Week of May 9th
After our Reading Opportunity on Monday, we'll begin to prepare for our final. You will receive one more vocabulary set and text which we will use to prepare for the final. No new grammar will be covered; but this will be an opportunity to solidify understanding of topics previously covered. The final will assume intimate familiarity with the texts from this semester, as well as these grammar topics/handouts:
2) Ablative Absolute(ly Fabulous!!)
3) Future Tense
4) Passive Voice
Week of May 2nd
We'll wrap up our sixth text selection and learn about the passive voice in the Present, Imperfect, and Future tenses. Vocab Opportunity Friday; Reading Opportunity at the beginning of next week. In preparation for our opportunity, and BEFORE CLASS THIS FRIDAY read sections 1-7 at this link. You should answer these three questions: 1) What becomes of Vortigern, and how? 2) What becomes of Hengist, and how? 3) Who are Aurelius and Uther?
Week of April 25th
We'll begin our sixth text selection and complete our Dr. Watson 2.0 by learning the remaining tenses of the Passive Voice. Vocab and Reading Opportunities at the end of next week. Get to work! For Monday, May 2nd you should have translated the first side of our text selection and already begun to review the text in preparation for the coming opportunity.
Week of April 11th
We'll wrap up our 5th reading selection this week and learn about the "Perfect Passive System of Verbs." Our vocab opportunity will be at the end of this week, reading opportunity at beginning of next. Activity 5, posted under handouts, should be completed before week's end.
Week of April 4th
We'll start our fifth selection and learn about Perfect Passive system of verbs. Give the text your first, zero-magnification read-through before class Wednesday. Vocab and Reading Opportunities at the end of next week.
Week of Mar. 7th
We wrapped up our discussion of our 4th reading selection: The Saxons are Coming! You have your reading/grammar opportunity next Tuesday. Work through the Preview posted under handouts to prepare for it. Consult your Watson, consult your texts. Think hard!
Week of Feb. 29th
We'll debrief our last reading opportunity before diving into our next portion of text. Get out your dirndls and lederhosen, because zie Germans are coming!! New vocab is up, remember you can earn an extra half point on your vocab opportunity if you name shows up for any of the activities for the cumulative vocab list! For Tuesday's class, you should work through the paragraph starting "Deos Patrios--Saturnum..." You will not understand it at first. It will be difficult; but if you spend some time with it, and think about it, you will come to understand it. Do it.
Week of Feb. 22nd
Vocab opportunity on Monday. We're going to wrap up our text during our full block, then get verby with our Dr. Watson. We did our first, zero-magnification read-through of Diana's oracular response to Brutus. Before our full block, work through the text again and answer the following questions: 1) Where is Brutus' destined home? 2) What is it like there? 3) What will happen once he gets there? For Thursday, complete the Future Tense Activity, referring to your Dr. Watson for help. Reading/Grammar Opportunity on Friday.
Week of Feb. 15th
We'll continue working through our third selection of text, getting to know our new Dr. Watson and meeting the Future tense of verbs. On Thursday, we'll look at Brutus' invocation of Diana as a typical example of ancient prayer.
Week of Feb. 8th
After our Reading Opportunity, we'll begin our next section of text. Complete the Selection 3: Background ?'s to the right under handouts before class on Thursday. Also, please do the first, zero-magnification read-through of our new text selection, highlighting vocab words, personal nouns, and cosas obvias. New Vocab is up on Quizlet. Get on it!
Week of Feb. 1st
This week, we'll finish up our discussion of our text selection and solidify our understanding of the Ablative Absolute(ly Fabulous!!). You have a big reading Opportunity coming at you on Friday (sects. 2 & 3) or Monday (sect. 1). It will be an unseen passage, which picks up where our current selection leaves off. It will be similar in length, vocabulary, and grammar and will assume an intimate knowledge of the LATIN TEXT of our current selection. Get ready! FOR WEDNESDAY, PLEASE WRITE A SUMMARY (IN ENGLISH) OF THE ENTIRE TEXT BRUTUS' BIRTH AND EXILE. BRING IT WITH YOU TO CLASS ON WEDNESDAY.
Week of Jan. 25th
This week, we'll dive into our second selection of Geoffrey's text: Brutus' Birth and Exile. We'll learn about the many-splendored Ablative Absolute(ly Fabulous!!). Vocab opp. at end of week. Reading/Grammar opp. beginning of next.
Week of Jan. 18th
We'll debrief our Travel Brochures and the Descriptio Insulae before beginning our next section of text. Thursday will be a work day and we'll learn a little bit about the Trojan War. Get on Quizlet!
Week of Jan. 11th
We'll begin the week by making vocab cards for the coming reading selection. We're diving into ol' Geoffrey of Monmouth's text on Tuesday, working through his "Descriptio Insulae." You will demonstrate your understanding of the text by creating a "Travel Brochure" for the island as Geoffrey describes it. An example is posted. First Vocab Opportunity at the end of this week. There will be no new grammar.
Week of Jan. 4th
Welcome to the new semester! We debriefed our final and talked about the coming semester. Be sure to log on to Quizlet, and start your vocab study, before class on Monday. We watched "Sword in the Stone." Please complete the Movie Wkst. for this movie and bring it to class with you Monday.
Week of Dec. 7th
After our Vocabulary Opportunity on Monday, we'll start to get ready for our final. The final will be an OPEN-NOTE, but CLOSED-BOOK translation exam of sentences that re-tell the events of the last two stages (23-24). You will have choices (i.e., you will translate something like 10 of something like 12 sentences) and will be asked to find examples of PARTICIPLES and verbs in the SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD. We will prepare for the exam by working through one more story in Stage 24, using a Carta to lead us through the text.
Week of Nov. 30th
This week, we're going to read the stories from Stage 24 while learning about the Subjunctive Mood, as well as travel in the ancient world. Study the handout on the subjunctive mood, and hit up Quizlet.
Week of Nov. 9th
We continued working through the stories from stage 23. Vocab and Reading/Grammar Pre-Opportunities at end of week. Hit up Quizlet over the weekend; all the cool kids are doing it!
Week of November 2nd
We'll begin stage 23 this week, learning about adjectives and adverbs as well as Roman religion and superstition. Please read the essay, "Roman Religious Beliefs" (pp. 57-62) and complete the Cult. Questions for stage 23 before class Wednesday.
Week of October 26th
We'll wrap up the stories from Stage 22 and have our Post-Opportunity during our full block this week. Review your pre-opportunity and get yourself ready!
Week of October 5th
Reading/Grammar Pre-opportunity during our first meeting of the week. Then, we'll take it easy a bit before the long weekend. Get in a little vocab study on Quizlet over the break; otherwise, no Latin homework!
Week of September 28th
We'll get into the stories for stage 22 and learn a bit more about participles. Vocab quiz this Friday. Reading/Grammar/Translation quiz at the beginning of next week. Before Friday, please complete the Carta for Stage 22, available to the right.
Week of September 21st
We'll debrief our quiz from stage 21 and move into stage 22. In this stage, we'll learn about Magic in the ancient world, especially how the Romans used curse tablets to thwart their enemies. Before class Thursday, please read pp. 41-42 in your textbook and answer the cultural-historical questions for stage 22 to the right. For our first class next week, finish summarizing--accurately, but not word for word--the short texts that accompany the pictures at the very beginning of stage 22.
Week of September 14th
We'll continue reading the stories from stage 21 and learning, formally, about participles (handout to the right). Please complete the exercise on the back of the handout before class on Thursday. Our first reading/grammar/translation quiz will be on Friday. Bring your stuff, it's open note.
Week of September 7th
We're going to continue reading our stories from Stage 21 and learn about the Perfect Passive Participle. Sections that meet for our long block on Friday should translate up to line 11 in the story, "Senator Advenit" on p. 10 before then. Section that will meet on Thursday, you should translate up to line 5 before then.
Week of August 31st
We'll keep on reading the stories from stage 21 while getting our Latin legs back under us. Vocab quiz on Thursday. We'll meet the Perfect Passive Participle next week and have our reading/grammar quiz at the end of that week.
Week of August 17th
Welcome! We're going to get to know each other this week and talk about how we'll work and play together during the coming year. Syllabus is to the right. Please bring a three-ring binder and spiral notebook to class ASAP.
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Dr. Watson, Complete
Rivers of Time!
Selection 7: Arthur!
Selection 6: Merlin's Parentage
Activity 5: Perfect Passive Verbs
Selection 5: That Escalated Quickly
Reading Opp. 4: Preview
Selection 4: Saxons are coming!
Activity: Future Tense
Activity: Ancient Prayers
Dr. Watson 2.0
Selection 3: Brutus' Incubation
Selection 3: Background ?'s
Ablative Absolute(ly Fabulous!!)
Selection 2: Brutus' Birth and Exile
Activity: Travel Brochure Blank
Activity: Travel Brochure Example
Selection 1: Descriptio Insulae
Movie Wkst.: Sword in the Stone
Carta: Stage 24, Final Prep II
Carta: Stage 24, Final Prep I
Subjunctive Mood: Intro, Imp., Plp.
Self Assessment: Stage 23
Cult. Questions: Stage 23
Carta: Stage 22, Amor Vincit
Carta: Stage 22, Modestus
Cult. Questions: Stage 22
Cult. Questions: Stage 21