Syra Sola: A novice level reader full of animals, places and more.

Other level A novice level Latin texts:

Piso Perturbatus by Lance Piantaggini at Magister P – Rufus’ older brother isn’t sure of himself because his interests seem to be in conflict with his family expectations.

Rufus et Arma Atra by Lance Piantaggini at Magister P – Rufus plays in the dirt everywhere!

Rufus Lulentus by Lance Piantaggini at Magister P – Rufus enjoys the dirt in all kinds of places.

Syra Sola offers the novice level reader another character from the Pisoverse written by Magister P.  As you see above, the Pisoverse is a must have for any Latin reading library that intends to offer reading materials to novice level learners. Syra Sola offers students a complete story from a female perspective with 29 vocabulary words at it’s core.

In chapter 1, the reader experiences numerous repetitions with masculine and feminine noun adjective agreement as well as both singular and plural nominative subject and accusative object forms.  Likes are expressed with placet and the reader discovers that Syra seems to prefer to be alone, even though she is connected to many people, even this early in the story.

Chapter 2 continues to explore these ideas while introducing the reader to some places in Rome like the Surbura neighborhood.  The genitive and ablative naturally appear within descriptions that even the novice learner can understand without much difficultly.  Frequent images such as the doors of Janus’ temple offer the support a novice reader needs when these new forms appear.

Days of the week, the locative domi and Syra’s desire to be alone continue the necessary repetition a novice level text with sheltered vocabulary requires while introducing slight perspective changes to create novelty for the early Latin reader.  For example, dies Lunae, the singular form for Monday appears early in chapter 3.  Later in chapter 4, the plural diebus Lunae appears to describe a character’s routine on Mondays.  This offers repetition with a slight change which keeps the attention of the novice level reader.

As the reader moves toward the middle of Syra Sola, 1st person verb forms cleverly appear as Syra thinks to herself.  She thinks ideas similar to how she was described in the 3rd person, which creates repetition, yet the perspective change creates a new scene with the familiar ideas.  She continues with interactions with a merchant which offer repetitions of 2nd person verb forms centered around her wants as she is present in the Roman Forum.

A conversation with her friends recounts the places in Rome from early in the story.  Once again, sheltered vocabulary with perspective change creates a new scene appropriate to support a novice level reader.  And novice level students are able to connect with familiar characters from the Pisoverse, whether they first read Syra Sola or one of the other novice level titles in the series.

As the story continues animals are introduced with strong visual support.  Each animal offers another perspective change to offer repetitions with what has become familiar to the reader with enough novelty to keep the reader engaged.  A Latin learner with minimal instruction with Latin will be able to read and understand Syra Sola directly from the Latin.  Add the ability for the reader to move on to familiar characters, style and vocabulary within the Pisoverse and Syra Sola is a strong choice for a novice level student to choose early in a Latin reading program.



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