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|Great Etymology Lesson: Parthenogenesis.|
Classics in Kilkenny.
Elegant classically-themed stucco decorates the dining room of the Lady Helen Restaurant in the Mt. Juliet Manor House.
Vandals behead Laocoon.
Aliens, Elon Musk, and Egypt's pyramids.
Tidbits found in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland
The gates to Birr Castle bear a Latin inscription. "Patria" replaced the former "rege" after Irish independence. The castle is home to the hereditary Earls of Rosse, the Parsons family.
Geraldus Cambrensis noted that this boulder, known as the Birr stone, marked the city as the umbilicus Hiberniae.
Birr's old town hall stands as a tribute to Roman temple architecture.
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This month’s edition comes to you with wishes for the holiday season. May you and your families and your students and their families find warmth in the spirit of the season. May the light of hope and the enduring human spirit pierce the darkness of the Solstice and the uncertainties of the pandemic.
May I take this occasion to honor my dear colleague, David Mathers, from my days as teacher and administrator at Loyola Academy? A Facebook post
from the Academy just today celebrated his retirement after thirty-plus years this past June and his being honored by the Illinois Classical Conference with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Much deserved recognition for a master teacher, dedicated professional, loyal colleague, and dear friend! Through the years since I left the Academy, I have enjoyed working with David on playing the biennial Loyola Academy Classics Tour.
Last month we celebrated high school Latin scholar Michelle Wu's election as the first female mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, and shared her reflection in Classical Considerations
. This month we feature this title with a special discount of 67%! These books would make great class prizes or mementos.
A decade or so ago, it was my privilege to give a presentation on the Latin for the New Millennium program at the ARLT (Association of Latin Teaching) summer conference held at the University of Sheffield. The occasion afforded me the opportunity to meet and befriend Bob Patrick and Latin teachers from Ireland, Mary Boissel and Louise Potter. I seized the day in May when I saw a special Aer Lingus package that enabled me to visit with Mary this past Thanksgiving. That visit yielded the "Classics Tidbits" from Birr in County Offaly. Though retired from teaching, Mary remains an ever-learning classicist and speaks fondly of the adult program she taught using LNM. It was a delight to share a few days in her beloved Birr.
All of us at B-C wish you all good things for the holiday season and for 2022!
PPS: ARLT used to be called the Association for the Reform of the Teaching of Latin. While "reform" has been dropped from their title, the "R" remains in their acronym.
|Teaching Tip: Learning Latin Journal: A Simple Tool for Concluding Class|
It is almost the end of the period and the bell will ring in just 2 minutes! What are your students doing at this precise moment? They may be packing up their materials and migrating toward the door. Or perhaps they are intently listening to you as you try to squeeze in a couple more important points. It could be that they are working in groups or pairs to finish an activity. And the truth is that it is probably all of the above over the span of a week. At a PD workshop many years ago, the facilitator posed the following question to the group: "are we concluding a lesson or are we quitting?" This question really resonated with me at that particular moment and, in conversation, I discovered that it resonated for others too. We often plan more activities than we can complete in a single lesson. As the end of the instructional period grows near, we are compelled to cut out the last learning activities of the lesson and, often in a flurry, make the required announcements and reminders. Rather than this abrupt end to a lesson, how can we offer a conclusion? What techniques can we intentionally use to provide closure at the end of a lesson to ensure that our students have the greatest gains in learning?
If we want our lessons to have the greatest impact on student learning, then we must intentionally plan closure activities that maximize the value of the last minutes of a class. There are many ways that we can provide an impactful closure activity at the end of a lesson. Giving students the opportunity to reflect on or actively use the new knowledge and skills they have developed over the course of the class is particularly powerful.
A Latin learning journal can be really helpful to this end. The journal itself can be a composition book, a section in a notebook, or something digital. Really, whatever you're most comfortable with is totally fine. In your lesson plans, you routinely set aside the last five minutes of instructional time for students to contribute to their journals. Here are some of the many ways that students can reflect on the day's learning:
- Summarize what they've learned from the day's lesson in a few sentences
Reflect on their progress tackling one of the unit’s essential questions
Create a visual or graphic representation of what they learned
Complete a 3-2-1 activity in which students note 3 takeaways, 2 interesting points, and 1 question they have
Generate one or more questions connected to the lesson’s focus that can be compiled into a formative activity for a later date
In addition to being a great way to facilitate end-of-class reflections, I also like to ask students to do more in-depth reflections here. For example, reflecting on the project, essay, or translation that best represents their learning so far and writing a paragraph about why they think so.
The last moments of a lesson offer an important opportunity for students to reflect on, process, and synthesize what they have learned as well as to consider where they still have gaps or questions. A learning journal is a simple way to make that happen.
|Teaching Tips & Resources|
| ► Social Justice|
• Check out Eugestae, the Journal of Gender Studies in Antiquity.
• Commitment to repatriation.
• Artifacts returned to Mali.
• Diversity in the Museum. An African Roman?
• A.E. Housman and an outstanding Latin student.
• Slave revolts in Rome.
► Res Romanae
• Spectacular Roman mosaic of the Iliad found in the UK.
• Physical evidence for Roman crucifixion discovered in Britain.
• Material documentation for "thrown to the lions" punishment.
• A primer: the Roman naming system.
• New skeleton discovered near Herculaneum.
• Using robots to restore Pompeii's frescoes.
• New finds from the House of the Library in Pompeii.
• Using the restrooms in ancient Rome.
• Images of latrines throughout the Roman world.
• Rome's most eastern aqueduct found in Armenia.
• They lost their heads in ancient Turkey.
• Anderson Cooper guides us through Caligula's gardens.
• Roman lessons on the perils of luxury.
• Developments in the study of graffiti at Pompeii.
• Artist brings Roman emperors to life.
• Fabulous interactive map of Roman sites in the UK.
• Exploring Diocletian's legacy—Roman Split.
The peristyle of Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 2.0.
• DNA helps rewrite Roman history.
► Res Aegypticae
• Detailed documentary on the Book of the Dead.
A page from the Book of the Dead. Public domain photo from exhibit at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 3.0.
• Master artisans fix ancient apprentices' errors on Egyptian temple.
• Giant ram’s head statues found in Egypt.
• Insights to sculpting reliefs.
• Lost sun temple found after 4,500 years!
• Tombs yield gold-tongued mummies.
• Gold jewelry from the time of Nefertiti found in Cyprus tombs.
• Evidence for ancient Mediterranean trade.
• Burundi—Source du Nil? Pyramid and all?
► Res Hellenicae
• Hellenistic sanctuary found near Larissa.
• Cambridge Museum's exhibit—Mycenae: From Myth to History
• Italy returns Parthenon piece to Greece.
► Res Aliae
• Syria's Al-Hosn Citadel, the Krak des Chevaliers. See Latin for the New Millennium, Level 2, p. 84
Photo by Bernard Gagnon, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 4.0.
Built for the Muslim Emir of Aleppo in 1031 CE, the fortress fell to the Crusaders in 1099 and came to house the Knights Hospitaler.
• Israeli girl finds rare shekel from the great revolt.
• Historic ruins connected to the revolt that established Hannukah celebration.
• DNA reveals origins of the Philistines.
• Archaeology undermines history?
• Turkey yields 1,600-year-old weaving workshop.
• Viking torture: the brutal blood eagle.
• One of the largest Viking longhouses discovered.
• What keeps the belief the Middle Ages were "dark" burning bright?
• News from Stonehenge.
Stonehenge at dawn on the winter solstice, 2012. Photo by Mike Peel, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 4.0.
• Sweet treats for Stonehenge workers.
• Ancient Mayan salt kitchens discovered in Belize.
• Post-conquest Aztec altar found in Mexico City.
• Ancient petroglyphs in Canada fulfill indigenous prophecy.
• Volcanic eruptions boon to ancient Puebloan civilization.
• Climate change leads to collapse of ancient Chinese civilization.
• Ethiopian stele monuments considered a 1,000 years older than previously believed.
• Neo-Assyrian leather armor documents 2,700-year-old technology.
|2021–2022 Classics Conferences and Meetings|
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to be exhibiting in-person or virtually at these conferences of the new academic year.
AIA-SCS—Archaeological Institute of America/Society for
Classical Studies2022 Joint Annual Meeting
San Francisco Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, CA
January 5–8, 2022B-C Representatives:
Bridget Dean and Donald Sprague
CAMWS—Classical Association of the Middle West and South118th Annual Meeting
at the Invitation of Wake Forest University
Marriott Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC
March 23–26, 2022B-C Representatives:
Bridget Dean and Amelia Wallace
CANE—Classical Association of New England 116th Annual Meeting
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
April 8–9, 2022B-C Representative:
ICMS—International Congress on Medieval Studies57th Congress
will take place online
May 9–14, 2022
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers will participate in the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
ACL—American Classical LeagueDiamond Jubilee Institute
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
June 24–26, 2022B-C Representatives:
Bridget Dean and Donald Sprague
NJCL—National Junior Classical League2022 NJCL Convention
University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
July 24–29, 2022Cantantes licet usque (minus via laedit) eamus.
Let us go singing as far as we go—the road will be less tedious.
Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
|Important Dates & Deadlines|
Classics Exams 2021–2022
||National Mythology Exams
Pegasus Mythology Exam, grades 3–8
Medusa Mythology Exam, grades 9–12
Exam Registration September 1 – January 15
Medusa Exam Administration: March 21 – April 8
Pegasus Exam Administration: February 21 – March 4
||National Greek Exam
Exam Registration September 1 – January 21
Exam Administration: February 28 – March 18
||National Latin Exam
Exam Registration September 1 - January 22
Exam Administration: February 22 - March 12
||National Latin Vocabulary Exam
Exam Registration November 9 - January 27
Exam Administration: February 1 - March 5
National Hellenic Civilization Exam
Exam Registration November 9 - January 27
Exam Administration: February 1 - March 5
||Exploratory Latin Exam
Exam Registration September 1 – March 2
Exam Administration: January 1 – April 1
Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest
deadline: March 15, 2022 postmark
Registration: September 1, 2020 - March 15, 2021
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021 - April 15, 2021
NB: Awaiting updates.
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