Black Out Poetry: Create compelling class discussion centered in a new text.

Use blackout poetry with a new text as a formative assessment to create rich discussion that is student driven and compelling about theme connected to the text.

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Silent Read and Discuss: The power of silence in language processing.

Often, I find myself in a planning phase where I constantly attempt to facilitate students reading a Latin text out loud.  There is a safety net for students when we complete various versions of partner reads or choral reading as they are not on the spot to read out loud in front of a large … Continue reading Silent Read and Discuss: The power of silence in language processing.

Find the Sentence: Little to no prep way to create reading reps to review a passage.

I first found find the sentence at todallycomprehenisble as I often do with comprehension based activities.  Magister Toda involves some prep work to create a find the sentence version with illustrations from a text.  Illustrations are a fantastic way to help students connect to text.  If you have time to make images with a text follow Keith's … Continue reading Find the Sentence: Little to no prep way to create reading reps to review a passage.

Itinera Petri: Flammae Ducant – A Latin reader for established intermediate level learners.

Itinera Petri: Flammae Ducant demonstrates why it is an intermediate text from the beginning, which is why it is in level F as an upper intermediate text in my Self Directed Reading program.  Peter was sleeping in the past and the perspective shifts to the present when his mother wakes him up.  Before she is … Continue reading Itinera Petri: Flammae Ducant – A Latin reader for established intermediate level learners.

Iter Icari: Classical Mythology in Miami.

As I continue to update my self directed reading page I'm amazed at how many titles available to us to build libraries for students.  Iter Icari is a must have title that weaves Greek mythology into a modern setting. Iter Icarus is a great story line for a student who is firmly at Novice High … Continue reading Iter Icari: Classical Mythology in Miami.

Brando Brown canem vult: Borderline believable plot that fosters a compelling narrative.

Don't forget that my page on self directed reading is currently being updated.  In the next few days I should have titles organized slightly differently after some reflections as I end my school year. Brando Brown Canem Vult by Carol Gaab and translated into Latin by Justin Slocum Bailey is a student favorite.  It is interesting … Continue reading Brando Brown canem vult: Borderline believable plot that fosters a compelling narrative.

Lucia, Puella Mala

I am currently working on updating information about Latin reading materials so be aware as you look at my self directed reading page. I have to be honest; as I start reading Lucia, Puella Mala that I'm skeptical based on the title.  This comes from a father of 3 girls, the oldest being 7, who … Continue reading Lucia, Puella Mala

Self Directed Reading (FVR) observations

Today students turned in Self Directed Reading Log sheets with 22 reading sessions logged.  We started the semester reading for 5 minutes twice a week.  We are now reading for 8 minute sessions.  I'm happy with the progress and overall students are progressing and demonstrating what they are understanding.  Here are a few observations from … Continue reading Self Directed Reading (FVR) observations