Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The onset of spring frequently engenders a desire to refresh and to renew current endeavors. So just as you will read in this issue how the Latin for the New Millennium website has been spruced up, likewise you will be able to peruse ways to revitalize and spice up your classroom. In the article about internet links, see which blogs might bring inspiration for enlivening the classroom. Read too how the new Follow Your Fates series is written and designed to rekindle enthusiasm in students. The Pompeiiana Newsletter always brought tried and true methods for recharging students in every issue and now you can learn how these issues are available free for use.
Enjoy the arrival of this issue of eLitterae and its invigorating content and let the coming of spring bring you renewed energy.
LeaAnn A. Osburn
Latin for the New Millennium Gets New Look,
Just in time for the spring cleaning season, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers has spruced up its Latin for the New Millennium website from top to bottom improving its appearance, ease of navigation, and adding brand new content.
The site’s homepage is your gateway into learning more about the two-year Latin program. Use it as a launching pad to get more detailed information on the series. Learn about why reading later Latin authors is important, get your questions answered in the FAQ, and see the names behind the books and enrichment materials.
The “About” section contains a revised Scope and Sequence, data about the student textbooks, workbooks, and teacher’s manuals, information on the enrichment texts, plus PDFs of how LNM fits in with national and state standards and the National Latin Exam.
“Reviews” contains full reviews from Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Classical Outlook, and About.com, along with comments from LNM teachers at the junior high, high school, and university levels.
The “Support” section is divided into “Support for Teachers” and “Support for Students” and contains info and links regarding the Teachers’ Lounge, Quia.com question banks, teacher’s manuals, webinars, and eLearning materials.
“Samples” contains 25 PDFs from Levels 1 and 2 including entire chapters and units from the students textbooks and workbooks, teacher’s manuals, and enrichment texts to give you a clear idea about the organization and presentation of grammar, readings, and exercises.
The “Adoptions” section contains contact information if you are interested in learning about how to adopt LNM for your classes. It also contains a list of junior high schools, high schools, and universities using LNM in the United States and Canada.
Lastly, the “Links Latinae” area hosts over ten distinct sections of links to helpful websites on topics ranging from online dictionaries to oral Latin to fiction set in ancient Rome. There’s even a way for you submit other links that you would like to share with your colleagues.
If you have already adopted Latin for the New Millennium, you may find new material to help you teach with the program. If you are new to LNM, its new website will serve as a great introduction to this special Latin series.
The Follow Your Fates Trilogy Concludes with
The Exile of Aeneas
In 2009, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers introduced The Wrath of Achilles, the first interactive fiction title ever based on the Iliad, and the first book in the Follow Your Fates trilogy written by Latin teacher Ed DeHoratius and illustrated by award-winning comic book artist Brian Delandro Hardison. The Journey of Odysseus was released later that year, following quickly on the success of its predecessor. Both books are now in their second printing.
In The Exile of Aeneas, the reader assumes the role of Aeneas, Troy’s preeminent hero whose loyalty and integrity are legendary. The book challenges its readers at every turn to see if Aeneas’ values hold firm after the destruction of his city, a grueling exile, and yet another war.
In The Exile of Aeneas, readers face the same decisions as Aeneas in Vergil’s Aeneid, but they control the outcome. Only one path leads to destiny. Thirty-one others lead to death, defeat, or shame.
Readers aged eight and up will experience Aeneas’ exile and travels firsthand in this dramatic, dynamically illustrated text.
To learn more about the Follow Your Fates series, and to order The Exile of Aeneas or the entire FYF trilogy, visit www.bolchazy.com/followyourfates. The site includes free, downloadable desktop wallpaper for your computer based on the covers of the three books, links to the bolchazy.com shopping cart, and a rock video featuring images from inside the books.
For a teacher-written review of how she used The Wrath of Achilles with her classes, read the recent article in Prima, the official publication of Excellence Through Classics (the middle school arm of the American Classical League).
Looking for that special adult learning experience for this summer?
Consider the Latin for the New Millennium Teachers Tour 2010! Check out the day-by-day itinerary arranged to maximize your time and its value.
Mark your calendar for July 6–17. Psyche yourself up for a fantastic teacher learning adventure. Join LNM editor Don Sprague for an exploration of Cisalpine and Transalpine Gaul—northern Italy and Provence—places rich in classical associations and Roman remains. Enrich your own understanding of LNM and Latin through the ages. Enhance your classes with your personal photographs and anecdotes.
In Italy, the tour will include Lorenzo Valla’s Pavia, the Etruscans’ Piacenza, the medieval university of Bologna, the early Christian and Ostrogoth sites of Ravenna and Padua, where Vesalius and Copernicus studied and Galileo taught; Catullus’ Verona and Sirmio; Vergil’s Mantua; Columbus’ Genoa. We’ll also visit Renaissance Ferrara and beautiful Parma.
Following the Roman route to Provence, we’ll drive along the Italian Riviera to the Trophee des Alpes, tribute to Augustus. The stunning Roman remains of Provence include the baths and amphitheater of Nice, the majestic Pont du Gard, the aqueducts and water-driven mill of Bebergal, the town of Glanum, Arles with its fabulous museum and amphitheater, the Maison Caree of Nimes, and Orange’s triumphal arch and spectacular theater. We’ll also visit Avignon and Entremont, a pre-Roman Gallic settlement. And, how could we pass up the Matisse Museum or Cezanne’s atelier?
This tour has been specially designed to complement Bolchazy-Carducci’s groundbreaking Latin for the New Millennium. Priority will be given to LNM teachers and their companions. The customized tour includes air-conditioned motor coach travel and first class, air-conditioned hotels. Enjoy the gastronomic delights of Emilia Romagna.and Provence.
For over thirty years Sprague has led high school students and adult learners to classical sites throughout Europe. He looks forward to serving as tour leader and sharing his love for these sites as an opportunity to complement his editorial work on LNM.
Peruse the day-to-day itinerary:
To put yourself on the mailing list for the detailed itinerary and other tour specifics, please email email@example.com.
Participation will be on a first come, first served basis.
To maximize the experience and value, the tour is envisioned as a group of twenty.
Additional New Titles Available from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
The Teacher's Guide is now available for Classical Mythology and More. Authors Marianthe Colakis and Mary Joan Masello, enhance their Classical Mythology and More: A Workbook by providing background information and suggestions for further research to stimulate student involvement with the text, along with teacher aids to aid assessment of student progress: Chapter Answer Keys and Chapter Tests with their own Answer Keys.
Plato Transitional Reader, authors Wilfred Major and Abigail Roberts have written this graded reader to help students make the transition from beginning instruction in Greek to reading unaltered texts of Plato. See April eLitterae for detailed overview.
iPodius is the new digital download store for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. Download digital audio, video, and software for iPhones, iPods, MP3 players, Macs, and PCs by visiting http://ipodius.bolchazy.com. We have MP3 files available for all of our CDs. Download a handful of tracks or an entire album to build audio curricula in support of what your classes are reading. Software and MP4 videos are available, too, as is access to password-protected sites to help your students practice their Latin grammar.
New products are added regularly. Enhance your classes with these digital offerings of audio, video, and software from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers via iPodius at http://ipodius.bolchazy.com.
Save the date! There will be a free, informational webinar on Latin for the New Millennium on April 22nd, from 6-8 PM Eastern Time. Register to attend: http://www.bolchazy.com/webinars.html
The Pompeiiana Newsletter blog joins the ranks of other popular Classics-themed online journals widely read by Latin teachers, students, and enthusiasts. Below are three of the best:
• No Classics blogger is more prolific than Ontario-based Latin teacher, David Meadows. His blog, rogueclassicism (http://rogueclassicism.com), is often the first site Latin teachers visit prior to starting their school day. Meadows’ frequent posts include breaking news in archaeology, history, and art history, occasionally including Classics-themed comics, music, and video links.
• Blogger N.S. Gill writes regularly about ancient history at about.com (http://ancienthistory.about.com). She posts frequently about what happened on this day in history, on etymology, fun guessing games on Classical figures depicted in art, “Myth Monday”, terms to learn, and more.
• Campvs Martivs (http://thecampvs.com) is a Classics blog managed by three bloggers interested in applying new technology to Classics research and in uncovering contemporary uses of material found in Classical literature, art, and archaeology. They also write book reviews.
Special Discount for eLitterae Subscribers
With the publication this month of The Exile of Aeneas, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is offering a 25% discount to eLitterae subscribers when you buy the complete set of the three Follow Your Fates titles.
The Follow Your Fates trilogy, by Ed DeHoratius, includes:
The Wrath of Achilles
x + 62 pp (2009) Paperback ISBN 978-0-86516-708-7 $12.00
The Journey of Odysseus
x + 118 pp (2009) Paperback ISBN 978-0-86516-710-0 $12.00
The Exile of Aeneas
x + 114 pp (2010) Paperback ISBN 978-0-86516-709-4 $12.00
Follow Your Fates 3-Book Set eLitterae special $24.00
(click here to order set)
One copy, prepaid, no returns, not available to distributors. Offer expires 04/30/10.
BCP Throwback Deal of the Month
With a backlist of over 400 Classics titles, Bolchazy-Carducci has a number of old chestnuts that deserve your attention. We started offering a new monthly special on these oldies-but-goodies in January.
Order by April 14th to save a whopping 75% on a single copy of Bolchazy-Carducci’s very first publication, Rome and Her Kings (a Livy graded reader) by W. D. Lowe and C. E. Freedman.
Rome and Her Kings
110 pp (1988, Reprint 2000) Paperback ISBN 978-0-86516-450-5 $24.00 $6.00
One copy, prepaid, no returns, not available to distributors. Offer expires 04/14/10.
Make sure you mention that you are an eLitterae subscriber if you place your order by phone or fax. If you place your order via the Bolchazy-Carducci web site at www.BOLCHAZY.com, your discount price will be relfected in your online invoice.
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