Monday, February 27, 2017

Eastside - First Form Latin update

In today's lesson we continued learning more about third declension nouns.  This week our vocabulary list consists of nouns with grammatical rather than natural gender.  

The students can continue to practice - and get used to the format of the National Latin exam by taking quizzes on the NLE website.  There will be a lot of forms and vocabulary that we haven't learned, but the students will see that they know more than they think they do and can still answer the questions correctly without knowing the vocabulary in the questions!  Use this link - and be sure to practice with the Introduction to Latin questions.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 58-59 
2.  Workbook for lessons 22: 115-119 

3.  Make note cards for your new vocabulary words.  Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.

Second and Third Form Latin update

Today we learned about the perfect system for 3rd and 4th conjugation verbs.  This should be a relatively easy unit as the perfect system for these verbs is the same for 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs.

In Third Form we continued with the subjunctive mood learning how to form the imperfect in both the active and passive.

We also continued to do practice exams for the National Latin exam.  If you could bring your electronic devices again next week, we can continue with practicing as the exam will be on March 9th.

Homework:
1. SF: Reread pages 56-57; TF: 70-71
2. SF: Add the 3rd and 4th principal parts of the verbs from the vocabulary list to your note cards.
3. Workbook pages:SF: 113-117; TF 166-173
4. TF - notecards and derivatives.
5. Upcoming projects: Mar 13 - Grant - Cattulus; Mar 20 - Connor - Virgil; April 24 - Carson - Horace

World Lit/Comp class update

Today we finished our unit on the Greeks and Romans with a test. After the test, the students were given a selection of readings from India, New Zealand, and Nigeria.

Next week we will begin out next unit covering Norse mythology. We will start by discussing the culture of the time period.

Homework:
1. Your OMG project is due next week!
2. Please go ahead and get a copy of Michael Chabon's "Summerland" as we will start working on that next week.
3. Finish the readings and questions assigned in class - questions are due in class on March 20th.
4. Tuition is due next week!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Eastside - First Form Latin update

In Monday's class we moved to a new unit and began learning about 3rd declension nouns.  These nouns will take a lot of practice and studying as they change a lot in spelling from the nominative to the genitive singular.  The students need to be sure they have their 1st and 2nd declension endings down pat so that there is a smooth transition into the remainder of the declensions that we'll study this year.

The students can continue to practice - and get used to the format of the exam by taking quizzes on the NLE website.  There will be a lot of forms and vocabulary that we haven't learned, but the students will see that they know more than they think they do and can still answer the questions correctly without knowing the vocabulary in the questions!  Use this link - and be sure to practice with the Introduction to Latin questions.

Homework:
1. Read lesson 21 pages 56-57
2. Workbook pages for lesson 21 - pages 110-114
3. Make notecards for your new vocabulary words + find an additional derivative for each word.
4. Spend time studying your vocabulary and grammar!

5. Upcoming projects: March 6 - Esther - Spartacus; April 17 - Benjamin -Nero

World Lit/comp class update

 In today's class we wrapped up our unit on The Aeneid and worked a bit on our review handout for the test next week.

Homework:
1. Finish working on your OMG project as it's due on March 6th.
2.  Keep working on your review handout.  Please let me know if you are stumped!
3.  Test over all Greek/Roman mythology will be on February 27th.
4.  We will have a sub next week.  Please bring your text book - there will be an assignment to work on after you have completed your test.
5.  Tuition is due next week.  The substitute will collect checks if you have them, or you may mail them to me.

Second and Third Form Latin update

In Second Form we began Unit IV and are reviewed about the perfect system for 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs.  The students need to review the principal parts for all previous learned verbs.

Third Form - Today we began a new unit - learning the subjunctive mood in the present active and passive.  This is quite different from indicative which indicates a clear action.  Subjunctive is about things that might happen and is characterized by may, let, should, would, and could.  It's quite regular in all conjugations!

The students should spend some time looking at the National Latin exam.  The students can continue to practice - and get used to the format of the exam by taking quizzes on the NLE website.  There will be a lot of forms and vocabulary that we haven't learned, but the students will see that they know more than they think they do and can still answer the questions correctly without knowing the vocabulary in the questions!  Use this link - and be sure to practice with the Latin I questions for Second Form and Latin II for Third Form.

Homework:
1. SF: Reread pages 52 and 54-55; TF: 64 and 66-69
2. SF - review the principal parts for your 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs using the list on page 55
3. Workbook pages SF: 106-112; TF: 152-165 - you may skip the two reading sections.
4. TF: Notecards and derivatives

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 22

In today's class we continued our study of the third declension learning about 3rd declension neuter nouns.  These nouns follow the same neuter rule we learned in reference to 2nd declension neuter nouns.

Don't forget - the National Latin exam is next month - continue to practice at www.nle.org

Homework:
1. Reread the text book pages 60-61
2. Workbook for lesson 23: 120 - 124
3. Make note cards for your new vocabulary words.  Find an additional derivative for each.
4. Reminder - No classes next week for the President's Day holiday
5. Our next class is March 1st - tuition will be due - and my husband will be leading the class as I will be out of town. 
6. Upcoming projects: March 8 - Liam - Underworld; March 8 - Harriet - Spartacus; March 15 - Julia - Julius Caesar

Monday, February 13, 2017

Eastside - First Form Latin update

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: March 6 - Esther - Spartacus; April 17 - Benjamin -Nero

World Lit/comp update - week 18

Today we finished watching "O Brother Where Art Thou" and then began our unit on the Aeneid. We discussed the details behind Virgil's Aeneid - that it was modeled after Homer's Iliad and Odyssey - and that there was a clear political agenda to the story.  We also fully fleshed out the details of the entire story.  Then we watched a fabulous stick figure movie about the events in the Aeneid.


Homework:
1. Read the next play about Aeneas and Dido and be ready to answer questions about it at the beginning of class next week.
2. Keep working on your study guide - the unit test will be on February 27th
3. The OMG project is due on March 6 - and on that day we will move on to Norse mythology.


Second and Third Form Latin update - week 18

Second Form: In today's class we learned how to make adverbs from 1st/2nd declension adjectives and 3rd declension adjectives.

Third Form: We learned reflexive pronouns in Latin.  Latin is actually easier than English with this form! Reflexive pronouns are not found in the nominative as they are always in the predicate and refer back to the subject of its clause.

Homework:
1. Read pages 48-49 in your text book; TF: 58-59
2.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 16 - pages 95-99 and be sure to go over the Unit review pages to prep for the take home test; TF: workbook pages 137-142, review pages 143-151
3.  SF: Create notecards for our new vocabulary words + derivatives.  You should add the adverbial form to your notecards for the old vocabulary (or create new ones!).
4. Upcoming Projects: Feb 13 - Benjamin - Titus and the Roman conquest of Jerusalem; Mar 6 - Carson - Horace; March 13 - Grant - Cattulus; March 20 - Connor - Vergil
5. Take home test - should be done without assistance when you are prepared before class next week.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 21

In today's lesson we continued learning more about third declension nouns.  This week our vocabulary list consists of nouns with grammatical rather than natural gender.  

Students should continue with the practice for the National Latin exam.  If the students could bring their electronic devices again next week, we can practice more before the exam on March 10th.

Homework:
1. Read the text book pages 58-59 
2.  Workbook for lessons 22: 115-119 

3.  Make note cards for your new vocabulary words.  Find an additional derivative for the words in the vocabulary list that already list a derivative.
4. Upcoming projects: Feb 15 - Liam - The Underworld; Mar 8 - Harriett - Spartacus; Mar 15 - Julia - Julius Caesar

Monday, February 6, 2017

Eastside - First Form Latin update - week 17

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.
4. Upcoming projects: Feb 13 - Chloe - Pandora's Box; Feb 20 - Esther - The Underworld; April 17 - Benjamin - Nero

World Lit/Comp Class update

Today we watched "O Brother Where Art Thou" and saw many similarities between it and the Odyssey. Next week we will finish the movie and begin our final plays for this unit.

Homework:
Be working on the study guide - the test for this unit is February 27.
OMG project is due March 6
If you haven't gotten it already, be sure to get "Summerland" by Michael Chabon as we will start reading this at the end of the month.

Second and Third Form Latin - week 17 class update

Second Form: In today's class we learned how to make adverbs from 1st/2nd declension adjectives and 3rd declension adjectives.

Third Form: We learned reflexive pronouns in Latin.  Latin is actually easier than English with this form! Reflexive pronouns are not found in the nominative as they are always in the predicate and refer back to the subject of its clause.

Homework:
1. Read pages 48-49 in your text book; TF: 58-59
2.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 16 - pages 95-99; TF: workbook pages 137-142, review pages 143-151 - the test will be emailed - take it when you are prepared.
3.  SF: Create notecards for our new vocabulary words + derivatives.  You should add the adverbial form to your notecards for the old vocabulary (or create new ones!).
4. Projects: Feb 13 - Caleb - Pax Romana; Feb 20 - Benjamin - Titus and the Roman capture of Jersualem; Mar 6 - Carson - Horace; Mar 13 - Grant - Cattulus; Mar 20 - Connor - Vergil.
5. Second Form - translate the following sentences into Latin:

The farmer roughly drags the children from the mountain towards the bridge.
Our brothers will easily build a city with the money from the tribe of Gauls.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

LEAD - First Form Latin update - week 20

In today's class we moved to a new unit and began learning about 3rd declension nouns.  These nouns will take a lot of practice and studying as they change a lot in spelling from the nominative to the genitive singular.  The students need to be sure they have their 1st and 2nd declension endings down pat so that there is a smooth transition into the remainder of the declensions that we'll study this year.

The students should begin to practice - and get used to the format of the National Latin exam by taking quizzes on the NLE website.  There will be a lot of forms and vocabulary that we haven't learned, but the students will see that they know more than they think they do and can still answer the questions correctly without knowing the vocabulary in the questions!  Use this link - and be sure to practice with the Introduction to Latin questions.

Homework:
1. Read lesson 21 pages 56-57
2. Workbook pages for lesson 21 - pages 110-114
3. Make notecards for your new vocabulary words + find an additional derivative for each word.
4. Spend time studying your vocabulary and grammar!

5. Upcoming projects: Feb 8 - Edith - Pandora's box; Feb 15 - Liam - the Underworld; Mar 8 - Harriett - Spartacus; Mar 15 - Julia - Julius Caesar