Monday, April 28, 2014

First Form Latin class update - April 28

Well, we are really winding down.  Today was the last lesson for the school year - next week is review and then we'll have our final class with the final exam.

Today's lesson focused on the remaining 2nd conjugation verbs and their principal parts as well as covering the perfect system of 2nd conjugation verbs.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 80-81
2. Workbook pages for lesson 32 - pages 165-169
3. Add the remaining principal parts to your notecards
4. Be sure to review previous vocabulary.
5. Be sure to review declension endings and verb endings.
6. Be sure to review the grammar in the back of the workbook!




Thursday, April 24, 2014

First Form Latin class update - April 24

Be sure to ask your student about the significance of April 21st!

In today's class we spent a lot of time reviewing and then we discussed the regular and irregular principal parts for the 2nd conjugation.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 78-79
2. Workbook pages for lesson 31pages 161-164
3. Add the principal parts to your notecards for the ones listed in lesson 31
4.  Be sure to review: previous vocabulary, declension endings, grammar at the back of the workbook, and verb endings

Geography class update - April 24

The students took their test covering Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica.

Next we picked projects for our unit on Central and South Africa.  These projects will perform double duty as they will count as a project grade and a test grade.

We watched an amazing video about a symphony in the Democratic Republic of Congo - the Kinshasa symphony.  I encourage the students to watch it again (with better sound than we had in the classroom) and to share with anyone who has a love of music.

Finally, we began talking about chapter 19.

Homework:
1.  I have emailed the handout of questions for chapter 19 - please print and complete and bring to class next week.  Part of the assignment is a current event article - this event needs to have taken place as recently as possible - no more than 4 weeks ago.
2. Projects/food items are due on May 15
3. Extra credit opportunities.  You may complete one of the following options - it will be worth 20 extra credit points for either the test or project section of your grades.


  • 1.Watch “The Gods must be Crazy” – netflix dvd – write a summary and review
  • 2.Watch “Invictus” – netflix dvd – write a summary and review
  • 3.Watch National Geographic’s  “Diamonds of War – Africa’s Blood diamonds” – netflix streaming – write a summary
  • 4.Watch National Geographic’s “Gabon – the Last Eden” – write a summary

Second Form Latin class update - April 24

In today's class we learned the present system, passive for the third conjugation verbs.  This conjugation continues to use the same passive endings as the other passive forms - and that 2nd person singular continues to be the one irregularity in the system.

Homework:
1. Read pages 74-75
2. Workbook pages for lesson 25 - pages 159-164
3. Notecards + derivatives

Mythology class update - April 24

In today's class, the students shared the shields they created - they did a fantastic job!

We reviewed the history and the play we read last week - and then read "A Tale of Two Swords" and "The Bride of the King."

Homework:
1. Begin reviewing previous plays and exams.
2. Final exam on May 15
3. King Arthur essay due via email by May 19th at noon.




Monday, April 21, 2014

First Form Latin class update - April 21

Be sure to ask your student about the significance of April 21st!

In today's class we spent a lot of time reviewing and then we discussed the regular and irregular principal parts for the 2nd conjugation.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 78-79
2. Workbook pages for lesson 31pages 161-164
3. Add the principal parts to your notecards for the ones listed in lesson 31
4.  Be sure to review: previous vocabulary, declension endings, grammar at the back of the workbook, and verb endings
5. Projects: April 28 - Grace - Diocletian



Thursday, April 17, 2014

First Form Latin class update - April 17

In today's class we continued with the 2nd conjugation learning the imperfect and future tenses.  The students should find this quite easy as the endings are the same as 1st conjugation.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 76-77
2. Workbook for lesson 30 - pages 156-160
3. Make note cards for your new vocabulary words (be sure to leave space to add in the principal parts) - add derivatives.


Geography class update - April 17

Today the students did their project presentations for Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, and Antarctica.  They brought a great array of treats - Fairy Bread, lamingtons, and macadamia nuts were quite popular!

Do not forget about your cultural event.  Each student is required to attend 2 cultural events over the course of this school year - and then do a short write up of their experience.  The cultural events each count as a test grade.  Time is really running out to get this accomplished so please contact me if you need some ideas for things to do.

The students have decided to do Africa as our next unit - focusing on Central Africa and South Africa.

Homework:
1. Test next week over this unit
2. We will begin our next unit.
3. Projects for Africa will be due on May 15th

Second Form Latin class update - April 17

In today's class we learned the Present system passive for 2nd conjugation verbs.  We also learned a new construction called the Ablative of Means.  It's important to see the differences between these forms:
I walk with Anna (cum + ablative as it's accompaniment)
I write with a pen (ablative of means - no preposition used)

Homework:
1. Read pages 72-73
2. workbook pages for lesson 24 - pages 152-158
3. Notecards - you don't need to do any derivatives this week!

Mythology class update - April 17

Today the students had the exam covering Norse Mythology - and then we moved into our new unit of King Arthur.  We discussed the history of the King Arthur myths - and what historians say about there being a real King Arthur.

Homework:
1. Finish "The Begetting of Arthur" play
2. Your "Summerland" essays are due next class - April 24
3.  Complete your heraldry project and bring it to class next week - be prepared to share the components of your shield.
4. Final exam for this class is on May 15
5.  The King Arthur essays topics were given today - this essay is due via email by noon on May 19th.




Monday, April 14, 2014

First Form Latin Class Update - April 14

In today's class we continued with the 2nd conjugation learning the imperfect and future tenses.  The students should find this quite easy as the endings are the same as 1st conjugation.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 76-77
2. Workbook for lesson 30 - pages 156-160
3. Make note cards for your new vocabulary words (be sure to leave space to add in the principal parts) - add derivatives.
4. Projects - April 21 - Caleb S - Trajan; April 28 - Grace - Diocletian
5. Remember that late work is not accepted.




Thursday, April 3, 2014

First Form Latin class update - April 3

In today's class we moved to our last unit for this year - learning about 2nd conjugation verbs.

This conjugation is quite similar to 1st conjugation - their endings are all the same - but it does have key differences in the present stem and principal parts.

A grammar term that we reviewed was the complementary infinitive.  This is an infinitive that completes the action of the main verb: We love to wash the car.  I want to go to France.  We spent some time in class working on sentence translation.

Homework:
1. Read the text book - pages 72-75
2. Workbook for lesson 29 - pages 151-155
3. Make notecards for your new vocabulary words.  Be sure to leave room to come back and add the 3rd and 4th principal parts to each card.
4.  Find additional derivatives for the words in the vocabulary list.
5. Projects - Ted - Hannibal and Scipio - April 17
5. No class next week - have a great Spring Break!

Geography class update - April 3

In today's class we covered the unit on Oceania and Antarctica.  We also spent a little time talking about Cargo cults of Oceania.

Homework:
1. Read chapter 27 - pages 710-723
2. Complete the handout plus current event (don't forget to print out your article)
3.  Projects are due when we come back from break - April 17 - don't forget to bring a food item to share!
4. Test will be on April 24 and then we'll start our last unit with the project counting as both a project grade and a test grade (there will be no exam for this last unit.)
5. No class next week - have a great Spring Break!




Second Form Latin class update - April 3

In today's class we learned how to form imperfect and future passive verbs from 1st conjugation verbs.  We practiced changing sentences from active to passive and then translated them into Latin.

Homework:
1. No class next week - have a great Spring Break!
2. Read pages 70-71
3. workbook pages for lesson 23 - pages 146-151
4. Notecards + derivatives

Mythology class update - April 3

Today we finished our unit covering Norse mythology as we read the play "The Death of Balder."

Homework:
1. No class next week - have a great Spring Break!
2. When we return from break, there will be a test on Norse Mythology - April 17
3. Your Summerland essays are due April 24.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Form Latin class update - March 31

In Monday's class we moved to our last unit for this year - learning about 2nd conjugation verbs. 

This conjugation is quite similar to 1st conjugation - their endings are all the same - but it does have key differences in the present stem and principal parts.

A grammar term that we reviewed was the complementary infinitive.  This is an infinitive that completes the action of the main verb: We love to wash the car.  I want to go to France.  We spent some time in class working on sentence translation.

Homework:
1. Read the text book - pages 72-75
2. Workbook for lesson 29 - pages 151-155
3. Make notecards for your new vocabulary words.  Be sure to leave room to come back and add the 3rd and 4th principal parts to each card.
4.  Find additional derivatives for the words in the vocabulary list.
5. Projects: April 14 - Caleb H - Nero; April 21 - Caleb S - Trajan; April 28 - Grace - Diocletian
REMINDER: Projects are due on the due date.  Late work will not be accepted unless you are out sick and with a note from a parent.
5. No class next week - have a great Spring Break!