Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update

Thank you all so much for your graciousness in the bit of chaos we had today. Since we decided to not have class, rather than have the students wait until January to do Latin, I would like them to do a little independent study. The next chapter is a review of all the noun forms we've learned so far - this will help them to keep things fresh and be ready to progress to the next chapter about adjectives when we return to class on January 11th. Please let me know if there are any questions.

Homework:
1. Read text book pages 46-47
2. Be sure that you know all the vocabulary words and their dictionary entry forms
3. Be sure that you can decline each word in their appropriate declension
4. Workbook pages: 88-93

Monday, December 12, 2016

First Form Latin update -week 13

Today we began a new unit and had our first taste of Latin nouns.  There are four parts to memorize (and to have a proper dictionary entry): nominative singular, genitive singular, gender, and meaning.  We spent a lot of time in class declining nouns to get used to the system and the students quickly were able to decline nouns without having to consult their books to see the endings!  We even declined nouns that they haven't learned yet because they are all done the same way.  They had fun trying to guess what the words might mean.

Homework:

  • Read the text book pages 38 and 40-41
  • Workbook pages for lesson 14: pages 77-79 (you may skip question 17 on page 77)
  • Make note cards for your new vocabulary words + derivatives
  • Have a Merry Christmas - see you on January 9th!

World Lit/Comp - week 13 update

Today we wrapped up our Iliad unit by reading "The Cursed House of Atreus."

Homework:
Iliad essays are due Friday -December 16 by 8pm via email.
Be finishing up OMG projects
In the textbook, read about "The Odyssey" on pages 75-110.
Answer the following essay questions:
  • At the beginning of The Odyssey, Zeus states that mortals blame the gods when they bring their destinies upon themselves.  To what extent does Odysseus’ personality cause his problems? Give examples.  
  • What things does Odysseus learn from Agamemnon and from Achilles and how does he apply to his own life?   
  •  Have Odysseus’ experiences changed his personality by the end of the story? Has he acquired any qualities that he lacked earlier? Explain. 
      
    Essay questions due via email on January 16th by 10:30am
     

Eastside - Second and Third Form Latin update - week 13

In today's class we reviewed the unit material by working on translating sentences.  The students are getting much better at paying attention to the endings of words so that they know how to place them in a Latin sentence.  They do need to be cautious with nouns and adjective pairs - checking to see that they truly belong together.

In third Form latin - there was no new grammar - just a review of the formation of adjectives and of numbers.  With the numbers, we did learn to decline the irregular forms of two and three - and added new vocabulary for the numbers 11 - 20.

Homework:


  • Do the unit review in the workbook
  • Study your vocabulary
  • Third Form Latin: re read pages 40-41; workbook pages 96-101
  • Complete the take home test when you are prepared (do not use assistance of any kind!) 
  • Have a very Merry Christmas - see you on January 9, 2017!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

LEAD - week 14 class update

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.

Homework:


  • 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.  Be sure that you are doing this in the correct format (nominative singular, genitive singular and the gender on the Latin side; meaning and derivatives on the English side)
  • Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.
  • Beginning in January, please bring a laptop/tablet to class each week for the as we practice for the National Latin Exam.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Eastside - First Form Latin class update - week 12

In today's class we reviewed unit II - working on vocabulary plus the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses.  The students worked on writing a synopsis for each verb.

Homework:

  • Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure you know ALL the vocabulary - not just the words from this unit - don't forget about the adverbs!).
  • Do the workbook pages for lessons 12 OR 13 (pages 64-74)
  • Complete the take home test that you received in class after you have studied.  It should be completed without assistance/books/notes. 
  • Please be sure to bring $10 to cover the National Latin exams that need to be ordered over the break.

World Lit/Comp - Week 12 update

Today we spent time reviewing the characters and the back story to The Iliad - and then read the final play of the story.  It's important for the students to realize that the story only takes place over the course of a few months in the 9th year of a 10 year war.  The apple, abduction of Helen, the death of Achilles, and even the Trojan Horse do not happen in this story! 

Homework:

  • Keep working on OMG project - we'll have a better idea of the due date in January (probably the end of January/beginning of February).
  • Iliad essay topics.  Due December 16 via email by 1pm.  There are no drafts to turn in - but I would recommend that you go through the steps of outlining and doing a rough draft as we did for the Heroes essay.
  • Read the hand out about "The Cursed House of Atreus."
  • There will be a quiz over The Iliad when we return to class in January.

Second and Third Form Latin - week 12 update

Our grammar lesson today was to learn about prepositions that are governed by the accusative case.  There are a few prepositions (in and sub for example) that can take either case but the meaning is slightly changed.  In + ablative means in or on.  But in + accusative means into.  Typically prepositions that take the accusative case have some sort of movement involved.
Third Form Latin - In the third declension, there are adjectives with one, two, or three terminations.  There are no new endings to learn - just vocabulary!  Also, in order to finish the text by the end of the year, we will not be covering the unit reviews in class any longer and we will have a few weeks that we combine two lessons.

Homework:

  • Re-read the text book pages 34-35; Third Form - 36-39
  • Workbook pages 61-65; Third Form - 78-89
  • Notecards + derivatives
  • Second and Third Form: Write two English sentences with accusative 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)
  • Review, review, review!
  • Translate the following sentences into Latin:
  • The eagles were flying through the sky near the forest.
  • The slaves stand among the farmers.
  • We will have dinner around the table.
  • Upcoming presentations: Grant - Dec 12 - Octavian 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 13

Today we learned how to decline 2nd declension nouns.

The students need to be sure that their notecards reflect the correct information.  On the Latin side, there should be the nominative singular, genitive singular, and the gender:

equus, equi, m 

Then on the English side - the meaning and derivatives:

horse

equine, equestrian

The students worked on declining in the 2nd declension and quickly memorized the endings.  

Homework:

  • Read the text book pages 42-43
  • Workbook for lesson 15: 80-83 (you may skip questions, 4, 5, and 7 on page 80 as this follows a different pronunciation guide than what we are using.)
  • Make notecards for your new vocabulary words.  Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.
  • Tuition for December is due next week - please also send in your $10 for the National Latin exam as these will need to be ordered before the end of December.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Eastside - First Form Latin week 11 class update

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)
  • Tuition for December due next week- please send in your $10 for the National Latin exam as well!

World Lit/Comp class update - week 11

Today the students presented their "Oedipus the Musical" projects.  They did a great job - very creative in their casting and musical selections!

We learned a lot of the background to The Iliad - about Helen's parents, courtship, and details leading up to the Trojan war. Then we read about the actual beginning of the Iliad - with Achilles refusing to fight due to an argument with Agamemnon. The students need to be sure to review their notes each week.

Homework:
  • Continue to work on your OMG project.
  • Choose a topic for your Iliad essay - it's due by noon on December 16.
  • Presentation topics due next week (Ajax, Sparta, Homer, and Heinrich Schlieman)
  • Grace and Ronnie - be prepared to chat about your summer reading projects

Eastside - Second and Third Form Latin update - week 11

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)
  • upcoming projects: Dec 5: Grace - Marc Anthony; Dec 5 - Caleb - Livy; Dec 12: Grant - Octavian
  • Review, review, review!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

LEAD First Form Latin update - week 12

Today we began a new unit and had our first taste of Latin nouns.  There are four parts to memorize (and to have a proper dictionary entry): nominative singular, genitive singular, gender, and meaning.  We spent a lot of time in class declining nouns to get used to the system and the students quickly were able to decline nouns without having to consult their books to see the endings!  We even declined nouns that they haven't learned yet because they are all done the same way.  They had fun trying to guess what the words might mean.

Homework:

  • Read the text book pages 38 and 40-41
  • Workbook pages for lesson 14: pages 77-79 (you may skip question 17 on page 77)
  • Make note cards for your new vocabulary words + derivatives
  • Upcoming presentation: Edith - Nov 30 - Roman toys, games, and entertainment
  • No class next week - Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Eastside - First Form Latin class update - week 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 - Esther - Nov 28 - Roman Baths

World Lit Class update - week 10

Today we talked about one of my biggest grammar pet peeves - using adjectives instead of adverbs to describe a verb - like "look at things different."  The SAT words of the day that we examined all had to do with speaking: rhetorical, bombastic, colloquial, digressive, and loquacious.  After the first of the year, we will have a very short weekly quiz on vocabulary.

We began by reviewing a bit about Greek theatre and "Oedipus Rex" and talked about why the Greeks enjoyed such tragic tales. 

We then began our unit on "The Iliad and the Odyssey" reading about the apple the started it all in the "The Judgement of Paris."

Homework:
1. Be sure to have finished reading the text book pages about "The Iliad."
2. Finish working on the Oedipus project - it's due in class on November 28.
3. Keep working on your OMG project - bring one completed card to class with you on November 28.
4. We will have a quiz on what we've covered so far on December 5.

Second and Third Form Latin - week 10 update

In today's Second Form Lesson 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!
  5. Upcoming projects: Nov 28 - Caleb - Livy; Nov 28 - Carson - Pliny; Dec 5 - Grace - Marc Anthony; Dec 12 - Grant - Octavian

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 11

In today's class we reviewed unit II - working on vocabulary plus the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses.  The students worked on writing a synopsis for each verb.

Homework:

  • Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure you know ALL the vocabulary - not just the words from this unit - don't forget about the adverbs!).
  • Do the workbook pages for lessons 12 and 13 (pages 64-74)
  • Complete the take home test that you received in class after you have studied.  It should be completed without assistance/books/notes. 
  • Presentations: Nov 30 - Edith - Roman games, toys, and entertainment

Monday, November 7, 2016

World Lit class update - week 9

After reviewing a bit about Greek theatre, we read "Oedipus Rex" and talked about why the Greeks enjoyed such tragic tales.  The students have been assigned a short project - they are to cast "Oedipus! the Musical" as well as come up with a score and create a publicity poster.  This is due on November 28.

Next week will began our unit on "The Iliad and the Odyssey" reading about the apple the started it all in the "The Judgement of Paris."

Homework:
1. Hero essays are due Wednesday, November 9 at noon. 
2. Start working on the Oedipus project.
3. Keep working on your OMG project.
4. Read the Iliad in your text book - pages 31-75 

Eastside - First Form Latin update - week 9

Note: Tuition is due the first Thursday of every month.

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: Benjamin and Sam - Roman architecture - due November 14; Esther - Roman baths - November 28

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 9

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; Third Form- pages 30-31
2. Workbook pages 46-49; Third Form - pages 60-66
3. Notecards + derivatives
4. Review, review, review!

5. Third Form - write a sentence in English and translate into Latin using an appositive. 
6. upcoming presentations: Nov 14 - Maya - Nero; Nov 28 - Carson - Pliny; Nov 28 - Caleb - Livy; Dec 5 - Grace - Marc Anthony; Dec 12 - Grant - Octavian

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 10

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 32-33
  •  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: Nov 9 - Harriet - Roman Architecture; Nov 30 - Edith - Roman games, toys, and entertainment.

Monday, October 31, 2016

World Lit Class update - week 8

In today's class we finished our heroes unit by reading a two part play about Jason and the Golden Fleece.

Homework:

1.  Your hero essay needs to be submitted to me via email by noon on November 9th.  This compare/contrast essay should be double spaced and have a word count of between 1000 - 1500 words.
2.  Questions/handout regarding the Jason play.
3. Continue with your OMG project.  Don't forget that you will need to turn in a full listing of resources - including sources for your pictures.  On the sheet, you'll list each card separately with the list of sources below.  Please ask me in class if you need further examples or an explanation.  If you haven't been doing this - now is the time to play catch up!

Eastside - First Form Latin - week 8 update

In today's lesson we learned how to conjugate verbs in the perfect tense.  The perfect tense is for one time actions completed in the past: I walked to school yesterday.  I have lived in Europe.  I did scare that cat.

Homework:
1. Re-read the text book lesson - pages 26-27
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure that you know words from previous lessons!)
3.  Create notecards for the new vocabulary words.  You do not need to do derivatives this week.
4. Workbook pages for lesson 8 - pages 45-49
5. Upcoming Presentations - Chloe - Roman Gladiators and the Colosseum - due November 7; Benjamin and Sam - Roman architecture - due November 14; Esther - Science in Ancient Rome - November 28

Second and Third Form Latin - week 8 update

In today's class we learned about the eight different types of pronouns - and then learned how decline the first 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, the next few lessons focus on old vocabulary.  The key is to have mastery over these words so that time is not used looking for the meanings.  Our grammar lesson for today was on the VOCATIVE case.  This case is used when someone is directly addressed - often in conjunction with an imperative: Rufus, clean your room.  The subject of this sentence is the understood you - with Rufus being in the Vocative.

Homework:
1. Re read the text book pages: 24, 26-27; Third form: 26, 28, and 29
2. Workbook pages 42-45; Third Form: 52-59
3. Notecards + derivatives
4. Review, review, review!
5. Upcoming projects: Nov 7 - Connor - diorama of a Roman house; Nov 7 - Benjamin - Herculaneum and Pompeii; Nov 14 - Maya - student choice (I need a topic by next week!); Nov 28 - Caleb - Livy; Nov 28 - Carson - Pliny.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 9

Note: Tuition for November is due at next week's class.

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 - Harriet - Nov 9 - Roman architecture; Edith - Nov 30 - Roman games,toys, and entertainment.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Eastside: First Form Latin update - week 7

Unit II begins with learning the four principal parts for all the verbs we've covered thus far - and recognizing the four irregular verbs we've learned.  We also discussed complementary infinitives (specifically when used as direct objects: I love to travel; I want to wash the dog.)

Homework:
1.  Re-read the text book lessons - pages 22 - 25
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation - be sure that you know all the words thus far.
3.  Add the third and fourth principal parts of each Latin verb to your notecards.  Be sure to check the spelling! 
4.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 7 (pages 41 - 44)
5.  Presentations: Chloe - Roman Gladiators and Colosseum - Nov 7; Benjamin and Sam - Roman architecture- November 14; Esther - Science in Ancient Rome - Nov 28

World Lit/comp class update - week 7

We continued with our heroes unit reading the stories of Atalanta and Orpheus and Eurydice. Next week we will wrap it up with the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece.

Homework:
1.  Submit an outline for the hero essay via email by October 26th at noon.  (Keep in mind that we will still learn about 1 more hero - Jason - but you should be able to formulate the direction you'd like your essay to take.  Your finished essay should be between 1000 - 1500 words or 2-4 type written pages.)
2.  Continue with your OMG project.  Don't forget that you will need to turn in a full listing of resources - including sources for your pictures.  On the sheet, you'll list each card separately with the list of sources below.  Please ask me in class if you need further examples or an explanation.  If you haven't been doing this - now is the time to play catch up!

Eastside: Second and Third Form Latin update - week 7

Today's class period focused on review before our Unit I test.  We worked together on parsing a sentence and then translating it from English into Latin.

Homework:
1.  Workbook review pages: Second Form: 35 - 40; Third Form: pages 45-49
2. Review grammar and vocabulary!
3.  After studying, do the take home test.  It should be done without assistance of any kind.  The test should not take more than 30 - 45 minutes - but it does not need to be timed.
4. Upcoming presentations - Connor: October 31 - Roman House; Benjamin: Nov 7 - Herculaneum and Pompeii; Maya - Nov 14 (need to do topic approval asap!).

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin week 8 update

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: October 26 - Julia - Roman Army; November 9 - Harriet - Roman architecture; November 16 - Rachel - Science in Ancient Rome; November 30 - Edith - Roman games, toys, and entertainment. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

World Lit/Comp class update - week 6

Today we began by talking about the Hero's journey chart that the students completed.  This is one of my favorite assignments - it's really enlightening to see how similar all stories are!  I am looking forward to seeing how the students analyzed some of their favorites.

We moved on with our discussion of heroes by reading "Theseus and the Minotaur" and "Perseus."  We have three more heroes to learn about.

Homework:
1.  Begin working on an essay to compare and contrast our cultural idea of a hero vs the Greek ideal. Email (katrinaharrisclasses@gmail.com) the outline for your essay to me by noon on October 26th.  This way I will have time to go over them and return them on with notes.
2.  Continue working on your OMG project (feel free to bring in examples to make sure you are on the right tract).
3.  Quiz on the 12 labors and heroes on October 24
4. Summer reading assignment is due October 31 - two more weeks.

EASTSIDE: First Form Latin update - week 6

Today was a review day.  We talked about all the grammar and terms that we have learned so far.  To study that, the students need to read their text - and then in the back of the workbook there is the entire list of grammar questions I ask the students each week in class (begin with question #10).

Here is a "trick" to translating verbs: translate them backwards.  So - if we look at the Latin word OCCUPABAS.  From the last letter of "S" - you know it's second person singular - you; from the next two letters "BA" - you know it's imperfect tense and was/were; and then you have the stem.  So...you were seizing.   

To practice in class we worked on doing a synopsis.  For this, instead of writing out the conjugation of "give" in present, imperfect, and future tenses - you just pick a person and number and then write it in the three tenses (for example: to give = dare, and in 1st person plural, it would be: damus, dabamus, and dabimus).  

Homework:
1. Re read the text book lessons - pages 8-21
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation
3. Be sure you know all the Latin sayings (in English and Latin) and how to spell them correctly.
4. Workbook pages for lesson 6: pages 34-39 - you may skip questions 3 and 16 (note it's AND not THROUGH! :-) ).
5. Take home test.  The test will be emailed later today should be taken when the student is prepared - as long as it's before class next week.  It should be monitored and taken without assistance of any kind.  The exam should not take more than 30-45 minutes - but it does not need to be timed.  If you come across any issues/questions - please don't hesitate to contact me!
6.  Project presentations:  Nov 7 - Chloe - Roman Gladiators and the Colosseum; Nov 14 - Sam and Benjamin - Roman archetecture; Nov 28 - Esther - Science in ancient Rome

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 6

Second Form: In today's lesson we learned about third declension adjectives.  The endings for theses adjectives are very similar to what we saw last week with third declension -i stem nouns.

Third Form: We have now finished the perfect passive system by learning the future perfect passive tense.

Homework:
Next week will be review before our unit test.  The students especially need to work on the third declension noun endings - review, review, review!!

1.  Review all the grammar and vocabulary
2.  Re read the text book pages 20-21
3.  Workbook: Second Form: pages 29 - 34 (you may skip questions 10-11 on page 29);Third Form: page 40-44
4.  Second Form: Create and English sentence with the following: at least one genitive, a dative, a 3rd declension adjective, and an accusative.  Then translate it into Latin. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

EASTSIDE First Form Latin - week 5 update

"Civis Romanus sum"

In English, the verb "to be" is irregular.  It is also irregular in Latin.  We learned the infinitive, present, imperfect, and future tenses of the verb.  It is important for the students to understand that there are not helping verbs in Latin - but you will need them to translate from Latin to English.

Review wise - the students need to review lesson 4 about the infinitive form.  Especially pay attention to how the infinitive is used to find the stem of a Latin verb (drop the -re from the infinitive and what is left is the present stem - this is what you use to add all the personal endings!).

Homework:
1. Re-read the text book pages 18-19
2. Practice your vocabulary words by recitation (be sure to go over ALL words that we've learned!)
3.  Be sure that you know the Latin sayings (and how to spell them correctly)
4. Do notecards for each tense of sum – include both the Latin and the English.  Also be sure to do a “regular” notecard for sum that includes the infinitive and translation.
5. Workbook pages for lesson 5 - pages 30-33

6. Upcoming projects: Nov 7 - Chloe - Roman Gladiators and the Colosseum; Nov 14 - Sam and Benjamin - Roman architecture.

World Lit/Comp class update - week 5

Today we read "The Inventor's apprentice" and "Daedalus and Icarus" and then discussed the irony of Daedalus being on Crete as well as the hubris he and his son exhibited.

We learned about Heracles: his birth, childhood, rages induced by Hera, and his labors ordered by Eurystheus.  The students need to learn all 12 labors (including the spellings).

The word virtue comes from the Latin word "vir" meaning man.  It exemplifies courage, excellence, valor, and worth.  All are Greek ideals for heroes. 

Homework:
1. Read about Heracles in the text book (pages 26-31)
2.   Read the "Hero's journey" handout.  Thinking of a favorite book or movie, complete the Hero's journey chart. (Do not use examples that are included in the handouts!)
3.  Continue working on your OMG project (feel free to bring in an example to make sure you are on the right track)
4.  Quiz which will include the 12 labors on either October 24 or 31
5. Summer reading assignment is due October 31 - read HERE for detailed instructions.

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 5

Today's Second Form lesson focused on two elements of Latin grammar.  The first one is 3rd declension -i stem nouns (looking at them in both genders) - and the rules that go with determining if they are -i stems or exceptions.  Secondly, we talked about the genitive case.  The genitive case is used to show possession in Latin.

In Third Form, we continued with the perfect passive system, focusing on the pluperfect passive.  The vocabulary for this week is conjunctions - but some of them function quite differently in Latin than they do in English.

Homework: 

  • Review the grammar and vocabulary! 
  • Re-read the text book pages 18-19 
  • Workbook pages - Second Form: 24-28 (skip 3, 9, and 10 on page 24); Third Form- pages 34-39
  • Notecards + derivatives 
  • Second Form: Create an English sentence with a subject and verb and at least 1 genitive, a dative, an adjective, and an accusative.  Translate into Latin 
  • Review, review, review!
  • Upcoming projects: Connor - Oct 17 - Diorama of a Roman house; Carson - Oct 31 - Pliny (elder and younger); Benjamin - Nov 7 - Herculaneum and Pompeii; Maya - Nov 14; Caleb - Nov 28 - Livy

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update - weeks 7 and 8

Reminder: There are no LEAD classes next week. Because of that, we combined the next two lessons and the students will have two weeks to prepare for our next class.

Unit II begins with learning the four principal parts for all the verbs we've covered thus far - and recognizing the four irregular verbs we've learned.  We also discussed complementary infinitives (specifically when used as direct objects: I love to travel; I want to wash the dog.)

Then we learned how to conjugate verbs in the perfect tense.  The perfect tense is for one time actions completed in the past: I walked to school yesterday.  I have lived in Europe.  I did scare that cat.

Students were given the quiz for lesson 7 - they can complete that as soon as they are ready. It should be done without assistance and then brought to our next class. The quiz when we return will be over lesson 8 and the  perfect tense
Homework:
1.  Re-read the text book lessons - pages 22 - 27
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation - be sure that you know all the words thus far.
3.  Add the third and fourth principal parts of each Latin verb to your notecards.  Be sure to check the spelling! 
4. Create notecards for  the adverbs in lesson 8. You do not need to do derivatives for them.
4.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 7 (pages 41 - 44) and lesson 8 (pages 45-49)
5.  Presentations: Julia - Roman Army due Oct 26; Harriet - Roman architecture due Nov 9; Rachel - Science in Ancient Rome - Nov 16

Monday, October 3, 2016

EASTSIDE - First Form Latin - week 4 update

Today's lesson focused on the second principal part of Latin verbs - the infinitive.  To translate this form into English, the students will use to + the verb (to love, to shout, to pray are all infinitives).  Students need to be sure that they know ALL the vocabulary words presented thus far - and be able to conjugate them in the present, imperfect, and future tenses.

Homework:

  1. Re-read the text book lessons – pages 8-17 
  2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (practice words from Lessons 1 -3!)
  3. Add the infinitive form to each of your note cards. (Be sure to add it to the Latin side.  Remember that we will eventually learn the 3rd and 4th principal parts so you will want to leave room for those to be added later as well) 
  4. Do the workbook pages for Lesson 4 (pages 25-29)
  5. Upcoming projects: Oct 10 - Joy - Art in Ancient Rome; Nov 7 - Chloe - Roman gladiators and the Colosseum

World Lit class update - week 4

In class today, the students learned about the concept of HUBRIS - what it means and where they have seen examples of it in our plays.  They were then asked to think about books they have read and movies they have seen that might have further examples.

Our plays from today were "Eros and Psyche - part 2," - one of the very few Greek myths with a happy ending and "Narcissus and Echo."

 Homework:
1.  Next god presentation due next week.
2.  Continue to work on your omg project
3.  Answer the following two questions about Gilgamesh. Your answers should be in 2-4 well formed paragraphs:
  • Why is Enkidu created as a wild, uncivilized human being? What does he lose when becomes civilized, and what does he gain? Is the change desirable? Explain.
  • What makes Gilgamesh a hero? What qualities does he possess, and what deeds does he accomplish? To what extent are the gods necessary in his life? Do they detract from his heroism? Why or Why not?
4. Answer ONE of the following questions about Gilgamesh. Your answer should be in one well formed paragraph.
  • Does Gilgamesh's journey in search of immortality make him appear cowardly because he fears death, or strong because he attempts to change his fate?
  • How are Gilgamesh and Enkidu alike? How are they different?
  • What is the purpose of the various trials Gilgamesh must pass in order to reach Utanapishtim?
  • What does Gilgamesh learn from Utanapishtim? What makes him finally accept his destiny?
  • How does the knowledge that Gilgamesh acquires from his journey and from Utanapishtim change his life? How does he intend to gain immortality?
  • Gilgamesh made a dangerous journey in order to acquire knowledge. Could a person today have a similar experience? Explain.
 

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 4

Second Form - Today's lesson focused on review - specifically that of third, fourth, and fifth declension nouns - and these are ones that typically give students troubles.  Time really needs to be spent on reviewing these - going over not only the vocabulary but also the declension forms.

Third Form - Today we learned about participles - verbal adjectives.  Examples: The conquered Gauls retreated to the mountains.   The written words are meaningful. The collected flowers are now in a vase.  In Latin, this participle comes from the fourth principal of the verb.  This form is also used to create a compound verbal form of the perfect passive system.

Homework:

·        Review the grammar and vocabulary from First Form!
·        Workbook pages: Second Form: 14- 19 (you may skip questions 3 and 7 on page 20); Third Form – pages 20 - 26
·        Notecards + derivatives for your vocab
·        Review, review, review!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin - week 6 update

Today was a review day.  We talked about all the grammar and terms that we have learned so far.  To study that, the students need to read their text - and then in the back of the workbook there is the entire list of grammar questions I ask the students each week in class (begin with question #10).

Here is a "trick" to translating verbs: translate them backwards.  So - if we look at the Latin word OCCUPABAS.  From the last letter of "S" - you know it's second person singular - you; from the next two letters "BA" - you know it's imperfect tense and was/were; and then you have the stem.  So...you were seizing.   

To practice in class we worked on doing a synopsis.  For this, instead of writing out the conjugation of "give" in present, imperfect, and future tenses - you just pick a person and number and then write it in the three tenses (for example: to give = dare, and in 1st person plural, it would be: damus, dabamus, and dabimus).  

Homework:
1. Re read the text book lessons - pages 8-21
2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation
3. Be sure you know all the Latin sayings (in English and Latin) and how to spell them correctly.
4. Workbook pages for lesson 6: pages 34-39 - you may skip questions 3 and 16 (note it's AND not THROUGH! :-) ).
5. Take home test.  The test was emailed to each family and it should be taken when the student is prepared - as long as it's before class next week.  It should be monitored and taken without assistance of any kind.  The exam should not take more than 30-45 minutes - but it does not need to be timed.  If you come across any issues/questions - please don't hesitate to contact me!
6.  Project presentations: Oct 26 - Julia - Roman Army; Nov 9 - Harriet - Roman architecture