A Year in F7 – Week 13

Monday, Oct. 29th – Day 55

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi?
  2. One Word Image – “phantasma”

Each class creates it’s own unique ghost.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss – description of the OWI character, developing any details that may be pertinent to tomorrow’s “Ask a Story/Storytelling” activity

Prep time: 0 minutes


Tuesday, Oct. 30th – Day 56

  1. Card Talk: “Autumnus”
  2. Picture Talk: based on the “Autumnus” Card Talk (I projected the pictures the students drew on the document camera)

Prep Time: 0-5 minutes

  1. Ask a Story: “Fabula Horrifica” using Monday’s “phantasm” character

We used the ghost character from the previous day’s One Word Image.  I used a simple “problem” and “two locations” format (the problem was solved in the second location).  This basic TPRS skill is still one that I struggle with.  Too often my Ask-A-Story plots become too long and convoluted, either through me asking to many questions about minutia, or allowing the students to take the story far “out of bounds” (trying to introduce too many vocabulary words, ignoring the plot in favor of random events (because they didn’t like the direction that other people took the story) , or purposefully derailing the story.  My “Ask-A-Story” technique was better; this time the story was short and tight, but I still feel like it could have been better.  I will continue to hone my technique.  What should be a simple, basic tool in my toolbox is for whatever reason difficult for me to execute to my satisfaction.

Prep Time: 0-20 minutes

Note: sometimes I prepare questions, or set parameters ahead of time, for certain classes when I know that they have trouble either coming up with creative ideas and/or have trouble reaching a consensus.

  1. Write and Discuss (summary of the story so far)

Prep time: 0 minutes


Wednesday, Oct. 31st – Day 57

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi?
  2. Read and Discuss/Reader’s Theater: “Quintus et Nox Horrifica”

Today is a “catch up” day.  My goal is to have all of my classes at more or less the same point in the story.  Classes that are closer to beginning can be caught up on the narrative through storytelling first (as fortunately the book has at its core a very simple and concrete plot that can be summarized in a paragraph or two).  The reader’s theater and discussion are for classes who are further ahead; during reader’s theater I am pretty free to slow down or speed up the pace.  This is how I can teach three different Latin I classes.  The text is the thing that they have in common, but by varying the activity and the way I communicate the story, I can provide for each group what they need to understand and participate in the story.  This is the power of a class based on communication—the message is easily adjustable for the audience and the time constrains imposed on the class period.  Something that would be more difficult with a fixed reading text, or a traditional“translate the story/review the grammar” format.

Prep Time: 5-20 minutes

  1. Quiz Quiz – Verum an Falsum (“Qunitus”)

Prep Time: 0 minutes


Thursday, Nov. 1st – Day 58

  1. Quid Novi?: Day of the week, date, weather
  2. Carmen: “Reno erat Rudolphus.” I begin teaching them holiday songs early in Latin I, so that after Thanksgiving they are comfortable enough with the lyrics to sing them more confidently. It takes them a few days of this to warm up to it.

For “Rudolphus” I use these lyrics, but other versions are readily available.

Prep time: 0 minutes

NB – I have a bunch of Christmas Song slides prepared from about a decade of Latin teaching.  Most of them I got from the enormous collections of Latin holiday songs archived in Gaudium Mundo.

  1. Picture Talk – “Phantasmata OWIs” (we take a look at the other classes’ ghosts)

Prep Time: 5 minutes (preparing slides for each class’s picture)

  1. Read and Draw – Phantasma stories

I had the students vote on which of the other classes’ OWI pictures looked more interesting to them, and the had a six sentence read and draw ready (based on the Write and Discuss Activity from Tuesday.  These were flexible however.  In some classes we only illustrated three sentences for the sake of time.  Sentences that the student’s didn’t draw became a whole class Karaoke Translation or a Reading and Discuss.

Prep Time: 10 minutes (typing up Tuesday’s Write and Discuss)


Friday, Nov. 2nd – Day 59

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi?/Song (another Holiday Song from the list)
  2. Word Chunk Game

Based on the “Quintus” story.

Prep Time: 15 minutes (to prepare a couple of slides and pre-select a few items for the game)

  1. Game – Quizlet Live – “Diagram” Mode

A shortened version of the “Quintus” text that focuses on vocabulary/phrases new to my students, or which I want my students to have more exposure to.

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

  1. Timed Write (5 minutes)

Note: While this is a heavier prep day, it is much less pressure on me as the teacher to provide spontaneous input and interaction.  The students did enjoy a low-pressure game day.

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