Color Edition Student books and teacher manuals: Poetry and Humanity, Advanced Academic Writing I, 4Practice I SO7D Price: $215.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 5: Additional Student Books with Word I Color Edition
Student books: Magic Lens I, Word Within the Word I Color Edition, Poetry and Humanity, Advanced Academic Writing I, 4Practice I HO7DX Price: $105.00
“Michael Clay Thompson’s books make all the difference in helping me make an excellent education out of a lousy one!” —Geoff Sedlezky, homeschooling parent
“Now I can focus with passion as well as reason on why we should study poetics. It is a wonderful program.” —Leslie Lawner, Roswell, New Mexico
“I find the materials extremely rich and imaginative. The language is just such a treat. Thanks, Michael, for your work and dedication to providing appropriate and beautifully crafted materials for our special students.” —Connie Bernard, B.A., English literature Founder of the Yahoo homeschoolers’ discussion forum for Michael Clay Thompson, MCTLA
Homeschool Packages MCT Level 6: Complete Homeschool Package
Student books and homeschool parent answer manuals: Magic Lens II, Word Within the Word II, Advanced Academic Writing II Student books and teacher manuals: Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty, 4Practice II
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MCT Level 6: Additional Student Books
Student books: Magic Lens II, Word Within the Word II, Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty, Advanced Academic Writing II, 4Practice II HO8CX Price: $85.00
MCT Level 6: Complete Homeschool Package with Word II Color Edition
Student books and homeschool parent answer manuals: Magic Lens II, Word Within the Word II Color Edition, Advanced Academic Writing II Student books and teacher manuals: Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty, 4Practice II
SO8D Price: $270.00 Price: $215.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 6: Additional Student Books with Word II Color Edition
Student books: Magic Lens II, Word Within the Word II Color Edition, Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty, Advanced Academic Writing II, 4Practice II HO8DX Price: $105.00
MCT Level 7: Complete Homeschool Package
Student books and homeschool parent answer manuals: Magic Lens III, Word Within the Word III Student books and teacher manuals: Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth, Advanced Academic Writing III, 4Practice III SO9C Price: $245.00 Special Price: $195.00 *FREE SHIPPING
MCT Level 7: Additional Student Books
Student books: Magic Lens III, Word Within the Word III, Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth, Advanced Academic Writing III, 4Practice III HO9CX Price: $85.00
MCT Level 7: Complete Homeschool Package with Word III Color Edition
Student books and homeschool parent answer manuals: Magic Lens III, Word Within the Word III Color Ed. Student books and teacher manuals: Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth, Advanced Academic Writing III, 4Practice III SO9D Price: $215.00 *FREE SHIPPING
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Student books: Magic Lens III, Word Within the Word III Color Edition, Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth, Advanced Academic Writing III, 4Practice III HO9DX Price: $105.00 21
The Self-Evident Truth Series As companion books to the vocabulary, grammar, poetics, and writing programs of Michael Clay Thompson, this series looks at the three great statements of equality and shows how language can change the world. The series not only serves as an important insight into American history and culture, but also shows students the pay-off for the intensive study of language: how grammar is truly a “magic lens” into thought, how word choice affects meter, how the authors use vocabulary to establish impact, and how Jefferson, Lincoln, and King used grammatical devices for rhetorical effect. The books cross over into the departments of English, social studies, and history, and are a fascinating read in themselves.
Jefferson’s Truth The Declaration of Independence is a revolutionary document. Its function was to announce to the world that the war in progress in North America was revolutionary in aim. Thompson shows just how revolutionary the concepts of the Declaration were by relating them to the ideas of the Enlightenment and then focusing on the language and grammar that Jefferson used to announce that revolution. He contrasts the extraordinary dignified tone of the Declaration with other more inflammatory language used in the Revolutionary War, and he shows precisely how Jefferson used grammar and vocabulary to achieve the ends he sought. 6546 Jefferson’s Truths Student Book Price: $13.00 6554 Jefferson’s Truths Teacher Manual Price: $13.00
Free at Last The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place on August 28, 1963. Its purpose was to draw attention to the injustice of segregation and to push for jobs and economic equality. This examination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech looks at the poetry, grammar, and vocabulary of the most important modern statement of America’s commitment to the equality of its citizens. Free at Last examines how powerful emotion is built up by repeated ideas and words, how King’s vision of the future and great call to freedom were achieved by carefully chosen vocabulary and word pictures conjured by metaphor, by the poetics of meter, alliteration, and assonance, and by other carefully selected grammatical devices. 652X Free at Last Student Book Price: $13.00 6538 Free at Last Teacher Manual Price: $13.00
Lincoln Ten Sentences Four months after the Battle of Gettysburg, a solemn ceremony was held to dedicate for the National Soldiers’ Cemetery the seventeen acres where Confederate and Union soldiers had fought and lost their lives in the battle that decided the unity of the United States. Lincoln’s address lasted somewhat over a minute. He used only ten sentences, 267 words. Although it was not a poem, he used poetic devices to increase the power of his words. In Lincoln’s Ten Sentences, Michael Clay Thompson thoroughly explicates the noble Gettysburg Address and introduces the reader to accomplished poet Abraham Lincoln—his use of detail, word sounds by controlled vowels and consonants, impact of a spondee, and strategic grammar, diction, and vocabulary. Lincoln’s choice of words, said and unsaid, repetition of key words, use of words that the common people would understand, use of alliteration, and repetition of the pronoun “we” are all explored. This is a classic Thompson tour de force. 6503 Lincoln’s Ten Sentences Student Book Price: $13.00 6511 Lincoln’s Ten Sentences Teacher Manual Price: $13.00 22
Other Works by Michael Clay Thompson Classics in the Classroom Here is a mother lode of material for parents and teachers who want their children to benefit from education in classics and original source material. Thompson believes that classics are part of the heritage our civilization offers; they are part of being civilized. Classics help us to equip our children with preferences for subtlety, complexity, curiosity, equality, honesty, harmony, and humanity and can help to inoculate them against stupidity and cruelty and inspire them with the love of thought. Once they are comfortable with ordinary educated language, children love classics and prefer them to forgettable books. A classic may not be a best seller for a winter; it may sell well for 30 or 300 or 3,000 winters! Children who read classics delight in good ideas, characterization, depth, complexity, word play, originality, cleverness, and imagination as much as adults do. Even the very young love to be read to. Classics in the Classroom features a list of 1,300 classics for readers in kindergarten through graduate school. Arranged alphabetically by author, it includes comedy, tragedy, adventure, drama, children’s stories, poetry, philosophy, and history. It is cross-referenced to other distinguished reading lists and indicates books that are prizewinners. 2206 Classics in the Classroom $17.50 Special Price: $13.00
An extraordinary book! Michael Clay Thompson spent more than a decade recording the words used in great classic literature and the instances of their use. There are separate chapters for many of the most important words: countenance, profound, manifest, serene, sublime, prodigious, acute, clamor, exquisite, languor, grotesque, condescend, allude, odious, placid, incredulous, tremulous, visage, singular, venerate. The book ends with a list of the 100 most frequently used words in the classics. 2192 Classic Words Price: $10.00
Thinkers is a guided tour through a vast array of great works and the minds behind them. It provides the inspiration and enthusiasm that will encourage student readers as well as adult readers to learn to think about thinking and the way the mind works. In each chapter, Thompson discusses an author’s work and life, providing quotes from the work and valuable insight into the mind behind the creation. The contents include 21 essays: 1. Charles Van Doren’s A History of Knowledge 2. Sir Kenneth Clarke’s Civilisation 3. Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone 4. Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time 5. George Eliot’s Middlemarch 6. Daniel J. Boorstin’s The Creators 7. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
8. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment 9. Vasari’s The Lives of the Artists 10. James Burke’s The Day the Universe Changed 11. A C. Bradley’s Shakespearean Tragedy 12. Ellen Foster’s Kaye Gibbons 13. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter 14. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
15. Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass 16. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening 17. Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night 18. Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World 19. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar 20. Bill Gates’s The Road Ahead 21. The Narrative of Frederick Douglass
2184 Thinkers $17.50 Special Price: $13.00
The Heart of the Mind
Michael Clay Thompson approaches the topic of giftedness from a variety of angles in the 39 essays of this book. Many of the essays focus on advocacy for appropriate educational experiences for gifted children, with discussions ranging from curricular content to depth, grammar, leadership, grouping, acceleration, and student choice in assignments. Some of them are satirical in nature, revealing truths by deliberately looking at falsehoods. Michael investigates gifted minorities and those with learning disabilities. He also provides a nice range of essays that simply describe some of the world’s greatest gifted thinkers and talents, such as Rembrandt, Carl Sagan, Isaac Newton, Archimedes, Victor Jara, Rachel Carson, and the artist Gaudi, among others. Together, the essays offer a multifaceted look at giftedness in a way that no single essay could do. It is an exploration of the heart of the gifted mind. 2419 The Heart of the Mind $17.50 Special Price: $13.00 23
Other Works by Michael Clay Thompson The Sesquipedalian Neologist’s Lexicon An amusing compendium of words made up from Greek and Latin stems. A wonderful book for those who love vocabulary, and an excellent bonus for children working in The Word Within the Word program. 1749 The Sesquipedalian Neologist’s Lexicon Price: $5.00
Relativity, Quanta, and Consciousness If Einstein was right about space-time, and Planck was right about quantum of action, what do these theories imply about what human consciousness is? Michael Clay Thompson digs deeply into complex scientific theories to explore the nature and origins of human consciousness. For serious scholars, this book reveals Michael’s extraordinary synthesis of scientific theories and humanistic realities in an attempt to explain the very thing that makes us who we are. 8052 Relativity, Quanta, and Consciousness $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Conceptual Dialectic: Foundations for Interdisciplinary Connections Education is about the knowledge of facts, but facts alone do not make one educated. Children must learn to apply those facts, to combine them, to see broader truths with them, to build them into concepts that will enable them to use their higher-order thinking skills. Teaching concepts can be done in a variety of ways. Instructors can begin with a concept frame and fill it with study that supports the concept. Alternatively, they can introduce students to works that will enable them to discover the common concepts in a process of concept convergence. They can also use Socratic inquiry to allow the children to discover concepts without a concept frame at all. Or, perhaps most realistically, they can use all three of these methods at various points in their teaching. This book examines the merits and drawbacks of working with concepts in the instruction of children, which, in whatever method used, is a valuable and desirable educational goal. 2427 The Conceptual Dialectic $9.99 Special Price: $8.00
Companion Poetry Anthologies
These contain, in their entirety, all of the poems studied in the Poetics series textbooks. Their publication is a result of requests from parents who asked for a convenient collection of complete poems in cases where the Poetics textbooks contain only a stanza or a line. These two books contain more than 200 of the most memorable poems in the English language, chosen personally by Michael Clay Thompson to illustrate not only the techniques of poetry but also the beauty of the language. In his introduction he gives insights into why he chose some of the poems, as well as some of the themes he explores in his insightful and inspiring Poetics series. Level 1 covers the poems in the elementary textbooks: The Music of the Hemispheres, Building Poems, A World of Poetry. Level 2 includes the poems in the upper, secondary level: Poetry and Humanity; Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty; Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth. 7879 Companion Poetry Anthologies: Elementary Price: $12.50 7886 Companion Poetry Anthologies: Secondary Price: $17.50
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MCT Literature Trilogies Michael Clay Thompson’s (MCT) literature component of his curriculum includes a trilogy of novels about Mud the Fish and other characters from the early levels of the curriculum. 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.” As MCT 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/ teacher manual. In each of the classics chosen, Thompson provides close-ups of poetic techniques, four-level analyses of interesting grammar, and comments about writing strategies. They all focus on the author’s writing technique while still keeping the child’s mind on the book itself. The illustrated language highlights have the intention of helping children become more aware readers, and they do not have any parallel in the educational experiences of children. The parent manuals are designed to aid you in helping students become more critical, creative, understanding, and aware 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 novel 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 richer reading experience and aids children in developing a broad range of insights into their reading. The program provides activities that are flexible options and are focused on the words of the books. Crucial to this series is that the parent has read what the child has read and is prepared to discuss with the child what they have read. This is a program that encourages reflection and discussion, growth and understanding. We have taken a great deal of trouble with the design of the series. The type is Goudy Old Style, which we find to be a pleasing font. The margins are wide, the type is large, and the space between lines is greater than normal. The books are 5.25" x 7.5", an easy size for children to hold.
The Mud Trilogy is the introductory point for literature study. Mud the Fish and other characters created by Michael to enliven his grammar and writing books have been given a series of adventures in a trilogy of novels designed to introduce younger children to the complex themes and long words of classic literature, but with what MCT calls “a kind of academic silliness,” resulting in pure delight for adults and children. 8401 Rescue at Fragment Crag Price: $10.00 8418 The Red Tide Price: $10.00 8425 The Green-Face Virus Price: $10.00 8432 Mud Trilogy set with Parent Manual Price: $30.00 8432B Set bought with Level Package Price: $25.00 8432S Extra Set of Novels Price: $27.00
Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy Alice, Peter, and Mole (APM) studies the great children’s classics: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. This is the collection most appropriate for students at the first or second level of the MCT curriculum. 8029 Alice in Wonderland Price: $13.00 8012 Peter Pan Price: $13.00 8005 The Wind in the Willows Price: $13.00 8036 APM Set with Parent Manual Price: $40.00 8036B Set bought with Level Package Price: $30.00 8036S Extra Set of Novels Price: $27.00 25
MCT Literature Trilogies Search Trilogy
The Search Trilogy consists of 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! 8159 Treasure Island Price: $13.00 8166 The Call of the Wild Price: $13.00 8173 The Invisible Man Price: $13.00 8180 Search Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Price: $40.00 8180B Set bought with Level Package Price: $30.00 8180S Extra Set of Novels Price: $27.00
The Time Trilogy consists of 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. Artwork in the original edition important to the tradition of the book has been included. 8050 The Time Machine Price: $13.00 8067 A Connecticut Yankee Price: $13.00 8074 A Christmas Carol Price: $13.00 8081 Time Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Price: $40.00 8081B Set bought with Level Package Price: $30.00 8081S Extra Set of Novels Price: $27.00
Stevenson Trilogy NTheew Stevenson Trilogy contains three of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most beloved novels: Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. 6430 Treasure Island Price: $13.00 6447 Kidnapped Price: $13.00 6454 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Price: $13.00 6485 Stevenson Trilogy set with Parent Manual Price: $40.00 6485B Set bought with Level Package Price: $30.00 6485S Extra Set of Novels Price: $27.00
Fog Trilogy NTheew Fog Trilogy consists of Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. 7572 Kidnapped Price: $13.00 7558 The Red Badge of courage Price: $13.00 7565 The War of the Worlds Price: $13.00 7589 Fog Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Price: $40.00 7589B Set bought with Level Package Price: $30.00 7589S Extra Set of Novels Price: $27.00
H.G. Wells Trilogy NTheew H.G. Wells Trilogy contains three of the most famous classic science fiction novels in the world: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man.
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MCT Literature Trilogies Shadow Trilogy MCT has brought together three of the great classics in these nineteenth-century works of mayhem, murder, and detection: The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. 8458 The Murders in the Rue Morgue Price: $13.00 8465 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Price: $13.00 8472 The Hound of the Baskervilles Price: $13.00 8489 Shadow Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Price: $40.00 8489B Set bought with Level Package Price: $30.00 8489S Extra Set of Novels Price: $27.00
Dickens Trilogy The Dickens Trilogy consists of A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and The Chimes: A Goblin Story all by Charles Dickens. This trilogy gives young readers an introduction to Dickens and an opportunity to enjoy his work without having to tackle one of his long novels. 8625 A Christmas Carol Price: $13.00 8632 The Cricket on the Hearth Price: $13.00 8649 THE Chimes: A Goblin Story Price: $13.00 8656 Dickens Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Price: $40.00 8656B Set bought with Level Package Price: $30.00 8656S Extra Set of Novels Price: $27.00 8670 Dickens Trilogy Set with Parent Manual w/o A Christmas Carol Price: $32.00
American Autobiography Trilogy
The American Autobiography Trilogy consists of three great and historically significant autobiographies that are essential nonfiction classics of American literature: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. These important works reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times in which they lived. 8531 The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Price: $13.00 8555 Walden Price: $13.00 8548 The Narrative of Frederick Douglass Price: $13.00 8562 Auto Trilogy Set with Parent Manual Price: $40.00 8562B Set bought with Level Package Price: $30.00 8562S EExtra Set of Novels Price: $27.00
Romeo and Juliet: The Poetry of the Prologue Aching Poetics: A Presentation
Romeo and Juliet: The Poetry of the Prologue is a special iBook of Michael Clay Thompson’s most requested conference presentation. Thompson looks at Shakespeare’s Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, just 14 lines, on which he based a one-hour presentation on teaching poetics. This is an ideal introduction to MCT poetics and is truly inspirational. It also contains audio and moving visuals. Available from iTunes Price: $2.99
Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher
Problem-Based Learning Curriculum History Units Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher is an award-winning, internationally recognized expert in gifted education and problembased learning (PBL). Her problem-based learning series is an innovative program that fosters interdisciplinary study through data analysis and connections to literature. The curriculum is closely allied to the Common Core and National Standards.
Problem-Based Learning: In Your Homeschool This is a practical guide to implementing problem-based learning. It is a useful background guide to the PBL units.
8616 Problem-Based Learning in Your Homeschool $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Concept Development Questioning Strategy The Taba Approach Dr. Gallagher provides a practical guide to implement the powerful concept development techniques pioneered by Hilda Taba which she describes as “paradigm-shifting.” It is a system that uses thoughtfully planned question sequences and nuanced instruction to develop higher-order thinking. The author writes in her introduction: “To my mind, Taba’s Instructional materials should be integral to pre-service instruction, peer coaching groups, and professional development. They are of enormous value to anyone interested in refining their classroom practice.” 8609 Concept Development Questioning Strategy $30.00 Special Price: $25.00
Excluded! Chinese Immigration to the United States NAGC curriculum award-winner
Students investigate how and why the Chinese Exclusion Laws came into being from the vantage point of Congresspeople from California. They consider what reasonable limits can or should be placed on immigration in a country that urged, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses….” They draw parallels to contemporary immigration issues and find out why Chinese immigrants first came to America, the rate of Chinese immigration, changing attitudes toward Chinese immigrants, the initial Chinese Exclusion Laws, and Supreme Court decisions. 4557 Excluded! Problem Log $7.50 4571 Excluded! Resource Book $15.00 4564 Excluded! Teacher Manual $25.00 4564S Excluded! Unit Set Package $45.00 28
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Problem-Based Learning Curriculum History Units All Work and No Play: Child Labor in the Progressive Era Students take on the role of members of the National Child Labor Committee. Presented with photographs from Lewis Hine, they launch into questions about the extent and nature of child labor, its differences in industry and agriculture, the background of the children, existing regulations, and more. The unit culminates as the students present their recommendations at a Congressional Hearing. 4595 All Work and No Play Problem Log $7.50 4618 All Work and No Play Resource Book $15.00 4601 All Work and No Play Teacher Manual $25.00 4601S All Work and No Play Unit Set Package $45.00
NAGC curriculum award-winner The plague comes to Europe. Students put themselves in the role of fourteenth-century Italians in a small town, knowing that the plague is coming and trying to decide what to do about it. As they work through the problem, they complete lessons that help them assess the level of risk they face, determine when the plague might arrive in their town, and consider what might happen if it does. They receive advice from a medieval doctor and a priest, who only provide them with the information that was available during that time period. The students study laws that were enacted in other cities and towns to determine if they are worthwhile. The unit culminates with a presentation by the students to the townâ€™s Council of the People of a plan to keep them as safe as possible. In the end, the bubonic plague killed so many Europeans that it brought about the collapse of the feudal system. See also: Problem Studies for One. 7206 Black Death Problem Log $7.50 7213 Black Death/Plague! Resource Book $15.00 7195 Black Death Teacher Manual $25.00 7195S Black Death Unit Set Package $45.00
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Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher & Co-Authored Dana L. Plowden
Problem-Based Learning Curriculum Science Units Ferret It Out: A Problem about Endangered Species and Animal Ecosystems NAGC curriculum award-winner by Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher and Co-Authored with Dana L. Plowden
The black-footed ferret is the most endangered mammal in the U.S. Students are placed on a recovery team whose job is to assess whether Fort Collins, Colorado, is an appropriate site to reintroduce ferrets that were bred in captivity. In the process, they learn about biomes, habitats, human-animal interaction, and many other science concepts. See also: Problem Studies for One on page 38. 4779 Ferret It Out Problem Log $7.50 4755 Ferret It Out Teacher Manual $35.00 4755S Ferret It Out Unit Set Package $40.00
Mosquito Coast: A Problem about West Nile Virus and Mosquito-Borne Disease NAGC curriculum award-winner New by Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher
West Nile virus is one of a number of emerging diseases, and as such, it is a good example of how science goes about answering new questions. One of the interesting dynamics to discuss in this problem is the history of mosquito-borne illnesses in the U.S. and how fear of these new diseases creates anxiety. With slight modification, it works as well in upper elementary school or high school as it does in middle school. 7406 Mosquito Coast Problem Log $7.50 7390 Mosquito Coast Teacher Manual $35.00 7390S Mosquito Coast Unit Set Package $40.00
It’s Electrifying!: An Exploration in Water-Based Alternative Energy NAGC curriculum award-winner by Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher and Co-Authored with Dana L. Plowden
It’s Electrifying! presents the problem of whether Virginia Beach will accept ocean-based alternative energy supplies, and which source of energy would be most beneficial with the least environmental impact. The science and technology focus is on how wind, water, and gravitational pull are converted into electricity. After studying the best options, the ramifications are considered, with opinions and input from local government officials, engineers, environmentalists, local protesters, and business suppliers. The Teacher Manual also includes extra resource material available for download. 8830 It’s Electrifying! Problem Log $7.50 8823 It’s Electrifying! Teacher Manual $35.00 8823S It’s Electrifying! Unit Set Package $40.00 30
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Problem-Based Learning Curriculum Social Studies or Language Arts Hull House: Living Democracy in the Progressive Era NAGC curriculum award-winner This unit immerses students in the study of the Progressive Era through a problem faced by the Board of Directors of Hull House in Chicago. Hull House had been planning to start programs to improve health, advocate for better working conditions, provide educational programs, support better juvenile justice, and improve housing. Now there is funding available for only one project; students, as the Board of Directors, must decide which to fund. Using guided discussions and graphic organizers in the Teacher Manual, they compare the consequences of a variety of social ills. In doing so, they will uncover underlying issues and prejudices and discover the inequities of the time. The Resource Book also includes supplementary material available for download. 4700 Hull House Problem Log $7.50 4724 Hull House Resource Book $15.00 4717 Hull House Teacher Manual $25.00 4717S Hull House Unit Set Package $45.00
A Final Appeal: The First Amendment and To Kill a Mockingbird
A teacher has been fired for using To Kill a Mockingbird in her class. She sued the district and lost. Now she is appealing to a district court, and the students, as members of the court of appeals, must decide the case. Students learn how court decisions are made as they address the same questions facing real judges: What speech is protected, and what is not? What are the rights of employers and employees? What is the role of stare decicis, the rule that compels judges to follow precedent cases? Students also learn about the structure of the U.S. court system. A perfect unit for middle or high school government courses, language arts, or interdisciplinary instruction. The Resource Book also includes supplementary material available for download. 7312 A Final Appeal Problem Log $7.50 7329 A Final Appeal Resource Book $15.00 7305 A Final Appeal Teacher Manual $25.00 7305S A Final Appeal Unit Set Package $45.00
Fit to Print: New A problem about Yellow Journalism and the Road to War with Spain NAGC curriculum award-winner In the late 1890s, newspapers were the primary source of news for the American public. Students are placed in the midst of this powerful information center in the role of editors of foreign news for The New York Times. The unit involves four historical events prior to the Spanish-American War. The problem that the students address throughout the unit is about responsible journalism. They learn how to read newspaper articles and interpret the nature of content contained. 8878 Fit to Print Problem Log $7.50 8885 Fit to Print Resource Book $15.00 8892 Fit to Print Teacher Manual $25.00 8892S Fit to Print Unit Set Package $45.00 31
Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher & Co-Authored Dana L. Plowden
Problem-Based Learning Curriculum Problem Studies For One In Problem Studies for One, Dr. Gallagher has developed and adapted her Problem-Based Learning Units for homeschool. Ferret Ecology and Plague! are available now.
Ferret Ecology A Problem about Endangered Species and Animal Ecosystems NAGC curriculum award-winner
by Shelagh A. Gallagher and co-author Dana L. Plowden
Responding to demand from homeschoolers, Dr. Gallagher has adapted this award-winning Unit (originally developed as Ferret It Out for a classroom situation) for a parent who may be teaching only one child. Now homeschoolers do not need to miss out on PBL and the valuable concept of experiencing a real-life problem, with genuine resource material. In Ferret Ecology they can come to an understanding of the complex issues that are involved in the ecological, animal and human/social problems and conflicts of interests posed by trying to save the blackfooted ferret from extinction. They have to consider the interdependence of the ferret with the population of prairie dogs, and the antagonism of ranchers towards them. They have to calculate how many prairie dogs are essential for the survival of the black-footed ferret. They have to consider the rights of home-owners and ranchers against the survival of the mammal. They have to take into account what may be causing their decline and many other issues caused by real life. They also have to try to persuade others to their point of view. 5752 Ferret Ecology Problem Log $7.50 5745 Ferret Ecology Parent Manual $35.00 5745S Ferret Ecology Unit Set Package $40.00
NAGC curriculum award-winner
by Shelagh A. Gallagher and co-author Dana L. Plowden
Plague! is a problem studies unit adapted for the homeschool setting. The unit covers the problems and dilemmas posed by the plague that devastated Europe in the mid-fourteenth century. The location is the northern Italian town of Lucca, and the year is 1348, the month April. Reports of the Black Death have reached Lucca. It has been marching north through Italy, laying waste to one community after another. In Florence, 96,000 people have died; more than half of the city is dead or dying of the disease. And Florence is not that far away. You have been called as an Elder of the People to an emergency meeting to decide what the people of Lucca should do because it is now clear that the dreaded plague will reach Lucca soon. What do you know? What should you advise? 7237 Plague! Problem Log $7.50 7213 Black Death/Plague! Resource Book $15.00 7220 Plague! Parent Manual $25.00 7220S Plague! Unit Set Package $45.00
Spanish Activity Books by Cari Skier This collection of brightly colored books will help young children learn Spanish. Songs, activities, counting, games, and recipes are included in each book. In keeping with the philosophy that all children can learn a second language, the activities allow opportunities for success while providing practice and reinforcement of skills. Some of the Spanish activity books have supplemental material available to download, Cari Skier is a teacher, writer, and illustrator who brings a joyful, fresh, and yet rigorous approach to early language learning.
Exploring Spanish Through Culture A collection of folk art projects, games, and simple recipes that offers a taste of Spanish and Latin American traditions. Children respond with enthusiasm and excitement as they begin learning about the culture. Make colorful figures like the whimsical traditional toys of Mexico, or an Aztec picture calendar, or a dancing skeleton. A Guatemalan Worry Doll is fun to make, as is a poncho to wear. Gazpacho, guacamole, tortillas, and fruit punch are easy recipes. The games range from simple spiral hopscotch to the Mexican Hat Dance. Great fun. Through research as well as extensive travel in Spain and Latin America, the author has gathered the materials distilled here to make them accessible to children. 8137 Exploring Spanish Through Culture $15.00 Special Price: $10.00
ยกFiesta! A Spanish Counting Book
ยกFiesta! is a colorful and joyful counting book for fiesta time written and illustrated by the author. This book also includes supplemental music available for download, performed by Miguel Lascarez and Francisco Hernandez Rojas. 8151 Fiesta! A Spanish Counting Book $15.00 Special Price: $12.00
Silly Songs in Spanish
Silly Songs in Spanish is a collection of twenty-four songs and sayings that introduce basic Spanish vocabulary with the help of music, rhythm, and of course, silliness. Also includes supplemental material available to download. Children respond with excitement and laughter as they learn. By means of tunes, which are recognizable and easily learned, children naturally embrace the language with ease and enjoyment. The illustrations provide visual cues to the meaning of the songs. Fundamental understanding is enhanced with the addition of movement, masks, and puppets. Some of the songs are adaptations of familiar folk tunes, and others are original material. 8113 Silly Songs in Spanish $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Interactive Spanish: Lessons for Early Language Learning
This activity book (of 135 pages) is designed to enhance and supplement any Spanish language program. Based on the knowledge that comprehensible input is essential to second-language acquisition, the activities use visuals, manipulatives, games, and songs for hands-on learning. Such a variety of approaches also responds to the need to appeal to all learning styles in a standards-based curriculum. The book is organized thematically, with a number of activities in many areas most commonly found in curricula for early language learners. What makes the book unique is that you are provided with several reproducible pages that feature valuable visuals and labels to introduce reading. With the help of these pages, your children will be able to create manipulatives that can be used to support communicative activities. Student directions are given in Spanish to allow you to use the language as the project is introduced and modeled. 8120 Interactive Spanish: Lessons for Early Language Learning $25.00 Special Price: $15.00 33
Latin Curriculum by Frances R. Spielhagen
Fabulae Caeciliae Fabula I
This curriculum is available as iBooks with audio of the Latin.
Now a Latin curriculum you can implement for your children even if you do not have any knowledge of Latin yourself. A beautifully illustrated introduction for young learners utilizing photographs of the Roman world. Dr. Frances R. Spielhagenâ€™s Latin curriculum is the pinnacle of the natural inductive approach. Rather than being forced into translating, children are challenged to absorb Latin, making meaning from the illustrations that go with the words, and developing vocabulary and grammar gradually in the natural thread of language acquisition. The illustrations of young Caecilia and her family are drawn by artist Christopher Tice, and images of their domestic and public life are from our own library of photographs taken at archaeological sites by Dr. Thomas Kemnitz; his expertise has informed the depiction of every detail in the illustrations, and his explanations in the Teacher Manual provide background and additional information about the illustrations. Adults who have studied Latin will find the language familiar but the materials new and engagingly beautiful. Adults who have not studied Latin will be able to comprehend the language and imbue the student and themselves in the Roman world and its Latin. The Teacher Manual provides the grammar and forms and includes supplemental material to download of Dr. Spielhagen enunciating the Latin in each chapter so that teachers and students can hear the correct pronunciation. Dr. Frances R. Spielhagen taught Latin for thirty years before becoming an academic. She is currently Professor of Education, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development at Mount St Mary College, New York. 9200 Fabulae Caeciliae Fabula I Student book $12.50 9217 Fabulae Caeciliae Fabula I Teacher book & Student book $32.50
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Latin Curriculum by Frances R. Spielhagen Dr. Spielhagen says: “I follow a gradual release of forms and vocabulary, with explanations given on a need to know basis. I build on students’ prior knowledge, presumed, assumed, and elicited, in an effort to scaffold their learning of the new Latin forms.” The Teacher Manual, which contains translations, grammar rules, and commentary on the illustrations, contains supplemental material for download of the author enunciating the Latin that is on every page of the Student Book. There is everything you need to implement this new curriculum for your children—even if you do not have any knowledge of Latin yourself. Mater clamat, “Noli currere!” sed Verus eam non audit.
Mox in piscinam cadit!
Vinum et aquam etiam bibimus.
Tunc ego et Verus in horto ludimus.
Castor et Pollux Ecce! Mox templum Castoris et Pollucis spectabimus!
Castor et Pollux etiam gemini erant, similes mihi et Vero!
Caesar dux fortis erat.
Cicero orator potens erat.
9224 Fabulae Caeciliae Fabula II Student book $12.50 9231 Fabulae Caeciliae Fabula II Teacher book & Student book $32.50
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Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye Royal Fireworks is pleased to announce our new philosophy curriculum. It is everything we look for in a curriculum for children. The books are engaging, gorgeously illustrated, and intellectually uplifting. Our unbounded enthusiasm for these books arises from the perfect marriage between Dr. Sharon Kaye’s brilliantly innovative approach and illustrations by Jordan Novak and Christopher Tice. A review of Question Mark: The book fosters, fulfills, and directs children’s natural tendency to wonder, to question, and to look for proof. —Katherine Thompson-Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Oberlin College The teacher manuals/guidebooks contain historical and philosophical background, discussion questions, suggestions for activities and further learning, and quotations from such philosophers as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hypatia, and Descartes.
This curriculum is available as iBooks.
Question Mark (ages 5 and up)
Question Mark is less of a textbook and more of a picture book, with mind-opening ideas and activities conveyed through words and images working together. The fifteen chapters fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world. In Question Mark the focus is on asking questions: on thinking about who we are, about reality, and about certainty. The issue is: Can we know anything for certain? In the story, Mark helps a shadow-rabbit escape from a dog named Dogma, who is trying to eliminate uncertainty once and for all. In the curriculum children are encouraged to think about some of the central tenets of Western philosophy. The teacher manual fills in the historical and philosophical background with references to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hypatia, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mill, Dewey, Russell, and de Beauvoir. The glory of the book is that it not only makes this intensely intellectual fare easily comprehensible but also actualizes its affective content so that children can feel the emotional importance of the philosophical concerns. 2928 Question Mark Student (perfect bound) Price: $30.00 2843 Question Mark Student (saddle stitch) Price: $25.00 2850 Question Mark Teacher Manual Price: $12.50
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Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye Theo Rising (ages 6 and up)
Theo Rising is the second book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a young girl named Theo who learns about various theories posed by the earliest Greek philosophers, the Presocratics, who asked about the nature of the world around them and deliberated on an essential building block for everything in the universe. Theo learns about the concepts of earth, water, air, fire, and numbers as the ultimate source of everything else, and she discovers different criteria with which to judge between the competing theories. Children are introduced to these philosophical concepts in a fun, creative, innovative way that makes them accessible, even to the very young. 2904 Theo Rising Student (perfect bound) Price: $30.00 2881 Theo Rising Student (saddle stitch) Price: $25.00 2898 Theo Rising Teacher Manual Price: $12.50
New Mark and Theo Make Their Case (ages 7 and up) Readers will remember Mark and Theo from the first two books, and they will delight to find them brought together as they debate against Will, the architect of their world who is also the star of Will Power, the fifth-grade book. Will has decided that the world he drew for Mark and Theo is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo argue against this idea, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Children learn about principles originally put forth by Plato in his quest for a perfect world and Aristotleâ€™s rejection of that world. They learn how to identify a problem, make an argument, and make objections. In the process, they watch Mark and Theo work together toward a surprising conclusion that ultimately convinces Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are. 6940 Mark and Theo Make Their Case Student (perfect bound) Price: $30.00 6933 Mark and Theo Make Their Case Student (saddle stitch) Price: $25.00 6957 Mark and Theo Make Their Case Teacher Manual Price: $12.50
Xperiment (ages 8 and up)
Xperiment is the fourth book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a boy named X who becomes involved with a group of children who struggle to find the meaning of justice in the small society that they have created for themselves. The kids explore the philosophical concepts of selective rule-breaking, thought-experimenting, and proposing alternative theories. The story introduces philosophies about human nature, civilization, and government by such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, Locke, Hobbes, and Hume. Children are introduced to these concepts in an interesting and engaging way that makes them accessible and that highlights them as real-world skills. 6964 Xperiment Student (perfect bound) Price: $17.50 6971 Xperiment Student (saddle stitch) Price: $12.50 6988 Xperiment Guidebook Price: $12.50 37
Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye
Finding Faith (ages 9 and up)
Finding Faith is the fifth book in the philosophy curriculum. It explores arguments for and against the existence of God. Some people may regard religion as a touchy subject, inappropriate for children to discuss. Any child studying philosophy, however, must discuss this subject, for philosophers have been arguing about God since the very beginning. The four main philosophers presented in this book—Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Pascal— are classic in the original sense: judged as having the highest value over the test of time. The characters in the story discuss and evaluate their views from atheist, Christian, and Buddhist perspectives. 4441 Finding Faith Student (perfect bound) Price: $17.50 4465 Finding Faith Student (saddle stitch) Price: $12.50 4472 Finding Faith Guidebook Price: $12.50
Will Power (ages 10 and up)
Will Power is the sixth book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features two kids, Will and Foo, who find themselves in a race against time to stop a man who has developed a frequency that will reveal the human brain to be a machine. In fact, he has already zapped Will, and Will and Foo must stop him before he can broadcast his frequency to the rest of humankind. In the process, they struggle with the question of free will, as discussed by such philosophers as Albert Einstein, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epicurus, Lucretius, and Sartre. They also explore the philosophical skills of making careful observations, defending a position, and tolerating ambiguity. 6308 Will Power Student (perfect bound) Price: $17.50 6315 Will Power Student (saddle stitch) Price: $12.50 6322 Will Power Guidebook Price: $12.50
Dr. Sharon Kaye is a professor of philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since then, she has published numerous articles and books, and she runs the Philosophy for Kids program that sends her undergraduates into schools to teach philosophy. She and her husband have two young children. Jordan Novak is a children’s book author and illustrator who lives in the Hudson Valley, New York, and is raising three little humans. Christopher Tice is an illustrator and graphic designer who hails from the upstate New York area. When Chris isn’t illustrating, he’s dabbling in music and working on his writing.
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Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye The Divided Line (11 and up) Book One of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy
The Divided Line is the first book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy, which focuses on the unconventional educational initiatives of an institution called the New Smithsonian Foundation, whose aim is to educate the children of America through virtual reality experiences instead of through the Smithsonian Institution’s dusty museum artifacts. In this novel, a group of middle schoolers enter famous paintings, where they meet Socrates, Plato, and René Descartes, who show them the secret to entering the Noumenal Realm. They have to interpret the paintings and the philosophers’ theories in order to complete the simulations and escape from virtual reality. The storyline of this volume focuses on the famous “Analogy of the Divided Line” from Plato’s masterpiece of world literature The Republic. Socrates divides a line into four sections in order to show how the human mind progresses from imagination to facts to concepts to ideas. But is the goal of this progression certainty, as René Descartes argues? The young heroes of this novel discover a fatal flaw in Descartes’s logic and find the goal of the Divided Line hidden in a Grecian urn instead. 5976 The Divided Line Student Book Price: $17.50 5983 The Divided Line Guidebook Price: $17.50
The Inverted Spectrum (12 and up) Book Two of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy
The Inverted Spectrum is the second book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy. In this novel, middle schoolers Jonah and Roslyn must solve the mysterious disappearance of philosopher John Locke in order to save one of their classmates from a philosophical thought experiment gone awry. In the process, they learn about empiricism and its connection to the birth of democracy. The storyline of this volume focuses on John Locke’s famous thought experiment about a man who wakes up one morning to find that he perceives all the colors opposite of how he used to see them. This thought experiment shows that we can’t know how others perceive the world. But what if other aspects of our consciousness could be inverted? The young heroes of this novel discover that consciousness is what gives human beings personal identity and a basis for political equality. 5950 The Inverted Spectrum Student Book Price: $17.50 5967 The Inverted Spectrum Guidebook Price: $17.50
The Categorical Imperative (13 and up) Book Three of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy
The Categorical Imperative is the third book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy. In this novel, middle schoolers Roslyn, Brent, and Jonah track down Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant in order to battle skepticism and prevent the New Smithsonian Foundation from being shut down. In the end, they learn that reality is more amazing than they ever dreamed. The storyline of this volume focuses on the European Enlightenment. While bold thinkers questioned the laws of God, the laws of nature, and the laws of civil society, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s breakthrough concept of autonomy showed that humans should obey only their own laws. But can autonomy provide a new foundation for both science and morality, as Immanuel Kant insisted? The young heroes of this novel discover what it means to obey your own laws. 8364 The Categorical Imperative Student Book Price: $17.50 8371 The Categorical Imperative Guidebook Price: $17.50
Art by Donald Skier “I have seen many books on drawing and painting over the 45 years I have been teaching, and How to Draw a Straight Line is one of the best of its kind.” —Jerrold Schoenblum, Professor of Art, City University of New York by Donald Skier We are pleased to announce a curriculum designed to empower children as artists.
The First Brushstroke Learn all about the materials and equipment before starting your first paintings: brushes and pencils, watercolors and palettes, frames and easels, light sources and the usefulness of a camera. A helpful guide for starting out as an artist. 8380 The First Brushstroke $35.00 Special Price: $25.00
How to Draw A Straight Line Donald Skier shows how to draw objects more accurately by reducing them to simple shapes such as rectangles, cones, circles, and ovals. Learn to draw and paint with the techniques professionals use, with tips that will immediately improve the drawing and painting of anyone, child or adult. 8250 How to Draw A Straight Line $35.00 Special Price: $25.00
Art Work Pads These fourteen workbook supplements are low-cost ($5.00) companion practice pads. Because of their size and packing requirements, there is a minimum order of five copies, in any combination of titles. The workbooks are 11" x 17" and have basic instructions, as well as five pre-printed practice sheets and five blank pages on which to paint or draw. They are without hard backing and are stapled along the 17" side. Go to our website for details and ordering: rfwp.com. 8281 Art Work Pad: Landscapes 1 Price: $5.00 8298 Art Work Pad: Landscapes 2 Price: $5.00 8304 Art Work Pad: Landscapes 3 Price: $5.00 8267 Art Work Pad: Still Life Price: $5.00 8274 Art Work Pad: Butterflies and Flowers Price: $5.00 8311 Art Work Pad: Buildings Price: $5.00 8328 Art Work Pad: Barns And Other Buildings Price: $5.00 8335 Art Work Pad: Barns 2 Price: $5.00 8342 Art Work Pad: Cars and Trucks Price: $5.00 8359 Art Work Pad: Boats and Shoreline Buildings Price: $5.00 8366 Art Work Pad: Sailboats Price: $5.00 8373 Art Work Pad: Lighthouses Price: $5.00 8397 Art Work Pad: Paintings Sumi Price: $5.00 8403 Art Work Pad: Drawing Space Price: $5.00
Art & Music How to Compose Music: A Practical Approach to Composing, Arranging, and Orchestration by Bob B. Ashton and Nancy L. Colbaugh
“Can you help me write a song?” This question, frequently asked by musical children and by adults who themselves simply want to write songs, is finally answered in How to Compose Music. The manual provides the information an aspiring songwriter needs at any level of difficulty. It even provides a fifteen-minute quiz to help determine a musical locale or starting point! A separate workbook is available. Table of Contents PART I Where Do I Start? The Basics You Should Know to Write a Song Dividing Your Song into Measures Idea People, Song Writers, and Composers Developing Your Inner Ear Intervals Defining the Scale “Hearing” a Melody in Your Mind PART II Is There Only One Method by Which We Can Compose? Composing by Sight Steps, Skips, and Leaps in Melody Writing What Goes Up Must Come Down A Good Pattern Is Worth Repeating Sequence...It’s Much Like a Pattern But Has a Slightly Different Twist What Beings Must End The Need for a Cadence Within a Song PART III Rhythm...Where Composing Music Really Counts At Least One Million Melodies Waiting to Be Discovered
PART IV Writing the Lyrics to a Song Are We Certain We Understand Rhyme? What about Using Free Verse in Lyrics? One Other Thing...Accented Beat The Lyric as a Tool for Note Placement Composing by Lyric Enlarging the Scope of Lyric Writing Composing by Use of a Counter Melody... Or Partner Song The Blues...The Loosest Form of Lyric and Melody Composing a Fugue PART V Writing the Accompaniment: Introducing the Models Models...Fitting Your Song in a Form March Model Sacred Model Standard 32-Measure Popular Song Model Folk Song Model Simple Orchestration...Its Component Parts Transposition...What Is It? Composing and Arranging with the Voice (or Voices) in Mind Some General Hints for Vocal Arranging
6113 How to Compose Music Teacher Manual $17.50 Special Price: $13.00 6113A How to Compose Music workbook $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
A Simple Guide to Screen Printing
by Vidabeth Bensen and Barbara Forshag
Screen printing is a simple, enjoyable, and cost-effective method of creating multiples of original artwork. Artists and teachers will benefit personally and professionally from following the explicit and easily understandable steps in A Simple Guide to Screen Printing. The authors guide you step-by-step through the printmaking process. You will learn how to print your own designs on paper, cards, banners, and T-shirts and create original prints for framing. The materials are inexpensive, and you can use screen printing to enrich almost any area of the curriculum. Vidabeth Bensen has been screen printing since her college days and has developed the simple methods described in this book. Barbara Forshag joined her in a workshop several years ago and has been screen printing ever since. Vidabeth and Barbara conduct classes at the University of Connecticut every summer, guiding teachers from all over the world on how to use screen printing for their own enjoyment and in their school programs. You will be amazed at the results you can obtain after following the steps in this book.
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Nature—Parenting and Families Nature Study for the Whole Family by Laurel M. Dodge
WINNER OF A BRONZE MEDAL LIVING NOW BOOK AWARDS 2011 FINALIST, BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, 2011 The Benefits of Nature Study
Bur-reed in flower bats in the sky at dusk, a wood thrush singing its flutelike tune from a small remaining stand of woods behind some lucky individual’s house) there was no place within walking distance where Sebastian and I could sit and be surrounded by nature. I ached to give my son a landscape more like the one my sister and I grew up in. In contrast to the suburban landscape where I found myself living, my own childhood home provided ample opportunity for immersion.
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Nature Study for the Whole Family go home, his father wouldn’t interfere with his adventure. He could make his way through brushy tangles, skirt uncertain ground, and stalk the leopard, bull, and pickerel frogs unaided, dependent only on the agile swiftness of his own arms.
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Introduction to Nature
As a naturalist who grew up in the wild of Maine, I know the value of unstructure landscapes d play in nature. I believe there is a bond between children and their initial landscape. It understand the natural is there that children begin to world. It is there that they develop the self-confid ence that comes from in a real environme real activity nt. The easy exploration of nature that was tion of childhood in previous generation a foundas was based on unstructured summers, weekends, and afternoons Kids don’t often get . to play in marshes and meadows anymore. They are too busy to romp freely in forest and field. Instead of taking off on their tures with the neighborho own advenod kids, children are from one scheduled shuttled activity to the next. are home, they spend When they too much time indoors TV and playing video watching games, or doing heaps work. of homeEven if kids want to explore, their yards borhoods are filled and neighwith turf grass and little more. The
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“...the wonders of nature and wonders of childhood are artfully intertwined.” The first book in our Nature Study Curriculum introduces the idea that all families, wherever they live, can explore their neighborhood and find a “wild spot” to study and observe the changing seasons. With wonderful illustrations and examples, Laurel Dodge writes with passion and sensitivity. She explains how children can record and identify what they find, how to go at a pace appropriate for children to connect with what they see, how to stay safe, how to cooperate with others, and how to develop nature study as an enriching part of family life. The author, who homeschools her two children, writes from a lifetime of experience of exploring nature as a child and later with her family, and also as an expert in environmental studies. She writes in the book: “The nature lore you discover with your children today may be passed down as a precious gift to your grandchildren in years to come.… The strongest influences on children’s lives are the actions and values of their families. A family that demonstrates its values by getting outside, getting moving, and getting engaged with nature teaches compassion, conservation, and curiosity with every step. It is up to you to show your family what you value.” “Laurel Dodge loves nature as she does her children. What makes this book special is that the wonders of nature and wonders of childhood are artfully intertwined. Laurel makes each experience in the wild a personal one, bringing the reader along on the walk and making it all the more meaningful.” —Lynn Hamlen, Executive Director, Darien Nature Center, CT 8106 Nature Study for the Whole Family $20.00 Special Price: $15.00
Gifted Resources Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child
by Christine S. Neville, Michael M. Piechowski, and Stephanie Tolan
The editors have brought together nineteen essays by renowned gifted education specialists (see below for the full list) to produce this important new publication. Off the Charts is an exploration of the effects of asynchronous development on gifted children and adults. It contains sections on asynchrony and the individual, asynchrony and the family, and asynchrony and learning, and chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings. A bibliography on asynchronous development provides extensive further reading. The contributors’ contention is that gifted education should be from a child-centered perspective, rather than from a “product perspective” in which the emphasis is on achievement, competition, and outer recognition. The child-centered approach concentrates on self-development and personal growth and fosters interrelatedness and wholeness. It is an important resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to highly gifted individuals. The book is dedicated to Annemarie Roeper (1918-2012), who before she died contributed a chapter. From the introduction: “Unusual intelligence, when understood, accepted, supported, allowed, and even celebrated, can lead, as it did for Annemarie, to a life experience of passion, accomplishment, service to the world, and deep personal meaning.” Contributors: Ellen D. Fiedler Shelagh A. Gallagher Patricia Gatto-Walden Barbara Mitchell Hutton
Michele Kane Kathi Kearney Deirdre V. Lovecky Elizabeth A. Meckstroth
Christine S. Neville Michael M. Piechowski Annemarie Roeper Linda Kreger Silverman
Stephanie S. Tolan John D. Wasserman
3802 Off the Charts (492 pp.) Price: $30.00
Polaris: A Guiding Star of 403 Skills for Homeschooled Children by Dr. Thomas Milton Kemnitz
Homeschool parents must consider not only the materials that their child will learn but also their child’s development in terms of the skills and behaviors necessary to take information and build upon it and make good use of it. Polaris is designed to help you focus on several areas of your child’s development. It provides a series of checklists containing 403 skills that your child should demonstrate in order to be a confident, self-directed learner. The skills are divided into categories and are subdivided further so that you can look at them in related groups and recognize where your child is strong and where there are weaknesses that should be addressed. They include both cognitive skills, which help in the acquisition and manipulation of knowledge, and also affective skills, which comprise the emotional core of the child—a key component of being open and able to learn. Polaris is a unique resource that gives you a comprehensive list of skills that will enable your child to succeed. 2997 Polaris: A Guiding Star of 403 Skills for Homeschooled Children Price: $15.00
Gifted Resources “Mellow Out,” They Say. If I Only Could Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright by Michael M. Piechowski
Second, Revised Edition: This highly successful and valued book is for parents and teachers of intense and sensitive young people and to serve the young people as a friendly mirror in which they can recognize themselves for who they are. About the First Edition: “Reading these pages is like a heart-to-heart conversation with gifted youth. By letting them speak in their own voices, Michael Piechowski has afforded us the most honest glimpse into the Heart and Soul of giftedness.” —Annemarie Roeper, Founder of the Roeper School, author of Educating Children for Life and My Life Experiences with Children “It is like being introduced to my son for the first time.” — Parent of a gifted boy “Your book is like striking gold for us! On the way to a movie, I was listening to you being interviewed on the radio. My two girls (ages 5 and 10) were in the back chatting away. Suddenly, my ten-year-old screamed, ‘Mom! He’s talking about me! How does he know me?!’ I explained you don’t know her. She then said,’That’s how I feel. That’s what goes on in my head too!’” — Kathy Bero, Watertown, Wisconsin “For years, I have waited for Michael Piechowski to put together the full picture of what it means to be gifted. In this volume...he does just that. A book of magnificent proportions—it is erudite, down-to-earth, and written with sensitivity that will cause readers to recognize in themselves the inner qualities of giftedness.” — James R. Delisle, Ph.D., author of Gifted Children Speak Out, Guiding the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Youth, and Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide “This book is Michael Piechowski’s long-awaited magnum opus on emotional intelligence. It resonates with the real voices of gifted adolescents who speak with insight and passion about the realities of their emotional lives.” — Jane Piirto, Ph.D., author of Understanding Creativity, “My Teeming Brain:” Understanding Creative Writers, and Talented Children and Adults 4915 “Mello Out,” They Say. If I Only Could (377 pp.) $30.00 Special Price $25.00
My Twice-Exceptional Murphy: The True Story of a Gifted Dog by Jennifer Ault “I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jennifer Ault’s My Twice-Exceptional Murphy. Jennifer is an excellent translator of dogspeak. Parents of 2e children, as well as the children themselves, will relate to this heart-warming story of Murphy’s development. A mustread for dog-lovers everywhere.” — Linda Kreger Silverman, Founder and Director, Institute for the Study of Advanced Development
Murphy was a special dog from the beginning. He was a happy puppy, and incredibly smart. Yet at about the age of five, he began exhibiting pervasive symptoms of anxiety and fear that rapidly took over his life. His story is one of struggle against unknown terrors and of the love and patient care that his mom (a.k.a. owner) provided to bring him back to health. It is a tale of love, determination, resilience, and inspiration. A note of caution to parents: Murphy’s story chronicles his entire life, including its end. Some children may have difficulty with the last few chapters. Please be aware of this before giving the book to especially sensitive young readers. 2647 My Twice-Exceptional Murphy (109 pp.) $12.99 Special Price: $10.00 44
Gifted Resources Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness
by Stephanie S. Tolan
Stephanie S. Tolan set out as a concerned mother to help her highly gifted son have a school experience that matched his intellectual ability and pace of learning. In the process, she became an advocate for gifted children and played a major part in reshaping thinking about giftedness itself. Her essay “Is It a Cheetah?” is justly renowned for its power and worldwide influence. Here, collected for the first time, are her essays and talks that are now part of the fabric of the most advanced thinking about gifted people. 4993 Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness (226 pp.) $20.00 Special Price $15.00
Embracing the Whole Gifted Self
by Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D.
Many gifted people cultivate and appreciate their extraordinary intellect, but Dr. Patricia GattoWalden uses her 30 years of clinical experience to explore giftedness through the perspective of all the domains of a person: intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social. Only by acknowledging, understanding, and nurturing all the domains can gifted individuals embrace their whole gifted selves. It is her belief that home life, education, and counseling of the gifted must attend to the integration and enhancement of the mind, heart, body, spirit, and social self in order to attain contentment and balance in everyday life. This book encapsulates her holistic approach to understanding the problems experienced by highly gifted children and adults. She covers overexcitability, perfectionism, and asynchrony, with many examples of those she has helped. 2016 SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Clinician of the Year Award 2014 National award winner, Annemarie Roeper Award for exceptional service to gifted youth 2911 Embracing the Whole Gifted Self (112 pp.) Price: $15.00
Reflections on Being Gifted: Poems by Gifted Children compiled by Sandra Warren
Through their poetry, gifted children give immediacy to the range of emotions engendered by their daily experience. In the poems collected in this book, they share their joys and fears, their fantasies and disappointments, their confusion and their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. This book of poems by gifted children touches on the topics of being gifted, finding friends, school issues, imagination and creativity, social issues, dealing with death, and parent’s of the gifted. 1731 Reflections on Being Gifted (78 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
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Books by Stephen Birchak How to Build a Child’s Character by Tapping into Your Own This inspirational and important book sets out principles and strategies for creating happy human beings, and making your own family work better. The experience-based results are increased cooperation, less aggression, and improved relationships. The book shows how to examine your own relationships and character; help children develop valuable life skills; free children of the biggest obstacles to success; find the secret to making more quality time; reduce stress in daily life by tapping into your own resources; deal with conflict, even in very young children; teach collaboration in place of aggression; learn three steps to change paths of incivility; and develop five mental skills to guarantee a resilient personality. 6652 How to Build a Child’s Character $15.00 Special Price: $13.00
The Jerk Whisperer In a world frequently filled with hostility, anger, and rage, how can we build healthier lives for ourselves and our loved ones? This remarkable book from an inspiring teacher will give you new insights and help you to discover the ten essential skills that will enable you to remain calm, kind, and productive (even when others are not); unearth the secrets to rid your life permanently of petty obsessions, imaginary crises, resentment, and revenge; recognize the six most common reactions to jerks (and how these reactions rob our energy); and understand the eight most paralyzing myths related to mean and cruel behavior. Dr. Stephen Birchak, the original and master Jerk Whisperer, is a professor, dynamic speaker, father, husband, and reformed class clown. He is internationally acclaimed for his presentations and motivates thousands of people each year. A leader in character development and conflict resolution, he combines optimism with humor to bring a hopeful message.
3727 The Jerk Whisperer $15.00 Special Price: $13.00
It’s Not a Crisis; It’s an Inconvenience! The A-Z Mindful Survival Guide for When Life Gets Messy! From Abandonment to Zen, via Mistakes, Parents, and Possessions, this indispensable guide from the incomparable “Dr. Bird” helps put life in perspective. Our thoughts, habits, and behaviors are forces that we control, and if we are mindful, these thoughts and actions can change us—and the world—for the better. This easy-to-digest book is the distillation of Dr. Birchak’s approach to life, love, and happiness, which he tries to pass on to his family, students, and audiences and now presents for readers. He shares much of his life’s experiences—from family tragedy to surviving cancer—together with jokes at his expense. With Dr. Bird alongside, you can face any so-called crisis and, most importantly, be happier!
5646 It’s Not a Crisis; It’s an Inconvenience! $14.00 Special Price: $10.00
The Bird and the Bear: First Day at Pine Forest School The Bird and the Bear is a story about the power of friendship and how making friends makes us happier and less afraid. Stephen “Dr. Bird” Birchak wrote the book based on a real-life experience. He speaks to parents, teachers, and children in schools throughout the nation on issues of kindness, character, compassion, choices, and mindfulness. The book also includes guiding questions at the end. Dr. Bird was named New York State Champion of Character and received the Friend of Education Award from the New York School Administrator’s Association. 3246 The Bird and the Bear $15.00 Special Price: $13.00 46
My Book About Reading, Writing, Thinking—Volumes I-IV by Dr. Kathryn T. Hegeman The series emphasizes reading, writing, thinking, speaking, values, decision making, parts of speech, grammar, visual interpretation, creative expression, and life skills. Designed for early reading, writing, and thinking, the Aesop’s Fables program provides a year’s worth of enrichment. Each of the volumes contains eleven different fables. The reading level increases from 2.1 in Volume I to 4.3 in Volume IV. Each fable covers four pages: one for illustration, one for the text of the fable, and two for language arts activities. Every fable includes sentence writing, new vocabulary, and an opportunity to color. The laminated books measure 8.5” x 11” and are bound on the short side so they are easy for young readers to use. 050S Aesop’s Fables, Set of Four Volumes Volume I Price: $28.00 The Goose with the Golden Eggs The Two Frogs The Bald Man & the Fly The Boy & the Filberts The Old Man & His Sons The Dog & the Shadow The Boy Who Went Swimming The Frog & the Ox The Travelers & the Bear The Lion, the Fox, & the Beasts The Miser & His Gold
Nouns Verbs Nouns & Verbs, Drawing Design, Labels, Capitals Concern for Others, Synonyms Opposites, Prediction, Drawing Signs, Safety Rules Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives Visualization, Adjectives Paragraph, Story Alphabetizing, Dictionary Usage
0514 Aesop’s Fables, Volume I $9.99 Special Price: $8.00
The Ass in the Lion’s Skin Sentence Structure, Story Visualization The Fox & the Lion Questioning The Gardener & His Dog Evaluation, Lists The Ant & the Dove Problem Solving, Letter Writing The Wolf & the Goat Play Writing, Story Visualization The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse Letter Writing The Fox & the Cat Prepositions The Man & the Wood Categorizing, Story Writing, Visualization The Shepherd Boy & the Wolf Sequencing, Punctuation The Frogs that Desired a King Description, Alphabetizing, Encyclopedia Usage The Fox & the Grapes Creative Problem Solving, Story Writing, 0522 Aesop’s Fables, Volume II
Hercules & the Wagoner The Lion & the Mouse The Tortoise & the Hare The Mice in Council The Woodsman & the Serpent The Peacock & Juno The Crow & the Pitcher The Fox, the Rooster, & the Dog The Fox & the Crow The Tree & the Reed Androcles & the Lion
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Directions, Possessive Apostrophes Rewriting Sentences, Identifying Nouns, Verbs, Questions Compound Words Adjectives, Rhymes, Poetry Storytelling with Moral, Titles Description, Story Writing Writing Names, Initials Puppet Show, Announcement Writing Evaluation Listening & Talking 0530 Aesop’s Fables, Volume III Questions & Answers
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The Two Crabs Visual Imagery, Homonyms The Rooster & the Pearl Evaluation, Adverbs Mercury & the Woodman Pronouns, Classification Mercury & the Sculptor Characterization, Writing Advertisements The Lioness Written Invitation, Spelling Jupiter, Neptune, Minerva, & Momus Series with Commas The Ant & the Grasshopper Contractions, Apostrophes, Visualizing a Setting The Farmer & the Nightingale Classification, Sensory Perceptions The Milkmaid & Her Pail List Making, Story Writing The Hares & the Frogs Calendars, Alphabetizing, Reference Works The Porcupine & the Snakes Creative Problem Solving, Directions 47
0549 Aesop’s Fables, Volume IV $9.99 Special Price: $8.00
Vision Therapy to Aid Children with Learning Difficulties by Kenneth A. Lane, O.D. The Lane Academic Readiness Screen (LARS) The Lane Academic Readiness Screen (LARS) is a questionnaire that is designed to identify children who may be at risk for possible school difficulties due to reading or vision problems. This is primarily for children in kindergarten through second grade, but it could be useful for children in all grades. The questionnaire is used to identify problems in directionality, laterality, gross motor skills, visual motor skills, simultaneous and sequential processing, eye tracking, and attention.
Once a child has been tested using the LARS, adults can plan a program to help address the problems identified by the results. The LARS directs users to specific packages of workbooks that contain activities and therapy procedures that will help the child improve reading speed and proficiency. The link to the LARS website is http://visiontest.rfwp.com
9714 LARS Price: $50.00 Workbook Packages:
KL01 Directionality Workbook Package (5837, 5820, 5813, 9684, 9653, 9707) Price: $95.00
KL02 Laterality Workbook Package (5813, 5820, 9707) Price: $45.00
KL03 Sequencing Workbook Package (5790, 5820, 9691) Price: $35.00
KL04 Gross Motor Skills Workbook Package (5820, 5813, 9691) Price: $45.00
KL05 Ocular Motor Skills Workbook Package (5806, 5820, 9677, 9660, 9721, 9714, 9707) Price: $110.00 KL06 Visual Motor Skills Workbook Package (5776, 5820, 971, 9691) Price: $60.00
KL07 Simultaneous Processing Workbook Package (5783, 5820, 9653) Price: $35.00 Note: The workbooks are more effectively used in conjunction with one another, as organized in the packages. In addition, the packages offer a discounted price for the workbooks. Please visit rfwp.com for more information.
9677 Advanced Eye Tracking Price: $20.00 9660 Eye Tracking Price: $20.00
9684 Recognition of Reversals Price: $20.00 9721 Spelling Tracking Price: $20.00
9691 Visual Motor Coordination Price: $20.00 9653 Visual Memory Price: $20.00
9714 Visual Motor Skills Price: $20.00 9707 Visual Scanning Price: $20.00 Therapy Procedures Workbooks: 5837 Directionality Price: $20.00 5820 Gross Motor Price: $20.00 5813 Laterality Price: $20.00
5806 Ocular Motor Price: $30.00
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Sign Language Hand Talk: Reni’s Feelings
Learn How to Sign Your Feelings with Reni by Barbara Champion Althoff Hand Talk: Reni’s Feelings tells the story of Reni, a young boy who struggles to get people, including his mom, to understand him. Reni learns how to use sign language to show if he is hungry, happy, sad, or needs help, as well as other emotions. The story is beautifully illustrated with fun and colorful drawings. The second half of the book contains photographs of the author’s students that demonstrate to children how to make more than two dozen signs in American Sign Language, from “don’t want,” “like,” and “tired,” to “I love you,” “excited,” and “scared.” Reni’s Feelings is the first book in a series that will teach social skills to help children know what to expect or what to do in various situations, such as going to school, to the doctor, or on a playdate.
BARBARA CHAMPION ALTHOFF has a degree in interpreting and has been working with special needs children since 1999, both through her work and with her own family. Her students include those who are deaf/hard of hearing, nonverbal, deaf/blind, autistic, and those with special needs such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and others. Althoff says: “All of these children have benefited from learning to communicate with sign language. Some of them had no language at all before they came into our program and are now able to communicate their feelings, needs, and imagination.” 2289 Hand Talk: Reni’s Feelings $15.00 Special Price: $13.00
Making Bad Stuff Good
by Sandra McLeod Humphrey
This book was the result of Sandra’s more than 35 years of working with young people as a clinical psychologist and helping them through the years of growing up. In it we follow the conversations and experiences of a group of middle schoolers in an after-school club, the No-Name Club, as they learn some strategies for dealing with problems, mistakes, and failures. We travel with them as they find out that meeting a challenge can be fun and that happiness is an attitude, not a condition! The main premise of the book is that how you respond to what happens to you is more important than what actually happens to you, and how you interpret what happens to you is, of course, determined by your attitude. Problems aren’t necessarily “bad.” They are a part of life, and dealing with them constructively can make you a stronger person. 3796 Making Bad Stuff Good (116 pp.) $12.99 Special Price: $10.00
by John F. Cullicott
Boys Should Be Boys
The author has worked with boys and young men for more than thirty years, and he sees boys as needing the kind of support and advice that girls and young women traditionally have had. He believes that there are answers to the questions: Why are there so many unhappy boys? Why are so many boys sullen, frustrated, hostile, and confrontational? Why are others thriving and happy? His answers and solutions deserve to be heard. They involve helping boys make good early choices, empowering them to make choices rather than reacting, and helping them to build self-confidence and learn to take responsibility for their actions. He discusses male parenting and tackles the topics of “anxiety failure,” the culture of competitive sport, and their influence on growing boys and young men. 5361 Boys Should Be Boys $9.99 Special Price: $8.00
by Amy Maid Burke
Parent Points, a home-friendly book designed for parents, provides low-key, educationally oriented activities to do with children. Focusing on topics certain to interest kids (such as chocolate), it offers a variety of easy, fun-to-do activities that foster a child’s expanding thinking/reasoning skills, math and writing abilities, imagination, and creativity. Twenty topics, each with twelve fun activities, change learning into play using common items found around the house. 224X Parent Points $9.99 Special Price: $8.00
A Fairly Creative Guide to Telling Tales An Introduction to Creative Writing
by Aubrey Lively
Aubrey Lively has written a delightful book that offers a thorough and sophisticated introduction to creative writing in terms of prose fiction. She wittily describes the various elements necessary to a good story, and she provides amusing examples of what to do—and of what not to do. Most of her examples come from classic fairy tales so that readers can see how her lessons apply to the stories we all know. The book is organized into three parts: plot, characterization, and setting. Each chapter ends with an assignment that allows writers to practice their skills in a fun and nonthreatening way. This book will make readers smile as they gain insights that will make them better writers. 5530 A Fairly Creative Guide to Telling Tales (153 pp.) $12.99 Special Price: $10.00
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Guide to Literary Terms
by Marjie Giffin and Mary Ann Yedinak
The authors describe this useful handbook as a â€œtoolboxâ€? of vocabulary for literary analysis. They list and define hundreds of terms that are used to study and appreciate literature and give wideranging examples of where they occur. The sections cover the forms and genres of literature, an introduction to style, literary movements and periods, and film studies and media literacy. There is a comprehensive index, making the book useful for all students of English literature. 3994 Guide to Literary Terms $15.00 Special Price: $10.00
Educational Play: Language Arts
by Deborah Valentine
A compendium of more than fifty games and activities that you can play with your children to increase their language arts skills. The games cover the full range of skills and subject matter: poetry and prose, spelling, grammar, verb tense, parts of speech, memorization, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, creativity, elaboration, flexibility, reading for speed and comprehension, creative writing, plays, skits, short stories, interviewing techniques, vocabulary, etc. An added bonus are the twenty-five games that can be played in a car.
1707 Educational Play: Language Arts $9.99 Special Price: $8.00
Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: A Guide To Creative Questioning For Elementary & Secondary Literature by Myrna Kemnitz
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Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: A Guide To Creative Questioning For Elementary & Secondary Literature by Myrna Kemnitz REVISED AND EXPANDED TO COVER GRADES K–8 IN FOUR VOLUMES: Volume 1: Grades K to 2 • Volume 2: Grades 3 to 4 • Volume 3: Grades 5 to 6 • Volume 4: Grades 7 to 8 This resource enables parents to use literature to develop children’s thinking abilities. Each one of the volumes explores the rationale for creative questioning in the teaching of literature. Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy’s six levels of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, each volume provides multiple questions for each level. The volumes cover about fifty literary works each, providing a brief synopsis of the novel before the questions. Story synopses and taxonomy questions act as literature lesson previews for: • parents who wish to teach thematically and are seeking appropriate materials • parents who might not be familiar with a literary work and find comfort that it is indeed a piece to be included for their children Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus K to 2 The Five Chinese Brothers The Three Billy Goats Gruff Stone Soup Cinderella The Three Wishes The Story of Babar the Little Elephant Helga’s Dowry: A Troll Love Story Red Riding Hood Puss in Boots Six Foolish Fishermen Goldilocks and the Three Bears The Three Little Pigs Jack and the Beanstalk Henny Penny Rumpelstiltskin The Sleeping Beauty
Hansel and Gretel The Emperor’s New Clothes A Birthday for Frances The Pied Piper of Hamelin The Story of Ferdinand The Fisherman and His Wife Frog and Toad Together Arrow to the Sun The Tooth Fairy Is Broke! Amelia Bedelia Town Mouse, Country Mouse The Blind Men and the Elephant Curious GeorgeStar Boy Sylvester and the Magic Pebble What Mary Jo Shared
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Superfudge Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great The Computer Nut The Eerie Canal The Pinballs The TV Kid The Mystery of Misty Charlie and the Chocolate Factory George’s Marvelous Medicine James and the Giant Peach
Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library Shining Star Where a White Dog Smiles McBroom Tells the Truth Chitty Chitty Bang Bang My Country: My Lee Comes to America Max and Me and the Time Machine See You Around, Sam! The Purple Coat Aldo Ice Cream Class Clown
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,Very Bad Day Ramona the Brave “B” Is for Betsy Busybody Nora Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy Section Two: Children’s Literature Questions Marvin Redpost #4: Alone in His Teacher’s House Freckle Juice It’s So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House The Cobble Street Cousins #4: Some Good News
Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus 3 to 4
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Just So Stories: The Elephant’s Child Just So Stories: How the Camel Got His Hump My Friend in Africa Pippi Longstocking Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic Sarah, Plain and Tall Amelia Bedelia Helps Out Monday The Cricket in Times Square Blue Ribbons for Juliet Secesh
Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus 5 to 6 Island of the Blue Dolphins White Fang Sounder Redwall Freaky Friday Blubber Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret The Kipton Chronicles #1: Kipton and Gruff Dragon Charmer The Incredible Journey: A Tale of Three Animals The Summer of the Swans The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor Breaker at Dawn All-of-a-Kind Family Amelia’s Notebook Charlotte’s Web Stuart Little The Velveteen Rabbit Amber Brown Sees Red Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos
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Harly Weaver and the Race Across America Danny, the Champion of the World For the Love of Gold There’s a Bat in Bunk Five Jake’s the Name—Sixth Grade’s the Game The Black Stallion Love, From the Fifth-Grade Celebrity The Death of Old Man Hanson A Girl Called Al Make Me Disappear From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweile
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth A Wrinkle in Time The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Taking Control Saratoga Captive Trapped! The Call of the Wild Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst Bridge to Terabithia The Great Gilly Hopkins Belly Up The Westing Game How to Eat Fried Worms
Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus 7 to 8 The Witch of Blackbird Pond Then Again, Maybe I Won’t River Rats The Weaver’s Scar Death Be Not Proud The Diary of Anne Frank The Outsiders Lyddie A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court A Day No Pigs Would Die The Scarlet Letter
Mary Marony and the Chocolate Surprise Magic Tree House #20: Dingoes at Dinnertime Martha Ann and the Mother Store Pee Wee Scouts #34: Planet Pee Wee Get the Picture, Jenny Archer? The Loudest Noise in the World The Island of the Skog Dooly and the Snortsnoot The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids #24:Dragons Don’t Cook Pizza Bunnicula Strikes Again! Eli Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
Count the Stars Through the Cracks The Little Prince Black Beauty The Sign of the Beaver The Pearl The Cay If I Touched an Eagle The Inexperienced Ghost Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum Most Beautiful The Ghost from the Schenectady Massacre: A Haunting from the Dutch Settlers Hold On Tight
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The Slave Dancer Ivanhoe The Old Man and the Sea Where the Red Fern Grows Billy Budd Rebecca Legend of the North The Count of Monte Cristo Abe and the Wild River Troubling a Star The Tale of a Hero and the Song of Her Sword
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Key to Honor Nadia of the Night Witches Beyond the Yellow Star to America We Have to Escape Cassie’s War Treasure Island Going Solo Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The Journal of Jenny September Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Charissa of the Overland The Shot Not Heard Around the World Surviving Erebus: An Antarctic Adventure Unswept Graves Strangers in Black In Sherman’s Path The Price of Command Through Goya’s Eyes The Lady or the Tiger
Science Dr. Dave’s Teaching Manuals How to teach, involve, and excite children in science “Think of these as suggestions for fun, hands-on science activities that are easy and really work to supplement your science curricula, rather than an entire course to get through. If your kids love worksheets, there are some in the teacher resources, but if they hate worksheets, then skip them. Pick and choose and have fun!” – Kristin on the RFP Homeschoolers’ Support Forum
The Digestive System Chemistry Electricity
Our Solar System Phases of Matter The Oceans
These books include supplemental material available to download by David Purvis, Ph.D. Dr. Dave’s full-color, practical teaching manuals for middle school: • visual and eye-catching activities to impart simple scientific concepts • safety, clean-up, and how-to-save money tips • verbal jokes that appeal to children and help them remember • experiments, projects, and artwork that enable children to discover and construct knowledge for themselves • classroom-based advice on how to deal with potential disruptions and diversions
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Science What Color is Newton’s Apple?
Physics and Chemistry for Early Childhood Learners by Jamie C. Smith A major instructional source to help children discover their world, this book includes more than fifty carefully structured lessons for children ages two to eight. Each lesson has nine parts: purpose, thinking skills, vocabulary, prerequisites, materials, introduction, continuation, closure, and learning check. The focus of the thinking skills is analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The science problem-solving skills include problem finding, hypothesis formulation, hypothesis testing, data collecting, solution finding, solution testing, and communication of solution. In this substantial curriculum, the lessons are fully developed and easy to follow. A wonderful resource for homeschoolers and head-start programs. 1057 What Color is Newton’s Apple? $15.00 Special Price: $12.50
The Animal Kingdom
Science Themes for Gifted Primary Children by Dr. Kathryn T. Hegeman Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, the student book gives young investigators ten units— one for each month of the school year. The animals include the whale, cat, kangaroo, deer, horse, elephant, lion, robin, turtle, and ladybug. The book is designed to foster independent work. Sheets take the child through an activity’s plan, focusing on the animal’s food, habitat, and adaptations. An animal record sheet allows students to record important facts, vocabulary, and habitat. There is a page to draw the family portrait. Comparisons are encouraged by a life span chart, an animal adaptation survival chart, a “My Favorite Animal” sheet, and an “Imagine You Are an Animal” sheet. The teacher’s manual is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide for each of the ten units. 0301 The Animal Kingdom Student Book $10.00 Special Price: $8.00 031X The Animal Kingdom Teacher Manual Price: $10.00
by A.J. Barrett
Quiz Me! Query Me!
Here is a fun glimpse at science with an English approach. Continuing the aural/oral methodology so popular with students in Stories with Twists and Math Verses with Twists, this little book of twenty-three activities uses narratives and poetry of science-based content, with a question about each one, to motivate students to sharpen their listening skills and knowledge of science. More than half of the query activities include a teacher’s note for an extension English lesson based on the grammar, usage, vocabulary, or research skill used to solve the query. 3505 Quiz Me! Query Me! Price: $5.00
Creative Problem-Solving Program
by Dr. Kathryn T. Hegeman, Dr. Thomas Milton Kemnitz, and Anne Kaye The complete problem-solving program consists of Levels A, B, and C student activity books and 8.5" x 11" picture cards. For Levels A and B, the cards picture an age-appropriate, real-life problem on the front, and material for the parent on the back, which includes a story to read, vocabulary, questions to stimulate problem solving, and extension activities. The student book pictures the same illustrations, with activity pages to analyze the problems and develop solutions and scenarios of their results. The last two pages include instruction
in essential skills. Level C is a quantum leap to a more sophisticated level of problem solving, with a great deal of emphasis on problem definition and implementation of solutions. On this level, the preteen confronts high-interest, adolescenttype situations and enters a more sophisticated problem-solving atmosphere. An “Eleven-Step Problem-Solving Plan” is introduced. It is designed to ensure a problem solver’s careful follow-through before actions are undertaken. A complete introductory lesson using the plan is included. The student learns to work with the Flow Chart, the Pert Chart, and the Milestone Chart. Substantial extension activities are provided for each problem. The laminated wall poster of the Eleven-Step Problem-Solving Plan is particularly appropriate for this age-level of student. The picture card/workbook format of the program allows parents flexibility in instructional method; activity books require more student writing; picture cards lead to more discussion-oriented lessons. The books and cards may be used independently or in combination. 045X Level A: (K-2) Creative Problem-Solving Cards (16 cards) Price: $15.00 0433 What to Do? Student Manual (48 pp.) Price: $8.00 0883 Level B: (Grades 3-4) Creative Problem-Solving Cards (15 cards) Price: $15.00 0891 What to Do? Student Manual (48 pp.) Price: $8.00 7004 Level C: (Grades 5-6) Creative Problem-Solving Cards(16 cards) Price: $15.00 7012 What to Do? Student Manual (48 pp.) Price: $8.00 Grades K-2 What to Do? A Student Activity Book
Grades K-2 Picture Cards (16) Set A with lesson plan on back
Grades 3-4 What to Do? B Student Activity Book
Grades 3-4 Picture Cards (15) Set B with lesson plan on back
Grades 5-6 What to Do? C Student Activity Book
Grades 5-6 Picture Cards (16) Set C with lesson plan on back
Puzzles and Projects for Bright Scholars by Rita Hogan Keuten Teacher Rita Hogan Keuten has written this collection of word games and activities, puzzles, and projects for all who enjoy thinking outside the easy box. “Interesting, challenging, fun education was a way of life in the schools where I taught,” says the author. “Even though I had many high achieving students, all of my classes were children of varying abilities. These children were, and in my heart always will be, my scholars.” This book is packed with activities for children who want something extra to do. For homeschooling parents, this book offers word activities, puzzles, and projects in a variety of subject areas that require your child to think, to read and figure out directions, to be creative, and to use research resources when necessary. 9028 Puzzles and Projects for Bright Scholars $12.50 Special Price: $10.00
Mathematics Problemoids: Math Challenge Program by Bill McCandliss and Dr. Albert Watson
The Problemoids program was created for students who are advanced in math. It is based on the scope and sequence of state math curriculum guides. The program requires higher levels of thinking than the typical curriculum. It is designed for children in grades 4, 5, and 6. Problemoids focuses on learning and using problem-solving strategies, not on memorization or operations. The hints and solution sheets are designed to introduce, teach, and reinforce nineteen problem-solving strategies. It is grounded on the problemsolving work of George Polya. The Problemoids program provides students with a means of self-checking the most difficult part of their work.
One of the great programs in gifted education An excellent means to deliver advanced math problem solving for gifted children Ideal for journal writing Designed to deliver without a major commitment of time
Problemoids has three components: student workbooks called Challenge, which include fifty problems and several levels of strategy-based hints for each problem; a separate solution sheet for each problem, with strategies for solving the problems illustrated in detail so the students can check their work; and a teacher manual called Mentor, which explains the program and which contains the answers to the problems. The manuals and solution sheets are designed to minimize the instructor’s preparation time. Problemoids is for students who excel in math and can work at their own pace. When the student completes a problem, the instructor merely checks the answer and gives the student the solution sheet. The student can compare his or her method of solving the problem with those presented by the authors. Both the hints and the solution sheets emphasize strategies for solving problems.
Problems utilize sets, number and numeration, operations, geometry, measurement, algebra, and probability and statistics. The mentor book for each level contains a grid that shows which problems within the level deal with each concept and whether that concept receives primary or secondary focus in the problem’s solution. 188X Problemoids Grade 4: Teacher Manual & Solution book $25.00 1898 Student Book $15.00 Special Price: $10.00 0441 Problemoids Grade 5: Teacher Manual & Solution book $25.00 0336 Student Book $15.00 Special Price: $10.00 0395 Problemoids Grade 6: Instructor Manual & Solution book $25.00 0387 Student Book $15.00 Special Price: $10.00
Educational Play: Math Games and Activities for Your Child “A rich treasure-trove of resources for parents and teachers....” —David Feldman, Ph.D., Director, Graduate Studies, Eliot-Pearson Dept. of Child Study, Tufts University by Deborah Valentine This book provides more than 100 activities and games to play with children to enhance their ability in math. It is designed especially for parents who are uncomfortable with math but who want to raise children who are not, and it helps prepare children for upper-level math courses. There is even a special section of math games to play on car journeys. It is particularly for children at elementary and middle school levels. 1405 Educational Play $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Mathematics Night of the Paranormal Patterns
Night of the Frightening Fractions by Robert Black
Night of the Eerie Equations
In this trilogy of Mathematical Fiction, Robert Black mixes his narrative with a series of pre-algebra level math puzzles. He uses storytelling as a way of communicating math concepts. He says: “Math can be a very collaborative experience. There are many different ways to look at a problem, and it helps if, like my characters in the stories, you can talk with someone and trade ideas to see which way is best. There’s a lot of trial and error involved. It’s okay to try an approach and discover that it doesn’t work. Lennie and her friends go through all of that. They make mistakes. They go down blind alleys and have to try again. And the reader gets to share in that experience.” 4823 Night of the Paranormal Patterns (126 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 6034 Night of the Frightening Fractions (138 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 3987 Night of the Eerie equations (133 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 Novel Type Growing up, Family/ Social Relationships, Anger Management Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 11-15 yrs
Chi Square, Pie Chart, and Me
by Dr. Susan Baum, Dr. Robert K. Gable, and Dr. Karen List
A book for those who are anxious to take their children beyond report writing and reference skills into the real world of research and statistical methodologies. This book will help you guide them toward changing any negative attitude about research; help them differentiate between “real world” research and report writing; clarify and elaborate on the different kinds of research and the specific steps necessary to conduct a research project; provide instruction in simple statistics and data analysis; provide ideas and formats for conducting research and presentation strategies. So simple and clear that you can present the material to children as early as the fourth grade level. 1715 Chi Square, Pie Chart, and Me $19.99 Special Price: $14.99
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Historical Novels The World Before Columbus Jason & Medea
by Linda Cargill Novel Type Adventure, Classical Mythology Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 13 yrs & up
A retelling of the ancient Greek tale from the perspective of Medea as an Mycenaean (c. 1250 B.C.) heroine rather than as the Classical (c 450 B.C.) villain she became. Medea is a human being who loves and hurts, and for her love, she has betrayed her family, has set out for an uncertain future in an unknown land, and must somehow reconcile her love for a man with her love of her homeland. From Medea’s point of view and intelligence, the reader sees the world of ancient Greece and experiences her anguish, motivations, and aspirations. 5485 Jason & Medea (157 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Ann Love Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 8-12 yrs
This is a young person’s introduction to Alexander the Great, one of the most important figures in the ancient world. Through the medium of time travel, a boy and his sister are transported to witness various key moments in the life of Alexander. It is a particularly vivid and compelling history and gives children an excellent introduction to and real insight into Alexander’s world and concerns.
9988 Taking Control (157 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Thomas O. Jones Novel Type Folklore, Legends Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10 yrs & up
This is a retelling of ancient American folklore of the native Wallas Indians, who inhabited western Peru centuries before the Inca culture rose to pre-eminence. A fantastic adventure, it is the tale of Tinyacha, a drummer boy in his early teens, who has his eye on Chinita, who has been chosen queen of the spring festival. When Chinita disappears, Tinyacha sets out on a quest where few Wallas have ever gone—into the high Andes. 7758 Tinyacha’s Quest (188 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Leslie J. Wyatt Novel Type Historical adventure, Pueblo Indians, Hero Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 10-12 yrs
The Flight of the Cliff Bird
High on the Colorado Plateau the ancestors of the Pueblo people lived in precarious cliff dwellings and worked the arid land. What it was like for them more than 700 years ago can only be imagined and deduced from the artifacts they left behind. Leslie J. Wyatt has brought The Long Ago People to life with the story of a young girl who is skilled in pottery and basket-making and can run like the wind.
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The World Before Columbus The Sword and the Cross
by Gary Robert Muschla
In 975 Rodric, the seventeen-year-old Count of Valenta, has to deal with the Moors to the south, as well as aggressive Christians on his flank. This is an exciting novel of the tensions between Christians and Moors, as well as among the weaker Christian lords. The author reveals the multiple layers of cooperation, competition, benevolence, hostility, and savagery among the various factions that lived in Spain at the end of the first millenium. The book is a complex and gripping introduction to a world that is generally inaccessible to young people today.
Novel Type Political/Social Relationships Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 14 yrs & up
4726 The Sword and the Cross (190 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Gary Robert Muschla
France, 1095. Sixteen-year-old Robert is not sure if he wants to commit his life to God or to be a knight. His abbot hopes he will declare himself for God’s army. At the Council, Robert meets Count Edgar of Sarvaux, and his lovely daughter, Eleanor. Robert vows to liberate Jerusalem, joins with Count Edgar’s group, and goes on a Crusade that does not go well.
Novel Type History, Political/Social Relationships Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 14 yrs & up
4917 Crusaders (206 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Myra Saturen
Novel Type Troyes, France, 1283. Fourteen-year-old Julietta’s dream had always been to Medieval History, Medifollow in the footsteps of her Herbalist mother and the tradition of healing. The cine, Jewish History, Women’s Rights novel offers young readers a glimpse of an obscure era in Jewish history, the Primary Audience Middle Ages, with its customs, persecutions, ethos, and folk beliefs. Girls
Interest Level 12 yrs & up
5388 Julietta (174 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Trouble at the Scriptorium
by Anne E. Johnson
Harley, the jester’s son, lives in a castle in medieval England. He admires the Lady Margaret, but the difference in their birth and rank means she hardly speaks to him—until they find a common purpose in deciphering a coded message in an illustrated chantbook. Then they find out the truth behind the appointment of the strange new head of the scriptorium.
Novel Type Music, Mystery, Medieval England Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10 yrs & up
3927 Trouble at the Scriptorium (144 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The World Before Columbus Girl at Arms: The Story of Joan of Arc
by Jaye Bennett Novel Type History, European History Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 10-14 yrs
The story of Joan of Arc is well-known: peasant girl, soldier, miracle worker, heretic burned at the stake, and then beatified as a saint. Girl at Arms tells us what it must have been like to be her, growing up in the country, defying family and tradition, even risking her soul by dressing as a boy because she believes she has a calling to save France from the cruelties of English rule.
4726 Girl at Arms (247 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The World Before 1850 by Mary Ann Whittier Novel Type History/Biography Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
Tales From 1492
The author takes 1492, when Columbus set out from the Old World and landed in the New, as an exciting and pivotal year. With a multi-cultural approach and a diary format, this global chronicle of leaders and artists, customs, and way of life, includes China and Japanâ€”where Columbus thought he was headedâ€”the Americas he found, the diverse Europe and Muslim worlds, Africa, and even Hawaii and Australia. 9805 Tales From 1492 (242 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Paul Sullivan Novel Type History/Biography Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10 yrs & up
A Burning of Prayers
This is a gripping adventure story of an unexplored and intact Maya site in Guatemala. For the team of archaeologists the site is a rich lode of treasures, but it is situated in territory contested between rebels and the army fighting a civil war. If they abandon the site, they know the looters certainly will take everything. If they stay in the face of civil war, the army or the rebels might well take their lives. 3781 A Burning of Prayers (182 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Linda C. Fisher Novel Type Historical Adventure, Elizabethan England, Shakespeare Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
From the moment sixteen-year-old Will Shakespeare leaves home, danger faces him. How and why did he go to London from Stratford? How and where did he first learn to write plays? When did he first fall in love? Runaway Will has some highly original answers while transporting us to an adventure among the sometimes-violent but also romantic Gypsies in Elizabethan England. There are free enrichment study notes on the rfwp.com website for this book. 7208 Runaway Will (251 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 60
The World Before 1850 by Linda C. Fisher
A Will of Her Own
Novel Type A story of intrigue and murder set in murky 16th century London where a young Historical Adventure, man named Luke makes friends with young actor/playwright, Will Shakespeare. Elizabethan England, Shakespeare But Luke really is fifteen-year old Lady Lucinda, disguised as a boy so she can act in a play. Together Luke and Will have adventures that that lead to uncovering Primary Audience Girls and foiling a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Interest Level 12 yrs & up
6416 A Will of Her Own (220 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Michael Hagen
Sail to Caribee
1702, New York Colony: Jack Slate, the famous pirate, negotiates with the father of thirteen-year-old Jemmy for the boy to join the crew of The Annalise. The chase and capture of a French ship gives Jemmy a taste of battle and is capped by the capture of The Butcher, a Spanish pirate ship that harasses English shipping in the Windward Islands.
Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 11-13 yrs
4101 Sail to Caribee (157 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum
by Michele Torrey
For an oral report on piracy, Kip examines the wondrous items in a chest in the attic. With a bottle in his hands, he is transported to a sea inhabited by pirate ships and is swimming for his life. Rescued, Kip learns the pirates’ code of behavior and business: he swabs, serves, fights, and watches. He discovers Captain Dawes is a woman and that she would kill to protect her secret. He cannot stop the punishment the crew metes out to them both, but finally he makes it back to the present.
Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 9-12 yrs
3210 Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum (138 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Dr. Dorothy Ricci
Through Goya’s Eyes
From the perspective of Gaspar Jovellanos—diarist, educator, magistrate, friend of Francisco De Goya, and galvanizing figure of the Spanish Enlightenment—we experience the Spanish Enlightenment and gain understanding of the context and precipitating events for much of Goya’s art. This novel presents a vivid picture of the tragic history and human cost of the repression of the Spanish Enlightenment.
Novel Type History, Art, Relationships Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10 yrs & up
7635 Through Goya’s Eyes (162 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The World Before 1850 Surviving Erebus
by John Barell Novel Type History, Adventure Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 12 yrs & up
Surviving Erebus is based on an amazingly courageous and pioneering Antarctic voyage of exploration that took place from 1839 to 1843. Told through the eyes and experience of a young stowaway who has to prove himself again and again to the ship’s usually hostile and aggressive crew, it is a tale of confronting the most adverse conditions on the planet.
7031 Surviving Erebus (343 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Colonies and United States Before 1800 by M.E. Penn Novel Type American History Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 13-16 yrs
The Surrender of Santa Fe
The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 saw the peaceful Pueblo and the warrior Apache and Navajo tribes rise up against their mutual enemy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This was the only time that an indigenous population successfully drove the European invaders, the Spaniards, from their land. We learn the complex background and, unusually, see it from both sides.
3963 The Surrender at Santa Fe (169 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Ghost from the Schenectady Massacre
by Jack Reber Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 9-12 yrs
Fifth-grader Marsh has secretly taken his pet white mouse to school, but it escapes through a hole in his pocket. When he gets into his classroom to look for “something he left behind,” a sudden chill and a smoky odor fills the room—a ghost! He has always been interested in ghosts, and it doesn’t take him long to figure out “who,” “what,” “when,” and “why” of this one.
5477 The Ghost from the Schenectady Massacre (121 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Novel Type Historical Adventure, Fantasy Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12-18 yrs
by Max Willi Fischer
The Corkscrew App
Fourteen-year-old Justin Deveraux thinks Corkscrew is just an application on his phone. When he realizes that it actually transports the player back in time, it is too late—he is already in Pennsylvania in 1754. The French and Indian War is in full force and everyone sees him as a strange enemy. Survival is one problem; figuring out how to get back to the present is another. 4809 The Corkscrew App (327 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Colonies and United States Before 1800 The Shot Not Heard Around the World
by Charlie Damitz
On April 19, 1775, Jeremy is one of those alerted by Paul Revere to the British march to Concord. But when the moment comes to shoot one of the Redcoats, he cannot. Nor can the giant of a Redcoat shoot Jeremy. Jeremy decides to confide in Doc Thorndike and the answer is clear: he will train to be a surgeonâ€™s assistant. As a team they will help the war effort as true patriots, and at the Battle for Bunker Hill they see the true horrors of war.
Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 10 yrs & up
4403 The Shot Not Heard Around the World (86 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Three Spies for General Washington
by Clavin Fisher
Adolescent readers experience the adventure and awe of a segment of the American Revolution. David Holcomb, orphaned after the death of his father at the hands of the British at Concord Bridge, is an ardent patriot. John Tantaquidgeon, of Mohawk Indian ancestry and a former military drummer, sees the Revolutionary War as a great adventure. Peter Kennett, a former British fifer captured by the Americans, has difficulty in adjusting to the American Army and the concepts of democracy.
Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
4594 Three Spies for General Washington (188 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Jack Reber
In September 1777, while Ruth Annaâ€™s father and brother are away fighting the British, her mother is wounded defending the family farm. Ruth Anna tries to get help but instead finds herself captured by Indians. She is ransomed as a servant to a noble German family traveling with the Redcoats. Though she is treated kindly, the twelve-year-old must escape to find her father and brother. As a Saratoga captive, she sees both sides of the Revolutionary War and is a witness to a significant turning point in its history.
Novel Type American History Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 9 yrs & up
3819 Saratoga Captive (117 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
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Ante-Bellum United States Novel Type History, Adventure, New Madrid Earthquake Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 10-14 yrs
Abe and the Wild River
by Edith McCall
Looking for adventure in 1811, fourteen-year-old Abe becomes a cabin boy on a keelboat on the Mississippi. As the Rosalie travels down the Mississippi, his ultimate test of courage comes when the New Madrid Earthquake strikes. Its aftershocks rain terror on all men and beasts but Abe maintains self-control even when the raging Mississippi River runs backward!
439X Abe and the Wild River (184 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Novel Type History, Leadership, Relationships, Maritime Action, Self-Esteem Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 12 yrs & up
by Ronald Wanttaja
The Key to Honor
Aboard the USS Constitution in her victory over the HMS Guerriere during War of 1812, young Nate Lawton’s bravery in combat has earned him the rank of midshipman. But he hides a guilty secret. He deserted his post during the same battle. He is determined to regain his honor, but first must discover what honor is: the senseless duels fought by his superior officers? The arrogance shown by his fellow shipmen? 2702 The Key to Honor (188 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Novel Type History, Leadership, Relationships, Maritime Action, Self-Esteem Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 12 yrs & up
by Ronald Wanttaja
The Price of Command
In this follow-up novel to Key To Honor, Midshipman Nate is sent to Lake Erie to help man the rough frontier fleet built by Oliver Hazard Perry. To his initial delight, Nate finds that a shortage of officers places him in a much higher position than his limited experience would normally bring. The fortunes of war catapult him to an even higher rank: the acting first lieutenant of a Brig of War. But command has its price. 2869 The Price of Command (330 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Diane Levero Novel Type History, Romance, Action Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 14 yrs & up
What So Proudly We Hail’d
Baltimore, 1812. Candace leaves finishing school and does the unthinkable— goes to work in a newspaper office. Soon she is caught up in the arguments about the War of 1812, the riots, the British invasion—and she is in love with Zachary, a young man whom she believes to be on the wrong side of every issue. The pair falls in love even as they hotly debate whether the war should have been fought.
0548 What So Proudly We Hail’d (pp.302) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Ante-Bellum United States by Jack Reber
The Eeerie Canal
Two ten-year-olds are transported back in time to the Erie Canal of 1829. Dragged aboard a canal boat, the boy and girl experience adventures getting through each day; blending into the boat’s tempo and chores while trying to find a way back to the present. The author imparts an enormous amount of detail about the canal through the storyline, and his colorful characterization boldly brings the story to life.
Novel Type History, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 8-12 yrs
3105 The Eeerie Canal (108 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Radiana Markow
Going Around the Bend
To raise money to save the family farm, fifteen-year-old Henry has become a Riverman, moving cargo down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans on a flatboat. He learns to hunt turkey and deer to restock the food supply. He battles Indians in hand-to-hand combat, is wounded, and has the presence of mind to save the longboat from an eddy. Finally, the goods are delivered and Henry is paid. Now begins the dangerous walk home, upriver, along the Natchez Trace.
Novel Type History, Adventure, Biography Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 12-15 yrs
1668 Going Around the Bend (94 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Paul A. Snyder
Fifteen-year-old Kate and eleven-year-old Will must travel alone from Pennsylvania to Texas in the spring of 1837. Outlaws track them, certain that they are carrying cash. Armed with only a slingshot and a Colt revolver, the youngsters pit their brains against the outlaw’s brawn and continue their perilous trek. It is an actionpacked all-American Western with flashes of comedy, a breath of a first love for Kate, and a wonderful dog/wolf heroine called Lucy.
Novel Type History/Adventure Action Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12-14 yrs
3601 Courageous Journey (216 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Anne Faigen
Finding Her Way
Massachusetts, 1845. Fifteen-year-old Rachel is neglecting her farm chores in order to sketch and draw. When her father calls her life’s ambition to draw a “little hobby,” she runs to Walden Pond where she is befriended by Henry David Thoreau. She meets Margaret Fuller, author, editor, reporter, and America’s first female foreign correspondent. An excellent introduction to the Transcendentalists and their circle.
Novel Type History, Social/Family Relationships Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 14 yrs & up
4055 Finding Her Way (189 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Ante-Bellum United States Trapped!
by Eunice Boeve Novel Type History, True Adventure Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 9-14 yrs
This is the true story of the Reed and Donner families, who, in the spring of 1846, faced and survived the journey by ox-drawn wagon to California from Springfield, Illinois. Midway through their journey they learned of another shorter route: first through dense forest and then desert in the summer months. In late October they met the high Sierra Mountains where deep snow made further travel impossible.
1609 Trapped! (92 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Phyllis de la Garza Novel Type History, Adventure, Action Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
The day the Alamo fell in 1836, Santa Anaâ€™s soldiers botched the job of killing the Mexican infant, Graciela. Now, twenty years later, the United States Congress is depending upon the young womanâ€™s medical skills and courage to help their agent in a tactical experiment using imported camels. The camels are to be transport carriers along the 35th Parallel from Fort Defiance to the Colorado River.
4438 Camels West (344 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Native Americans by Joyce Esely Novel Type History, Family Primary Audience Girls
Shining Star is a ten-year-old Comanche girl. By spending time with her and her family, sharing the events of their days and community interactions, the reader learns about ceremonies, lore, daily living, interdependence of tribal members, and the notion of the tribe above all. Highly recommended.
Interest Level 8-12 yrs
1455 Shining Star (124 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Novel Type Historical/ Relationships, Action Primary Audience Girls
by Betty Headapohl
Whispers in the Wind
A superb period piece drawn against accurate historical detail that captures a time in American history before the Civil War when slavery was practiced both by Indian tribes and by white plantation owners. Native-Americans and AfricanAmericans often were enslaved on plantations side by side.
Interest Level 12 yrs & up
2974 Whispers in the Wind (158 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Native Americans by Lillian M. Fisher
Feathers in the Wind
In 1851 fourteen-year old Olive Oatman’s parents and all but one of her brothers Novel Type Historical, were murdered by a Native-American tribe. Olive and her younger sister, Mary Biography/Adventure Ann, are taken captive and traded to the Mojaves. They learn the native language Primary Audience and have their chins tattooed. Mary Ann does not survive captivity, but Olive is Girls rescued by their surviving brother, and he helps Olive re-enter white society. Interest Level 9-13 yrs
4381 Feathers in the Wind (155 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Psalm for a Winter Twilight
by Beatrice La Force
Inspired by the American-Indian version of the Twenty-Third Psalm, Psalm For A Novel Type Winter Twilight is a moving study of the contrasts and similarities between Indian History, Relationships and white man in an abysmal time of American history when the Native Americans Primary Audience Boys/Girls had been defeated and the white man persisted in driving them, often starving, Interest Level from their homes and land. 13 yrs & up
3202 Psalm for a Winter Twilight (93 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Paul Sullivan
The Seal Hunters
Set at the beginning of the twentieth century along the Arctic Circle, the novel deals with the conflict of cultures between Canada’s First People and commercial seal hunters and follows the adventures of a young Inuit man coming of age. The First People depend upon their traditional skills in hunting seal and caribou for food, clothing, and skins to trade. The commercial seal hunters use new technologies to kill as many animals as possible. The contrast between the respect for the environment and concern for its sustainability among the First People, and the commercial hunters’ concentration on profit to the exclusion of anything else lies at the heart of this novel.
Novel Type Historical Adventure, Environment Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10-14 yrs
3888 The Seal Hunters (128 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
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The War Between the States by C.A. Fiore Novel Type Civil War History, Heroes Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 10-15 yrs
Young Heroes of the Civil War
In the American Civil War, boys joined the forces on both sides. Some were as young as eight years old. Many were teenage non-combatants; drummers, fifers, and buglers abandoned their instruments and grabbed muskets to join the fighting ranks. Many boys and young men did everything their older comrades-inarms did, and many were horribly injured, imprisoned, killed, or died of disease.
6393 Young Heroes of the Civil War (184 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Army and Navy Prayer Book (The Confederate Prayer Book) Novel Type Civil War, History, Religion Primary Audience Boys/Girls
This is the famous Confederate Army and Navy Prayer Book, a facsimile reproduction of the entire book. It was first published in Richmond in 1864 by the Diocesan Missionary Society for the Protestant Episcopal Church of Virginia. Measures approx 3Âź by 4Âź inches and handy for the pocket in Civil War reenactments.
Interest Level 15-& up
6249 Army and Navy Prayer Book (96 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Count the Stars Through the Crack
by Billie Hotaling Novel Type History, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12-15 yrs
This is the story of a fifteen-year-old boy and his ten-year-old sister who set out with their mother to escape from the plantation where they were born into slavery. Their mother dies, and Jute and his sister must fend for themselves as they transverse the Underground Railroad. At any moment they risk being captured and returned to slavery. A superb coming of age story.
0521 Count the Stars Through the Crack (145 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Paul Shanley Novel Type History, Relationships Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
A Bit of Irish Earth
This is historical fiction with its roots in Irish tradition and lore and the American Civil War. John Shanley was an ancestor of the author who migrated from Ireland and joined the Union Army. He was wounded in the second battle of Bull Run and was later captured and sent to Richmond, probably to Libby Prison as a prisoner of war.
179X A Bit of Irish Earth (158 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The War Between the States by Joy Fowler
Columbia Victoria Stuart Boyden found herself an orphan after her father went to fight in the Civil War and her mother died. She made the trip to her uncle’s Virginia plantation where she was taken in and treated as a member of the family. Her uncle was the illustrious General Jeb Stuart, and she became part of an exciting world of war, privilege, and adventure.
Novel Type History Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
7345 Redheaded Angel (462 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Bev Martin
War Comes to Madeline
Papa owned a tobacco plantation and slaves, whom he freed when Tennessee voted to withdraw from the Union. Twelve-year-old Madeline, her older brothers, mama, and the now freed, loyal slaves are left to run the plantation when papa goes to fight in the war. Maddie, a curious, observant artist and vivacious child, becomes an expert rider, a smuggler of runaway slaves, and the youngest female Confederate spy in Tennessee.
Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10-14 yrs
4634 War Comes to Madeline (155 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Sue Thomas
The Civil War divides the people of Missouri. Eleven-year-old Kate is loyal to the Confederacy but listening to her parents and two older brothers, realizes that the issues are not simple. Through Kate’s eyes we see a family’s daily life and systems of relationships: North and South, family and neighbors, siblings, parents and children, family and farmland.
Novel Type History Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 8-12 yrs
540X Secesh (120 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Marion Page
The Printer’s Devil
Tyler Maldren and Jem Harvey had southern accents that few in Groton, Vermont, Novel Type History, had ever heard. And they had a printing press. The townspeople didn’t trust Relationships, Romance them; many were convinced they were Southern spies. The story plays on several Primary Audience levels: a mystery about a storied tunnel, the harsh reality of a farming town in Girls wartime when sons go off to war and girls take over manly chores. Interest Level 12-15 yrs
4640 The Printer’s Devil (171 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The War Between the States by Linda Miller Wilson Novel Type History, Adventure Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 8-12 yrs
In 1863 Tennessee is a battleground for the clash of Union and Confederate forces. Nathaniel is a Pinkerton spy, risking his life for the Union to report on Confederate troop movements. When Nat breaks his leg in a fall, he asks his fourteen-year-old brother, Jonathan, to deliver vital information to the Pinkerton contact. Jonathan enjoys the solitude of mountain life and lacks his brother’s daring spirit, but he agrees to go. 1722 Summer Spy (93 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Gideon Tell and the Siege of Vicksburg
by Robert W. Walker Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10-14 yrs
With his father killed in the battle of Shiloh and four younger children still at home to support, fourteen-year-old Gideon Tell becomes an apprentice photographer to fast-talking, clever, and well-read Charles Rintree. Rintree has to infiltrate enemy lines at Vicksburg to take photographs of positions and armaments and to get them to General Grant.
5558 Gideon Tell and the Siege of Vicksburg (190 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Carla Joinson Novel Type History, Relationships Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
March of Glory
March of Glory is about the mind-set of a young Southern soldier born into a prosperous North Carolina family. Against his father’s wishes, Charlie enrolls in the Virginia Military Institute. Through Charlie’s relationships with and observations about his Southern family and VMI cadets and upperclassmen, we experience the internal psychological and economic toll on the Southern family unit and social groups. 0823 March of Glory (125 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by J.F. Spieles Novel Type American Civil War Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 11 yrs & up
In Sherman’s Path
In the autumn of 1864 during the time of Sherman’s March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah, twelve-year old Henry carries out dangerous missions for a plantation owner. Henry develops a relationship with a slave family and his interactions challenge his previously held attitudes and beliefs. He learns that true honor and courage have nothing to do with the color of one’s skin.
8593 In Sherman’s Path (235 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 8593 In Sherman’s Path Teacher Manual Price: $10.00
Nineteenth Century America After the Civil War Charissa of the Overland
by Phyllis de la Garza
Set against the action of Quantrill’s Raiders, Westward Expansion, NativeAmericans, and unrest over the Civil War, this novel tells the story of sixteen-year old Charissa Pankhurst, aka Charley Pankhurst, in the 1860s. She clipped her hair and cast aside her calico skirts to morph into Charlie, a young man with freedom a woman could never know, then struck out for life on the rough frontier.
Novel Type Historical, Relationships, Action/Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
3709 Charissa of the Overland (284 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Linda Miller Wilson
A Few Days Journey
In 1868, 14-year-old Mattie accompanies her aunt to Texas. They travel first by train to Memphis, Tennessee, but Aunt Martha suffers from motion sickness and the effects of the smoke and ash. Mattie continues the trip alone by stagecoach across Arkansas and Indian Territory. She is saved from a tornado by hiding in a “fraidy hole” and is captured by a ruthless outlaw...twice!
Novel Type History, Action, Adventure Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 11 yrs & up
4020 A Few Days Journey (124 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Eileen Ross
Orphaned eleven-year-old Josh and his five-year-old sister come from St. Louis to a small farming town to live with childless relatives. Aunt Abigail is all kindness. Uncle Caleb expects hard work and offers little praise, and he wants to send the children to a foundling home in Cheyenne. Josh’s days are filled with thinking his every action is universally scrutinized, trying to please his uncle and his teacher in school.
Novel Type Social/Family Relationships, Self-Esteem Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 8-12 yrs
1048 Josh (93 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Myra Saturen
Journey to a New World
The author based her novel on the notes that her grandfather had written in pencil on little tablets of paper about his family’s immigration to the United States from Russia in the early 1900s. It tells the story of Joseph and Ruth and also Nathan and Frieda. The family adventures are at once unique and compelling and at the same time very like the experiences of millions of others.
Novel Type American-Jewish History Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10 yrs & up
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Nineteenth Century America After the Civil War by Esther Allen Peterson
The Homesteaders Series
The Homestead Act of 1862 offered free land in the Dakotas and millions of people immigrated to America seeking their fortune. Thousands came from Norway to the empty prairies. Esther Allen Peterson’s stories are fictional but they are real. The events and struggles that happen to the Ytterhorn and Olson families in the stories are similar to those that happened to most homesteaders in the 1860s and 70s. Novel Type American History, Family Relationships Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10-14 yrs
4702 A Long Journey to a New Home (126 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 7680 Will Spring Come? (152 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 5051 The House that Cared (134 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 4856 The Reformation of Grandmother Hulda (114 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 4847 The Prairie Blooms (128 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 5516 Signe (101 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 HOM6 Homesteaders Series – Set of six novels Price: $36.00
by Kim Delmar Cory Novel Type Family Values, Historical Adventure Primary Audience Girls
Muskegon, Michigan, 1891. Twelve-year old Lilly works in her mother’s inn along with her teenage brother and sister. The family has been fatherless since just before Lilly’s birth. It is beautiful novel of family values and an accurate historical picture of the juxtaposition of Michigan’s lumbering and tourist industries.
Interest Level 9 yrs & up
3636 Lilly’s Way (187 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Kim Delmar Cory Novel Type American History Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 10 yrs & up
In Detroit in the 1890s, in bicycle shops around the city, men are experimenting with the internal combustion engine in an effort to make horseless carriages. Twelve-year-old Charlie O’Brien moves into William Metzger’s shop and together they work toward the development of the automobile. They ride with Charles King in the first car to drive the streets of Detroit, and they spend evenings with the Dodge brothers working on ideas. 4969 Charlie Boy (124 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Nineteenth Century America After the Civil War Last Voyage of the Hornet:
The Story that Made Mark Twain Famous by Kristin Krause
In 1866 the clipper ship Hornet caught fire and sank, leaving the passengers and American History, Ships, Sea Adventures, crew—thirty-one men in all—adrift in three small boats in the middle of the Pacific True Adventures, Ocean. This is the account of those men as they struggled for survival for an Maritime History astonishing forty-three days on less than ten days of rations. The survivors drifted Primary Audience Boys/Girls for thousands of miles before reaching shore. Interest Level 10 yrs & up
2654 Last Voyage of the Hornet (168 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Mining by Cameron Ferguson
A Charm of Silver
Set in the thriving mining city of Butte, Montana, in the spring of 1889, and involving its Irish and Chinese cultures, the novel underscores the tensions and cultural interactions of the period and accurately depicts mining methods and atmosphere with its underground action sequences.
Novel Type Historical, Adventure, Social/Family Relationships Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
1641 A Charm of Silver (189 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Janelle Diller
For the Love of Gold
In a Colorado gold-mining town in 1896, the debt-ridden Fursman family struggle and find the town beset with intrigue, whereas the Schmieder family strikes gold. Young Keziah Fursman however, sees that once the Schmieders were poor and unhappy and now they are rich and still unhappy. Keziah gets to understand that the most precious gold is her family.
Novel Type Mystery, Adventure, Values, History Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
2680 For the Love of Gold (221 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 4241 For the Love of Gold Teacher Manual Price: $5.00
by Norma Lewis
Going for the Gold
This book is an entertaining compendium of an amazing period when the promise of gold lured thousands of prospectors to the Klondike for North America’s last Gold Rush. Built on painstaking research and short-story biographies, the vivid portraits are full of details of an exciting cast of characters.
Novel Type History, Gold Rush, Biography Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 11 yrs & up
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Mining by Paul Sullivan Novel Type History, Child Labor Primary Audience Boys
Breaker at Dawn
The American coal industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is seen through the eyes of Paddy O’Grady, a 12-year-old working in a Pennsylvania mine. Mining families were always poor, and although children under the age of 12 were not allowed to work, the O’Grady family desperately needed the income.
Interest Level 10 yrs & up
7055 Breaker at Dawn (122 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Twentieth Century Before World War II by Robert Black Novel Type American-Chinese History, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
Jasmine and her friend ‘Oz’ are suddenly and magically transported back in time to the Chinatown of San Francisco in the 1890s; a dangerous, brutal time to be Chinese, especially for young girls. Jasmine is kidnapped and sold into slavery; Oz has to dress as a boy to rescue her. They meet an ancestor of Jasmine and somehow they have to make sure that the future happens.
9035 Unswept Graves (212 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Ghost Memoirs of Robert Falcon Scott
by Ken Derby Novel Type History, Adventure, Biography Primary Audience Boys
The ghost of Robert Falcon Scott must tell his story. Based on the diaries of Captain Scott, the history of his quest for the South Pole is compelling and sheds light on the motivations of all explorers—those who desire to learn about the unknown, no matter what the odds.
Interest Level 12 yrs & up
5523 The Ghost Memoirs of Robert Falcon Scott (99 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Robert Black Novel Type History, School Experience, Growing up Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 10-14 yrs
Set during the last year of World War I in Baltimore, Maryland, the author has created the novel from his grandmother’s memories. In an environment of war hysteria, the great influenza pandemic, and the racial divides of the time, seventh grader Eleanor Blizzard attempts to make friends and do what she knows to be right.
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Twentieth Century Before World War II by Joyce Esely
Oil Field Brats
The itinerant Petersons live in a tent camp in the Texas Panhandle. The children collect bottles and give rides in mud-sleds to contribute to the family ‘house fund’ with which they hope to move into a proper house with walls one day. Their papa sunk the money into gushers that didn’t gush or which caught fire and took days to extinguish.
Novel Type History, Family Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 9 yrs & up
5297 Oil Field Brats (130 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Kim Delmar Cory
Tending Ben’s Garden
Set in Michigan during the Great Depression, Ben is an uncommon child. The family allows him to go to a foster home, but Kate, his older sister, gets their brothers to help her tend his garden through all the seasons of his absence. In search of him, she has to face some unpleasant realities even while hanging on to her dreams of getting Ben back.
Novel Type Family, American History Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10 yrs & up
7789 Tending Ben’s Garden (121 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Sally Gwin
This novel is set in 1935 in Palmer, Alaska, where 150 families are taking advantage of a U.S. Government program as homesteaders. Fifteen-year-old Kate desperately wants to be a newspaperwoman, and her quest gives readers an insight into a forgotten episode in the history of Alaska and conditions during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Novel Type American History, Growing up, Mystery Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
2672 Mosquito Girl (108 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Day Mrs Roosevelt Came to Town
by Anne Buckley
Inspired by a visit Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt made to Lancaster, Texas, in 1936, the novel traces the efforts of a young African-American woman, Olive Johnson, as she moves beyond her station of maid and creates a new life for herself empowered by Mrs. Roosevelt’s words and spirit.
Novel Type History, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
4586 The Day Mrs. Roosevelt Came to Town (186 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
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Twentieth Century Before World War II Growing Up As A Greek-American
by Dr. John Kallas Novel Type Growing Up, Humor, Autobiography Primary Audience Boys, Girls, & Their Parents
These stories will forever define the Greek-American experience in the twentieth century. They are warm, funny, and loving. It is life as it was lived in GreekAmerican households all over the country where triumphs and sorrows of a strong people in a land where diversity was not always welcome.
Interest Level 12 yrs & up
0130 Growing Up As A Greek-American (124 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Leslie J. Wyatt Novel Type Bullying, Growing Up Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 9 yrs & up
Set in 1940s rural Missouri, the story is told in the authentic voice of twelve-yearold Kenny, who roams the countryside with his older brother and friends, hanging out together in the bottoms of the Chariton River. Trouble comes with the arrival of a new boy. The story tackles head-on the dilemmas and choices Kenny must face about family loyalty, friendship, and right and wrong.
3789 River Rats (212 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
World War II by Michael Hagen Novel Type History, Adventure Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 11-14 yrs
Munich, Germany, November 8, 1923; fourteen-year-old Klaus is caught in a wild cross-fire and wounded during Hitlerâ€™s attempted putsch. When Hitlerâ€™s brownshirted Storm Troopers break into the apartment looking for his father, and with his own life threatened, Klaus knows that he must lie, but he is afraid to open his mouth for fear of bungling the job.
0955 Klaus (61 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Tom Townsend
Gypsy Prince: War Horse
Novel Type In World War II warhorse Gypsy Prince goes into battle on the Eastern Front and History, Relationships, Action, Horse Story reaches Stalingrad. Turned loose, he makes it back through enemy lines to the Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10-16 yrs
German forces. This time he is shipped to the Western Front and used by the French Resistance after the invasion at Normandy. Eventually he makes his way across the countryside until he reaches the farm where he was born.
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World War II by Henry Gutsche
Hitler’s Willing Warrior
Growing up in Germany during the Nazi Era, Henner Falk was anti-Nazi. Imprisoned Novel Type and tortured, he escaped and was hunted for years. Henner’s hiding place was History, Relationships, Action, Autobiography in the thick of battle, fighting in the Luftwaffe against the Allies in Russia, Africa, Primary Audience and Italy. In 1945 he became a prisoner of war and felt free at last. In time he was Boys repatriated. Does history see him as a victim or as a henchman? Interest Level 13 yrs & up
5205 Hitler’s Willing Warrior (190 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Only the Birds are Free: The Story of a War Child in Greece by Anna Christake Cornwell
Born in the United States to Greek parents, the author was trapped in Greece during the Nazi-fascist occupation of World War II. Galvanized by the countrywide struggle for freedom, the horrors of war, and starvation, she became active in the youth liberation movement. Emerging into womanhood she chose to become a freedom fighter, a leader risking her life for her ideals.
Novel Type Historical, Relationships, Autobiography, Adventure Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 13 yrs & up
5728 Only the Birds are Free (380 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Tom Townsend
Nadia of the Nightwitches
Following the German invasion of Russia in the summer of 1941, the Soviets authorized the formation of squadrons of female pilots. This enthralling novel is about Nadia Tarachinko, 17, who just graduated from flight school and is determined to kill Germans after her family was killed in an air raid. The open cockpit PO-2 biplane was simple enough for peasant girls to fly, and cheap to build and repair.
Novel Type History, Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
2737 Nadia of the Nightwitches (158 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Evelyn Sanders
A Rainbow High
The story is set in San Francisco, California, against the background of World War II and its initial fallout on the emotions and lives of young men and women. It is a beautifully told, multi-faceted story of human relationships that satisfies the need for junior and senior high school girls to regard history as a living experience and to identify with its events through characters who personally interest them.
3458 A Rainbow
Novel Type History, Romance, World War II, Espionage Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 15-18 yrs
High (235 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
World War II by Elizabeth Janoski Novel Type History, Adventure, Coming of Age Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10-14 yrs
West Virginia, 1942. Fourteen-year-old Jedadiah struggles to provide for his family since his father’s death. His legacy is a stack of chestnut lumber that has been waiting for a craftsman to make into furniture to sell. He seeks the help of the Slocum boys who unfortunately cause the barn and house to catch fire. Jedadiah realizes that in order to steward the mountain’s resources properly, he must gain an education. 6279 Mountain Song (188 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Garlyn Webb Wilburn Novel Type Humor Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 8-12 yrs
In 1943 on a small farm in central Texas, Jeff has failed English. Given the option by his strict fourth grade teacher either to complete all assignments or to attend summer school, Jeff is sent to his grandparents’ farm to help him buckle down to work and to change his attitude. He is paired with Monday, a strong-willed donkey who has many lessons about life to teach him.
6260 Monday $9.99 (122 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Allan M. Winkler Novel Type History, Relationships Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 10 yrs & up
Cassie’s family has come to California to find work in the defense plants. At school, Cassie and Miko, a Japanese-American, have become best friends. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor Cassie’s father is drafted, goes off to war, and is killed. Miko’s family is sent to an internment camp. Through Miko’s letters she glimpses life in the internment camp. The atomic bomb becomes a reality.
1064 Cassie’s War (94 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Post-War World Beyond the Yellow Star To America
Novel Type History, Self-Esteem, Social/Family Relationships, Autobiography Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
by Inge Auerbacher
Inge Auerbacher is a child survivor of the terrible Nazi Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. This is an account of her life as an outsider to American culture dealing with the psychological scars of her childhood and the physiological changes of growing up in a world as an outsider to American culture. Today, a retired medical researcher, she is a renowned speaker about the Holocaust, tolerance, and human rights. 2524 Beyond the Yellow Star To America (200 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00 78
Post-War World Running Against the Wind
by Inge Auerbacher
A biographical novel of Mary and Martha DeSaussure, the pioneering black track stars, set against a background of interracial relations. This is their warm story of their religious home life, their “mixed” neighborhood, their athletic triumphs, and heart-breaking defeats. Mary and Martha became leaders in their own interest areas: administration and politics.
Novel Type Biography, Sports, Black History Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 9-15 yrs
4373 Running Against the Wind $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Summer of My First Pediddle
by Steven Moiles
During the McCarthy Era in the 1950’s the beliefs and social lives of average Novel Type citizens were subject to intense scrutiny by governmental agencies. David Family Relationships, History, Values Thatcher is a fourteen-year-old whose father, a Washington, D.C.-based Army Primary Audience colonel in charge of a supplies office, has been subpoenaed to appear before Boys/Girls Joseph McCarthy’s Senate committee. The story is about David’s reactions to Interest Level 12 yrs & up “McCarthyism” and his confused feelings about his father’s case. 1226 The Summer of My First Pediddle (190 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Where a White Dog Smiles
by Demetra Mihevic
In 1952 in a remote Greek mountain village, nine-year-old Maria lives with her mother, bossy aunt, grandmother, and pet dog. Father was a World War II casualty. Living centers around picking grapes and making bread. When Uncle Dimitri in America offers to have Maria live with his family, she is on her way to America, to a strange family, school, language, and way of life.
Novel Type History, Social/Family Relationships, Autobiography Primary Audience Girls Interest Level 8-12 yrs
9848 Where a White Dog Smiles (175 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Judit Makranczy
We Have to Escape
Through the eyes of twelve-year-old Andras, author Judit Makranczy tells the story of her family’s flight from war-torn Hungry to the United States. They know they will be shot if captured and their forged documents revealed. The parents, grandfather, and three sisters face terrifying encounters with bullets, border guards, prison, and dangerous crossings as they journey.
Novel Type History, Adventure, Biography Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10 yrs & up
3733 We Have to Escape (185 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Post-War World by Douglas C. Horn Novel Type Social/Family Relationships Primary Audience Boys Interest Level 8-11 yrs
This is the story of Hiro, from Nagoya, Japan, who comes to a small town in Montana and is the favorite target of the school bully. He cannot talk about his problems with his parents, who are feeling their own isolation. Judo lessons give Hiro peer acceptance and help him confront his problems as he comes to an understanding of the psychological pressure on his father and the loneliness of his mother. 1501 Moves (189 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Frederick Franck Novel Type History, Africa, Personal Experience Medicine Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 13 yrs & up
My Friend In Africa
This is the story of a young African boy who is brought to Schweitzerâ€™s clinic for an infection in his foot. He comes to admire the doctor and wishes to become a doctor himself. But there is much that he has to learn and unlearn. He finds a place and a set of duties at the hospital, only to be sent away by Dr. Schweitzer when his foot has healed. He later returns as a doctor.
3253 My Friend in Africa (59 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The African Term
by Mike Hagen Novel Type History, Autobiography Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 13 yrs & up
In 1961, President John F. Kennedyâ€™s Peace Corps aimed to raise living standards in developing countries and to promote international friendship and understanding. Tom Berk, a 42-year-old accountant-turned-teacher, goes to Addis Ababa to teach. This is his account of his life-changing experience and the people and culture that he encountered.
3687 The African Term (81 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Through the Door to Danger
by Shannon Teper Novel Type African-American, Mystery Primary Audience Boys/Girls
Twelve-year-old Craig plunges back in time to 1968, unearthing secrets someone at Shady River School has carefully buried. That first year of desegregation becomes more than a lesson in history as he tries to prevent a tragic death.
Interest Level 9-12 yrs
5341 Through the Door to Danger (87 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Vietnam Era by Heather Klassen
Hold on Tight
In the 1960s, America and families were torn apart by the Vietnam War. When Suzanne’s older brother is drafted, she and her mother join the protesters against the war, contrary to the wishes of her patriotic father. It is a tragic story set amongst the divisions in the country, against the excitement and tumult of the 1960’s.
Novel Type Sixties America Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 11 yrs & up
7161 Hold on Tight (78 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
My Country: My Lee Comes to America
by Elmira K. Beyer
My Lee’s recently-arrived Hmong family moves into a mixed neighborhood Novel Type and enrolls the children in a school with an ESL program. So begins the family’s History, Relationships adaptation to new ways while maintaining their own traditional ethical and moral Primary Audience Boys/Girls values. Through the eyes of little My Lee, who desperately wants to play the violin Interest Level and take part in activities frowned upon for girls in her family’s culture, we see the 8-10 yrs two conflicting worlds. 0440 My Country: My Lee Comes to America (74 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Jill Max
Strangers in Black
Atrocity is an abstraction with little meaning for young people. This true story of young Mok puts them into the experience of a boy facing deprivation, disease, dislocation, debasement, and death in the barbaric time of Pol Pot’s Cambodia. The epilogue tells us that his family finally made it to a refugee camp in Thailand and thereafter were sponsored to enter the U.S. and a new life in Oklahoma.
Novel Type War, Survival, Relationships Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
6171 Strangers in Black (219 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
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Our Modern World The Secret of the Seventh Gate
by Hazel Spire Novel Type History, Adventure, Crosscultural understanding Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12-15 yrs
Originally from Texas, Jandy Graham is in eighth grade in Iran in 1979 while her father works on a dam. Her best friend is Maryam, an Iranian classmate. Their excitement about the school play turns to fear when Maryam’s practice tape of her dance music turns out to be an Ayatollah Khomeini speech against the Shah of Iran. With an extreme new regime in power, the Graham family must leave.
5418 The Secret of the Seventh Gate (123 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Weaver’s Scar
by Brian Crawford Novel Type Survival, Relationships Primary Audience Boys/Girls
This award-winning novel is the first young adult novel written in English for an American audience dealing directly with the Rwandan genocide. It is a story of a boy, Faustin, a normal schoolboy, who manages to escape the 1994 genocide of the Tutsis and make it to America. It is a story that is both horrific and inspiring.
Interest Level 13 yrs & up
4779 The Weaver’s Scar (168 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Jennifer S. Burrows Novel Type American History, Growing up, 911 Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10-12 yrs
It is the summer of 2001 and Ali Miller and her family have moved from New York City to a small town where Ali feels like an outsider. Six days into the new school year the World Trade Towers are brought down by terrorists. The devastating results not only change Ali but everyone around her. This novel captures in a sensitive, gentle, non-trueatening way the essence of feelings that Americans shared after 9/11. 3765 Most Beautiful (50 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Journal of Jenny September
by Isaacsen-Bright Novel Type School experience, Family/social relationship Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 10-13 yrs
Jenny’s teacher required her students to keep a daily journal, but never expected the truly extraordinary document that 12-year-old Jenny turned in. At the beginning of the year, her mother leaves, and Jenny and her father are soon homeless and go through several stages of homelessness. At each stage Jenny writes of the difficulties and problems involved in the downward drift.
9902 Journal of Jenny September (121 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Our Modern World The Glimpsing Book
by Steve Loe
A strange new librarian and a cryptic book collide in the lives of two preteens as they launch a journey far beyond the back of the library and the reaches of the imagination. They discover that reading, like life, is not a spectator sport, and the power of a great story has the magic to make the seemingly impossible possible.
Novel Type School life, Magical realism Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 11-15 yrs
5954 The Glimpsing Book (236 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Hot Hurry of Mercurial Fleeting
by Steve Loe
Mercurial Fleeting comes from a dysfunctional family; she and her mother are constantly on the move to escape a painful past. Mercurial has trouble controlling her extreme anger, a problem that inevitably lands her in trouble at school. Home is an apartment in a self-storage complex. Some eccentric new friends and a newfound way to control her anger help the girl build a new start.
Novel Type Growing up, Family/ Social Relationships, Anger Management Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 11-15 yrs
4337 The Hot Hurry of Mercurial Fleeting (242 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
by Richard Beck
This is a vast yet concise history of the economic, political, social and military contributions of African-Americans. From African roots to Civil Rights, Black Power and current movements, Mr. Beck reclaims the experience that is seldom mentioned in mainstream history texts. 28 lessons and numerous illustrations: bill posters, advertisements, photographs, cartoons, and maps. Depending on the motivation and sophistication of the students, this history can be used at any grade in middle or secondary school. 4313 African-American History Student Book $40.00 Special Price: $25.00 4313S Class sets: 20 or more Student Books Price: $20.00 each 4320 African-American History Teacher Manual Price: $20.00
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Paul Sullivan Novels Keewatin Novel Type Adventure, Nature Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
This is the story of a man trying to survive alone in the Arctic. Jake Quinn’s airplane has to put down on a frozen river, and it then disappears into the water. He is stalked by a large white bear and although he has seen many bears from the window of his plane, this one is the biggest by far. The bear is relentless; the man is persistent but humble. It is a spectacularly good adventure and a psychological story—simple, compelling, clear, and engaging. 2540 Keewatin (123 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Legend of the North Novel Type Adventure, Nature Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
“The wolf’s narrative is so skillfully written that readers easily suspend disbelief.... An exciting, satisfying read for that special young adult.” —Booklist It was a white man’s gun that killed Kivvik; afterwards Kivvik’s spirit avenges and cleanses the land of Ross, who hunts from airplanes for sport. Kivvik’s spirit gives strength and direction to his grandson, Amitok who, once the runt of his litter, is rewarded for his intellect, curiosity, and obedience to the code of the land and his clan. Amitok grows from a bewildered pup into a great white wolf able to follow Kivvik. This is a mighty fable, a major legend of the Inuit. 3083 Legend of the North (156 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Unforgiving Land Novel Type Adventure, Nature Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 12 yrs & up
The Unforgiving Land is told in a double narrative as the past and present intertwine in a perfectly balanced novel of white man’s greed, the temptations of modern conveniences, Inuit transgressions, and nature’s ultimate revenge. Sullivan draws his readers into his stories to experience the tales as they unfold. The grandeur of his language and emotion warm us as we stand out in the frozen stillness beside the great white bear, the white wolf, and the Inuit. We come to know the heartbeat of the land that “respects few who challenge it, none of those who do not understand it, and challenges all who enter it.” 2567 The Unforgiving Land (220 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
The Spirit Walker Novel Type Adventure Primary Audience Boys/Girls Interest Level 9-12 yrs
Masuka, the African: “All things are connected. The Earth to the Sun. The Moon to the Earth. Man to the land he walks on. All creatures to the wind, to the sky, to a blade of grass. Each bound by a spirit within.” The Spirit Walker is about an old elephant badly wounded by a poacher’s bullet. He is on the trail of Teich, the man who caused him such pain. Teich is unkempt, undignified, and has no respect for any living thing. He carries a leg injury from the old elephant and is consumed with finding and finally killing him for revenge and for his huge ivory tusks. The story touches the reader’s mind and heart. It is a tribute to nature and the African elephant which Sullivan portrays with insight and beauty. 3938 The Spirit Walker (169 pp.) $14.99 Special Price: $10.00
Royal Fireworks Press Homeschool Catalog updated August 2017