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?

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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.

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

Pluto: fabula amoris – An introduction to Classical mythological characters for the Novice reader.

Pluto:  fabula amoris by Rachel Ash and Miriam Patrick is a must add to a free volunteer or self directed reading library.  It is affordable and also has a teacher's guide. Students' feedback is that Pluto:  fabula amoris is more difficult than the Rufus titles from the Pisoverse.  My assumption is that is mostly because of a … Continue reading Pluto: fabula amoris – An introduction to Classical mythological characters for the Novice reader.