Caesar’s English

Content: Vocabulary
Grade(s): 6th – 10th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $$ || ?
Pages: ~145
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: www.rfwp.com
Updated Review: May 10, 2014

From Michael Clay Thompson’s website:

Caesar’s English I has twenty lessons, each introducing five new stems with an introductory Latin Stem List and the following learning activities:

Latin Stem Talk; Latin Stem Analogy; Advanced Words, Classic Words, Who’s That Writer; Latin Stem: English and Spanish; A Roman Fact; and a Latin Stem Word Search game.

Caesar’s English II includes photographs to enhance the understanding of Ancient Rome. It has, besides all the elements in the first volume, a heavier emphasis on the relationship between English and Spanish.

Each of the twenty lessons also includes five new stems and five review stems from volume I. Students are challenged to fill in the blank in a sentence by a famous author using stem words. Each lesson has a grammar example of the use of one stem word.

Caesar’s English is also available in a Classical Education student edition, along with an Implementation Manual. The Classical edition expands the material devoted to the Roman context, including a score of maps, biographical sections on Caesar, and a series of poems by Michael Clay Thompson. It also contains essays on Roman architecture and construction methods and roads and buildings. The language arts features in the enhanced edition extend to more word searches, more activities, a more disciplined and focused attention to grammar and the grammatical context of vocabulary, and more poetry.

Many students who complete Caesar’s English move on to Word Within The Word.

About the Author:
Michael Clay Thompson received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University, studied for gifted education accreditation at Mars Hill College and obtained his MA from Western Carolina University. During his teaching career he taught in schools in Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children and as an online instructor in Language Arts for the Northwestern University Gifted Learning Links program . Michael Clay Thompson has written more than 70 books.


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4 Responses to Caesar’s English

  1. Katelyn Arthur says:

    I think that Ceaser’s English is easy to memorize also for little kids, and 5th and 6th graders

  2. Jill Henry says:

    Caesar’s English is a fabulous curriculum available at many levels that focuses on word roots from a classical perspective. The curriculum could be used by many age levels, but definitely has a GT flair to it. I think Caesar’s English is mostly vocabulary. My son’s 4th grade class (public GT) is doing Caesar’s English this year. I think it’s appropriate for talented kids that young. I also think the whole curriculum is just very, very cool!

  3. I’m a great fan of Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts materials, and have taken both of my sons through the first three levels. Caesar’s English I and II chapeter alternate between introducing five stems (roots) and five words. The quizzes for each chapter are cumulative, so the kids have to stay on top of the material. For both boys, I’ve read the material aloud and discussed it together, which we all enjoyed and reinforced learning. There’s no writing (aside from the quizzes) to the material, which my boys loved. For a child needing more practice, making flash cards or using the electronic cards others have made on Flash Card Exchange and Quia may be helpful.

    For a full review of this product and the other Michael Clay Thompson products, see my homeschooling blog, quarksandquirks.wordpress.com. Click here

  4. Davonna Cufley says:

    We did Caesar’s English I with my verbally gifted 3rd grader this fall, and it was great for him (although not his favorite activity). He had never been exposed to Latin roots before. This was a nice way to start. There are tons of examples from classic literature, and he’s now very motivated to read Ivanhoe, Gulliver’s Travels, and many other classics. He was delighted when we encountered words he’d studied in other reading. We will use Caesar’s English II in future.

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