Thursday, September 24, 2015

Second Form Latin - week 3 update

"Ad astra per aspera"

Today's Second Form lesson focused on 1st/2nd declension adjectives that end in -r.  The students have learned the method to determine if the vowel before the -r is dropped or retained.  Next we discussed the dative case and how to determine if a noun is the direct or indirect object in an English sentence.

Homework:
  1. Review vocabulary and grammar from First Form
  2. Workbook pages 14-19
  3. Write a sentence in English using an adjective from this week's vocabulary, a direct object, and an indirect object.  Then translate the sentence into Latin using correct word order.  (Be sure to use words we have learned - do not use words from future lessons!) 
  4. Notecards + derivatives
  5. Keep reviewing previous lessons and vocabulary!

First Form Latin - week 3 update

"In umbra, igitur, pugnabimus." This is our saying for the week - and a great Latin quote. We watched a short clip from "The 300" that elucidates this phrase.

We began class today with oral drill work, a quiz, and then recitation and review.  In the back of the workbooks are both vocabulary and grammar review sheets - the students can work on quizzing themselves as part of their studying each day.  Repetition - especially in the form of chanting out loud - will really help to cement the vocabulary and forms to memory.

Our grammar lesson today was how to form the future tense for first conjugation verbs.

Homework:

1. Make flash cards for each of your Latin words.  On one side write the Latin, on the other the English meaning + derivative found the book + one more found in a dictionary.
2. Re-read the text book lesson – pages 14 – 15
3. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (practice words from both Lesson 1, 2, and 3!)
4. Do the workbook pages for Lesson 3 (pages 20-24) (NOTE BENE: you may skip questions 5 - 8 on page 20)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Second Form Latin - week 2 update

Salvete!

Second Form:
In today's class we reviewed a little and then moved on to our new grammar of the day - 2nd declension nouns ending in -er and -ir.  The students need to pay attention to the stem to see if the vowel before the -r remains or is dropped.

Homework:
1. Review grammar and vocabulary from First Form
2. Workbook pages 10 -13 
3. Re read the text book lesson from today
4. Notecards and derivatives for new vocabulary words

First Form Latin - week 2 update

Salvete!

We began class with a quick review and oral drill over the vocabulary and grammar from last week and then the students took their first quiz.

Our lesson from today was learning about the imperfect tense.  Imperfect means a past action that is either repeated or interrupted.  For example:

I was walking the dog.  The students used to study French.  The key is in the helping verbs - imperfect is always translated with either was/were or used to.

Homework:
1.  Make notecards (including derivatives) for each of your new vocabulary words.
2.  Reread the text book lesson for this week: pages 12 -13
3.  Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure to go over the words from both lessons). 
4.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 2 - pages 14-19.  If you have never diagrammed sentences before, you will need to read pages 93-98 in the text book.  You may skip question 8 on page 14.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Second Form Latin - week 1 update

Salvete!

Today we began class by looking over the syllabus:
1.  All grades will be on engrade.com and the students were given access codes for you to sign up so that you can see how your student is doing.
2.  We will take the National Latin exam in March.  The cost for the exam is $10 - this can be sent in anytime before we break for Christmas
3.  We will have two grading periods this year - and the students will do one project for each semester.  The guidelines are the same - but the students really need to work on their presentations and be sure to not read their projects but tell the class about what they have learned.

The remainder of the class was a quick review of First Form Latin.  The students need to review 3rd, 4th and 5th declension nouns as well as 2nd conjugation verbs.  We spent some time at the board going over nouns and verbs.

Homework:
1.  Read chapter one in the text book
2.  Work book pages 6-9
3.  Review, review, review (grammar and vocab from last year)!!
4.  Parent and student needs to sign that you have read the syllabus - this will count as a homework grade. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

First Form Latin - week 1 update

Today we began class by looking over the syllabus - couple of things to note:
1.  All grades will be on engrade.com and the students were given access codes for you to sign up so that you can see how your student is doing.
2. We will take the National Latin exam in March.  The cost for the exam is $10 - this can be sent in anytime before we break for Christmas

We began class by learning the difference between ecclesiastical and Classical Latin - and then working on Classical Latin pronunciation.  The text book that we use prefers the church Latin - so we will ignore those sections of the text!

After some practice words, we delved right into Latin grammar regarding verbs and then learned how to conjugate a 1st conjugation verb in the present tense.

Homework
1.  One of the keys to doing well in Latin is to do homework DAILY.  Break up the weekly assignment into 4 sections with vocabulary and grammar review.  We will have a quiz each week at the beginning of class.
2.  Re-read the text book lesson - pages 8-11
3.  Practice your vocabulary words by recitation.  Make sure you know their meaning and how to conjugate them.
4.  Do the work book lesson for chapter 1 (pages 9-13)
5.  Be sure to have both a parent and student signature on your syllabus.  Will count as a homework grade!
6.  Create notecards/flash cards for each vocabulary word.  Remember what we discussed in class - leave room for 3 more words on the Latin side; on the English side: meaning and 2 derivatives