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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A Year in F7 – Week 12

Monday, October 22nd, Day 50

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Read and Discuss/Instant Replay/Read and Draw: Monstrum in Armario – Alternate Endings

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Read and Discuss: “Quintus et Nox Horrifica

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Quick Quiz – Verum an Falsum? (based on “Quintus et Nox Horrifica”)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Tuesday, October 23th, Day 51

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi?

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Read/Discuss/Reader’s Theater (Quintus et Nox Horrifica – Ch. 3)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  1. Discipulus Illustris – Student Interview

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Quick Quiz (Discipulus Illustris)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 10 minutes

 

Wednesday, October 24th, Day 52

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi?

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Read/Discuss/Reader’s Theater (Quintus et Nox Horrifica – Ch. 4)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  1. Dictatio and Draw

Students take the diction first, then draw a picture to accompany the dictation.  Six sentences total.  After the first three sentences and pictures, I let the student correct their spelling.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Thursday, October 25th  – Day 53

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi?

Prep Time: 0 minutes

NB: I was out on Wednesday (sick with something I picked up from the students), which ended up being great, because we could talk about what happened on Tuesday AND on Wednesday.

  1. Movie Talk – “Wildebeests

              Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss – the plot of the Movie Talk

              Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Friday, October 26th – Day 54

  1. Calendar Talk/ Quid novi?
  2. Ridiculum (“Wildebest” Recap)
  3. Magici Numeri – Translation Game

My version of the “Sex” game (and Lance Piantaggini’s “Septem”).  The variation is that “six” isn’t always the number that people are trying to roll.  Changing up the number seems to keep the game fresh for the students.  This is a bit more labor- and resource-intensive than other activities that I did this week, but worth it.  I only play this game once or twice a semester to keep it fresh.  Some classes would continue to play the entire class period—and beyond if I let them.

Prep Time: 20 minutes (plus printing and collating)

Good Things Coming Soon . . .

As some may have noticed, I’ve taken an unexpected hiatus from updating my blog.  My son was born on December 30th, 2018 and, let’s say, my world quickly turned upside down.  Parenthood has been a rewarding–and exhausting–journey so far, but updating the blog was a very low priority.  I also have a few Latin novella manuscripts that have been put on the shelf as well for the time being.

But now the hiatus is over.

Since I have more or less kept all of my class lesson plans in detail, in the next few weeks I will update them and post them as quickly as I can.  I also have a couple new novellas and other writing projects that should be ready to publish in the near future.

A Year in F7 – Week 11 (Latin I)

MONDAY, October 15th, Day 45

  1. Card Talk – Two Truths/Lie

TOPIC: quid tu egisti hoc biduo?

I prepared this PowerPoint presentation in order to give the students the support they needed to compose some basic sentences about themselves and their activities. I just used this to discuss the student’s weekends and interests–we didn’t play “Tria Vera et Unum Falsum” this week.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

  1. Story – Quintus Review (Chapters 1 and 2)

         Read and Discuss followed by “Ridiculum” game (also known as “Stultus”)

with Brain Break Follow-up

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss (Last 5-7 minutes)

Review of the Quintus Story (focus on the new words, the ones glossed on the board)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 25 minutes

 

TUESDAY, October 16th, Day 46

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Card Talk – Read and Discuss – Responses

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Quintus – Read and Discuss/Ridiculum/Dice Game

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  1. Discipulus Illustris: Student Interview & Quiz

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss (Time Permitting)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

WEDNESDAY, October 17th, Day 47

  1. Calendar Talk (5 minutes)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Monstrum in Armario – Picture Talk (10 minutes)

I made this PowerPoint comprised of screen caps of the film.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

  1. MovieTalk/ Watch and Discuss (20 minutes) – using the  “El Monstuo in Armario” movie

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss – Summarize Movie in 3 sentences

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Alternate Ending/Picturae

I had the students draw a possible alternate ending for the movie.  We are going to discuss these endings in class on Friday.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Quick Quiz (V an F) – 7 minutes

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

Reflection: The “El Monstruo del armario” video is actually perfect to accompany Lance Piantaggini’s excellent “Quintus et Nox Horrifica.” I can read it with my students after they have only had a couple months of Latin, just in time for Halloween.  A lot of the plot of the movie is similar to the novella, so I was able to “preview” some of the novella’s new or less familiar vocabulary with the students.  Below is the script that I wrote for “Monstrum in Armario” (in Latin).

 

 

THURSDAY, October 18th, Day 48

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi?

Prep Time: 0 minutes

2. Read and Draw (Listening Assessment) – based on the “Monstrum in Armario” alternate endings.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 0 minutes

Reflection: I had more planned than this, but these two activities ended up taking the entire class period.  We ended up having some fun with the Listen and Draw activity, as I took student suggestions for details to add to everyone’s pictures, or slightly different directions to take the ends that we had created the day before.  It was a good lesson in knowing when to ditch the plan and go with the direction that the class is pushing you.

 

FRIDAY, October 19th, Day 49

  1. Calendar Talk/Quid Novi?

Prep Time: 0 minutes

2. Alternate Endings (using the pictures that students drew after the Movie Talk on Wednesday)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

3. Write and Discuss (based on the class-chosen favorite picture from the Picture Talk)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

4. Quizlet Live

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

5. Choral Translation/Ridiculum (Monstrum in Armario text)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

6. Timed Write

5 minutes

Prep Time: 0 minutes

               Total Prep Time: 20-25 minutes

Week 10 – Latin I

 

Monday

Columbus Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, October 9th, Day 41

  1. Discipulus Illustris

Prep Time: 0 minutes

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

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss (a summary of the Interview)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 0 minutes

NB: I changed the format of the interview to interview two students at the same time, and then compare their answers.  This ended up taking most the period, and the Write and Discuss ended up being a compare/contrast discussion.  It was unplanned (I decided somewhat spontaneously to interview two students at once) but it ended up being an interesting activity. A good twist on a routine activity.

 

Wednesday, October 10th, Day 42

  1. Card Talk – Quid actum est feriis autumnis?

(What happened over fall break?)

I turned this in to two truths and a lie.  The game ended up lasting most of the class period. It was a hit that I hope to use again after another break.  Or perhaps right before a break.  I could change it to “What are you going to do over ________ break?” (Quid acturus/actura es feriis_________?)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

I prepared this PowerPoint to help support the students’ writing.

  1. Write and Discuss (based on the information from the game)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

Thursday, October 11th, Day 43

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. 2. Picture Talk – Insulae Romanae

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Watch and Discuss: “Magister Craft – Insulae Romanae

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Game – Reverse Pictionary (using the script of the Magister Craft Video)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Friday, October 12th, Day 44

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Discuss and Write: Insulae Romanae vs. Insulae Americanae

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  1. Kindergarten Day – Story – Fabula “Quintus et Nox Horrifica”

Prep Time: 10 minutes

NB: This is a GREEEEAT first novella for early first semester Latin students by the talented Lance Piantaggini.

  1. Watch and DiscussMagister Craft – Domus Romana

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss – “quid actum est hodie?”

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 20 minutes

 

Reflection: Latin I is finally starting to hit its groove.  The weeks can feel long, and I’m often exhausted after school every day, but I’m starting to notice those small drops in the bucket of input each week begin to accumulate.  Students are being to spontaneously use more Latin in class, and I am able to gradually ask more open-ended questions in class, and draw more information from students to personalize the things that we talk about.  “Two Truths and a Lie” (duo vera et unum falsum) was particularly effective.  Discussing eight cards would take nearly and entire class period, and it’s officially one of my emergency no-prep activities that I can do on days where the regularly scheduled activity isn’t working.

A Year in F7 – Week 9 (end of the first quarter)

Latin I

Note: This was a very short week.  Only three days of class.

Monday, October 1st, Day 38

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Student Interview

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Quick Quiz: based on the student interviews

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Storytelling with Actors (introduction to the “Gladiator” Movie Talk)

Prep Time: 10 minutes (creating a short story script based vocabulary of the Movie Talk—and              past vocabulary as well)

  1. Write and Discuss

Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Tuesday, October 2nd, Day 39

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Storytelling with Actors (Part II)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Karaoke Translation

Prep Time: 10 minutes(formatting story for projection)

  1. Movie Talk – Part I (based on the clip: “Gladiator: Battle with a Retired Gladiator”)

Wednesday, October 3rd, Day 40

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Movie Talk (“Gladiator: Battle with a Retired Gladiator”– Part II)

Prep Time: 0 minutes (movie talk was prepared last year)

  1. Read and Discuss (time permitting)/Dictatio

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Timed Write

Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Reflection: One quarter down this week! It’s been quite a ride, but I finally feel like the wrinkles are starting to get ironed out.  I’m toying with the idea of introducing some Roman culture (via Magister Craft) starting next week, and cycling that in with student-created content  CI-based instruction can almost feel like a slow, steady drip, and week after week it can be unclear if the water level in the bucket is rising at all.  As teachers, we tend to put ourselves on our own time schedules.  I always want things to move faster and faster.  I pay too much attention to the product, when really my attention should be on the process.  What’s my goal every day? Communication and providing comprehensible messages to my students.  If I have been maximizing opportunities for input, I’ve done all I can help my students grow in proficiency.

One thing that I want to change/add: I would like to add two things to my rotation that I have neglected so far this year: Storytelling and Kindergarten Day-style reading.  I recently bought Lance Piantaggini’s excellent book “Quintus et Nox Horrifica” and will read the first two chapters with my students next week.  Over the next quarter, I’m going to experiment with different ways of simply telling or reading a story to my students in order to add some much-needed variety.

A Week in F7 – Week 8

Latin I

Monday, September 24th, Day 33

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Quick Quiz – True or False: “Dragonboy” ending

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. OWI (inanimate object)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

I created a list of predetermined questions to ask to create the character.  As we developed details of the story, I answered the questions in writing on the board.  This helped guide the discussion, and helped slow down the conversation, and allow processing time.

  1. Write and Discuss

Prep Time: 0 minutes

               Prep Time: 20 minutes

 

Tuesday, Sept. 25th, Day 34

  1. PictureTalk: Review the Character using the artist’s picture.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Student Interview

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Interview Quiz

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. OWI story

This week, I decided (based on the types of characters that the students created), to create a plot in which the main character is kidnapped and has to escape somehow.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss (3 sentences) – Time permitting

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Wednesday, Sept. 26th, Day 35

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. OWI-based Picture Talk

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  1. OWI Story: complete the plot

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Instant Replay

re-enactment of the OWI story with student actors

Prep Time: 0 minutes

               Total Prep Time: 10 minutes

 

Thursday, Sept. 27th, Day 36

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Dictatio (short)/Short Translation Assessment

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  1. Character Picture Talk

based on the artist’s pictures of the student-created OWI for earlier in the week.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  1. Quizlet Live (class stories)

Prep Time: 10 minutes per class

  1. Alea Iacta Est Game (Time permitting)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep time: 50 minutes

 

Friday, Sept. 28th, Day 37

  1. introduce the student-illustrated reader templates, and who to create them.
  2. Read and Draw – student-illustrated readers, based on Mike Peto’s cartoon template.

draw and color random pages to put together into booklets.

students who get done early can start illustrating other classes’ stories, earlier class stories, movie talk scripts, etc./designing a cover on card stock, etc.

collect students work and begin to compile them into booklets (FVR with these stories will commence after the break (3 days per week)

have all previously written stories ready, as well as cardstock (for covers), colored pencils (interiors) and markers (for covers).  invest in some pencil sharpeners.

Prep Time: about 20 minutes per class (spread out over the week.  After I finished typing up the stories, I formatted them for illustration).

NOTE: This activity was more prep intensive that usual, but hopefully at the end I will have short, student-illustrated readers based on the class story that I can use for Kindergarten Day/and or Storytelling.  Hopefully the student-created content will be a way to hook student interest and investment in the story.

  1. Reverse Pictionary (Time permitting)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: about 1 hour and 20 minutes

Reflection: Creating the booklets worked well in some classes but not in others.  I think future, I think that I will only have students create four pictures instead of eight.  Also, some of the stories ended up having too many new words which added to some confusion when students were drawing them.  I’m going to hold on to these for later reading (in a few weeks they should be more comprehensible).  They really were more invested in the pictures when (a) they knew that other students were going to read their work, and (b) they were able to add color to the pictures.  In a couple of weeks, I’ll try another ask-a-story, and when we create the booklets again, I’ll assign fewer panels to each student.

Also, I can use one class’ pictures to narrate their unique story to the other classes. Storytelling is an activity that I definitely need to add more of to my classes.