All the Things… that disrupt acquisition.

This winter has been incredible, mostly in frustrating ways.  As we prepare to end this week, we have had 1 full normal week of school since 3rd quarter began.  Between special schedules for ACT testing, 2 hour delays, 2 hour early releases and snow days it has been extremely difficult to maintain any momentum in … Continue reading All the Things… that disrupt acquisition.

The SSR Handbook: Chapter 2 – Eight Factors for SSR success. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

Find reviews of more must read books at the must read book page.  This review focuses on chapter 2 of Janice Pilgreen's The SSR Handbook.  This title is a must have to guide the work of any reading program, whether your focus is Self Directed Reading (SDR), Free Volunteer Reading (FVR), Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) … Continue reading The SSR Handbook: Chapter 2 – Eight Factors for SSR success. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

The SSR Handbook: The number 1 resource to start a reading program. Chapter 1: Roots and Rationale Review

We become what we read.  The SSR Handbook is a title that has guided my teacher persona over the last year.  This review is the first of a series which you can find on the books that leave an impression page. The SSR Handbook by Janice L. Pilgreen is a must own resource for any … Continue reading The SSR Handbook: The number 1 resource to start a reading program. Chapter 1: Roots and Rationale Review

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