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What if there were a way to think about language that revealed how simple, logical, and beautiful it is? Grammar is just that way, and Michael Clay Thompson’s “Magic Lens” shows us where to start.

In this 12-session intensive class for middle and high schoolers, students will take a tour through the logic of language to better understand not only its inner workings but its elegant beauty as well. Whether this is their first foray into grammatical patterns or a reimagined review, everyone will gain an appreciation for the “magic lens” of language through a four-level analysis of grammar: parts of speech, parts of sentences, phrases, and clauses.

Along the way, we’ll read and discuss Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to see how a master weaves language not only with words and phrases, but with plot patterns and archetypes as well, giving us both a primer on words and a grammar of story.

The live, interactive classes will consist of discussion and practice, and homework will be assigned in between classes for further practice and review. Classes will be recorded for later viewing by enrolled participants, but for full benefit, students should plan to be present in every class.



The Magic Lens I Student Book by Michael Clay Thompson (published by Royal Fireworks Press)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (Folger Shakespeare Library), ISBN 9780743477543


Recommended Ages: 12 and up

Requirements: Students will be given a writing and reading assignment to complete prior to each class, and will be expected to participate live on Zoom via video and audio during every class. Some previous experience with parts of speech and basic grammar is recommended but not required.

Dates: July 6 to Aug. 17, 2023 (a total of 12 sessions; no class Thursday, July 13)

Day and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (Central time)

Cost: $295 (includes a nonrefundable $75 deposit paid at time of registration)

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