Tuesday, December 04, 2007
You can also read a review of Mr. Mount's recent book in the Guardian Unlimited (UK).
Monday, December 03, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Visit Perlingua for some wonderful ideas including a template for a Dial a Verb wheel that students can make for themselves, a Circle of Life sentence machine and an Excel template for a noun-adjective agreement booklet.
Friday, November 16, 2007
THE POET'S CALENDAR
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Janus am I; oldest of potentates;
Forward I look, and backward, and below
I count, as god of avenues and gates,
The years that through my portals come and go.
I block the roads, and drift the fields with snow;
I chase the wild-fowl from the frozen fen;
My frosts congeal the rivers in their flow,
My fires light up the hearths and hearts of men.
I am lustration, and the sea is mine.
I wash the sands and headlands with my tide;
My brow is crowned with branches of the pine;
Before my chariot-wheels the fishes glide.
By me all things unclean are purified,
By me the souls of men washed white again;
E'en the unlovely tombs of those who died
Without a dirge, I cleanse from every stain.
I Martius am! Once first, and now the third!
To lead the Year was my appointed place;
A mortal dispossessed me by a word,
And set there Janus with the double face.
Hence I make war on all the human race;
I shake the cities with my hurricanes;
I flood the rivers and their banks efface,
And drown the farms and hamlets with my rains.
I open wide the portals of the Spring
To welcome the procession of the flowers,
With their gay banners, and the birds that sing
Their song of songs from their aerial towers.
I soften with my sunshine and my showers
The heart of earth; with thoughts of love I glide
Into the hearts of men; and with the Hours
Upon the Bull with wreathed horns I ride.
Hark! The sea-faring wild-fowl loud proclaim
My coming, and the swarming of the bees.
These are my heralds, and behold! my name
Is written in blossoms on the hawthorn-trees.
I tell the mariner when to sail the seas;
I waft o'er all the land from far away
The breath and bloom of the Hesperides,
My birthplace. I am Maia. I am May.
Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower's scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year.
My emblem is the Lion, and I breathe
The breath of Libyan deserts o'er the land;
My sickle as a sabre I unsheathe,
And bent before me the pale harvests stand.
The lakes and rivers shrink at my command,
And there is thirst and fever in the air;
The sky is changed to brass, the earth to sand;
I am the Emperor whose name I bear.
The Emperor Octavian, called the August,
I being his favorite, bestowed his name
Upon me, and I hold it still in trust,
In memory of him and of his fame.
I am the Virgin, and my vestal flame
Burns less intensely than the Lion's rage;
Sheaves are my only garlands, and I claim
The golden Harvests as my heritage.
I bear the Scales, where hang in equipoise
The night and day; and when unto my lips
I put my trumpet, with its stress and noise
Fly the white clouds like tattered sails of ships;
The tree-tops lash the air with sounding whips;
Southward the clamorous sea-fowl wing their flight;
The hedges are all red with haws and hips,
The Hunter's Moon reigns empress of the night.
My ornaments are fruits; my garments leaves,
Woven like cloth of gold, and crimson dyed;
I do not boast the harvesting of sheaves,
O'er orchards and o'er vineyards I preside.
Though on the frigid Scorpion I ride,
The dreamy air is full, and overflows
With tender memories of the summer-tide,
And mingled voices of the doves and crows.
The Centaur, Sagittarius, am I,
Born of Ixion's and the cloud's embrace;
With sounding hoofs across the earth I fly,
A steed Thessalian with a human face.
Sharp winds the arrows are with which I chase
The leaves, half dead already with affright;
I shroud myself in gloom; and to the race
Of mortals bring nor comfort nor delight.
Riding upon the Goat, with snow-white hair,
I come, the last of all. This crown of mine
Is of the holly; in my hand I bear
The thyrsus, tipped with fragrant cones of pine.
I celebrate the birth of the Divine,
And the return of the Saturnian reign;--
My songs are carols sung at every shrine,
Proclaiming "Peace on earth, good will to men."
Friday, November 09, 2007
The following is a well-known blessing:
"Benedic nos Domine
et haec tua dona
quae de tua largitate
per Jesum Christum
("Bless us, O Lord,
And these they gifts
which from your bount
we are about to receive
through Jesus Christ
A different version of the above prayer as well as a number of other traditional graces and blessings in Latin can be found at Queens College, Cambridge University's website.
It's possible that you might want to serve some authentic Roman recipes for Thanksgiving, but it's probably more likely that you'd serve a Thanksgiving Cornucopia. (Cornucopia derives from the Latin cornu, meaning horn, and copia, meaning plenty. The lesser Roman divinity of luck, Fortuna, was often portrayed with a cornucopia in one hand and a rudder in the other hand.)
- Everyday you'll know just what happened On This Day in Ancient History!
- Cope with the writer's strike by checking out the Ancient World on Television!
- Find a Classics job, see what papers are being called for, and what conferences are coming up!
- Keep in touch with the Classical blogging world!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
A few other excellent sites to visit for anyone interested in Vesuvius -- especially those of you using the Cambridge Latin Course -- include:
- Earth Observatory Maintained by NASA. Be sure to use their search option because there are quite a few images of the volcano available, as well as informative articles.
- Volcano World Hosted by the University of North Dakota, this wonderful educational site has information about volcanoes worldwide, including a page devoted to Vesuvius. Of course, you'll find instructions on building your own volcano too! Pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about volcanoes can be found here!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
You'll be happy to know that they have several popular Latin textbooks in their library, including the Cambridge Latin Course, Ecce Romani, and Jenney's Latin.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Project Gutenberg has a downloadable version of the Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, which includes an English language version of the aforementioned haunted house story. There's another translation at Bartleby, which was originally published in the Harvard Classics series.
VRoma has an excerpt from the original Latin text along with an English version available.
The Kentucky Educational Television Latin Course site has a version of the story with interactive vocabulary hints for readers.
If you'd prefer that your students would write their own scary stories, KET also has a lesson plan with lots of scary Latin vocabulary words!
The application deadline is May 1, 2008.
Tuition for the course is $300 (due June 4, 2008) and includes housing (single or double accommodations in college-owned houses), all meals, and access to Dickinson facilities, including library and gym. Participants are responsible for their own travel and book expenses.
The workshop faculty includes Christopher Francese, Associate Professor of Classics, Dickinson College and Meghan Reedy, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Dickinson College.
(Nota Bene: Those of you who listen to the Latin Poetry Podcast undoubtedly recognize Professor Francese's name!)
The Dickinson Department of Classical Studies is an approved provider of
professional development opportunities under Pennsylvania Act 48. Those who complete the workshop will receive approximately 35 hours of Act 48 credit.
For more information, or to apply, please contact Mrs. Barbara McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
To help visitors to the exhibit prepare, the curators have designed an impressive Pompeii Birmingham website. For those of us who can't go, the site is still quite impressive and worth browsing. If you're teaching a unit on Pompeii you'll find the site particularly useful. Students can read eyewitness accounts of Pliny the Younger and view actual artifacts from the show. see how the art from Pompeii has influenced modern interior designers. Teachers will especially like the printable lesson plans. and suggested reading lists.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Amy's legacy continues to live on through the Amy High Scholarship for aspiring and current Latin teachers as well as the Alexandria Academy of Fine Arts and Science.
Now Latin teachers have more of Amy's legacy to share with their students with the publication of her Latin translation of the beloved children's story Olivia, originally written by Ian Falconer.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Ginny Lindzey's insightful article It's a Lot of Work should be required reading for all Latin teacher candidates. Unless you are teaching in a highly selective prep school -- and even that's no guarantee -- you will have students with widely varying abilities. You will also have students with special needs.
It's estimated 1 in 150 children are on the autistic spectrum. Some have classic autism. Others have higher functioning forms of autism, including Asperger's Syndrome. These students are often quite academically able and may very well sign up for Latin. You will have to go to IEP meetings. Don't skip that special education course because you think you won't need it.
Friday, September 21, 2007
This is a initiative definitely worth following as it progresses!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Here's a handy list of 333 words borrowed directly from Latin into English, compiled by Bruce Deitrick Price.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
However, if for some reason you didn't get to go -- or the presenter ran out of materials -- the ACL has created an online directory of presentation handouts from last June. Not all presentations have online materials, but many do. Most are Microsoft Word documents, although a few are in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Last weekend's Prairie Home Companion broadcast (honoring education) featured Emeritus Professor Robert Sonkowsky (University of Minnesota, Classics) performing a dramatic reading from Cicero's Oration Against Cataline (In Catalinam I), with a witty English translation by Garrison Keillor. In this show, Keillor also reminisces about his former University of Minnesota Latin Professor, Margaret Forbes.
You can hear more of Robert Sonkowsky's readings at the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature (SORGLL) site, where you'll also find readings by other highly respected classicists.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
David Pelligrino has a collection of Latin Teaching Songs, covering noun declensions, prepositions, personal endings, intransitive verbs, a plethora of pronouns and question words. Especially noteworthy is the Preposition Song (sung to the melody of Ode to Joy by Beethoven), but they are all fun!
Magistra Mattingly has her students Sing Their Way Through Latin Grammar with a songs set to the tunes of the opening themes to Gilligan's Island and the Beverly Hillbillies.
Nota bene: The aforementioned sites include lyrics only.
Don't forget about the Endless Noun Ending Song, which is available in MP3 format, for listening to online.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The list of individuals and organizations who have contributed to the Latinum project is quite impressive and includes many respected scholars and institutions. To name only a few: Stephen Daitz, Robert Sonkowsky, Lorna Robinson, Cambridge University Press, the University of Canterbury (NZ), the University of Californa at Los Angeles, and Swarthmore College.
Topics in the Latinum Podcast archive include poetry, grammar, songs, jokes and readings, contemporary Latin, fluency practice, dictations and more.
What are you waiting for? It's time to get more fluent in Latin!
Monday, August 13, 2007
There's an IB Latin email list on Yahoo, but it looks like it has been very quiet since March.
What in the world does IB stand for, many of you may be asking? IB stands for the International Baccalaureate.
The International Baccalaureate program is a international curriculum run by the International Baccalaureate Organization, based in Geneva Switzerland. There are three levels: elementary, middle and diploma level. There is an IB Latin curriculum at the senior high or diploma level. The IB Latin blog and email list have been set up for teachers to discuss the diploma level Latin curriculum.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Entitled Rome: In Situ & In the Lab, this course (which may be taken for college or continuing education credit) is for teachers of Latin, Greek, the Classics and related disciplines. Participants will visit significant archaeological and museum sites and, in a computer laboratory, learn how to digitally record and use the resulting materials in the classroom and on the web. If you've always wanted to incorporate technology into your classroom, this sounds like a fabulous opportunity!
The instructors are Rob Latousek (Centaur Systems), Julian Morgan (J-PROGS) , Paul Gwynne (American University of Rome), and Cindy Caltagirone (Webmaster of the National Latin Exam and American Classical League websites).
Visit the American Classical League to find out more about the course, view an itinerary or download a registration form. You can also write email@example.com or contact the American Classical League at 422 Wells Mill Dr., Oxford OH, 45056.
The deadline to register is January 15, 2008!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Robert Patrick's Learning Site includes links to games, drills, exercises and quizzes that he has found useful and he's grouped them according by textbook series. You'll find materials keyed to Cambridge, Oerberg, and Oxford as well as Mythology, the National Latin Exam and Certamen. (There's also a link here to his summary notes and handouts from his ACL 2007 workshop Induite Latinam, Pars Prima, which focused on conversational Latin in the classroom.)
If you teach from the Ecce Romani series, you'll definitely be interested in the Quia Class Pages maintained by Pat Kessler and also Gail Cooper! Both have a huge number of online Latin games covering vocabulary, culture, and syntax. Both have had to subdivide their pages because they've created so many games and quizzes!
You can also find many, many more activities listed at the Latinteach Games and Quizzes Resource page.
Latin is a Language,
As dead as dead can be.
First it killed the Romans
Now it's killing me.
Grace de Majewski's mother taught her this second verse:
A little bit of Caesar
And a touch of Cicero
Help to make the place
Where the crazy people go.
The Institute also welcomes those who wish to earn teaching certification in Latin, including new teachers or experienced teachers of other world languages who wish to add an endorsement in Latin.
Visit the Colorado College Summer Latin Institute webpage to see an overview of the 2007 course offerings and find out how to contact the Institute directly to find out about the 2008 curriculum.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
DD Farms, a regular contributor to the Latinteach List, has rewritten
this rhyme, mentioned in a previous blog entry:
Latin is a lot of fun,
As fun as it can be,
First it made the Romans laugh,
And now it tickles me.
-DD has dedicated his version to John Traupman's Latin Is Fun.
"We have FIVE teachers graduating with their MA's this summer!!"
This is excellent news, especially considering the continuing shortage of Latin teachers.
For more information about the University of Georgia's summer program, see this previous post.
Latin is a language,
Dead as Dead Can Be,
First it Killed the Romans,
Now It's Killing Me.
This little poem has been written inside many textbooks throughout the decades by students, struggling to learn their declensions and conjugations. (Fortunately, we have some really imaginative and well-written textbooks these days that keep students from giving up!)
A member of the Latinteach discussion list asked this week about the 2nd verse. She quickly received an answer from another list member.
All are dead who spoke it.
All are dead who wrote it.
All are dead who learned it,
Lucky dead, they've earned it.
Of course, this is certainly untrue! Despite the claims in this verse, Latin is being used as a means of communication today. Living people actually do speak and write Latin.
The University of Kentucky sponsors a Conventiculum each summer, in which participants live for an extended period of time in an all-Latin environment, speaking and hearing Latin exclusively.
The North American Institute for Living Latin Studies also is hosting its 7th annual Rusticatio Californiae seminar in Petaluma, California this summer.
UMass Boston runs a week-long residential immersion seminar Conventiculum Bostoniense, aimed primarily at teachers, featuring instructional activities, local excursions and social activities in Latin.
It's too late to sign up for 2007 -- these conventiosn and institutes are happening this week and next -- but interested individuals are encouraged to visit the websites for these Conventicula and make plans for 2008!
If you'd like to read some Latin, written to keep you informed about current events and knowledge, check out:
Nuntii Latini, an online broadcast of world news, read in Latin, brought to you each week from the Finnish Broadcasting Company. This news show is also available as a podcast!
Vikipaedia, the Latin language version of Wikipedia.
Professor John Traupman has written a wonderful manual for anyone interested in developing spoken fluency in Latin. Entitled Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency, this is a great starting point and a wonderful reference.
The Communicating in Latin page on the main Latinteach.com website includes many podcasts, webcasts and other excellent resources for those of you who would like to hear some Latin. I hope you'll be inspired and and realize the reports of Latin's death have been greatly exaggerated.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Taught by the highly respected Franklin Professor of Classics Richard A. LaFleur, Latin 4770/6770 Methods and Materials for Latin Teaching will carry 3 hours of undergraduate or graduate level credit, depending on the student/teacher'as prior preparation and training. Qualified students may enroll at any time, work at their own pace, and complete the course in as little as two months time or up to nine months from course registration.
In the past, prospective teacher candidates across the country often had to take methodology courses that did not take into account the special preparation necessary to teach a classical language. While Latin teachers can benefit greatly from studying methodologies used by modern language teachers, many teachers in training found themselves in courses taught by professors who simply did not understand (or sometimes did not even care) how current methodological and pedagogical research could be applied to classical languages. Now, Latin teachers everywhere will have the opportunity to study methodology with a professor who really cares about Latin and the Classics and who has years of research and practice in the field!
Methods and Materials for Latin Teaching's website will be open to anyone -- not just students. Professor LaFleur's vision is that:
"it will be of some value, not just to my methods students, but to Latin teachers everywhere, especially to novice teachers and teachers-in-training–though there may be some RES BONAE here even for veterans!"Without a doubt, this new site will be more than just "of some value." It will be invaluable, with representative materials, lesson plans, handouts, powerpoints, and links. It certainly sounds like it will be RES OPTIMAE!
Currently, Professor LaFleur is in the process of developing the site and is requesting Latin teachers to consider submitting their "exemplary and innovative" materials.
Now, what do SANDALS have to do with a methods course? For years, Professor LaFleur has been exhorting his Latin students to remember their SANDALS, which is a mnemonic for the six multisensory aspects of language learning: "Spectate, Audite, Nunc Dicite, Agite, Legite, Scribite!" ("Look, Listen, Now Say, Do, Read and Write!") To find out more and download a free mnemonic poster, visit the site.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Mark Keith, a Latin teacher who blogs on the rather cleverly named Marginalia, has written a rather insightful entry on Authors as Prophets, in which he reflects on a passage from the first Harry Potter book:
"in which Professor McGonagall claims, '[Harry Potter will] be famous -- a legend -- I wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in the future -- there will be books written about Harry -- every child in the world will know his name!' When Rowling was writing this first book, surely she didn't believe that her books would be so wildly successful. She could certainly hope so, but hindsight now proves her prophetic statement to be amazingly correct!"
Mark goes on to refer to Latin authors who have made similar statements in their own works. It's an interesting reflection on the Classical connections in Rowling's work.
I'm sure that many people are going back to re-read the entire series. I've started re-reading it too.
Meanwhile, David Meadows at Rogue Classicism notes that J.K. Rowling's next project may have a direct classical link.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Nota Bene: To find out whether or not Harry lives or dies, you're just going to have to read the book. I'm not telling.
I finished reading all 759 pages of the Deathly Hallows about 24 hours after I started. I'm not giving away any spoilers though! But I thought that you all might be interested in Harry Potter's Latin connections. Many of the spells Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the wizards use in the series have Latin derivations. J.K Rowling taught herself Latin and uses the language extensively in the series.
Here are a few resources for those of you who would like to find out more.
Wikipedia has a hyperlinked compendium of spells in Harry Potter.
Mugglenet maintains a comprehensive list of spells and charms as well as an index of name origins.
Veritaserum also has an online dictionary of spells and charms.
Children's BBC has a teacher's lesson plan based upon the Latin used in spells in the series.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Those of you who have taken note of J.K. Rowling's literary and word play allusions to the classics will be interested to know that one of the quotations that she has chosen to preface her book with is taken from The Libation Bearers by the Greek playwright Aeschylus (translated by Robert Fagles.) The other quote is from William Penn. That's all I'm saying for now.
The Romans is an outstanding free online resource based upon Antony Kamm's book, Introduction to the Romans, originally published by Routledge. Andrew Wilson, who also maintains the superb Classics Pages, did the work of transcribing and hyperlinking the pages. You may also recognize Andrew Wilson as the person who translated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone into Ancient Greek!
The Romans website includes not only the text of the Kamm's book, but also photographs, original illustrations, timelines, and best of all, interactive activities and quizzes!
Friday, July 20, 2007
The most famous baths in the world are the Roman Baths in the city of Bath, England. The official website includes an interactive site plan where you can can find out more about the site in ancient and modern times. If you are ever in England, it's an amazing site to visit in a lovely city, not far from London. You can see more photographs of the Roman Baths in England at the Bluffton University Index of Art Historical Sites as well as the Maecenas archive.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Teachers can use this tool to create, save and access rubrics, or scoring criteria benchmarks online. There's a searchable database of shared rubrics there too.
4teachers, which hosts the Rubistar site, also maintains an entire suite of teacher tools: Quiz Sar, Academic Skill Builders, Persuade Star, Classroom Architect, Equity (for a Diverse classroom), Trackstar, and more!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
The Georgia Classics Summer Institute offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate Latin and Classics courses and, in odd-numbered years, Intensive Beginning Greek, and, in even-numbered years, Intensive Beginning Latin. The Institute curriculum is supplemented by workshops and guest lectures by visiting Master Teachers and other scholars.
Methods courses are offered each summer, and there is a new non-thesis option for teachers.
Out-of-state tuition is WAIVED for Latin teachers, who pay only the low IN-STATE tuition; scholarships are available from the department, and many of the Institute participants are awarded scholarships by ACL, CAMWS, and other organizations.
For details visit this site: http://www.classics.uga.edu/summer/summer.htm
CPL Online's index shows that the journal covers a diverse range of topics: grammar, oral Latin, reading and translation strategies, sight translation, and pedagogical theory and practice. There are articles on teaching Latin to elementary students and to students with disabilities. If you need mnemonics or songs, CPL Online has those too!
Most are written in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf file) format, so you'll need the Acrobat Reader.
Monday, July 02, 2007
From the Australian Broadcasting Company in Brisbane comes a Latin lesson by Emeritus Professor Bob Milns. (Thanks to David Meadows from RogueClassicism for pointing out this gem this morning!)
This short lesson includes 3 dialogues: a greeting, a school exchange and a shopping trip. Sadly, no audio.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
If you are trying to incorporate more spoken Latin for fluency and understanding into your classroom, there's a wonderful discussion about TPR and Latin on the Latinteach email discussion list going on right now! Go to Latinteach.com to find out how to join the list!
If you have no idea what TPR teaching is, check out this Wikipedia entry.
There are lots of great TPR and TPRS ideas specifically for Latin teachers on Thomas McCarthy's site. Tom has even written a book entitled Nunc Loquamur, designed to get your students speaking Latin!
In less than a month, The Harry Potter saga will finally be concluded. Latin teachers are gearing up for a new round of students coming to ask them for translations of incantations based on clever word play influenced by the classical languages!
Speaking of Latin teachers, have you seen the HogwartsProfessor.com website? If you're a Potter fan, be sure to have plenty of time because there's lots to read and think about here!
John Granger, the full-time Latin and English teacher who blogs on the HogwartsProfessor site is the author of Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader, Looking for God in Harry Potter, The Hidden Key to Harry Potter and a contributor to Who Killed Albus Dumbledore: What Really Happened in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince? Having taken a look at his blog, I'm putting these books on my reading list to tide me over until that seventh book comes out!
P.S. I know I've mentioned this site before, but here's a great article on incorporating Harry Potter into the Latin classroom. It's also written by 2 Latin teachers, Ginny Lindzey and Clint Hagen.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Rome Reborn 1.0 is truly an incredible website! Brought to you by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and the University of Virginia, Rome Reborn includes a gallery of still images,. video and audio clips. View computer models of the eternal city. Wander the streets of an amazing ancient virtual Rome. Listen to audio clips about the history and future of the project.
You can read more about Rome Reborn on Yahoo News.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Undoubtedly, you've noticed that your students learn in many different ways. This means that teachers need to teach in many different ways. Not only does it alleviate boredom, but it allows a teacher to present material more than once and review and practice with students.
Ruth L. Breindel has written a wonderful book entitled De Discendi Natura: Learning Styles in the Teaching of Latin. This is a wonderful book that presents 24 different learning styles and provides concrete examples for each. If you've been searching for ways to vary your teaching presentation style and review material in different ways, this is the book for you. Published by the American Classical League's Teacher's Materials Resource Center (TMRC), this would be a great book to pick up for the summer to prepare for next year.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Rose Williams has just launched her new website!
A native of Abilene, Texas, Rose taught Latin there for many years. She's now retired but she hasn't slowed down one bit! Rose is the author of a number of clever and amusing books on classical themes. Her most recent release, The Lighter Side of the Dark Ages, "deals with the 500 years after the fall of Rome in the West, when people went right on calling themselves Roman and paying tribute to an ideal which had largely ceased to be real." Students love her books because they are readable. Rose has a witty and ironic writing style. Teachers love her books because they are well-researched and educational.
Some of Rose's other books include Once Upon the Tiber, The Labors of Aeneas: What a Pain It Was to Found the Roman Race, and Vergil for Beginners
Rose's site includes more information about all of her books as well as some wonderful, print quality teaching materials for you to try out in your Latin classroom! Enjoy!
Monday, May 14, 2007
Of course, you can always read Caroline's books while you wait. Start with Thieves of Ostia, the first book in the series. In this book, you'll be introduced to the main characters -- Flavia, Jonathan, Miram, Nubia and Lupus -- as they seek to solve the mysterious deaths of dogs in their neighborhood. Followup titles include Secrets of Vesuvius, Pirates of Pompeii, Assassins of Rome and 12 more titles.
Caroline Lawrence maintains an author's website where interested readers can read her bio, check out her blog, download and print nifty bookplates, and read the newscroll to find out what's coming up next for Flavia and her author.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Ancient World Mapping Center Maps for Students Digitized maps for educational use. Teachers and students may use these maps for educational or personal use. Most of these maps come with a customizable blank version, quite suitable for quizzes and tests.
Centaur Systems carries the professional quality JPROGS image collections (many 1200 pixels wide) on CD-ROM. Collections available include Romana, Pompeii, Hellenika, Hispania. Rome the Eternal City, Roman Africa, etc. These images are suitable for presentations, websites and classwork and other non-commercial use.
Maecenas, Vroma and Imagines Locorum Romanorum Antiquorum are 3 sources for free, non-commercial photographs of Classical themed subjects. These are very good resources but be aware that some photos are scans or web quality (meaning fewer pixels for faster download, which means they may not enlarge well.)
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Those of you living near Alexandria, VA, should plan to attend the Amy High Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser this weekend at the Lyles Crouch Elementary School located at 530 S. Asaph St., Alexandria, VA. The fundraiser will last from 2:00pm-6:00pm. The activities will feature wonderful food, live music, Roman Legionnaires, and a silent auction. There will also be a petting zoo and face painting for the children!
Amy High was a Virginia Latin teacher who had great vision and an amazing imagination but sadly passed away several years ago at the young age of 39. A true loss for her family and for the Latin teaching profession as well. To find out more about Amy High and the work that she did, you can read this article on the Time Magazine website.
You should also visit the Forum Romanum site. Amy played the part of Julia Pauli in these fun news videos, performed entirely in Latin.
The Amy High Memorial Scholarship provides funding for prospective and practicing Latin teachers to attend the Reginald Foster Latin Summer Study in Rome, Italy. Amy was a great proponent of active Latin and studied with Fr. Foster for several summers. According to the organizers, $20,000 was raised at last year's fundraiser and $10,000 in scholarships was awarded this year. The organizers hope to make this scholarship self-sustaining. Find out more by visiting the scholarship's official website. You can also download this year's poster.
Hopefully, this scholarship fund will inspire a new generation of Latin teachers to carry on the work that Amy started!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Although Latin is an ancient language, Latin teachers often use 21st century methodologies and technology to help students learn the language. Finding the appropriate software and support can be a challenge.
An excellent source of Latin language software for classroom teachers and homeschooling parents is Centaur Systems, which publishes and distributes educational software for the Classics. Their catalog includes programs for Windows and Macintosh (OSX and OS9).
The President of Centaur Systems is Rob Latousek, who has his MA in Latin and is a former Latin teacher himself. Rob not only designs and publishes Latin language software, but also writes extensively about computer based tools and the Classics. You can read Random Access on the Centaur Systems website to find out his opinions on the many different programs and applications available for Latin learners . There's also a Software Directory and Publisher's Directory.
For those of you based in the United Kingdom, J-PROGS is the most well-known publisher of Classically-oriented educational software in Great Britain. Click here if you'd like to download a copy of their catalogue.
Probably one of the best-known Latin language software programs is Artes Latinae available from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. A self-teaching program based on the structural linguistic work of Professor Waldo Sweet, Artes Latinae utilizes a programmed, self-correcting approach to learning the language. Students work at their own pace for mastery of the language. Bolchazy-Carducci provides support for teachers and students through a newsletter and online discussion forum.
OERBERG'S LINGUA LATINA PER SE ILLUSTRATA
A Latin course written completely in Latin and based upon the direct method of immersion, Lingua Latina is now available on CD-ROMs which contain the complete text as well as audio recordings and interactive exercises. The first CD-ROM for PC, entitled Familia Romana introduces students to the basics of Latin grammar and provides a 1500 word foundation vocabulary. The text is a continuous story about a Roman family. Grammatical instruction is provided in the target language, Latin, providing a unique learning experience. The second CD-ROM for PC is entitled Exercitia Latina II.
Latina Lingua Per Se Illustrata is also available as a 2 CD-ROM set for Macintosh OSX.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
If you need materials to promote Latin, there's quite a bit of free material available.
- Materials Useful for Promoting Latin from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South Committee for the Promotion of Latin
- Downloadable Posters from the National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week Site
- SAT Score Brochure and Other Latin Advantage Materials from Bolchazy-Carducci
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Several years ago, Dexter Hoyos, a professor of Latin at the University of Sydney introduced his Rules for Reading Latin Prose. Ginny Lindzey has designed a wonderful poster where you can download these rules for easy reference. You can find this poster as well as many other printable classroom materials on the Downloadable Materials page the National Committee to Promote Greek and Latin website. You'll understand these rules even better if you get Professor Hoyos' manual, which available from CANE Instructional Materials for less than $10!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
This year NLTRW is March 5-9, 2007, which is the first full week in March! The National Committee for Latin and Greek has put together a terrific website where you can find all sorts of promotional items, including downloadable articles, posters, brochures, and bookmarks. There's an informative F.A.Q., a list of universities which provide training for Latin teachers, and lots of ideas you can use to help inspire future Latin teachers.
Also check out Anima Altera, where you can purchase some fabulous t-shirts designed specifically for NLTRW!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Articles of note in the Spring '07 issue include Africanising the Classics (focusing on post-apartheid South Africa), Reinterpreting the Past in Popular Culture, and Modernising Monsters: Classics and Computer Games.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Another outstanding resource for Black History Month is the 12 Black Classicists website, which was originally designed by Michele Valerie Ronnick as an accompaniment to the travelling photo exhibit of the same name. The photo exhibit debuted in 2004 and is currently being displayed (February 2007) at Trinity University in San Antonio. The website includes biographies of 12 prominent and historical African American Classicists as well as media, coverage, exhibit photos, and a bibliography. Michele Valerie Ronnick is an associate professor of Classics at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. She is the editor of The Works of William Sanders Scarborough: Black Classicist and Race Leader from the Collected Black Writings Series. She also wrote the introduction to The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship. You can visit Professor Ronnick's website here.
Friday, February 09, 2007
To find out more about the Ancient Greek translation, you can visit Andrew Wilson's Classics Pages, where you will also find some vocabulary and notes to accompany your reading. If you want to know just why Andrew decided to translate Rowling's work, you should read this article from the Opinion Journal.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Everyone is eager for the new Harry Potter book to be released but we'll all have to wait a few more months to find out if Harry lives or dies. In the meantime, do you realize how much Latin is in Harry Potter? A lot!
Latin teachers Ginny Lindzey and Clint Hagen have written a wonderful article Just Charming: Tapping into the Latin Magic of Harry Potter. In this article, Lindzey and Hagen explore the Latin and Classical connections in the series. They also give a few ideas to teachers on bringing Harry into the Latin classroom.
Wikipedia has a nice compendium of Spells from the Harry Potter series.