Friday, February 28, 2014

First Form Latin class update - February 27

This week our lessons continued to work on third declension nouns.  Our lesson this week contains no new endings - just vocabulary words that have grammatical gender.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pagees 58-59
2. Work book for lesson 22 - 115-119
3. Make notecards for your new vocabulary words plus find and additional derivative.
4.  Projects: Sallie - Pandora's Box - March 13; Stephen - Spartacus - March 13; Ted - Scipio and Hannibal - March 20.
5.  We will have a substitute next week.



Geography class update - February 27

In today's class we did our map work and chapter notes for Japan and the Koreas. 

Homework:
1. Reach chapter 24 - pages 632-649
2. The handout for this week was emailed to all yesterday evening.  Do note that there is a typo: on #5 - it should state that the Making Connections is on page 641.  You may do your current event on Japan, North Korea, or South Korea.  Be sure to write your summary and bring a copy of your article to class.
3.   Geography coloring book page 33 - China, Japan, and the Koreas
4. There will be a sub next week - Mrs. Curtis.  She will be covering the chapter on China and then you'll do some review for the test.
5.  Tuition is due next week if you pay monthly.  Mrs Curtis will be collecting that - or you may mail it to me.
6. Projects are due March 13 (don't forget you may add China as a topic) - including your food item to share with the class.
7.  Quiz over this unit will be on March 20th.
8.  I am HOPING to get a guest speaker from India.




Second Form Latin class update - February 27

In class we continued working with the perfect system of verbs - today focusing on the 4th conjugation.

Homework:


1.     Read pages 58-59
2.     workbook pages for lesson 19: 118-122
3.     Add the principal parts to your notecards for the verbs in this lesson.

Mythology class update - February 27

In today's class we discussed the details behind Virgil's Aeneid - that it was modeled after Homer's Iliad and Odyssey - and that there was a clear political agenda to the story.  We also fully fleshed out the details of the entire story.  Then we watched a fabulous stick figure movie about the events in the Aeneid.


Homework:
1. Finish working on your OMG project as it's due on March 13.
2.  Keep working on your review handout.  Please let me know if you are stumped! 
3.  Test over all Greek/Roman mythology will be on March 6th.
4.  We will have a sub next week.  Please bring your book - Summerland - and your Daulaire's Book of Norse mythology so that you have something to work on when you have completed the test. 
5.  Tuition is due next week.  The substitute will collect checks if you have them, or you may mail them to me.



Monday, February 24, 2014

First Form Latin class update - February 24

In today's class we continued our study of the third declension learning about 3rd declension neuter nouns.  These nouns follow the same neuter rule we learned in reference to 2nd declension neuter nouns.

After our lesson and practice, we played a game of Latin hangman.  There were points awarded for completing the phrase, translating the phrase, and knowing who said it.  The boy's team will receive 5 bonus points on their next quiz for completing all three parts!  Here is our phrase: Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.  Ask your students about the translation and attribution.

Homework:
1. Reread the text book pages 60-61
2. Workbook for lesson 23: 120 - 124
3. Make note cards for your new vocabulary words.  Find an additional derivative for each.
4. Projects: Grace - March 3 - Daedalus and Icarus; Caleb H - March 10 - Spartacus




Thursday, February 20, 2014

First Form Latin class update - February 20th

In today's class we moved to a new unit and began learning about 3rd declension nouns.  These nouns will take a lot of practice and studying as they change a lot in spelling from the nominative to the genitive singular.  The students need to be sure they have their 1st and 2nd declension endings down pat so that there is a smooth transition into the remainder of the declensions that we'll study this year.  The students also need to be cautious about their adjective endings - 1st/2nd declension adjectives will not have the same endings as 3rd declension nouns - remember they have to agree in case, number, and gender - but they do not have to agree in declension.

Homework:
1. Read lesson 21 pages 56-57
2. Workbook pages for lesson 21 - pages 110-114
3. Make note cards for your new vocabulary words + find an additional derivative for each word.
4. Spend time reviewing your vocabulary and grammar!
5. Projects - March 13 -Stephen - Spartacus

Geography class update - February20th

In today's class we began our new unit and covered all of chapter 22 on South Asia.

For our map work, the students first made a list of all the items they need to know for their map work.  Each student was given 2 maps -one to write on in class and one to use to make copies for studying.  Please let me know if you need for me to email a pdf of the map for this chapter.

Homework:
1. Read chapter 22 - pages 587-604
2. Handout for chapter 22
3. Current event:
India: Azaria, Ted, Tennyson, and Stephen
Pakistan: Jared, Melody, Sallie, and Silas
Bangladesh: McKinzy, Cole, and Lily
Any of the other countries from this unit: Akhi
4. Projects are due March 13; Test for this unit is March 20th.  We will have a substitute teacher on March 6.

Second Form Latin class update - February 20th

Today we began Unit IV and are learning about the perfect system for 3rd and 4th conjugation verbs.  This should be a relatively easy unit as the perfect system for these verbs is the same for 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs.

To make up for the lost week due to our first snow, we are skipping lesson XVII as it reviews 1st and 2nd conjugation in the perfect system.  The students may want to do the workbook pages for that unit as review.

Homework:
1. Reread pages 52 and 56-57
2. Add the 3rd and 4th principal parts of the verbs from the vocabulary list to your note cards.
3. Workbook pages: 113-117
4. Projects: Anna - Role of Women in ancient Rome - Feb 27; Anna - book report - March 20; Rachel - Horace - March 27.

Mythology class update - February 20th

In today's class the students presented their group Odyssey projects.  The guys did a powerpoint of an Odyssey cruise and the girls made a website for an Odyssey theme park.  You can see the girls work here: http://www.ithacanadventures.com

During the snow, the students were to read the first two plays from the Aeneid and today we wrapped up the story.  Next week, we'll put it all into context and talk about Virgil's purpose as well as explaining some more details of the story.

Homework:
1.  Finish the last page and a half of the Aeneid part IV.
2. OMG project is due on March 13.
3. Work on finishing your review handout/study guide - we'll go over a bit of this in class next week and I can answer any questions.
4.  The test over all Greek/Roman mythology will be on March 6 - and then we will begin the Vikings.
5.  Be sure to get a copy of "Summerland" by Michael Chabon - bring it to class on March 6.
6.  The Viking field trip has been canceled.  If you have paid, your funds will be returned to you next week. I am changing the field trip requirements for the class - only one will be required instead of two.  If you did not attend the Roman banquet, you will still need to attend an event/museum.  If you did attend the Roman banquet but did not turn in a summary, you will still need to attend another event/museum.  If you are not sure, check engrade - if you have a grade for the cultural event (it's under quizzes/tests) - then you are all set!

Monday, February 17, 2014

First Form Latin class update - February 17

In today's lesson we continued learning more about third declension nouns.  This week our vocabulary list consists of nouns with grammatical rather than natural gender.  The students did an excellent job with their quiz today - so this week they need to focus on reviewing vocabulary and going over the grammar from previous lessons.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 58-59 
2.  Workbook for lessons 22: 115-119

3.  Make note cards for your new vocabulary words.  Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.
4. Projects: March 3 – Grace – Daedalus and Icarus; March 10 – Caleb H - Spartacus

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Geography class update for February 13

There will be no classes at LAC on Thursday due to the snow and ice.  I hope that you all stay safe and warm - but still have some fun outside!

To be completed by next class:
1.  I have emailed the quiz and maps for chapters 4 and 5.  Please complete them without assistance of any kind when you are prepared and bring them to class next week.
2.  Page 32 in the Geography coloring book - do all the countries except Afghanistan.  Be sure that you have read the instructions for coloring - it's about 2 pages after the table of contents - it's on the right side of the page and labeled "coloring procedures."  When you are done, your page should look quite similar to the cover of the book.
3.  Next week we will begin our study of chapter 22.
4.  Begin working on your project!

First Form Latin class update for February 13

There will be no classes at LAC on Thursday due to the snow and ice.  I hope that you all stay safe and warm - but still have some fun outside!

Because we have already missed one day of classes due to the snow, you will need to work on this week's assignment on your own.  It's a review week and no new material, so you should be fine!

To be completed by next class period:
1. Read the textbook for lesson 20 - pages 52-53
2. Complete the workbook pages for this lesson - pages 104-108
3. Study, study, study!
4.  I will email the unit test - it should be taken without assistance when you are prepared and brought to class next week.
5. I am going to change the due dates for the presentations: Sallie - Pandora's Box - February 27th; Leah - The Underworld - February 27th

Second Form Latin class update for February 13

There will be no classes on Thursday at LAC due to the snow and ice.  I hope that y'all stay safe and warm - and still have time for your own personal winter Olympic events!

Because we have now missed two days due to snow, we will need to make up the assignment for this week.  This week's lesson is actually review which can easily be done on your own.  In order to make up for our first snow day, we will be skipping a review chapter - and that chapter will be lesson 17 (pages 54-55). 

To be completed by the next class:
1. Read Unit III review pages 50-51
2. Workbook pages 100-104
3.  I will email the test for this unit by Friday.  Please complete that without assistance when you are prepared and bring it to class on Thursday, February 20th.
4. Projects: Anna - Role of Women in Ancient Rome - Feb 27

Mythology class update for February 13

No class on Thursday due to snow and ice.  I hope that y'all stay warm and safe - and still have some time to sled down your own personal luge!

To be completed by next class:
1.  Read the first two plays of the Aeneid.  We'll talk about the background and review the content next class period.
2.  The Odyssey group project is still due next class - February 20th.
3.  For our grammar lesson:


4.  Work on finishing your OMG project.
5. Start working on the study guide for the test over Greek/Roman mythology.

No classes on Thursday Februray 13

LAC follows the Gwinnett County public schools plan when closing for weather.  We will not have classes tomorrow.  Because this is our second snow day, I will be emailing assignments for each class.  I will also post the details of the email here so that you can be sure that you have the assignments.  Everyone stay safe and warm!!

First Form Latin class update - February 10th

In Monday's class we moved to a new unit and began learning about 3rd declension nouns.  These nouns will take a lot of practice and studying as they change a lot in spelling from the nominative to the genitive singular.  The students need to be sure they have their 1st and 2nd declension endings down pat so that there is a smooth transition into the remainder of the declensions that we'll study this year.

Homework:
1. Read lesson 21 pages 56-57
2. Workbook pages for lesson 21 - pages 110-114
3. Make notecards for your new vocabulary words + find an additional derivative for each word.
4. Spend time studying your vocabulary and grammar!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Geography class update - February 6, 2014

For this course, attending 2 cultural events is required.  After your event, you are to write up a short summary of what you did/saw/ate/experienced.  If you still need to fulfill this requirement - here are two things to consider:
  • Watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games on Friday, February 7th - and add to your viewing by sampling some foods from around the world.  You could have a complete meal, or just get snacks from your local farmer's market - or even Trader Joe's.  
  • Watch the Amazing Race.  This show begins with a new season soon after the Olympics.  You can watch each week - and on Thursdays give me list of the countries visited and three cultural traditions/activities that you saw.  By doing this each week (and not missing a week!) you can earn BOTH of your cultural event credits.
  • My Mythology class is hosting a Viking Feast.  If you would like to attend this, the cost is $20/student and I need for you to pay/register by Thursday, February 13.  If we do not have at least 12 students registered, the event will be canceled and your funds returned to you.
 In today's class, the students did their US/Canada project presentations.  Cole out did himself with his salt dough map of the US - it came in measuring 3x4 and weighing about 15 pounds.  Amazing - great job Cole!




Next week:
1. Study, study, study for the quiz over this unit.  If you would like to take the bonus test on the US states and capitals, please let me know by Tuesday, February 11th.
2.  We will begin our unit on Asia next week after the test.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

First Form Latin class update - February 6, 2014

In today's class we discussed predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives.  Linking verbs do not take direct objects - what they do is to link together a noun and a noun or a noun and an adjective.  Like:
(predicate nominative): The farmer is a poet: Agricola est poeta.
(predicate adjective): The horses are bad: Equi sunt mali.

We learned to count to ten - and we learned the first ten ordinal numbers.  The ordinals function in the same manner as 1st and 2nd declension adjectives.

The students will also need to be sure that they know their Roman numerals:
I = one
II=two
III=three
IV=four
V=five
VI = six
VII= seven
VIII= eight
IX =nine
X = ten
XX = twenty
L = fifty
C = one hundred
D = five hundred
M = one thousand

Homework:
1.  Remember to check assignments - and be sure that you are ready to present your project on the assigned date.  Beginning next week, no late projects will be accepted unless the student has a note from a parent regarding illness.
2. Read the text book pages 50-51
3. Workbook for lesson 19 - 99-103
4. Make note cards for each number - different ones for the cardinals and the ordinals.  Find a derivative for each word.
5. Projects: Feb 13:Sallie - Pandora's Box; Feb 20: Leah - The Underworld

Second Form Latin class update - February 6, 2014

In today's class we learned how to make adverbs from 1st/2nd declension adjectives and 3rd declension adjectives.

Homework:
1. Read pages 48-49 in your text book
2.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 16 - pages 95-99
3.  Create notecards for our new vocabulary words + derivatives.  You should add the adverbial form to your notecards for the old vocabulary (or create new ones!).
4. Project: Anna - Feb 27 - Role of Women in ancient Rome

Mythology class update - February 6, 2014

Today we reviewed the Odyssey and then finished our last play learning about Odysseus' return to Ithaca.  The students then spent some time working with their group on their Odyssey project.

Homework:
1.  Keep working with your group on your project.  I have also added the option of creating a website for the cruise line.  Projects are to be presented in class on February 20th.
2.  Keep working on your OMG project - they are due Thursday, March 13th
3. Next week we'll be moving to Rome with "The Aeneid."
4.  Go ahead and get a copy of "Summerland" by Michael Chabon - we'll begin reading this in the beginning of March.
5.  Payments for the Viking field trip ($20) are due by next Thursday.  We need 12 students to participate or the event will be canceled.  Right now I only have 3 students registered. 
6. See you on Sunday - February 9th - for our viewing of "O Brother Where Art Thou"

Monday, February 3, 2014

First form Latin class update - February 3

Today's class focused on review of 1st and 2nd declension nouns and adjectives.  The students are still really struggling with their case endings and will need to spend some extra time studying this week so that when we meet next week they are ready to move on to 3rd declension nouns (which are completely different from what we've already learned!).

As part of our review, we played a competitive game of Latin Pictionary and the students came away with bonus points for their take home exam this week.

Homework:
1. Be sure to really review your endings for 1st and 2nd declension nouns. 
2. Review the grammar appendix in the back of the workbook.  You should know the answers to all the questions that we cover in class - and if any of the information is not clear to you, please email me so that I can help!
3.  Workbook for lessons 20: 104-108
4.  Do the unit test without assistance before the next class. 
5. Projects: Feb 10 - Adam - Pandora's Box; Feb 10 - Grace - The Titans and the gods;  Feb 17 - Sarah - The Underworld

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