Monday, January 30, 2017

Eastside - First Form Latin update - week 16

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.

Please bring laptops/tablets to class until we take the exam in March.

Homework:
1. Read the text book - pages 48-49
2. Workbook pages for lesson 18 - 94-98
3. Notecards + derivatives
4. Projects:Feb 13 - Chloe - Pandora's Box; Feb 20 - Esther - The Underworld

World Lit/comp update - week 16

In today's class we finished "The Odyssey" by reading about Circe and Odysseus' return to Ithaca.
Homework:
  • OMG project due March 6 – Test over ALL of Greek/Roman is February 27
  • Start working on the review packet
  • Next week we’ll start watching “O Brother Where Art Thou” - Feel free to bring in breakfast/snacks!


  • We will start the Vikings the first part of March.  We will be reading “Summerland” by Michael Chabon – might want to go ahead and get a copy of the book.

Eastside - Second and Third Form Latin update - week 16

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!  

Homework:
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. Upcoming projects: Feb 6 - Grace - Role of Women in Ancient Rome; Feb 13 - Benjamin - Titus and the Roman capture of Jerusalem; Mar 6 - Carson - Horace; Mar 13 - Grant - Cattulus; Mar 20 - Connor - Virgil

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 19

Today's class focused on review of 1st and 2nd declension nouns and adjectives.  As part of our review, we worked on translating sentences - being sure that our adjectives agreed - our nouns were in the correct cases - and that the subject and verb agreed. 

Homework:
1. Be sure to really review your endings for 1st and 2nd declension nouns. 
2. Review the grammar appendix in the back of the workbook.  You should know the answers to all the questions that we cover in class - and if any of the information is not clear to you, please email me so that I can help!
3.  Workbook for lessons 20: 104-108
4.  Do the unit test without assistance before the next class. 
5. Upcoming projects: Feb 8 - Edith - Pandora's Box; Feb 15 - Liam - The Underworld

Monday, January 23, 2017

Eastside - First Form Latin update - week 15

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  
  • Page 84 - you may skip questions 9 and 10. For question 7 - just write out the neuter rule. On page 89 - you may skip the column that asks for the gender rule.
  • Make note cards for your new vocabulary words.  
  • Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.
  • Bring a laptop/tablet to class each week for the next few weeks as we practice for the National Latin Exam.
  • Upcoming presentations: Jan 30 - Sam - Aqueducts; Feb 13 - Chloe - Pandora's box; Feb 20 - Esther - The underworld; April 17 - Benjamin - Nero

Eastside - World Lit/comp class update

Today we learned about Calypso and read about Polyphemus and the island of the Cyclops.  The story of "The Odyssey" begins in media res - with a grown up Telemachus looking for his father.  It is not chronological.  We learned of Odysseus' adventures with the lotus eaters, Polyphemus, the gift of the winds from Aeolus, and the encounter with the Laestrygonians.  Next week we will begin with Circe the sorceress.

Homework:
Continue to work on your OMG project

Eastside - Second and Third Form Latin updates - week 15

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.

Homework:
Re read the chapter lesson for this week.
Workbook pages - second form: 77-82; third form - 118-124
Note cards and derivatives
Upcoming projects: Grace - Feb 6 - Role of Women in ancient Rome; Caleb - Feb 13 - Pax Romana; Benjamin - Feb 20 - Titus and the Roman conquest of Jerusalem.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

LEAD First Form Latin update - week 18

In today's class we discussed predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives.  Linking verbs do not take direct objects - what they do is to link together a noun and a noun or a noun and an adjective.  Like:
(predicate nominative): The farmer is a poet: Agricola est poeta. 
(predicate adjective): The horses are bad: Equi sunt mali.

We also learned to count to ten - and we learned the first ten ordinal numbers.  The ordinals function in the same manner as 1st and 2nd declension adjectives.

The students will also need to be sure that they know their Roman numerals:
I = one
II=two
III=three
IV=four
V=five
VI = six
VII= seven
VIII= eight
IX =nine
X = ten
XX = twenty
L = fifty
C = one hundred
D = five hundred
M = one thousand 

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 50-51
2. Workbook for lesson 19 - 99-103
3. Make note cards for each number - different ones for the cardinals and the ordinals.  Find a derivative for each word.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LEAD First Form Latin update

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.

The students may need to review all of the noun forms we have learned as much seemed to have been forgotten over the break.



Homework:
1. Read the text book - pages 48-49
2. Workbook pages for lesson 18 - 94-98
3. Notecards + derivatives
4. Projects: Edith - Feb 8 - Pandora's Box; Liam - Feb 15 - The Underworld

Monday, January 9, 2017

Eastside - First Form Latin week 14 class update

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.  Be sure to correct your notecards from last week if they were not done in the format noted above.
  • Upcoming presentations: Jan 30 - Sam - Aqueducts; Feb 13 - Chloe - Pandora's box; Feb 20 - Esther - The underworld; April 17 - Benjamin - Nero
  • Reminder - there is no class next week due to the MLK holiday. We will resume classes on January 23.

World Lit/comp - week 14 class update

We began class with review of the Iliad and then took a quiz. Then we began our study of "The Odyssey." We read about Telemachus and the suitors in Ithaca - and about Telemachus trying to find out what happened to his father.

Reminder: There is no class next week because of the MLK holiday - we will resume classes on January 23.

Homework:
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

Second and Third Form Latin update - week 14

Second Form: Today we reviewed the present system of first and second conjugation verbs in preparation for learning third and fourth conjugation. So - there was no new material today - but a lot for students to review over the next two weeks.

Third Form - Today we reviewed pronouns - they are very confusing in any language - there are 8 different kinds, overlapping forms, they can function as both pronouns and adjectives, they have antecedents, and there are two different agreement rules!  Then we moved to the next chapter and learned the 3rd person pronouns - is, ea, id - as well as the 3rd person possessive adjective - suus, sua, suum.

Remember there is no class next week due to the MLK holiday - we resume on January 23.

Homework for Second Form:

  • Re read pages 38-41
  • review, review, review the vocabulary listed in chapter 12 (70 verbs, adverbs from last year, and the Latin sayings!).
  • workbook pages for chapter 12 - pages 72-76
  • upcoming presentations: Maya - Jan 23 - Cleopatra; Grace - Feb 6 - Role of women in ancient Rome; Connor - Mar 20 - Vergil
Homework for Third Form:
  • Re read pages 46-51
  • Notecards and derivatives for vocabulary in lessons 14 and 15
  • workbook pages 105-117
  • Upcoming presentations: Caleb - Feb 13 - Pax Romana; Benjamin - Feb 20 - student's choice (please let me know your topic asap); Carson - Mar 6 - Horace; Grant - Mar 13 - Cattulus