Thursday, October 31, 2013

Geography class update - October 31

We did a lot in class today!

Last week in the homework, I offered a bonus for any student who came in a Geography themed costume.  Many thanks to my two students who came in traditional Austrian attire:


We talked about what happened on this day in history - be sure to ask your student about what happened on October 31, 1517 in Germany.

Then we moved on to finish our chapter on Northwest Europe.  We did take a short time out as we discussed Belgium and their relation to diamonds.  We talked about De Beers and the influence of their advertising campaign for diamonds during the 1940s.  We wrapped up our unit playing a review game.

Homework:
1.  Finish your projects.  Be sure to email if you have any questions about the requirements!  The projects will be presented in class next week - November 7th
2.  Be sure to bring in a food item to share with the class (it can be from any country we discussed in this unit).  Let me know if you need recipe ideas (actually - just google the country you want plus the word recipe).  On the resources tab at the top of this page - if you click there and look at all the Geography options - one of them is recipes from Scandinavia.  If you find a recipe that is yummy (and easy) let me know and I can link it from there for future students! 
3. Be studying your terms and maps.  The test for this unit will be on November 14th.

First Form Latin update - October 31

Each of the students will do three project presentations over the course of the school year - and today Stephen did his on the Roman Army.  We talked a bit about the Testudo formation - weaponry and the importance of the short sword, or gladius - and what it really means to decimate.

Our grammar lesson today focused on the pluperfect tense.  This tense refers to actions in the past that happened before another action in the past.  For example: I had eaten my snack before my friend arrived.  The key marker of pluperfect in English is the helping verb "had."

Homework:
1. Re-read the text book lessons - pages 28-29
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation.  Make sure you not only know this week's vocabulary - but all previous weeks!
3. Create notecards for each new vocabulary word + derivatives
4.  Do the workbook pages for Lesson 9 (pages 50-54)



Mythology Class Update - October 31

Each class day we begin with a short grammar lesson (using images that are popular on facebook - yet full of grammatical errors!) and then an SAT word of the day.  The students really struggle with the word of the day - often not knowing what any of the options mean.  Last week I gave them a list of words that have been in the list (including the words/meanings of the incorrect options) as well as some terms we've learned from Mythology.  A way to really increase word power is to read, read, and read some more.  Exposure to words - and words in context - will truly help to increase vocabulary skills.

This week we read two more stories about heroes - "Orpheus and Eurydice" and "Jason part I."  Next week we'll wrap up our heroes unit and begin "Oedipus Rex."

Homework:
1.  Your first draft of your essay needs to be submitted to me via email by noon on November 6th.  This compare/contrast essay should be double spaced and by your final draft (due November 13)have a word count of between 1000 - 1500 words.
2.  Questions 1-7 of the handout regarding the Jason play.

Second Form Latin class update - October 31

In today's class we reviewed the eight different types of pronouns - and then learned how decline the second person personal pronoun.  We also discussed how pronouns refer to or take the place of the antecedent and the need to be careful when using pronouns in writing so that the meaning is clear.

Homework:
1. Re read the text book pages: 28-29
2. Workbook pages 46-49
3. Notecards + derivatives
4. Review, review, review!

Monday, October 28, 2013

First Form Latin class update - October 28

In today's lesson we learned how to conjugate verbs in the perfect tense.  The perfect tense is for one time actions completed in the past: I walked to school yesterday.  I have lived in Europe.  I did scare that cat.

Homework:
1. Re-read the text book lesson - pages 26-27
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure that you know words from previous lessons!)
3.  Create notecards for the new vocabulary words.  You do not need to do derivatives this week.
4. Workbook pages for lesson 8 - pages 45-49
5. Presentation - Caleb - Roman Gladiators and the Colosseum - due November 4

Thursday, October 24, 2013

First Form Latin - October 24

In today's lesson we learned how to conjugate verbs in the perfect tense.  The perfect tense is for one time actions completed in the past: I walked to school yesterday.  I have lived in Europe.  I did scare that cat. 

Homework:
1. Re-read the text book lesson - pages 26-27
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure that you know words from previous lessons!)
3.  Create notecards for the new vocabulary words.  You do not need to do derivatives this week.
4. Workbook pages for lesson 8 - pages 45-49
5. Presentation - Stephen - Roman Army - due October 31

Geography class update - October 24

Today we had a fantastic class because we had a guest speaker!  We welcomed Ricki Moran who was born and raised in Ireland.  Mrs Moran talked to the class about Ireland - it's rich agricultural community - its focus on conservation - its long, rich history - about issues in Ireland between the Protestants and Catholics - and between England and Ireland.  And then we capped it all off with having some Irish tea, cream crackers with cheese, Irish bread, and digestive biscuits.  It was a fantastic talk and I think we all learned a lot!


Then we continued a little bit with our chapter on Northwestern Europe - just covering the portion about France.

Homework:
1.  Be sure to write a thank you note to Mrs Moran!  Remember to use a pen and write on some nice paper (not note book paper!) or stationery.  Take your time and do a nice job with this.
2.  Complete the questions on the handout about chapter 11 - including a current event.  Be sure to bring the actual article used to class.
3. Bonus opportunity: next class is on Halloween.  If you come to class dressed up -with a Geography theme from the unit we are working on - I will give you bonus points on the next test.  You could wear a traditional costume.   Or a costume related to legends, stories, dance, sports.  Or perhaps even something flag related.  Creativity counts!

Mythology class update - October 24

We began class by going over the outlines for the hero essays.  The students need to pay close attention to supporting their statements with specific evidence and/or quotes from the stories that we read in class.

Grammar wise, we discussed the oxford comma and it's importance in grammar - that without it the meaning of a statement can be completely changed.

We read one more story about a hero - this time a female heroine - Atalanta.

Homework:
1.  Submit a revised outline for the hero essay via email by October 30th at noon.  (Keep in mind that we will still learn about 2 more heroes - Orpheus and Jason.  They will add more examples to your writing - but you should be able to formulate the direction you'd like your essay to take.  Your finished essay should be between 1000 - 1500 words or 2-4 type written pages.)
2.  Continue with your OMG project.  Don't forget that you will need to turn in a full listing of resources - including sources for your pictures.  On the sheet, you'll list each card separately with the list of sources below.  Please ask me in class if you need further examples or an explanation.  If you haven't been doing this - now is the time to play catch up!

Second Form Latin update - October 24

In today's class we learned about the eight different types of pronouns - and then learned how decline the first person personal pronoun.  We also discussed how pronouns refer to or take the place of the antecedent and the need to be careful when using pronouns in writing so that the meaning is clear.

Homework:
1. Re read the text book pages: 24, 26-27
2. Workbook pages 42-45
3. Notecards + derivatives
4. Review, review, review!

Monday, October 21, 2013

First Form Latin class update - October 21

Today we began with our usual review and we spent some time going over the workbook pages before progressing to unit II.

Unit II begins with learning the four principal parts for all the verbs we've covered thus far - and recognizing the four irregular verbs we've learned.  We also discussed complementary infinitives (specifically when used as direct objects: I love to travel; I want to wash the dog.)

Homework:
1.  Re-read the text book lessons - pages 22 - 25
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation - be sure that you know all the words thus far.
3.  Add the third and fourth principal parts of each Latin verb to your notecards.  Be sure to check the spelling!
4.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 7 (pages 41 - 44)
5.  Presentation: Sydney - Roman Army due next week.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Second Form Latin class - update October 17

Today's class period focused on review before our Unit I test.  We worked together on parsing a sentence and then translating it from English into Latin.  The students also worked on form drills - and need to do a little more review on 3rd declension nouns and adjectives (including -i stems!).

Homework:
1.  Workbook review pages 35 - 40
2.  After studying, do the take home test.  It should be done without assistance of any kind.  The test should not take more than 30 - 45 minutes - but it does not need to be timed.

Geography class update - October 17

Today we wrapped up our discussion on Chapter 10 and then we played a game to review countries, capitals, and terms. 

We began chapter 11 by completing the map work.  An email has been sent with the map for this chapter attached as well as all the cites/countries/landforms that should be labeled and studied.

Homework:
1. Review notes and map work (especially if you had trouble with any of the terms while playing the game today!)
2.  Geography coloring book: page 21 (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands); page 22 (Austria, Germany, and Switzerland)

Mythology class update - October 17

Today we began by talking about the Hero's journey chart that the students completed.  This is one of my favorite assignments - it's really enlightening to see how similar all stories are!  I am looking forward to seeing how the students analyzed some of their favorites.

We moved on with our discussion of heroes by reading "Theseus and the Minotaur" and "Perseus."  We have three more heroes to learn about.

Homework:
1.  Begin working on an essay to compare and contrast our cultural idea of a hero vs the Greek ideal. Email (katrinaharrisclasses@gmail.com) the outline for your essay to me by noon on October 23rd.  This way I will have time to go over them and return them on Thursday with notes.
2.  Continue working on your OMG project (feel free to bring in examples to make sure you are on the right tract).
3.  Quiz on the 12 labors and heroes on October 24
4.  Next week is the deadline to register for the Roman banquet field trip.  Please be sure to bring your check next week to reserve your spot!



First Form Latin class update - October 17

Today we began with our usual review and we spent some time going over the workbook pages before progressing to unit II.

Unit II begins with learning the four principal parts for all the verbs we've covered thus far - and recognizing the four irregular verbs we've learned.  We also discussed complementary infinitives (specifically when used as direct objects: I love to travel; I want to wash the dog.)

We finished pretty quickly and the students had quite a bit of time to study and begin their homework.

Homework:
1.  Re-read the text book lessons - pages 22 - 25
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation - be sure that you know all the words thus far.
3.  Add the third and fourth principal parts of each Latin verb to your notecards.  Be sure to check the spelling!
4.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 7 (pages 41 - 44)
5.  Presentation: Sallie - Roman Art due next week.
6.  Next week is the final opportunity to register for the Roman banquet field trip.





Monday, October 14, 2013

First Form Latin class update - October 14

Today was a review day.  We talked about all the grammar and terms that we have learned so far.  To study that, the students need to read their text - and then in the back of the workbook there is the entire list of grammar questions I ask the students each week in class (begin with question #10).

We also learned a "trick" to translating verbs: translate them backwards.  So - if we look at the Latin word OCCUPABAS.  From the last letter of "S" - you know it's second person singular - you; from the next two letters "BA" - you know it's imperfect tense and was/were; and then you have the stem.  So...you were seizing.  

To practice in class we worked on doing a synopsis.  For this, instead of writing out the conjugation of "give" in present, imperfect, and future tenses - you just pick a person and number and then write it in the three tenses (for example: to give = dare, and in 1st person plural, it would be: damus, dabamus, and dabimus).  The students also made sure that they could translate each form.

Homework:
1. Re read the text book lessons - pages 8-21
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation
3. Be sure you know all the Latin sayings (in English and Latin) and how to spell them correctly.
4. Workbook pages for lesson 6: pages 34-39 - you may skip questions 3 and 16 (note it's AND not THROUGH! :-) ).
5. Take home test.  The test should be taken when the student is prepared - as long as it's before class next week.  It should be monitored and taken without assistance of any kind.  The exam should not take more than 30-45 minutes - but it does not need to be timed.  If you come across any issues/questions - please don't hesitate to contact me!
6.  Project presentations: October 21: Sydney (Mythological founding of Rome) and Delaney (Roman Art); October 28: Sydney (roman Army); November 4: Caleb (Roman Gladiators and the Colosseum).
7.  Don't forget to sign up for the Roman banquet!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

First Form Latin update - October 10

Today was a review day.  We talked about all the grammar and terms that we have learned so far.  To study that, the students need to read their text - and then in the back of the workbook there is the entire list of grammar questions I ask the students each week in class (begin with question #10).

To practice in class we worked on doing a synopsis.  For this, instead of writing out the conjugation of "give" in present, imperfect, and future tenses - you just pick a person and number and then write it in the three tenses (for example: to give = dare, and in 1st person plural, it would be: damus, dabamus, and dabimus).  The students also made sure that they could translate each form.

Homework:
1. Re read the text book lessons - pages 8-21
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation
3. Be sure you know all the Latin sayings (in English and Latin) and how to spell them correctly.
4. Workbook pages for lesson 6: pages 34-39 - you may skip questions 3 and 16 (note it's AND not THROUGH! :-) ).
5. Take home test.  The test should be taken when the student is prepared - as long as it's before class next week.  It should be monitored and taken without assistance of any kind.  The exam should not take more than 30-45 minutes - but it does not need to be timed.  If you come across any issues/questions - please don't hesitate to contact me!

Geography class update - October 10

Today we got to enjoy the extended edible landform project :-)  Cole did a fantastic job with his river - even doing an oxbow lake:


To start our new unit, each of the students received a handout explaining projects.  The students had a list of 20 options to choose from - ranging from research papers to powerpoints or even videos.  The rule is that only one student can do a particular topic per unit - and no student can repeat their same topic in a future unit.  For this round of projects - the students can choose their focus from any of the countries we are studying (countries from chapter 10 or 11)

Here are the choices:
1. Akhi
2. Cole
3. Silas
5. Melody
6. McKinzy
7. Sallie
9. Azaria
10. Ted
16. Rachel
17. Ryan
19. Tennyson
20. Stephen

The students can change topics - but they will need to pick one that is still open.  The projects will most likely be due in four weeks - but I'll have a better idea of the date in a week or so to make sure it coincides with the conclusion of the unit.

On the day the projects are due, the students will also bring in a food item to share with the class that comes from the country they did for their project.  I have international cookbooks if anyone would like to borrow one. There are also a few noted in the "suggested reading" section over in the right sidebar.

We began our discussion of chapter 10 with mapwork.  I will be sending an email (please check to make sure that you receive this!) shortly with the list of all the items that should be studied and noted on the map as well as a pdf copy of the map for you to print as many as you need for studying and practice.  We then talked about the UK, Ireland, and began Norway - which is where we will pick up next week.

Homework:
1.  Don't forget about attending a cultural event!  There are 2 that need to happen over the course of this school year.  The next festival that I am aware of is the Scottish Highland games at Stone Mountain park October 18-20.  If you know of any events/festivals, please share them with me!
2.  Read your text book pages 254-271 - and then answer the questions on the handout.
3.  Part of the handout includes a current event article.  Your article should be about one of the countries we discussed today (UK, Ireland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, or Finland).  Your article should be about an event that happened in the last few days and not more than 2 weeks ago.  Summarize your article on the handout.  BRING A COPY OF THE ARTICLE to class to turn in with the handout.  Be sure that you are actually summarizing something newsworthy rather than a "fluff" piece.  Feel free to check with me about your article before writing about it!
4.  Practice your mapwork.

Second Form Latin update - October 10

In today's lesson we learned about third declension adjectives.  The endings for theses adjectives are very similar to what we saw last week with third declension -i stem nouns.

We also enjoyed Anna's presentation about the typical Roman House (well, typical for the upper class).  She did a fantastic job making it out of sweets:


Homework:
Next week will be review before our unit test.  The students especially need to work on the third declension noun endings - review, review, review!!

1.  Review all the grammar and vocabulary
2.  Re read the text book pages 20-21
3.  Workbook pages 29 - 34
4.  Create and English sentence with the following: at least one genitive, a dative, a 3rd declension adjective, and an accusative.  Then translate it into Latin.

Mythology class update - October 10

Today we began with reading "Daedalus and Icarus" and then discussed the irony of Daedalus being on Crete as well as the hubris he and his son exhibited.

We learned about Heracles: his birth, childhood, rages induced by Hera, and his labors ordered by Eurystheus.  The students need to learn all 12 labors (including the spellings).

The word virtue comes from the Latin word "vir" meaning man.  It exemplifies courage, excellence, valor, and worth.  All are Greek ideals for heroes.  We discussed what it means to be a hero (whether in American culture or Greek) - do we still have monsters? - and are heroes born or made. 

Homework:
1.  Discussion questions from Daedalus and Icarus (skip the last one).
2. Read about Heracles in the D'Aulaires book (pages 132 - 147)
3.   Read the "Hero's journey" handout.  Thinking of a favorite book or movie, complete the Hero's journey chart. (Do not use examples that are included in the handouts!)
4.  Continue working on your OMG project (feel free to bring in an example to make sure you are on the right track)
5.  Quiz which will include the 12 labors on October 24
6.  Deadline to register for the Roman banquet is October 26.  IF you are unable to attend, please talk to me about alternative events you might attend.



Monday, October 7, 2013

First Form Latin - October 7 update

"Civis Romanus sum"

In English, the verb "to be" is irregular.  It is also irregular in Latin.  We learned the infinitive and present, imperfect, and future tenses of the verb.  It is important for the students to understand that there are not helping verbs in Latin - but you will need them to translate from Latin to English.

Review wise - the students need to review lesson 4 about the infinitive form.  Especially pay attention to how the infinitive is used to find the stem of a Latin verb (drop the -re from the infinitive and what is left is the present stem - this is what you use to add all the personal endings!).

Homework:
1. Re-read the text book pages 18-19
2. Practice your vocabulary words by recitation (be sure to go over ALL words that we've learned!)
3.  Be sure that you know the Latin sayings (and how to spell them correctly)
4. Do notecards for each tense of sum – include both the Latin and the English.  Also be sure to do a “regular” notecard for sum that includes the infinitive and translation.
5. Workbook pages for lesson 5 - pages 30-33
6. Sallie - presentation on Ancient Roman Art due October 10

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Geography class update - October 3

Reminder: If you are on the monthly tuition plan, tuition was due today.  Please be sure to send it with your student next week.

Cultural Events:  Just a reminder that the students are to attend two cultural events over the course of the school year.  This weekend there are two events you could attend (and complete your assignment!): The Atlanta Greek Festival and Trinity Lutheran Church's Oktoberfest.   After the students have attended their event, they need to write/type up a synopsis of the event.  They should address these questions: What was the event?  what culture did they learn about? How?  What did they see/do/eat?  These will be graded and each event counts as a test grade.  Please let me know if you have any questions about and event you are considering or about the synopsis.

Guest speakers - part of what makes this class awesome is having guest speakers from all over the world.  If you know of someone who was raised in Europe who might like to speak to the class, please let me know!

Today we began with a pop quiz that covered maps and terms we've been discussing in class.

The students then presented their posters and edible landforms.  I must say that the students were incredibly creative with their landforms - and I am on sugar overload from trying everyones creations!


Upcoming: Next week we will begin by picking projects for our unit on Europe. 

Homework:
  • Geography coloring book pages 20 and 21 (only do UK and Ireland on page 21).  Before you begin, be sure to read the instructions at the beginning of the book (there aren't page numbers in this part - it's right after the table of contents).  It's not simply a matter of coloring things in - there is a specific way to do it.  You can actually consult the cover of the book to see a specific example of how your finished page will look. 

First Form Latin - October 3 update

"Civis Romanus sum"

In English, the verb "to be" is irregular.  It is also irregular in Latin.  We learned the infinitive and present, imperfect, and future tenses of the verb.

Homework:
1. Re-read the text book pages 18-19
2. Practice your vocabulary words by recitation (be sure to go over ALL words that we've learned!)
3.  Be sure that you know the Latin sayings (and how to spell them correctly)
4. Do notecards for each tense of sum – include both the Latin and the English.  Also be sure to do a “regular” notecard for sum that includes the infinitive and translation.
5. Workbook pages for lesson 5 - pages 30-33
6. Sallie - presentation on Ancient Roman Art due October 10


Mythology class update - October 3

We read 2 stories today - "Narcissus and Echo" and "The Inventor's Apprentice."

In the first we learned how the Greeks might have used mythology to explain events in nature - but there is more to the story than that.  The story delves into two types of love - love of self (narcissism) and then unrequited love (the "love" that Echo feels for Narcissus).  This story with a tragic ending is more typical of mythology than the play we read last week.

Our next play focused Daedalus as he is trying to make a name for himself in Athens - long before he designed the labyrinth for King Minos. 

Homework:
  • We will continue with "Daedalus and Icarus next week" - you don't need to complete the play or do the discussion questions.
  • Do answer the discussion questions at the end of "Narcissus and Echo" and "The Inventor's Apprentice."  Make sure that your sentences are complete and well thought out.

Second Form Latin - October 3 update

Today's lesson focused on two elements of Latin grammar.  The first one is 3rd declension -i stem nouns (looking at them in both genders) - and the rules that go with determining if they are -i stems or exceptions.  Secondly, we talked about the genitive case.  The genitive case is used to show possession in Latin. 


Homework: 
  • Review the grammar and vocabulary! 
  • Re-read the text book pages 18-19 
  • Workbook pages 20-23 
  • Notecards + derivatives 
  • Create an English sentence with a subject and verb and at least 1 genitive, a dative, an adjective, and an accusative.  Translate into Latin 
  • Review, review, review!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

First Form Latin - September 30 update

Today's lesson focused on the second principal part of Latin verbs - the infinitive.  To translate this form into English, the students will use to + the verb (to love, to shout, to pray are all infinitives).  Students need to be sure that they know ALL the vocabulary words presented thus far - and be able to conjugate them in the present, imperfect, and future tenses.

We also had a great presentation about the engineering of Roman roads.


Reminders:
Field Trips:  Each student is required to do a cultural event.  I have a field trip scheduled for the class on Saturday November 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church - we will have a Roman banquet.  Cost is $18/student and reservations must be made by October 26.  There is a limited space so it's possible that all slots will be filled before the cut off date.  If you are able to attend, please bring payment to reserve your spot as soon as possible.  If you cannot go, please contact me and I can make some suggestions for other events/museums you might attend instead.

Engrade: All grades are posted through www.engrade.com.  On the first day of classes your student was given an access code.  If you have not registered and you need this code, please let me know and I'll email it to you.  Grades are typically entered within 24 hours of the class so that progress can be monitored at anytime.

Homework:
  1. Re-read the text book lessons – pages 8-17 
  2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (practice words from Lessons 1 -3!)
  3. Add the infinitive form to each of your notecards. (Be sure to add it to the Latin side.  Remember that we will eventually learn the 3rd and 4th principal parts so you will want to leave room for those to be added later as well) 
  4. Do the workbook pages for Lesson 4 (pages 25-29) 
  5. Presentation - Sydney - Art in Ancient Rome due October 7