A Year in F7 – Week 14


Monday – November 5th – Day 60

  1. Calendar/Quid novi est?
  2. Quintus et Nox Horrifica – Sound Effects Theater

A simple twist on reader’s theater.  Since the novella deals a lot with the main character hearing a noise and investigating the sound in various rooms of his house, it lent itself to audience involvement in the story, as I enlisted audience members to make increasing ridiculous sounds as I read them the story.

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  1. Discipulus Illustris

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  1. Quick Quiz – verum an falsum? (based on the interview)

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It was a great, no-prep Monday! NOTE: the SFX theater portion was “teacher-heavy,” in that I had to think on my feet a lot as I kept the story moving along.


Tuesday, November 6th – Day 61

Calendar/Quid novi est?

Partner Read – Quintus et Nox Horrifica

This is a good follow-up to the “performance-heavy” SFX theater yesterday.  I had enough copies for students to share books (2 students on a book).  Students read with their partners.  I let them go on for fifteen minutes, and just noted about how far people got in the story.  Many groups were able to read multiple chapters.

  1. Discipulus Illustris (Student interview)

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NOTE: By this time in the year, I am conducting student interviews with almost NO student support.  All that I have projected on the slide are simple prompts to aid hesitant students like: sum: I am, habito: I live, etc.  The interviews also go more in depth as I am able to ask more follow up questions (or skip certain questions).  There is still something undeniably powerful about the student interview.

  1. Quick Quiz – verum an falsum? (based on the interview)

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Wednesday, November 7th – Day 62

  1. Calendar/Quid novi est?
  2. Read and Discuss/Comprehension Quiz: “Quintus et Nox Horrifica”

I read them the last chapter and ask them questions as we went (I had the text of the final chapter projected). Afterwards, I asked them questions about the text for comprehension, as well had them either translate portions into English, or to copy Latin words or phrases from the story that corresponded with English prompts.  As with all my quizzes, I tried to set the students up for success, so I varied my questions to suit the class.  Also, as usual, the goal of the “quiz” was to have the students engage with the text again, not to test just their short term memory or their contextual guessing skills. In each class I had time to check the quizzes, which also provided more input. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

  1. Introduction to “Indicium!” game (“Clue” in Latin)

I didn’t write down exactly how we did this, but I remember I set up a story, with the host (Dominus Corpus) holding a party (convivium) and inviting guests the party (multi homines invitati sunt), but dying mysteriously (Dominus corpus interfectus est! quis Dominum Corpus interfecit?)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Thursday, November 8th – Day 63

  1. Calendar/Quid novi est?
  2. Indicium (Latin Clue)

Playing “Indicium” with the students.  I used an adaptation of this version (I just changed the rooms to a Roman villa/house, and also changed some of the characters and weapons).  This is the follow-along sheet that I made.  I did not force the students to create sentences, rather, I just asked the current group a question in Latin and they answered using the information on the sheet.  However, I eliminated the roll and move from the game entirely.  All investigators moved as a single group, and you could only move to a conjoining room (a secret passage connected the two furthest rooms, creating a loop).  It simplified the game and got a lot of movement words (vult ire, it, currit, venit, advenit, revenit, etc). Miraculously, in each class we finished the game just before the end, and at one team guessed the correct solution (and no teams were eliminated early).

Prep Time: 25 minutes


Friday, November 9th – Day 64

  1. Calendar/Quid novi est?
  2. Storytelling/Story-Asking“Indicium Follow-up”

Using the results from the game, we tried to then create a story that explained how the murder actually took place.  The most entertaining and ridiculous one was trying to explain how an infans (baby) killed Mr. Body in the latrina (bathroom/toilet) with a pugio (dagger).  Here is the story (in Latin) that resulted:

Dominus Corpus pugione interfectus est ab infante in latrina.


Dominus Corpus “pacifier” infantis cepit et iecit in latrinam.

infans erat iratus.

in mappa (diaper) infantis erat pugio acutus.

Dominus Corpus in medio capite pugione acuto pulsatus est.

It was generally successful enough that I think this will be my standard follow-up to clue every time.  I am also tempted to “fix” the cards next time and have the solution for each class be an equally humorous situation (instead of just a random draw).  For instance one class’s solution was just a gladiator in the atrium with a sword.  It makes sense, it just led to a bit of a dull story.

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  1. Quizlet Live – based on the final chapter of “Quintus”

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  1. “Reverse Pictionary” (based on the Quizlet text, time permitting. This is my bailout if the storytelling activity flops)

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