A Week in F7 – Week 33

Monday, April 22nd, Day 147

1.) Reader’s Theater/Storytelling: “Orpheus”

Inspired by Magister Craft’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” video.  I wanted to use the video, but the Latin is a bit dense for my Latin I students.  So I adapted Magister Craft’s script at first, but ended up write my own (they may even be a good future novella in there somewhere).  The text evolved with my storytelling, as I tried to adapt the difficulty to my students’ proficiency.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

2.) Partner Read Activity: The Orpheus text I prepared.  Here’s what I came up with (sorry, it’s only in Latin).

Orpheus, Pars I

quodam die, Orpheus Eurydicem in matrimonium ducit. Eurydicē est uxor Orphei.  Orpheus est vir Eurydices.

dies matrimonii est bonus et serenus.  non pluit et sol in caelo lucit.  die matrimonii Orpheus cantat et instrumento ludit.  nymphae placet saltare.  Orpheo cantante nympha saltat.  uxor gaudens per campos saltat.  per silvas saltat.

in terra est serpens malus.  in dentibus serpentis est venenum potens.  Eurydice ignorans prope serpentem saltat.  serpens iratus nympham mordit.  venenum per corpus puellae fluit, et statim nympha in terra collabitur. uxor Orphei mortua est.

Orpheus nympham mortuam videns valde tristis est.  Orpheus lacrimans exclamat: “Eurydice erat amor meus.  nunc amor meus mortuus est.”  Orpheus non dormit.  Orpheus carmina non scribit.  Orpheus neque cithara ludit neque carmina cantat.

Orpheus consilium capit.

Orpheus: “Eurydicem volo.  ad Orcum ibo.  Eurydicem in Orco inveniam.  deinde ego Eurydicem reducam ex Orco ad terram meam.”

poeta ianuam Orci quaerit.

Prep Time: 10 minute

3.) Write and Discuss: summary of the Orpheus story

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time 25 minutes


Tuesday, April 23rd, Day 148

1.) Reading Activity/Cloze Sentences:

I created this brief fill-in-the-blank, cloze sentence activity as a bell-ringer.

Prep Time: 10 minutes


2.) Picture Talk/Storytelling: “Orpheus: Part II”

I used stills taken from this TedEd video.  It worked well.  I might actually use this as a quick movie talk early next week when reviewing the “Hades” section of the story.

Prep Time: 10 minutes


3.) Structured Writing/Story Retell/Write and Discuss:

I showed the students stills and had them write a one sentence retell (with a partner) for each picture (students had access to a list of the new vocabulary words, etc.).  Afterwards, I led a full class “Write and Discuss” session (very brief) for each picture.  Students seemed more willing to contribute to the discussion having had time to reflect and compose a sentence of their own first.  I may modify future write and discuss activities to allow students time to reflect first.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 25 minutes


Wednesday, April 24th, Day 149

1.) FVR  (5 minutes)

2.) Reading Activity: GIMKIT

I’m experimenting with Gimkit as an alternative to Kahoot and Quizlet.  I like Kahoot’s individual reports, but loath the time crunch and the inevitable—and frustrating—lag that most of my student experience on their devices.  Quizlet Live is fine—especially diagram mode—but can be a bit samey, and some of my students find it a bit dull.  Gimkit is different because it is actually a game.  There are powerups, leveling, ways to attack, “Thanos Mode” (at least for a limited time).  Students answer questions on their own and earn money for correct answers.  I also like that I can write clues, questions, and answers completely in comprehensible Latin.  After more experimentation this year, I may provide a more thorough write-up in a future blog-post.

Prep time was a bit high due to learning a new system.  But once I got it down, it’s actually very easy and quick to create a new Gimkit.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

3.) Listen and Draw:“Map of Hades”

To introduce Orpheus’ Journey in the Underworld (Orpheus Part 3)

Points of Interest on the map

a.) The River Styx and Charon the boatman

b.) The Gates of Hades and Cerberus

c.) The Palace of Pluto and his wife Proserpina.

I will use a student’s map on Friday as material for a Picture Talk.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 30 minutes


Thursday, April 25th, Day 150

1.) Picture Talk: “Map of Hades”

using student-drawn maps of Hades from yesterday’s Listen and Draw.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

2.) Watch and Discuss: “The Tragic Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice”

We watched and the discuss the Hades/underworld section.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

3.) Write and Discuss:  We wrote up a script based on today’s episode of the Orpheus myth.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 10 minutes


Friday, April 27th, Day 151

1.) FVR

2.) Dictatio/Translation:

Rather than reading a Latin text and having the students copy the text down in Latin, I read a Latin text (a write up of yesterday’s story) and the students wrote down an English translation.  Afterwards I projected the text and checked the translation.  Student focus was strong throughout, and it gave me great feedback about what structures/expressions that they were still struggling with.  It seemed a much better indicator of student ability that simply projecting a text and saying: “Okay, translate this.” If anything, it prevented students rushing through the translation (they had to wait for me to read the next sentence).

Prep Time: 10 minutes

3.) Reading Activity – Gimkit

Created a simple vocabulary-based Gimkit to experiment with the different modes available.  I am really liking this.  It may end up being in my top two or three tech-based activities.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Prep Time: 25 minutes

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