Rufus Lutulentus – An introduction to Rome and characters of the Pisoverse.

Magister P's Pisoverse offers pages of Novice level reading with connected characters for beginning level Latin students.  Students experience sheltered vocabulary in each title with connected repetition between titles because characters make multiple appearances.  Rufus Lutulentus offers a simple introduction to the Pisoverse. The story begins with an introduction to the character Rufus, a young … Continue reading Rufus Lutulentus – An introduction to Rome and characters of the Pisoverse.

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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.

Rufus et Arma Atra: An introductory story line filled with references to ancient Rome, gladiatores and military themes.

Magister P has created a fantastic universe for Novice readers to experience ancient Rome through Latin text that they are able to access with his Pisoverse.  Rufus et Arma Atra is a must have title for a reading library as it is accessible to Novice level learners with mere hours of instruction in Latin.  The … Continue reading Rufus et Arma Atra: An introductory story line filled with references to ancient Rome, gladiatores and military themes.

Agrippina: Mater Fortis – Will the Roman matron’s secret be her end?

Agrippina: Mater Fortis focuses on the mother of Rufus and Piso in magister P's Pisoverse novellas.  Agrippina has a secret which makes a compelling plot from the beginning.  This title lands in level b in my self directed reading levels.  Agrippina continues the sheltered vocabulary of Rufus Lutulentus and Rufus et Arma but extends ideas … Continue reading Agrippina: Mater Fortis – Will the Roman matron’s secret be her end?

Quis me amat?: An introductory Latin reading.

As my classes completed a first semester of Self Directed Reading there were still some students who fought the idea of reading or who read begrudgingly.  Even though I attempted to consistently remind myself that I needed to hold out and keep offering titles that may interest those students, there were days that it was … Continue reading Quis me amat?: An introductory Latin reading.

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 Mirabile Dennis et Debrae: The ancient world meets modern in an intermediate level story.

For some reason my students do not often read Iter Mirabile Dennis et Debrae.  One of my goals next year with SDR (Self Directed Reading) is to do a better job of introducing and highlighting the Latin titles which are now in our library.  The story line seems compelling to me as both Dennis and … Continue reading Iter Mirabile Dennis et Debrae: The ancient world meets modern in an intermediate level story.

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.