Week 1 – Days 2 and 3 – Latin III/IV



  1. Calendar Talk (10 minutes)

Prep Time: 5 minutes (finding a blank calendar)

  1. OWI (One Word Image) with student artist (35 minutes)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Picture Talk (looking at and discussing the student artwork)

Prep Time: 0 minutes (the student does the drawing)

Total prep time: 5 minutes

Reflection: Calendar Talk was a big hit! We have discussed the calendar before here and there, but in each class this lasted 20-25.  We discussed the days of the week, the god or goddess that that day is named for.  We talked student birthdays.  We even included parents and sibling’s birthdays.  Something that seemed very mundane (to me), ended up being very engaging to the students.  This will be a recurring activity.  Because of this, we did not have time to even begin a Picture Talk after we finished creating a OWI.


Notice in the picture above the student has written some Latin labels on her picture.  What she got right–and the small errors that she made–were actually very interesting to me.  This is a student with two years in a CI-focused classroom.  I particularly am intrigued by the emerging–and therefore inconsistent in places–case usage, and I’m really digging “nympha dentium invenire non potest.” At no time during the discussion did I have any text other than a few new vocab words posted.  This is my first year of Latin III students who have had two years of non-traditional methodology.


  1. Write and Discuss: OWI character recaps (25 minutes)

Process: the students examine the student-drawn character portrait, and I lead a Write and Discuss, reconstruction and summarizing yesterday’s OWI session.

Afterwards, the students will look at the other Latin III/IV class’ picture and discuss the details that we see.

Nota bene: I planned a lot of time for this activity, because I am challenging myself to still go slow, circle new vocabulary, engage students with questions, try to work in as much natural repetition as possible.  In the upper levels I tend to sometimes forget what works in the lower levels.  Part of my brain reverts back to that anxiety about how much “content I’m covering,” and I feel like I constantly need to refocus myself on the process of language acquisition, and not the content.

Prep Time: 0 minutes (both pictures were created by students in class the day before, and the text is written live and co-created with the students).

  1. Read and Draw – Jason and the Argonauts (from Ritchie’s Fabulae Faciles)

Geoffrey Steadman has prepared an excellent reading version with vocabulary and grammar notes.  It’s also published as Fabulae Graecae.

Over the course of the next 5-6 weeks, my students will read tiered versions of selections of this text.  (I hope to publish my tiered versions later in the semester).

Process: Student hear the first tier, and then read and illustrate the second tier on whiteboards, one sentence at a time, adding to their picture as each new bit of information is revealed.


Prep Time: 20 minutes (creating two tiered versions for class that are projector-friendly).

Total prep time: 20 minutes

Reflection: Looking back at the student created characters brought a lot of joy to the class, especially when one class would try to figure out what was going on in the other class’ picture. In both class Write and Discuss lasted more than 30 minutes, and we only read two sentences of “Jason” (but that just means less planning for Monday).  I felt that introducing the reading as a Write and Discuss activity was a bit stale, but I was trying to end with a reading activity.  I presented them with the original text and some glosses, but there were a few odd phrases/words that were a bit more trouble than they were worth.  For next week, I’m going to tier and adapt this text (mostly by swapping out some of the more arcane vocabulary with higher frequency verbs).

Overall, a good—though exhausting!—week.

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