Thursday, November 21, 2013

Second Form Latin class update - November 21

In today's class, Rachel told us a bit about the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD - and she brought in her own mini version to erupt for us in class!


Our grammar lesson today was to learn about prepositions that are governed by the accusative case.  There are a few prepositions (in and sub for example) that can take either case but the meaning is slightly changed.  In + ablative means in or on.  But in + accusative means into.  Typically prepositions that take the accusative case have some sort of movement involved.

Homework:


  • Re-read the text book pages 34-35
  • Workbook pages 61-65
  • Notecards + derivatives
  • Write two English sentences with accusative phrases and then translate them into Latin.  (try to include personal pronouns, newer vocabulary, and have them be complex sentences that might also include genitive and dative forms)
  • Translate the following sentence into Latin: We will have dinner around the table.
  • Review, review, review!

First Form Latin class update - November 21

In today's class we reviewed unit II - working on vocabulary plus the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses.  The students worked on writing a synopsis for each verb.

Homework:
  • Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure you know ALL the vocabulary - not just the words from this unit - don't forget about the adverbs!).
  • Do the workbook pages for lessons 12 and 13 (pages 64-74)
  • Complete the take home test after you have studied.  It should be completed without assistance/books/notes.  (I forgot to bring this to class today!  I will email them to you - and the students can also pick up another copy + their envelope on Monday December 2)
  • Presentations: Sallie: Roman aqueducts and Architecture; Leah - Roman House and Family.  Both presentations due December 12.



 

Geography class update - November 21

Today we finished our discussion of Russia.  We spent the majority of the class time reviewing terms from the book and even labeling a large map with all the cities, rivers, mountains, and seas.  The students need to continue practicing with their maps.

Homework:
  • Complete your project for Russia as it's due December 5th.  Don't forget to bring a food item to share with the class.  I will provide all the paper products, but please do bring a serving utensil if necessary!
  • Review your terms, notes, and map work - the test for this unit is on December 12th.
  • If you are going to do the extra credit reading assignment for this unit, it is due on December 12th - and you need to let me know you are going to participate by November 30.
  • Don't forget that you must attend two cultural events over the course of this school year.  Each event counts as a test grade.

Mythology class update - November 21

In today's class, we reviewed "Oedipus Rex" and "The Judgment of Paris" - and then we began an overview of "The Iliad." We discussed exactly what happened in the story - and all the things we know about the Trojan war that aren't actually a part of the story (like the Judgment of Paris, the stealing of Helen of Troy, the Trojan horse, and the death of Achilles by an arrow through the heel.).  Then we talked about events leading up to the war - and why all those Greek armies were willing to go to war for 10 years to bring a woman back to Sparta - the role of the gods - and about the treachery of Agamemnon.  Then we talked about what happened to Agamemnon after he returned home from the war.

The students were given a sheet with 8 Iliad essay topics.  They will choose to write about one of these after we are done reading all the plays.  It will probably not be due til after the Christmas break.  The students can read over the topics now and keep them in mind as we proceed.

Homework:
  • Oedipus project due December 5 (did you get the email I sent so that you could cut and paste the song chart?). 

Monday, November 18, 2013

First Form Latin class update - November 18

In today's class we learned how to conjugate the irregular verb sum in the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses.  It's interesting to find that the irregular verb is actually perfectly regular in the perfect system!

Homework:
  • Reread the text book lesson - page 32-22
  •  Practice your vocabulary by recitation - be sure you know words and sayings from each lesson.
  • Add the third and fourth principal part to your "sum" note card.  You may also want to add the conjugations of each tense on separate note cards.
  • Do the workbook pages for lesson 11 (page 60-63)
  • If you attended the Roman banquet, please turn in your write up of the event by Tuesday evening (you may email it to me).  This counts as a test grade!
  • Presentations: Adam - Science in Ancient Rome - due December 2; Jade - Roman games, toys and entertainment - due December 9; Sydney - Roman house and family - due December 9

Thursday, November 14, 2013

First Form Latin class update - November 14

In today's class we learned how to conjugate the irregular verb sum in the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses.  It's interesting to find that the irregular verb is actually perfectly regular in the perfect system!

Homework:
  • Reread the text book lesson - page 32-22
  •  Practice your vocabulary by recitation - be sure you know words and sayings from each lesson.
  • Add the third and fourth principal part to your "sum" note card.  You may also want to add the conjugations of each tense on separate note cards.
  • Do the workbook pages for lesson 11 (page 60-63)
  • If you attended the Roman banquet, please turn in your write up of the event by next class.  This write up counts as a test grade.



Geography class update - November 14

We began class today with a quiz over our European unit.  The format for the quiz (map work, multiple choice questions, 1 short answer, and bonus questions from fellow students' presentations) will be the same for each unit.  All bonuses earned in class have already been entered into engrade.

If you would like bonus points - either for the test or project section of your grades - here is an opportunity for this unit.  Please read the book Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys and write a 1 page review of the book.  The review should include a short summary plus your critical thoughts about the book itself and the subject matter.  Parents may wish to preview the book as it's about the gathering of intellectuals to be shipped to labor camps in Siberia under Stalin.  If you would like to participate, please let me know.  The review will be due January 9, 2014.

We began our Russia unit focusing on map work and the command economy of the Soviet Union. 

Homework:
1. complete the handout - be sure to bring your current events article with you to class next week.
2. If you have done a cultural event, please be sure that you have done the write up so that it can be included in your grade.  Please turn in your review of the event within two weeks of attending.  Let me know if you need some ideas for things to do.
3. Be working on your Russia projects - they are due December 5.

Second Form Latin class update - November 14

In today's class we learned about prepositions that take the ablative case.  The students need to be sure to memorize not only the meaning of the preposition but the governing case.

Homework:


  • Re-read the text book pages 30-31
  • Workbook pages 50-55
  • Notecards + derivatives
  • Write two English sentences with ablative phrases and then translate them into Latin.  (try to include personal pronouns, newer vocabulary, and have them be complex sentences that might also include genitive and dative forms)
  • Translate the following sentence into Latin: Your sisters had given a letter to the man in front of the gate. 
  • Don't forget that your write up about the Roman banquet is due next week!
  • Review, review, review!

Mythology Class update - November 14

Today we talked about one of my biggest grammar pet peeves - using adjectives instead of adverbs to describe a verb - like "look at things different."  The SAT words of the day that we examined all had to do with speaking: rhetorical, bombastic, colloquial, digressive, and loquacious.  After the first of the year, we will have a very short weekly quiz on vocabulary.

After reviewing a bit about Greek theatre, we read "Oedipus Rex" and talked about why the Greeks enjoyed such tragic tales.  The students have been assigned a short project - they are to cast "Oedipus! the Musical" as well as come up with a score and create a publicity poster.  This is due on December 5.

We then began our unit on "The Iliad and the Odyssey" reading about the apple the started it all in the "The Judgement of Paris."

Homework:
1. Hero essays are due Friday, November 15 at 8pm.  See last week's class homework for details on late work.
2. Start working on the Oedipus project.
3. Keep working on your OMG project.
4. If you attended the Roman banquet - be sure that you turn in your summary of events by next class.

Monday, November 11, 2013

First Form Latin class update - November 11

In today's lesson we learned about the future perfect tense. This is a tense that describes a future action that will happen before another future action.

"By the end of the day, I will have eaten my weight in snickers bars."

The key to future perfect tense is the helping verb pair "will have."

Homework:

  1. Read the text book pages 30-31
  2. Workbook for lesson 10: 55-59
  3. Add the vocabulary words to your note cards + derivatives
  4. Presentation - Adam - "Science in Ancient Rome" due November 18

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Roman Banquet



The Roman Empire spread great advances throughout the world including plumbing, roads, the calendar, and many delicious foods. The Roman Banquet was a grand production that took hours to fully enjoy and included entertainment and games.  Without New World foods such as tomatoes, pasta, zucchini and kidney beans, what did the Romans eat?  Today, students brought their lounging pillows, some wore togas, and they reclined while they learned a very tasty history lesson at our Roman Banquet!


The students learned to use their pillows right away as the Romans ate while laying down.  




We had several students that had some fantastic reclining skills!



 In ancient times, a Roman patrician (or nobleman) would never have attended a banquet without bringing a body slave (personal attendant).  The students got to take turns being the slave - or really just taking turns serving their fellow table mates!



Our first course was GUSTUM VERATILE (or appetizers):
  • Moretum (Herb and Cheese Spread)
  • Epityrum (Olive Relish)
  • Olives, Pita Bread
  • Cucumeres (Marinated Minted Cucumbers)
  • Aqua Granata (Pomegranate Water)

Then between courses we had entertainment.  Latin students read poems in Latin while the other students read the English translation.  The students also got to play with knuckle bones.   These are real bones - from a sheep - and the game is to toss them in the air and have them land on the back of the hand. 


Second course: Cueros et Polyteles (from the garden and Sumptuous Dishes)
  • Dulcia Laganum (Millet Cakes) 
  • Cymas et Caulicules (Young Cabbage Sprouts)
  • Tisana Farrica (Rice, Lentils, Chickpeas, and Herbs)
  • Assaturam Simplicem (Roman Roast)
  • Pullus Cum Anethi (Chicken with Dill Sauce)
  • Boleto Fungos (Seasoned Mushrooms) 

Chef Christy also talked with the students about typical foods in Roman times - and about how the poor often ate much garlic - so naturally, the wealthy weren't too fond of it.  She also discussed all the uses of olive oil - from cooking - to lamps - to even how the Romans would bathe with it.  We also learned about Roman style clothing - and the "safety pins" they would have used to hold the cloth together.


 Third Course:  DULCIA (Sweets)
  • Dulcia Domestica (Dates Stuffed with Pine Nuts, Peppered and fried in honey)
  • Fructus (Fruit)
  • Grapes, Dried Cherries
  • Persephone’s Pomegranates
  • Rosatum (Honey Rose Water)

After our final course, the students cleaned up - and then played some more games.



 In all - a fantastic time!  Thanks so much for coming out on a Saturday - and I hope you'll join us again in the Spring when Chef Christy comes back to do a Viking Feast!

Friday, November 8, 2013

First Form Latin class update - November 7

In today's lesson we learned about the future perfect tense. This is a tense that describes a future action that will happen before another future action.

"By the end of the day, I will have eaten my weight in snickers bars."

The key to future perfect tense is the helping verb pair "will have."

Homework:

  1. Read the text book pages 30-31
  2. Workbook for lesson 10: 55-59
  3. Add the vocabulary words to your note cards + derivatives

Geography class update - November 7

The students did a fantastic job today with their project presentations - and we had quite a feast with everything they brought to share with the class! 

After the presentations, the students chose the projects they will work on for our next unit - Russia.  This will be a quick unit.  We'll begin next week after our test - with 2 weeks of information - and the projects due on December 5th.  The test will be December 12th and we'll finish off the year with a fantastic guest speaker.

Homework:
1. Do the coloring page for Russia - page 26.  Be sure to read the instructions at the front of the book to do the coloring correctly.  It's not free form coloring - it's very specific.  Your end result should look very similar to the cover of the book.
2. Be sure to study for the test for next Thursday.  Go over your textbook and handouts from these 2 chapters.  Be sure to review your map work!
3. Begin working on your project!

Second Form Latin class update - November 7

In today's lesson we continued our work with pronouns - this week focusing on possessive adjectives. 

Homework:


  1. Re-read the text book pages 30-31
  2. Workbook pages 50-55
  3. Notecards + derivatives
  4. Review, review, review!

Mythology class update - November 7

In today's class, I returned the rough draft essays and we talked about the next steps to adjusting the essay into its final form.  We had a grammar lesson about the usage of less vs fewer.

In our stories, we wrapped up the hero unit by reading the second half of Jason's tragic story.  Next, we are moving to a discussion of Greek Theatre, Sophocles, and "Oedipus Rex."

Homework:
1.  Work on your essays.  Be sure to proofread them - don't expect spell check on your computer to catch everything!  Final essays are to be emailed to me by 8pm on Friday, November 15.  Ten points will be deducted for any essay submitted between 8:01pm Friday and 8pm on Saturday evening.  Papers not received by Saturday evening will get a zero.  Be sure that you don't wait til the last minute - technology issues will not be a viable excuse!
2. Finish the question handout regarding "Jason."

Monday, November 4, 2013

First Form Latin class update - November 4

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)
5. Project presentations for November 11: Caleb (gladiators and the Colosseum) and Jade (Roman architecture and aqueducts)