***Updated 1/21 – Adjusted a few titles’ levels based on observation of students selecting books. Moved simple picture books to level A. Short, simple information with visual support. Moved the Olimpi titles to level B as I see students trying these after the early Pisoverse books. Moved Camilla to level D. Perhaps it should be level E, although my initial reaction is there are enough short and simple sentences for a Latin 2 student emerging into the intermediate level to be able to follow the story.***
Blogs with FVR/SDR/SSR thoughts and resources.
Mike Peto – Mike’s thoughts on Free VoluntaryReading 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.
- 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?
De horto zoologico by Michael Hirschler
Piso Perturbatus by Lance Piantaggini
Rufus Lulentus by Lance Piantaggini
Rufus et Arma Atra by Lance Piantaggini
Rufus et Gladiatores
Rufus et Lucia: Liberi Lutulenti
Urusus et Porcus
Quid Agis, Achilles?
Arma Virumque Numero (from prima luce)
Passer Catulli (from prima luce)
Familia Mala: Saturnus et Iuppiter by Andrew Stephan Olimpi
Drusilla In subura
Leo Molossus: one dog’s adventure in the Roman Army
De Torta Natalicia
Drusilla et convivium magarum
Livia Mater Eloquens
Quintus et Nox Horrifica
Filia Regis et Monstrum Horribile
Cloelia Puella Romana
Perseus et Rex Malus
Perseus et Medusa
A New Latin Primer
Piso Ille Poetulus
Fortuna Fortibus Favet: viae variae patent
Calio: Fabula Latina
Bellovesus in Gallia
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
Dominus Quixotus: Eques Ultimus
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 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