Michael Clay Thompson is a man who has changed the way I educate my children. Maybe I should say, has confirmed my intuition about teaching my kids. He is a man who loves the English language and is able to convey his feelings to his readers. He writes in a way that is not insulting to a student's intelligence, yet he makes it easy to understand his point.
This past school year, I decided to focus on his first level of language arts books with my three oldest kids.
Now at the end of the year, their messy notebooks are filled with similes and poems that they have written. It is writing that they can be proud of.
They can tell you the most horrible grammatical mistake you can make in a sentence.
They have started to notice if a writer is a good writer or not.
They have started to appreciate classic literature.
They have started to value poetic elements and recognize some poets.
They have started a journey and I am thrilled to be taking it with them!