***Updated 8/23 – I adjusted some titles and began to think about leveling in my specific context. Titles that have numerous images will be in levels A and B. In some of those titles the Latin might be at a higher level, but if the pictures tell the story well, for my context, I find those books to be great stretch reads for Novice level students who want a challenge. This might not be the best for every context. My leveling system is also based on observations of my students in my context. You might disagree with where I put things. Remember, exactness in levels isn’t as important as having a system for students to work through that gradually becomes more complex.
Also, there may be titles with less pictures in the level C and D range that seem easier. Once again, my students tend to view these as more difficult and I’d prefer they work through the text with pictures, first. Then, when they approach a text without many images they do so with confidence as the text is a bit easier than others.
Lastly, I’m still figuring out how to use tiered readers. I love them as resources but I’ve put them in the highest level which for most of them is authentic Latin text. These are another option I like to give to students looking for a challenge. ***
Blogs with FVR/SDR/SSR thoughts and resources.
Mike Peto – Mike’s thoughts on Free Voluntary Reading are universal. Although a Spanish teacher, his writing style and direction for Free Voluntary Reading unlocked my mind to understand some of the important components to consider to create a successful reading program.
Magister P. – You can start reading library with Magister Piantaggini’s published novels at an affordable price. But don’t miss his thoughts on Free Voluntary Reading while you browse the Pisoverse.
Comprehensible Classics – Magister Olimpi is another author who offers an opportunity to build a reading library affordably. His year in F7 posts offer fantastic insight into the day to day thought process of facilitating CI in a classroom.
John Piazza – A fantastic post about how to create a library and thoughts about the process of a reading program. John has also put together some pdf readers from textbook sources which are a great way to add some varied reading material early on. Just be careful as most textbook readings are more difficult than perceived as they do not always shelter vocabulary.
Books about reading
SSR Handbook – This is the resource to use to start a program. Research, examples and ideas for reading response activities. Here are some thoughts about the important ideas to flush out in your mind as you start a reading program. See more at the following posts.
- Access to reading materials. What are creative ways to add reading materials outside of purchasing as many of the book titles listed below?
- Routine. It’s important to start students with less reading time than you think they are ready to handle. It is much easier to work up to more than it is to work down. Students’ perception of the time is important. Reading for short amounts of time often is better than reading one big chunk once and awhile. Students start to develop a reading routine which is a powerful driver of acquisition.
- Response. Students want to respond to reading. But response opportunities should be a formative process. How can you vary response activities so that all types of students have a chance to interact with their reading and with other people’s thoughts?
- Report. Don’t evaluate and grade but it is important to report. Teacher/student conferences, written responses to student responses and informal conversation all are important ways to report back to students.
My posts about my own Self Directed Reading Program.
Example Reading Log – a simple log that I use so that students can monitor their progress. This is used as evidence toward a student’s proficiency, but mostly in a way that they are engaging in reading. This falls under an interpersonal rubric I use to score their day to day processing of Latin.
Absence Management Log – Students are expected to replace a small amount of Latin input for the days they miss. They can read from one of the titles below, read something online, listen to a podcast like quomodo dicitur or watch a Latin video like Magister Craft’s.
Quo colore est?
Arma Virumque Numero (from prima luce)
De Torta Natalicia
Passer Catulli (from prima luce)
Quid Agis, Achilles?
Rufus et Gladiatores
Rufus et Lucia: Liberi Lutulenti
Urusus et Porcus
Drusilla In subura
Familia Mala: Duo Fratres
Leo Molossus: one dog’s adventure in the Roman Army
Quintus et Nox Horrifica
Drusilla et convivium magarum
Livia Mater Eloquens
Pandora: Familia Mala Volumen III
Filia Regis et Monstrum Horribile
Romulus et Rex: a prehistoric legend
Charybdis: capellus valde esuriens
Cloelia Puella Romana
Perseus et Rex Malus
Perseus et Medusa
A New Latin Primer
Piso Ille Poetulus
Fortuna Fortibus Favet: viae variae patent
Bellovesus in Gallia
Cupido et Pysche : A Latin Novella
Calio: Fabula Latina
Fragmenta Pisonis Volumen I
Tres Fabulae Horrificae
Maximus et Caecilia
De Claustro Magico
Leonidas: De Ducibus Graecis I
Fabula de Sciuro Nuciola
Fabula de Petro Cuniculo
Winnie Ille Pu
Alicia in Terra Mirabili
Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis
Harrius Potter et Camera Secretorum
Orbis Pictus Latinus
Fabulae Divales: Fairy Tales in Latin
Fabulae Mirabiles: Fairy Tales in Latin
Odyssea Magistri Craft
Dominus Quixotus: Eques Ultimus
Fabulae ab Urbe Condita
Latin Readings for Review
Ritches Fabulae Faciles
Cupid and Pysche
Carmina Amoris: A tiered reader
Social Criticism Through Horace and Martial: A tiered reader
Daedalus et Icarus: a tiered Latin reader
Villians from Vergil, Livy and Sallust
Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius