Monday, November 17, 2014

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 11 - November 17

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.

In Third form Latin we learned irregular adjectives - affectionately called "The Naughty Nine" - these are irregular in the genitive and dative singular forms.

Homework:

  • Re-read the text book pages 30-31; Third Form pages 34-35
  • Workbook pages 50-55; Third Form - 73-77
  • Notecards + derivatives
  • Second Form: Write five 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. (Second and Third Form!)
  • Review, review, review!

First Form Latin update - week 11 - November 17

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)
  • Presentations: Meghan- Roman house and family - due December 8
  • Remember no class next week - Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Second and Third From Latin update - week 10 - November 10

In today's lesson we continued our work with pronouns - this week focusing on possessive adjectives. These pronouns are possessive by definition rather than by case.

In Third form, we continued our review of vocabulary focusing on adjectives.  We also discussed the common occurrence in Latin of using adjectives as nouns. 

Homework:

  1. Re-read the text book pages 30-31; Third Form pages 32-33
  2. Workbook pages 50-55; Third Form - pages 60-66
  3. Notecards + derivatives
  4. Review, review, review!

First Form Latin update - week 10 - November 10

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 - Carson - "Science in Ancient Rome" due November 17; Meghan - Roman house and Family - due Dec 8

Monday, November 3, 2014

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 9 - November 3

In today's class we reviewed the eight different types of pronouns - and then learned how decline the second person personal pronoun.  We also discussed how pronouns refer to or take the place of the antecedent and the need to be careful when using pronouns in writing so that the meaning is clear.

In Third form Latin we continued our review of nouns - focusing on 3rd, 4th, and 5th declension.  Again, mastery is key!  If there is any hesitation in the review of meanings, do make note cards to study those words a little more.  We also discussed indeclinable nouns and appositives.

Homework:
1. Re read the text book pages: 28-29; Rachel - pages 30-31
2. Workbook pages 46-49; Rachel - pages 60-66
3. Notecards + derivatives
4. Review, review, review!

5. Rachel - write a sentence in English and translate into Latin using an appositive. 

First Form Latin update - week 9 - November 3

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 17: Carson (Science in Ancient Rome)