Wednesday, January 28, 2015

First Form Latin update - week 17 - January 26

In today's class we learned about 1st and 2nd declension adjectives.  In Latin, adjectives have to agree with their noun in case, number, and gender.  The students need to make sure it meets all three of these requirements - especially in dealing with those first declension masculine nouns like poet, farmer, and sailor.

1. Read the text book - pages 48-49
2. Workbook pages for lesson 18 - 94-98
3. Notecards + derivatives
4. Projects: Carson - Underworld - Feb 16; Benjamin - Scipio and Hannibal - Mar 16

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 17 - January 26

Second Form: In today's lesson we learned about third conjugation -io verbs.  These verbs in form look just like the 4th conjugation that we learned last week - but do belong to the third conjugation.  The students need to be sure that they know to which conjugation each verb belongs.  Grammatically, there are no new forms to learn this week!

Third Form: We continued our overview of pronouns - adding the intensive and reflexive pronouns to the mix.  These are formed in English by adding self/selves to him, her, my, your, and them.

1. Reread the lesson from this week - Second Form: pages 46-47; Third Form: 56-57
2. Workbook pages - Second Form: pages 89-94; Third Form: 131-136
3. notecards and derivatives
4. Upcoming projects: Rachel - Octavian - Feb 2; Elizabeth - Cleopatra - Feb 9; Stephen - Julius Caesar - Feb 16

Monday, January 12, 2015

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 16 - January 12

In today's lesson, we learned how to form the present system of fourth conjugation verbs.  This conjugation does not have the irregularities found in third conjugation (yippee!).

In Third Form, we learned yet another demonstrative pronoun - ille, illa, illud.  Latin has an overwhelming amount of demonstrative pronouns - which can probably be linked to the fact that there are no articles in Latin.  It's interesting that articles in other Romance languages are derived from this Latin pronoun!  

1.  Reread the chapter - pages 44-45; Third Form 54-55 (plus the saying notes on pages 62-63)
2.  Workbook pages for lesson 14 - pages 83-88; Third Form pages 125-130
3.  Create notecards for the new vocabulary words plus find another derivative for each (except for nescio).
4. No class next week due to the MLK holiday - see you on January 26.
5. Upcoming projects: Rachel - Feb 2 - Octavian; Elizabeth - Feb 9 - Cleopatra; Stephen - Feb 16 - Julius Caesar

First Form Latin update - week 16 - January 12

Today's lesson focused on reviewing 1st and 2nd declension nouns,  It's important that the students master these endings before our next class so that learning adjectives for the 1st and 2nd declension will be a breeze!

To help with that review, we played pictionary!  One student drew a card and then had to draw one of our vocabulary words - the rest of the students had to figure out what the drawing was of - and then decline that word in Latin.  It's a little challenging to draw words like friend or word!  The students were very competitive - and won some bonus points to use as they'd choose on a future test or quiz.


  • Read the text book pages 46-47 
  • Workbook for lessons 17: 88-93
  • On page 92 – the translation exercise B – here is the answer for #1 to help you to understand the directions: a (this is the ending for the noun) – circle the “it” at the end of the verb – and then translate: Mary has prayed.
  • Reminder - No class next week due to the MLK holiday - see you on January 26!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 15 - January 5

This week we are learning third conjugation verbs in the present system.  The verbs of the 3rd and 4th conjugation are a little different from what the students are used to with 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs - and they'll need to pay special attention to know which conjugation their verb belongs.

In Third form, we learned demonstrative pronoun hic, haec, hoc.

Re read the chapter lesson for this week.
Workbook pages - second form: 77-82; third form - 118-124
Note cards and derivatives
Upcoming projects: Rachel - Octavian - Feb 2; Elizabeth - Cleopatra - Feb 9; Stephen - Julius Caesar - Feb 16
Note: there is no class on Monday, January 19th for MLK - but we do have class on Monday Feb 16 for President's Day!

First Form Latin update - week 15 - January 5th

Our new topic today was neuter nouns of the second declension.  The endings are almost identical to those of masculine 2nd declension nouns.  The students also practiced declining their vocabulary plus other words for practice.  We made a game of guessing the non vocab words to see if they could figure it out based on derivatives.

  • Read the text book - pages 44-45
  • Workbook for lesson 16 - pages 84-87  (you may skip questions 9 and 10 on page 84 as this follows a different pronunciation guide that what we are using)
  • Make note cards for your new vocabulary words.  
  • Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.