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

Monday, September 26, 2016

EASTSIDE - First Form Latin update - week 3

"In umbra, igitur, pugnabimus." This is our saying for the week - and a great Latin quote.

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)
5. Upcoming projects - Oct 10 - Joy - Art in Ancient Rome; Nov 7 - Chloe - Roman gladiators and the Colosseum

World Lit/Comp update - week 3

The students did a fantastic job today with their continued presentations about the main Olympian gods - and our next two rounds of presentations have been chosen.

We had our first quiz over the Greek and Roman gods and their jobs. 

Next we delved into our reader's theatre plays - learning the stories of Niobe, Athena and part I of Eros and Psyche.

Homework:
1.  gods presentation (1 of 2) due next week (remember nothing to turn in, just tell us about your god and have a visual)
2.  Read about Gilgamesh in your text book pages 172-203
3.  Continue to work on your omg project

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 3

"Ad astra per aspera"

"Tolle et Lege"

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.

For Third Form the lesson today covered how to create the imperative mood in all four conjugations.

Homework:

  1. Review vocabulary and grammar from First Form
  2. Workbook pages 14-19; Third Form - 20 - 26
  3. Second Form: 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! 
  6. Upcoming projects: Oct 17 - Connor - Diorama of a Roman House; Oct 31 - Carson - Pliny the elder and younger; Nov 7 - Benjamin - Herculaneum and Pompeii

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 5

"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: Sept 28 - Liam - Art in Ancient Rome; Oct 26 - Julia - Roman Army

Monday, September 19, 2016

EASTSIDE - 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.
5. Upcoming projects: Oct 10 - Joy - Art in Ancient Rome; Nov 7 - Chloe - Roman gladiators and the Colosseum


World Lit/comp update - week 2

At the beginning of each class, we warm up with a grammar exercise and an SAT word of the day. With the SAT word, we discuss the type of word that needs to fit the sentence (does it need to be an adjective, noun, or adverb?) and the process of elimination. We also review what we learned the previous week - students should be reviewing their notes each week as part of their homework.

The students began with their god presentations - and we learned a little more about Dionysus, Hermes, and Hades. 

Today's first focus was on the many monsters of mythology - most of them the spawn of Echidna and Typhon.  Then we discussed the creation of humans, the disobedience of Prometheus, and the punishment of both Prometheus and humans.

Homework:
1.  Be ready for the second god presentation.
2.  Continue to work on the OMG project.
3.  There are 12 Titans and 12 Olympian gods - what else comes in groups of 12?
4.  Quiz next week over Greek/Roman gods and their jobs.  The symbols will be extra credit only. 
5. Have you completed your summer reading assignment? Read the specifics here: http://www.katrinaharris.org/2014/07/summer-reading-for-world.html

Second and Third Form Latin - week 2 update

Salvete!

Parents - over the weekend you should have received an email invitation to access your student's grades via engrade. If you have not received this let me know, perhaps we have your email address listed incorrectly. Grades will be updated each week after class.

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.

Third Form:
We continue with review of First and Second form vocabulary and grammar. It is very important that the 3rd and 4th conjugation verbs are mastered as we move forward.  Also work on reviewing the passive endings.

Homework:
1. Review grammar and vocabulary from First Form
2. Workbook pages 10 -13 (Third form: 13-19)
3. Re read the text book lesson from today
4. Notecards and derivatives for new vocabulary words

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 4

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)

Monday, September 12, 2016

EASTSIDE - First Form Latin update - week 1

Today we began class by looking over the syllabus - couple of things to note:
1. All grades will be on engrade.com - however right now the website has been purchased by another company and there is a slight transition in place. As soon as it's set up, I'll send home access codes so that you can see your student's grades at any time.
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

World Literature Class update - week 1

We began with the Greeks - who they are, why they are important, ideals they valued, and where they failed.  We are going to look at the myths the way Greeks of the classical era would have - by examining the stories for meaning and metaphor - and then finding the ever important human element.

Next up was the creation stories, the quest for power, and then the war between the Titans and the Olympians.

Homework:
1.  Please read over the syllabus handed out in class.  Parents and students are asked to sign it - and it will count as a homework grade.
2.  We filled out a chart with the information for the 14 major Greek gods, their Roman names, jobs and symbols.  There will be a quiz on September 26.
3.  Each student chose 2 gods to research.  Next week, they are to present their findings about one of the gods to the class.  The students can tell a story about that god or just tell more about him/her.  There is nothing written, nothing to turn in - but a visual is required.
4.  The students were given a handout for the OMG project where they will create 15 trading cards on gods, demigods, heroes, or monsters.  This is not due until we are done with the Greeks and Romans (probably end of January).  A good idea would be to do the first card and use it as the visual aid for the god presentation due next week.
5. Make a list of several modern things that have the name "Titan." Why do you think the name is used? (Example: Titan Tire company)

Second and Third Form Latin - week 1 update

In class we did a quick review of First and Second Form Latin.  The students need to review 3rd, 4th and 5th declension nouns and Third Form students need to especially review the passive voice. 

Homework:
1.  Read  the text book pages 8-11
2.  Work book pages: Second form: 6-9; Third Form 6-12
3.  Review, review, review (grammar and vocab from last year)!!
4.  Parents and students need to sign that you have read the syllabus - this will count as a homework grade.
5. First quiz will be next week at the beginning of class - it is heavy on the vocabulary review.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 3

"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)
5. Upcoming projects - Sept 28 - Liam - Art in Ancient Rome; Oct 26 - Julia - Roman Army