Monday – December 10th, Day 80
- Calendar Talk
- Ludus/Discussion – Saturnalia vs. Christmas
NB: My teaching context is a private, Christian school, so this is the dominate holiday. It would probably be a more interesting discussion to include students who celebrate other December/Winter holidays.
I created this survey to help facilitate the conversation.
- Listen and Draw activity – Saturnus et Iuppiter – Pars II
It ended up taking quite a long time to get through this particular part of the story because of the other the other activities ended up being engaging enough with the students that some days I didn’t actually get to the story at all. Listen and Draw is a good way to present a short story in a structured way and almost instantly see student comprehension (based on the pictures that they draw). Sometime I have them draw on paper (or in their notebooks), while other times I have them draw on white boards (so that they can erase and add to the picture more easily).
Tuesday, December 11th, Day 81
- Picture Talk – (Saturnus et Iuppiter – Pars II, based on the students’ whiteboard drawings from Monday)
- Reader’s Theater – Saturnus et Iuppiter – Pars III
This is the section of their story where Saturnus vomits up his kids, starting the war between the Gods and the Titans. The gross-out factor alone makes this one fun to act out, and kept the students’ attention. I do feel that my version was a bit long, as the students’ interest in the story seemed to wane by the time this final part came around. I had to work a bit harder than usual to “sell” the story to the students. Also everyone–including me!–is beginning to get restless as the end of the semester is in sight . . .
Wednesday, December 12th, Day 82
- Quick quiz – quis diceret? Saturnus an Rhea an Iuppiter an infans?
- Watch and Discuss – “Magister Craft – Saturnalia”
I had the students watch the video independently and use this sheet to follow along with the video. It was a nice change of pace as the pressure was not on me the entire time to interact (as with a MovieTalk/Watch and Discuss activity).
3. Class Discussion/Write and Discuss: Quomodo Romani Saturnalia celebrant?
Thursday, December 13th, Day 83
- Chartulae Felices/The Lucky Number Game
(using the transcript of the “Saturnalia” video found on Magister Craft’s site)
- Quizlet “Saturnus et Iuppiter” (using the Diagram mode)
- Write and Discuss: Traditiones/Mores Festi
The students wanted to talk more about holidays, so I dedicated some time (about ten minutes at the end of each class) to discuss holiday traditions.
NB: I am doing a lot of writing and structured activities the week in order to maintain student focus.
Friday, December 14th, Day 84
- Write and Discuss (continued) – “Quomodo Romani Saturnalia celebrant.”
- Final Exam – Pars Prima: Timed Write
- Final Exam – Pars Secunda: Timed Write Analysis
I used this sheet. I didn’t really give a traditional exam this year. I just used their Timed Writes as a way to get insight into how they are acquiring the language. It’s not really perfect, but it’s a good way to see what a student is doing and how a student is feeling about their progress at a glance.
And that’s it for the first semester!