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|Henry Louis Gates Jr., Mark Lawall, Michele Valerie Ronnick, and John W. I. Lee honor the achievement and legacy of William Sanders Scarborough, author of the pioneering First Lessons in Greek.|
William Sanders Scarborough.
Courtesy of the Rembert E. Stokes Library, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio.
Porch of the Caryatids, the Erechtheum, Athens. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 3.0.
Celebrating Apollo with Poetry
in the Palatine Museum
Nobel Prize winner Louise Glück’s poem
Anthony Bennett notes
that Pope Francis cites Vergil in his newest encyclical.
Pope Francis in Prato, Italy, November 2015. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 4.0.
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|Fall 2020 Classics Conferences and Meetings|
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October 23, 2020
NB: The biennial meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South—Southern Section, originally scheduled for November 2020, will take place fall 2021.
|NB: The following is the schedule to date. Additional webinar presentations are in progress. Watch for updates.|
Tuesday, October 20, 6–7:00 pm ET
Teaching Social Justice in the Latin Classroom
Presenter: Miriam Patrick, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA
B-C is especially pleased to have Miriam reprise her very engaging and informative presentation. Participants enthused about last spring’s presentation. 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.
A third-generation teacher, Miriam Patrick has long been passionate about Latin and teaching. She strives to teach all types of students and uses research-based teaching methods in her classroom. Patrick has presented on a variety of topics at state, regional, and national conferences on Comprehensible Input methods and ideas, and most recently on social justice issues. Her master’s studies included work on proto-racism in classical literature. She is coauthor, with Rachel Ash, of the Latin novella Pluto: Fabula Amoris and its teacher’s guide. Patrick was honored in 2012 with the Foreign Language Association of Georgia’s prestigious Teacher of Promise given to outstanding individuals in the first years of their careers. Patrick serves as editor for the Georgia Classical Association’s publications and serves on the American Classical League’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.
Tuesday, November 10, 6–7:00 pm ET
Justifying Genocide? Confronting the Dark Side of Caesar’s Gallic Wars
Presenter: Kurt Raaflaub (prof. emeritus), Brown University, Providence, RI
Renowned Caesar scholar, Kurt Raaflaub will address one of the key components in the recent reassessment of Caesar’s behavior and practices in the course of his conquest of the people of Gaul. What do we make of the genocide Caesar committed? How can we help our students deal with the dark side of Caesar and his Gallic Wars?
Kurt Raaflaub is the David Herlihy University Professor & Professor of Classics and History Emeritus, Brown University, where he taught from 1978 to 2009. Prior to Brown, Raaflaub taught at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He also served as co-director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC (1992–2000). Raaflaub’s main areas of interest and research include the social and political history of the Roman republic; the social, political, and intellectual history of archaic and classical Greece; and the comparative history of the ancient world. Among his many publications are Dignitatis contentio: Motivation and Political Strategy in Caesar's Civil War (Munich, 1974, in German); War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (Washington DC, 1999, with Nathan Rosenstein); Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (Berkeley, 2007); War and Peace in the Ancient World (Malden Mass. & Oxford, 2007); Epic and History (ibid. 2010, with David Konstan); Geography and Ethnography: Perspectives of the World in Premodern Societies (ibid. 2010, with Richard Talbert); and The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (ibid. 2011, with Johann Arnason). He is the editor and translator of The Landmark Julius Caesar (New York, 2017) and is currently working on volume I of a new Cambridge History of War that focuses on the ancient world from a global perspective. His book The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece (Chicago, 2004) received the American Historical Association's James Henry Breasted Prize. Raaflaub earned his doctorate from the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6–7:00 pm ET
Insights on the Launch of B-C Latin Novella Series
Presenter: Emma Vanderpool, Springfield Honors Academy,
This webinar introduces Bolchazy-Carducci’s Encounter Latin novella series, designed to engage and delight novice and intermediate Latin learners with comprehensible stories written entirely in Latin. Talented author Vanderpool will introduce the inaugural volume, Augury Is for the Birds: Mārcus dē Avibus Discit, demonstrating how she incorporated rubrics for the novellas. She will also share the inaugural Explore Latin: Avēs volume in the new “pre-reader” series that provides novice Latin learners with short, nonfiction texts on a range of subjects related to the ancient world.
Emma Vanderpool has been teaching Latin since 2017—two years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year at Trickum Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and now back in her beloved New England at Springfield Honors Academy, Springfield, Massachusetts. Vanderpool earned her Bachelor of Arts in Latin, Classics, and History from Monmouth College in Illinois and her Master of Arts in Teaching for Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Among her awards, Vanderpool is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from UMASS Amherst (2020) and was honored as the Lincoln Laureate for Monmouth College (2017). She serves on the Executive Board for Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, is an organizer for the Our Voices conference, and is an organizer for Lupercal. She has self-published five novellae and is pleased to be an author for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.
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October hints at Aeneas's first stop in Thrace, in what is today Bulgaria. This month's artifact, a sculpture of Artemis Bendis, was created in the 3rd century BCE in Cyprus. Bendis was a Thracian goddess whom the Greeks identified with Artemis. In this representation, she wears a Phrygian cap, long-sleeved tunic, and leggings. (Open Access image/The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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We’ve entered my favorite season when the trees delight us with their variegated color and rainbow brilliance. Bask in nature’s beauty—may it bring you some moments of respite from the hard work that the pandemic has dealt you. Teachers are amazing!
A highlight of the fall is the opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues at annual meetings and conferences. Alas, in these covidian times, such connections have, by necessity, been virtual. Kudos to the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, whose triumfeminate Mary Brown (Executive Secretary), Maria Marsilio (Program Chair), and Jennifer Ranck (Webmaster) ensured a successful VAM, Virtual Annual Meeting! And, special thanks to the ubiquitous Emma Vanderpool, who assisted with tech for the meeting. Congratulations to Nancy Rabinowitz of Hamilton College and Maria Marsilio of St. Joseph’s University, whose careers and contributions to classics merited ovationes! It was edifying for me to be able to attend two panels, “Mirror Universes: What a Classics Unbound From Whiteness Could Have Been (and Still Could Be)” and “Pedagogical Innovations in Teaching Latin and Greek.” The presenters provided a set of stimulating papers. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers was pleased to provide a virtual book display. Denise Flood, Latin teacher and world language curriculum leader at Bronxville High School in New York, won B-C’s special CAAS drawing for a $25 gift certificate.
In this issue, allow me to call your attention to this month’s teaching tip, “Insights on Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections by its Creator.” B-C recruited veteran AP Latin instructor Patrick Yaggy to develop an arsenal of questions for our new Lumina program geared to the AP Latin curriculum. Patrick’s essay explains the methodology and principles he employed while creating the interactive learning product. In the Teaching Tips and Resources section, we’re happy to feature some material useful for connecting to student interest in Halloween.
All good wishes,
|Insights on Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections by its Creator|
Start with the end. One of the mantras of lesson planning for teachers in secondary education is to think about the end and work backwards from there, to write an objectives-based assessment and structure lessons to achieve each of those objectives. This is helpful advice for any context, but it is absolutely critical for teachers of Advanced Placement classes in which a student’s mastery of the curriculum is measured by a single high-stakes exam. College credit is on the line in many circumstances, and for some students the AP exam result is even calculated into the final course grade. The AP curricula are unique in that it all comes down to one exam.
With so much on the line, the greatest preparation that an AP Latin teacher can give their students is assessments that mimic that exam. Familiarity breeds success. Like hundreds of other AP Latin teachers, I have spent countless hours writing such assessments: would the AP ask this sort of item? Would it ask about it in this specific way? What item distribution would my students see on a multiple choice set? On a short answer set? I shudder to think how many other teachers have spent those same countless hours struggling to answer those same questions and write all the same mock exam question sets. There have been various attempts to provide teachers with AP-style assessments, and many of them are excellent. None of them, however, mimics exactly what AP students will see on the AP Latin exam. The new Lumina interactive Caesar-Vergil platform does exactly this, and exhaustively so.
In Lumina, AP teachers will find over two hundred multiple choice and free response question-sets (about two thousand questions in all) covering every single line of the Caesar and Vergil syllabus. In writing them, I looked at every bit of information the College Board has published on the AP Latin program: the Course and Exam Description, the released exams from 2012, 2018, and 2020 (and the notes published with each), and finally the readers’ reports published annually in The Classical Outlook. I have also attended the annual workshops led by the Chief Reader at the American Classical League Institute. By way of those materials and information, I wrote every single question-set as if I were writing items for the actual AP exam.
While you will find some variability in question distribution, the twelve questions comprising the Vergil multiple choice section on the 2012, 2018, and 2020 released exams all contain the following: a scansion question, a stylistic device/figure of speech question, a question relating a feature of the text selection to another portion of the Aeneid, a cultural/historical/literary knowledge question (often more than one), and then a mix of grammar/syntax and comprehension items (usually totalling eight between them). The Vergil multiple choice question-sets in Lumina mimic this distribution, but are also sure to include the two most frequently missed question types (find the two words that -que joins and find the reference/antecedent for a pronoun) so that students have copious practice with them before taking the actual exam.
The Caesar multiple choice on the released exams, and so on Lumina, tend to skew toward reading comprehension and translation, with at least seven questions out of the twelve total assessing these skill sets. Each set lacks, of course, a scanning question, while the remaining portion of each set is comprised of a few grammatical/syntactical items, as well as one or two questions about the plot of the De Bello Gallico and/or a cultural/historical/literary knowledge question. On rare occasions, a stylistic device/figure of speech question appears. The same two frequently missed question types described above also appear in every Lumina Caesar question-set.
The verbiage that appears on the AP exam is reinforced on every Lumina question-set so that your students are familiar with not just what the AP exam assesses, but how those items are assessed. For instance, below are the scansion and literary device questions from the Lumina Aeneid 1.1–11 question-set, echoing verbiage and phrasing the students will see in May.
What feature of literary style occurs in line 1 (Arma . . . oris)?
The metrical pattern of the first four feet of line 3 (litora . . . alto) is
The comprehension and translation questions also follow a few formulae, two of which are below (again, from Aen. 1.1–11):
In lines 6–7 (inferretque . . . Romae), we learn that
(A) Latium is the area where Rome will be founded
(B) the people of Alba Longa will reject the gods of Latium
(C) king Latinus will erect the walls of Rome
(D) Aeneas will struggle to establish his people in Italy
In context, mihi causas memora (line 8) is translated
(A) with the reasons remembered by me
(B) recall the reasons for me
(C) remember the reasons with me
(D) the reasons are recalled by me
In a limited number of ways, the question-sets in Lumina do deviate slightly where the practice will benefit your students more greatly without sacrificing the integrity of the methodology. For instance, the external plot items, especially for the Caesar passages, are often AP’s evaluation tool for whether students have read the assigned English portions of the syllabus. In Lumina, most of these questions (but not all) are designed to reinforce nearby content. For instance, the question below, from the De Bello Gallico 1.1 question-set, assesses information that your students will have also read in the immediately adjacent Latin selection.
Later in Book 1, Caesar introduces his audience to which Gallic tribe, whose migration threatened to upset the delicate balance of power in Gaul?
Your students will also benefit from the immediate auto-grading of the multiple choice questions on the Lumina platform as well as the feedback provided to them for review (whether the question was answered correctly or incorrectly). While the short answer questions cannot be auto-graded, each teacher is provided an answer key to aid in the process of evaluating student responses.
The short answer sections on Lumina continue the methodology of the multiple choice sections, and they mimic the regular features that appear on the AP exam: the Vergil section is comprised of five to six questions totaling eight points, while the Caesar section features five to six questions totaling seven points. Herein is the single deviation on Lumina from the AP exam format, and it is one of technological necessity. On the AP exam, students are asked to write out and mark the scansion on every Vergil short answer section. There is no way for this to be done on a computer (and certainly not with every user and a variety of devices, browsers, etc.), so that question is replaced in Lumina with another grammatical/syntactical or comprehension/translation item.
Here are two examples of question-types that appear on every AP short answer section, as well as in Lumina:
Name one and only one way the city is described in line 3 (dives . . . belli). Write out the specific Latin word or words for that characteristic. [worth 2 points]
(A) Translate in context duci (line 8) and (B) identify its form. [worth 2 points]
Teachers who access Lumina will be provided a number of prose and poetry sight passage multiple choice question-sets. Also, and crucially, Lumina subscriptions include a variety of mock exams, meeting any teacher’s needs, no matter how the AP curriculum is presented. In addition to two standard mock AP exams, an all-Vergil exam is provided for teachers to give as a midterm (for example), should students read all of the Vergil selections in the fall. There is an all-Caesar exam for the same reason. For those who follow the thematic syllabus (as is recommended in the AP Course and Description), another mock exam includes only the first half of all the thematic units so the teacher can give a midterm, should they desire.
In short, the corpus of material in Lumina is exhaustive, and deliberately so. While the primary goal is to provide copious examples of what will appear on the AP Exam, the secondary goal is to support teachers by offering them so much material that they would never need to write another multiple choice or short answer section again. Along with the huge number of released AP essay prompts and those included in A Vergil Workbook, 2nd ed. (Boyd and Bradley, 2012) and A Caesar Workbook (Nousek and Williams, 2012), access to Lumina means that a teacher has everything they needs to prepare students for the AP Exam every year.
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Patrick Yaggy has taught high school for over twenty years. He began in Gwinnett County, Georgia, where he established the Latin program at North Gwinnett High School, and now teaches at BASIS Tucson North in Tucson, Arizona. He has taught all levels of Latin throughout his career, including fifteen years of experience with the various iterations of the AP Latin curricula. Yaggy earned his BA and MA in Latin from the University of Georgia. He authored the Latin textbook The Thebaid of Statius: The Women of Lemnos (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2014). Yaggy currently serves at the Chair of the ACL Mentoring Program and is the Arizona JCL Certamen Chair.
|Lumina: Released to Great Acclaim!|
Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is thrilled to announce brand-new Lumina content that is now available: online exercises to accompany the Caesar and Vergil selections on the AP Latin syllabus! With its comprehensive, completely original content, Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections is a perfect complement to Bolchazy-Carducci's print and eBook resources for AP Latin. Better yet, Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections works on any internet-enabled device!
- Hundreds of automatically-graded multiple choice questions promote close reading of all syllabus selections and provide students with immediate feedback
- Copious AP-style free response questions ensure that students develop the necessary skills to thoroughly analyze and respond to all passages on the syllabus
- Thorough practice exams prepare students for the format of the AP Latin exam
- Vocabulary and figures of speech flashcards allow for additional review.
To support teachers going remote this fall, content will be made available in stages. Multiple choice and free response questions for Vergil's Aeneid, Books 1 and 2, and Caesar's De Bello Gallico, Books 1, 4, and 6, are now available. The rest of the syllabus will be available October 26 or sooner. Practice exam content will follow.
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,
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|Teaching Tips & Resources|
|► Resources for Halloween from B-C's Distance Learning Page|
• B-C's Distance Learning Page
• “Two Ghost Stories” from Petronius’s Satyricon.
• A set of fun activities that center around twenty-four of the mythological monsters featured in Martia Dementia 2020. Make sure you and your students read the mythological monsters descriptions before trying the activities.
• A spooky take on the Laocoön sculpture.
Laocoön Group. Marble, copy after an Hellenistic original from ca. 200 BCE.
Found in the Baths of Trajan, 1506.
Public Domain photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
• The Celtic Roots of Halloween.
► Travel with students
Share with your students these readings about tourist misconduct. After reading the short articles, ask students to share their responses to the behavior. Teachers can save the articles as preparation materials for their next study tour of Italy and/or Greece.
• Sculpture survives 2,000 years but not a tourist’s misconduct.
• Autographs are not welcome!
• Artifacts belong in situ.
► Other Resources
• Check out the webinar program sponsored by the American Classical League’s ETC.
• Consider NOVA’s new program on the development of the alphabet and printing as an enrichment activity.
• Remember, B-C is now providing digital images from the 2020–2021 calendar. Click the image and save it on your computer to share with your students.
► Res Romanae
• Game piece for Ludus Latrunculorum found
• Luxury apartments reveal their lavish Roman predecessor.
• Pestilence prevention.
• A new and improved Nero?
Golden aureus with image of Nero at the Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 4.0.
• Brain matter of Vesuvius victim in Herculaneum.
Collegium of the Augustales, Herculaneum.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 3.0.
• More on the Torlonia marbles.
► Res Hellenicae
• Emojis worthy of Homer!
• Wildfires threatened Mycenae.
• Will Agrigento’s Atlas bear the weight of criticism?
Reconstructed Atlas figure at Agrigento.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 3.0.
• The New York Times report on Atlas Resurgens
• Excavations unmask magnificent terracotta Dionysus mask.
• Four-thousand year tradition of viticulture.
• Nine recipes from ancient Greece and Rome.
► Res Aegypticae
• Scientists reconstruct mummified child’s face.
► Res Aliae
• Canaanite palace felled by earthquake?
• Bronze or Iron Age map of cosmos?
• Vikings’ genetic diversity.
• DNA upends previous theory about Viking burial.
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