Friday, March 28, 2014

First Form Latin class update March 27

In today's class we reviewed our previous unit - working on agreement and short sentence translations.

Homework:
1. Read the text book - pages 68-71
2. Workbook for lesson 27 - pages 140-144
3.  Take the unit test when you are prepared.

Geography class update - March 27

Today we began our unit covering Australia and New Zealand.

Homework:
1. Read chapter 26 pages 688-703
2. Complete the handout with questions about the chapter + the current event
3. Read the handout with the first chapter of Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country."  Create a list of the five most interesting things you learned from the article.

Second Form Latin class update March 27

Today we moved on to the final unit for this year - learning how to form present passive verbs.  We looked at simple active sentences: The horse kicks the man - and then transferred them to a passive sentence: The man is kicked by the horse.  In a passive sentence the subject is not performing the action.

Homework:


1.     Read pages 66, 68-69
2.     workbook pages for lesson 22  – pages 139-145
3.     Notecards + derivatives.

Mythology class update - March 27

In today's class we reviewed the stories we read last week and then read: "Mimir's Well" and "Tyr the One-handed."

Homework:
1. If you have not done your presentation yet, it will be due next week.
2.  We will finish Norse mythology next week.
3.  Please bring your copy of Summerland to class next week.  Please have it finished as I would like to discuss it next week.  You may also have some time in class next week to work on your essay.
4.  The test over Norse mythology will be on April 17th
5. The Summerland essay will be due on April 24.




Monday, March 24, 2014

First Form Latin class update - March 24

In today's class we skipped our typical chanting review of all the forms we have learned and instead focused on reviewing the workbook pages from this week's homework.  The students had a difficult time with some of the problems.  After reviewing it with the students, I asked them what about this lesson was so difficult for them.  Here are some of the responses: "I didn't remember the verbs."  "I didn't remember the endings."  "I got confused about the endings and the translation."

The last response makes sense to me. We have not worked a lot on translation - so this was a new experience.  But the other two responses - well.  Homework is not a test.  If the students aren't sure of a word or an ending, they need to look back in their text for the answer - also noting that they should add that item to their review when studying over the course of the week.  Languages are cumulative.  Not only are there workbook pages and notecards for homework - the students should be studying as well. 

Homework:
1. Read the text book - pages 68-71
2. Workbook for lesson 27 - pages 140-144
3.  Take the unit test when you are prepared.
4. Project presentations: March 31 - Delaney - Pompey the Great; April 14 - Caleb H - Nero; April 21 - Caleb S -Trajan; April 28 - Grace - Diocletian



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Beautiful Places around the world

Geography students -
This is a great link with gorgeous photos of places around the world that don't even look real!  Look through them and then come to class and tell me your favorite!  If you come to class with your favorite photo printed on March 27th, I'll give you a 5 point bonus in the quiz section of your grades!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

First Form Latin class update - March 20

In today's class we learned our final declension of nouns - 5th declension. There are very few nouns in this declension and most of them are feminine in gender.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 66-67
2. Workbook for lesson 26 - pages 135-139
3. Project presentation - Ted - Hannibal and Scipio - March 27

Geography class update - March 20th

The students began with the test covering China, Japan, the Koreas, and South West Asia.  Then we had a guest speaker who was raised in Mumbai, India come and tell the students about her experiences there.  She brought examples of saris, salawar kameez, and Indian currency.  It was a great opportunity for the students to hear some first hand knowledge of India.

Homework:
1. Next week we'll begin our unit covering Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, and Antarctica.
2. Geography coloring book: page 35 (Australia and New Zealand only)
3. Write a thank you note to our guest speaker - Mrs. Machado - be sure to use a pen (no pencils - please do not type your note!), your neatest handwriting, and nice paper (please do not use note book paper!). 

Second Form Latin class update - March 20

In today's class we reviewed Unit IV.  For homework last week the students were to create question sentences.  They took these sentences and wrote them on the board for the other students to work on translating.  And we corrected the errors that were present in their grammar.

Homework:


1.     Read pages 64-65
2.     workbook pages for unit IV review  – 127-132
3.     Take home test when you are ready.
4.     Anna and Rachel - project presentations due next week!

Mythology class update - March 20

In today's class we reviewed the history of the Vikings and the creation stories that they told. 

We read about the building of the wall around Asgard and how Loki tricked the giant and the horse into not completing their project.  We also read about Freya, her obsession with jewels, and how Thor stood in as a bride for her.

The students chose additional gods for presentations:
Eric - Sliepnir
Tennyson - Frey
Cole - Skade
Nicole - Ragnorok
Emily - Braggi
Lily - Freya

Homework:
1.  Be prepared to tell about your god next week (may not be called upon - but be prepared!)
2. Read Daulaire's - "Sif's Golden Hair" - pages 44-49
3. Keep reading "Summerland" - essay will be due the week after the test on Norse mythology.  I am willing to do commentary on an outline.




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

First Form Latin class update - March 17

In today's class we learned our final declension of nouns - 5th declension. There are very few nouns in this declension and most of them are feminine in gender.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 66-67
2. Workbook for lesson 26 - pages 135-139
3. Project presentations: March 24 - Adam - Cincinnatus; March 31 - Delaney - Pompey the Great; April 14 - Caleb H - Nero; April 21 - Caleb S - Trajan; April 28 - Grace - Diocletian.




Thursday, March 13, 2014

First form Latin class update - March 13

In today's class we finally caught up with the schedule after our snow days!  We briefly skimmed the 3rd declension review chapter - only discussing the saying for the week and we talked a bit about how to parse and then translate a sentence from English into Latin.  In Latin there is a typical word order of subject, indirect object,direct object, and then the verb.

Our next lesson was to learn about 4th declension nouns.  There are not many nouns in this declension - and most of them are masculine.

Homework:
1.  You do not need to do the workbook pages for the review - but if you are still struggling with the third declension endings - it would be a good idea to do it!  Also, you can review the quiz for that chapter as well.
2.  Workbook pages for lesson 25 page 130-134
3. Reread the chapter - pages 64-65
4. Make note cards including derivatives for your new vocabulary words.
5. Project presentations: Ted - March 27 - Scipio and Hannibal

Geography class update - March 13

In today's class the students did a great job with their project presentations. 

Our next unit will cover Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, and Oceania - the students have already chosen their next projects.

Homework:
1. Study for the test including your map work.
2. Don't forget that 2 cultural events are required - each count as a test grade.  Please let me know if you have questions about a possible event.

Second Form Latin class update - March 13

In today's class we learned two ways to ask questions in Latin - using question words or using the enclitic "ne" at the end of the first word. 

We also discussed how to turn English statements into questions:

statement: He was praying.
Question: Was he praying?

Homework:


1. Read pages 62-63
2. workbook pages for lesson 21 – 127-132
3. Make a note card for each question word and each question phrase.  You do not need to do any derivatives this week.
4. Create sentences: do 2 questions with question words - write in both English and Latin; create 2 questions with the enclitic "ne" - make sure they are more than 2 word sentences - write in both English and Latin.
 

Mythology class update - March 13

The tests from last week were returned to the students today - they did include a two point curve.

The students turned in their OMG project and shared their favorite card with their fellow students.  On first glance, the cards look really good!

We then changed course and began our next unit with the stories of the Norsemen.  We talked a bit about the history of the Vikings and their creation myth.  Next week we'll begin our first play with the gods in Asgard.

Homework:
1. Continue to read "Summerland" - and think about your essay topic as you read - perhaps annotating the book as you read.
2. In your D'aulaires book, read: page 87-90 - "Idunn's Apples of Youth" and page 100-102 - "Theft of Thor's Hammer."
3. Be prepared to give your oral presentation on your god next week.



Monday, March 10, 2014

First Form Latin class update - March 10

Many thanks to Mrs Tanner for subbing today!

In today's class the students learned about 4th declension nouns.  There are not a lot of words in this declension - and the endings are notable with all the "u"s. 

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 64-65
2. Workbook for lesson 25 - page 130-134
3. Notecards and derivatives
4. Projects: March 17 - Caleb - Spartacus; March 17 - Jade - Scipio and Hannibal; March 24 - Adam - Cincinnatus; March 31 - Delaney - Pompey the Great



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mythology class update March 6

Many thanks to Amy Curtis for subbing today!

Today, the students took a test covering all of Greek and Roman mythology.  We are now ready to progress to our next unit - Norse mythology.  Next week we will have a historical overview of the Vikings to put the stories we will read into context. 

Homework:
1. OMG cards are due on March 13. 
2. Begin reading Summerland by Michael Chabon.  You should have received a list of three possible essay topics - be thinking about those as you read (possibly marking quotes or pages that you might want to refer to again).

First Form Latin class update - March 6

Many thanks to Mrs. Shuman for subbing today!

In today's class the lesson focused on 3rd declension neuter nouns.  Note that neuter nouns follow the neuter rule no matter which declension they belong.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 60-61
2. Workbook pages for lesson 23 - pages 120-124
3. Make notecards for your vocabulary words including derivatives
4. Projects: March 13 - Stephen - Spartacus; March 13 - Sallie - Pandora's Box - March 13; March 20 - Ted - Scipio and Hannibal

Geography class update - March 6

Many thanks to Amy Curtis for subbing today!

In today's class we covered the chapter on China and spent some time reviewing for the test.

Homework:
1. Please do not forget that you are required to do 2 cultural events over the course of the school year.  They each count as a test grade.  If you are watching the Amazing Race, you should check in with me weekly about what you have seen.  Please let me know if you still need suggestions for things to do for this requirement.
2. Handout covering China chapter + current event (be sure to bring a copy of the article to class)
3. Projects are due March 13 - don't forget to bring a food item from your country to share with the class.  I will bring all the paper goods - please do bring something to serve your item if necessary.
4. Quiz over this unit is on March 20th
5. After the quiz we will have a guest speaker from India.

Second Form Latin class update - March 6

Many thanks to Amy Curits for subbing today!

In today's class, we learned the perfect system for 3rd conjugation -io verbs.

Homework:


1.  Read pages 60-61
2.  workbook pages for lesson 20 – 123-126
3.  Add the principal parts to your note cards for the verbs in this lesson.
4. Projects: Anna -March 20 - book report; Rachel - March 27 - Horace

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

First Form Latin class update - March 3

In class yesterday we reviewed the third declension - making sure the students understand the importance of memorizing the endings and genders for nouns in this declension.  We also talked more about the role of cases in a sentence - and actually worked on translating a few sentences from English into Latin.  In English, typical word order is Subject - verb - direct object while in Latin it's Subject - indirect object - direct object - verb.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 62-63
2. Workbook pages for lesson 24 - pages 125-129
3. Projects: March 17 - Caleb - Spartacus; March 17 - Jade - Scipio and Hannibal; March 24 - Adam - Cincinnatus



Monday, March 3, 2014