Monday, December 16, 2013

First Form Latin class update - December 16

Today we learned how to decline 2nd declension nouns.

The students need to be sure that their notecards reflect the correct information.  On the Latin side, there should be the nominative singular, genitive singular, and the gender:

equus, equi, m

Then on the English side - the meaning and derivatives:

horse

equine, equestrian

The students worked on declining in the 2nd declension and quickly memorized the endings.  We also practiced with words they haven't seen before with the students trying their hand at figuring out the meanings.  They could often guess a derivative - and then we worked backwards towards the Latin meaning.

Homework:
  • Read the text book pages 42-43
  • Workbook for lesson 15: 80-83 ( you may skip questions, 4, 5, and 7 on page 80 as this follows a different pronunciation guide than what we are using.
  •  Make notecards for your new vocabulary words.  Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.  Be sure to correct your notecards from last week if they were not done in the format noted above.
  • Have a Merry Christmas - see you on January 6!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

First Form Latin class update - December 12

After an excellent presentation by Leah about the Roman House and family (which led to discussions about the role of slaves in ancient times) - we moved on to our next chapter and learned to decline 2nd declension nouns. 

The students need to be sure that their notecards reflect the correct information.  On the Latin side, there should be the nominative singular, genitive singular, and the gender:

equus, equi, m

Then on the English side - the meaning and derivatives:

horse

equine, equestrian

The students worked on declining in the 2nd declension and quickly memorized the endings.  We also practiced with words they haven't seen before with the students trying their hand at figuring out the meanings.  They could often guess a derivative - and then we worked backwards towards the Latin meaning.

Homework:
  • Read the text book pages 42-43
  • Workbook for lesson 15: 80-83 ( you may skip questions, 4, 5, and 7 on page 80 as this follows a different pronunciation guide than what we are using.
  •  Make notecards for your new vocabulary words.  Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.  Be sure to correct your notecards from last week if they were not done in the format noted above.
  • Have a Merry Christmas - see you on January 9!



Geography class update - December 12

Today we completed our unit on Russia - taking a test - and then having a fabulous guest speaker come and talk about her experiences as a missionary in Nizhny Novgorod.  (I can't believe I forgot to take pictures!)  After class, the students went ahead and wrote thank you notes to Mrs Sculley so I'll be able to send those to her tomorrow.  There is no homework over the break - and when we return on January 9, we'll begin our unit on the United States and Canada.  Have a very Merry Christmas with many blessings to you and yours!

Second Form Latin class update - December 12

I was a little flummoxed in planning this week.  We did review and a take home test last week - and I really didn't want to be staring a whole new unit right before Christmas break.  But, upon closer examination, this week's topic was absolutely perfect.  Today we reviewed the present system of first and second conjugation verbs in preparation for learning third and fourth conjugation. So - there was no new material today - but a lot of the students to review over the break.

Homework:
  • review, review, review the vocabulary listed in chapter 12 (70 verbs, adverbs from last year, and the Latin sayings!).
  • workbook pages for chapter 12
  • Have a Merry Christmas - see you on January 9!

Mythology class update - December 12

Today we spent time reviewing the characters and the back story to The Iliad - and then read the final play of the story.  It's important for the students to realize that the story only takes place over the course of a few months in the 9th year of a 10 year war.  The apple, abduction of Helen, the death of Achilles, and even the Trojan Horse do not happen in this story!  We also read a little about what happened after the end of The Iliad with the deaths of Agamemnon and Cassandra.

Homework:
  • Keep working on OMG project - we'll have a better idea of the due date in January (probably the end of January/beginning of February).
  • Iliad essay topics.  Due January 13, 2014 via email by 8pm.  There are no drafts to turn in - but I would recommend that you go through the steps of outlining and doing a rough draft as we did for the Heroes essay.  I  would be willing to do a commentary on an OUTLINE (not a rough draft) if you would email it to me over the break.
  • Answer the discussion questions at the end of "The Rage of Achilles."
  • Read the hand out about "The Cursed House of Atreus."
  • There will be a quiz over The Iliad on January 16.
  • When we return from Christmas break, we'll begin with reading/discussing The Odyssey.  When we finish, I would like for the class to get together at my home to watch "O Brother Where Art Thou."  Please look at your calendars and see if there is a Friday that would work - perhaps February 1?  I will provide the giant tv, popcorn, candy and soda!



Monday, December 9, 2013

First Form Latin class update - December 9

Today we began a new unit and had our first taste of Latin nouns.  There are four parts to memorize (and to have a proper dictionary entry): nominative singular, genitive singular, gender, and meaning.  We spent a lot of time in class declining nouns to get used to the system and the students quickly were able to decline nouns without having to consult their books to see the endings!  We even declined nouns that they haven't learned yet because they are all done the same way.  They had fun trying to guess what the words might mean.

Students need to check the dates for when the projects they signed up to do are due.  Be sure that you are able to present and turn in your project on the correct date.

Homework:
  • Read the text book pages 38 and 40-41
  • Workbook pages for lesson 14: pages 77-79 (you may skip question 17 on page 77)
  • Make note cards for your new vocabulary words + derivatives
  • Presentations: Sydney - Roman House and Family; Jade - Roman games, toys, and entertainment - both due December 16.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

First Form Latin - Class update - December 5

Today we began a new unit and had our first taste of Latin nouns.  There are four parts to memorize (and to have a proper dictionary entry): nominative singular, genitive singular, gender, and meaning.  We spent a lot of time in class declining nouns to get used to the system and the students quickly were able to decline nouns without having to consult their books to see the endings!  We even declined nouns that they haven't learned yet because they are all done the same way.  They had fun trying to guess what the words might mean.

Homework:
  • Read the text book pages 38 and 40-41
  • Workbook pages for lesson 14: pages 77-79 (you may skip question 17 on page 77)
  • Make note cards for your new vocabulary words + derivatives
  • Presentations: Leah - Roman House and Family; Sally - Architecture and Aqueducts - both due December 12.



Geography class update - December 5th

The students presented their unit projects on Russia today - and enjoyed quite the feast of Russian treats.

Homework:
Study, study, study for the quiz next week (be sure to review your map work!).

Second Form Latin class update - December 5

In today's class we reviewed the unit material by working on translating sentences.  The students are getting much better at paying attention to the endings of words so that they know how to place them in a Latin sentence.  They do need to be cautious with nouns and adjective pairs - checking to see that they truly belong together.

Homework:
  • Do the unit review in the workbook
  • Study your vocabulary
  • Complete the take home test when you are prepared (do not use assistance of any kind!)

Mythology class update - December 5

Today the students presented their "Oedipus the Musical" projects.  They did a great job - very creative in their casting and musical selections!

Last class we learned a lot of the background to The Iliad - about Helen's parents, courtship, and details leading up to the Trojan war.  The students need to be sure to review their notes each week.

Today we read about the clever Odysseus and his plan to help Tyndareus peacefully find a husband for Helen.  Then that pledge comes back to haunt Odysseus as he is forced to go to war for Menelaus.  Then we read about the actual beginning of the Iliad - with Achilles refusing to fight due to an argument with Agamemnon. 

Homework:
  • Continue to work on your OMG project.
  • Be thinking about your Iliad essays.  They won't be due til January (a date will be assigned next week) - there is only one draft to turn in - but I would be willing to look at/comment on an outline for the essay.
  • Answer the discussion questions at the end of each play from this week.  (Be sure that your answers are in well formed, well thought out sentences!)

Monday, December 2, 2013

First Form Latin class update - December 2

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. 
  • Presentations: Jade: Roman games, toys, and entertainment; Sydney: Roman house and family.  Both are due on December 9.