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for Level 1
and Level 2
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|Classical Conferences and Meetings in 2020|
CAMWS—Classical Association of the Middle West and South
(Real Time Conference Cancelled - VIRTUAL CONFERENCE scheduled for May 26–30, 2020 - click link for details.)
116th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South
March 25–28, 2020
Hyatt Regency Birmingham—The Wynfrey Hotel at the invitation of Samford University
Representatives: Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
ACL—The American Classical League
CANCELLED - Stay tuned for details about the ACL Virtual 72nd Annual Institute
June 25–27, 2020
College of Charleston
Representatives: Bridget Dean and Donald Sprague
NJCL—National Junior Classical League
CANCELLED - Stay tuned for details about the NJCL Annual Convention
July 24–29, 2020
University of Richmond
Representatives: Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
|2020 Winter/Spring Webinars|
We look forward to welcoming you to another round of complimentary professional development webinars. Attendees receive a certificate acknowledging their professional development participation.
For full descriptions of the 2020 Winter/Spring webinars visit the B-C webinar page.
Teaching Social Justice in the Latin Classroom
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6–7:00 pm ET
Presenter: Miriam Patrick, Parkview High School, Lilbrun, GA
Every student has the right to see themselves in their classroom, content, and context. This webinar will focus on ways that Latin teachers can bring multiculturalism into the classroom through choosing appropriate visuals, choosing authentic materials, and reconsidering the context of the Latin language.
|Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to provide complimentary webinars on a variety of subjects, especially pedagogical, of interest to classicists. Some webinars are geared to the Latin for the New Millennium program and to topics generated by the AP* Latin curriculum.|
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We salute the resiliency that teachers and students have demonstrated during these trying times. How inspiring to read on Facebook posts how AP Latin teachers made comfort kits drop-offs at their students’ homes!
We congratulate the seniors on their graduation and share the disappointment they’re experiencing in not being able to participate in the traditions of this milestone, not the least of which, a real time graduation ceremony. We salute the creativity of such gestures as congratulatory lawn signs, cacophonous drive-by parades, and Facebook posts of graduates’ profiles. Congratulations, graduates!
This month’s eLitterae features a teaching tip penned by my editor colleague, Amelia Wallace. Allow me to seize this moment to sing her praises. Amelia has been a terrific addition to the B-C team. She has a passion for the classics and, indeed, a passion for learning in general. Her MAT in Latin from the prestigious program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her teaching experience serve her well at B-C. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing an office and conversation with Amelia!
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|Implementing a Free Voluntary Reading Program within the Latin Classroom|
Are you looking to shake up your beginning of class routine? Are you looking to include more classroom activities that are genuinely student-centered and student-driven? Do you hope to inspire in your students a love of reading (and more specifically, reading Latin)? You may want to consider implementing a free voluntary reading (FVR) or sustained silent reading (SSR) program. Read on for more information about FVR and setting up a classroom library.
Reading extensively for pleasure is a key way to help students build language and literacy skills. Language acquisition research
has indicated that encouraging recreational reading in the target language can greatly enhance students’ vocabulary recognition and overall reading comprehension. Building in some class time for free reading will ensure that your students experience the benefits of recreational reading. Often, teachers begin class with five to fifteen minutes of FVR, incorporating reading for pleasure into the daily classroom routine. You may want to start slowly when implementing FVR with students as you establish expectations and guide students through processes such as selecting level-appropriate books. Try starting one day each week, and increasing FVR frequency from there. Keep in mind, however, that incorporating smaller chunks of FVR time regularly is most likely the best approach for language learners, according to research
Programs such as FVR and SSR are intended to foster student choice and empower students to make their own discoveries and take ownership of their learning. In order to achieve these goal, it is important to take certain guidelines
into account. Most significantly, it is essential to have a wide variety of reading material on hand, including an abundance of easy-to-read (i.e., novice-level) stories and novellas for students to choose from. During FVR, students should not be stopping to look up unknown words in the dictionary or puzzling over especially challenging syntax; thus, they must have access to material that will be largely comprehensible to them. Of course, to appeal to student interest and better foster a desire to read, offering stories and books on a range of topics is ideal. Building a classroom library that encompasses these guidelines and truly supports students as they venture into independent, free reading is one of the key components of creating an FVR library.
While creating an FVR library in the Latin classroom can be a challenge, and even more of a challenge in the present COVID-19 world, luckily many Latin teachers have begun publishing novice- and intermediate-level novellas and short stories, many of which are accessible online. John Piazza lists many novellas—including older ones—on his site
, while the Mille Noctes database
offers readings of all kinds, from fantastical stories to mythology retellings and more. Adding student-written texts to your FVR library throughout the year is another way to increase the number of comprehensible texts on offer during student free reading. As a bonus, the fact that these stories were written by their peers tends to increase their appeal for students. Given the stresses of distance learning, this may well be the perfect time to introduce FVR to your students. You can then build on its success when you return to the real time classroom.
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is also proud to offer a variety of texts that could enhance your FVR library. In terms of introductory level books, B-C offers the I Am Reading Latin Series
; the four books in this series offer very simple text supported by pictures, allowing beginning Latin students to easily read and follow along independently. At the novice level, the four books in the I Am Reading Latin Stories
offer fable-like stories set in the animal world. Again, all text is supported by pictures, helping to make stories readily comprehensible to students. This year, Bolchazy-Carducci will be releasing the debut titles in a series of Latin novellas. Featuring limited, high-frequency vocabulary and copious images, these readers will help novice (and intermediate) students comprehend Latin with ease. Look for two soon-to-be-available novellas about the Roman religious practice of augury in late 2020.
While requiring a higher proficiency level, children’s books that have been translated into Latin can be a valuable component of an FVR library. Importantly, these books are often familiar to students already, thus piquing their interest; further, the illustrations can also help support learners as they make meaning of the text. B-C offers many such books, including Ubi Fera Sunt
and Arbor Alma
For students whose proficiency has reached the intermediate or advanced levels, B-C offers readers that touch on Greek mythology and Roman history and literature:
• Civis Romanus
, a graded reader, tells the legends of early Rome, describes important Roman historical figures, and delves into key events in Roman history.
• Ten Fairy Tales in Latin
retells stories that may be very familiar to students, but again, presents them with a twist.
While this essay is intended to suggest ways to begin implementing FVR in your Latin classroom, it is just a starting point. Developing class norms around FVR and determining what sorts of follow-up activities to implement (if any) will most likely be an ongoing process. For example, do you plan to ask students to keep track of the books they are reading? Will they discuss readings informally in pairs or small groups, or at times prepare more formal book reports? Asking students to review books and make recommendations can be a great way to elicit more student interest. If you and your students already engage in an FVR routine, we would love to know what recommendations you have for success. If you are interested in establishing an FVR routine, what questions do you still have?
For additional information about FVR/SSR, check out the following web resources:
(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons 1.0)
Shakira uses COVID-19 downtime to learn Greek philosophy
(Photo of La Coruna concert courtesy of Creative Commons 2.5)
Thanks to UNC Classics Professor Jim O’Hara!
NB: Click on image to enlarge it.
Disney plans to reboot Hercules as a live-action musical.
Co-creator of Disney’s original Hercules John Musker credits his high school Latin and Greek studies at Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, as an ongoing inspiration for his work.
While the photo is from Pink Floyd live in London, the link provides ten minutes of Pink Floyd performing at the Roman theater in Pompeii
(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons 2.0)
|Teaching Tips & Resources|
|► Online Resources|
• The British Museum provides 1.9 million images as complimentary downloads.
And, if you missed last month's eLittterae . . .
• JSTOR offer free access to content.
• WOW! 2,500 museums offer virtual tours
• For the future real estate agents in your Latin class, the Latin Reading Blog offers this Pliny letter.
• An evaluation of classics and social media.
► Social Justice
• An engaging discussion explores inclusivity in classics.
• From the SCS blog Women in Classics, a profile of Barbara Gold.
► Res Romanae
• Hotel in Turkey floats above ruins.
• Researchers believe they’ve found the site of Hannibal’s victory in the Battle of the Tagus.
Hannibal Barca counting the rings of the Roman knights killed at the Battle of Cannae (216 BCE). The marble was sculpted by Sébastien Slodtz (French, 1655–1726) in 1705. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons 2.5)
• The amphitheater at Pula, sixth largest in the Roman world.
• The Coliseum celebrates liberation from the Nazis.
• Sinkhole by the Pantheon uncovers paving stones.
• Enjoy this reflection on the fountains of Rome.
• Pompeii’s recycling system revealed.
• Insights on teaching myth and history through the Metamorphoses.
► Res Aegyptiacae
• Mummy’s coffin reveals 3,000 year old goddess paintings.
• Egyptian cave decorated with animals etched in stone.
• Virtually tour five Egyptian landmarks including the tombs of Meresankh III and elite Egyptian official Menna.
A limestone “pair statue” of Queens Hetepheres II and Meresankh III. Hetepheres II was the mother of Meresankh III, and in this statue embraces her daughter, who predeceased her. Found in Meresankh III's tomb, originally from Giza (tomb G 7530-7540), from the 4th dynasty, circa 2630–2524 BCE. Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition 30.1456. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons 3.0)
• Funeral home reveals ancient embalmers were savvy businessmen.
• Archaeologists discover teenager and her treasure trove of jewelry.
► Res Hellenicae
• The University of Iowa Classics Department provides a clever interpretation of Greek particles.
• Social Distancing via dactylic hexameter.
► Classical Reception
• Darius Arya reflects on Gladiator’s 20th anniversary.
• Classics scholar offers insight into English conflict over fishing rights.
• Star Wars—an epic rendered in Latin dactylic hexameter.
• UNH presents The Greek Myth Files.
► The Value of Classics
• A reflection on life after a classics degree.
• Classical literature provides an escape from the lockdown.
► The Bronze Age
• Scientists stage bronze sword fights.
• Bronze age chieftain and shaman discovered in England.
► Classics and COVID-19
• Insights from the Stoics.
• Lessons from the Antonine Plague.
• Lessons from the ancient world on inequality.
• Rome in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown.
• Rome’s seagulls respond to a COVID-19 world.
|Lumina: Released to Great Acclaim!|
Lumina: Online Guided Practice to Accompany LNM
Lumina online content offers new resources to support LNM, Levels 1 and 2. The interactive guided Language Fact sections provide immediate feedback to students as they preview or review each chapter of Latin for the New Millennium Level 1 or Level 2. Mouse-over vocabulary lists allow a new format for vocabulary mastery. Infinitely replayable crossword puzzles engage students in derivative work. Automatically graded quizzes free up student-teacher interaction time for translation, oral/aural work, discussion, and other learning activities. For a brief overview of the program,
check out this video
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Lumina: Latin for the New Millennium Level 1
• Classroom Option
• Individual User Option
Lumina: Latin for the New Millennium Level 2
• Classroom Option
• Individual User Option
Artes Latinae: A Self-Teaching,
Self-Paced Interactive Latin Program
offers a revamped Artes Latinae
. This fully interactive online program teaches all of Latin grammar in two courses. Purchase the program at a special discounted price of 25% off! For a brief overview of the program, check out this video
Visit our website product pages for information.
• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1
• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 2
Based on the program developed by Dr. Waldo E. Sweet of the University of Michigan for Encyclopedia Britannica, Lumina: Artes Latinae is an easy-to-follow course that includes all the tools a student needs to achieve a firm command of Latin. The course was carefully crafted and refined to suit the needs and abilities of a broad spectrum of students. Lumina: Artes Latinae meets existing foreign language requirements for high school graduation.
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