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.

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.


  • 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."

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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! 


  • 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.


  • 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