More Latin Movie Posters

I wrote here about my Latin Movie Trailers projects and I promised more posters (and the videos) to come. Well, a bit longer than I would have liked, here are the other posters. Two disclaimers: 1. I included the ones from the previous post just to have them all in one place; and 2. the new ones are photos of the printed versions from the bulletin board (if they look a little funky). Enjoy.

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CANE 2017 – Ted Zarrow – Strategies for Successful Storytelling

Ted’s full presentation is here (that he shared freely and openly with us) but I will highlight some of the, well, highlights below.

  • The idea of ‘sheltered’ vocabulary and grammar was reinforced. It was a term I had heard but wasn’t quite comfortable with.
  • Ted tends to focus on sheltered vocabulary but not necessarily sheltered grammar (or at least sheltered grammar with exceptions).
  • He focused on the importance of reducing the number of unfamiliar words in a text, that not uncommonly students see texts with upwards of 75% unfamiliar words (I would say that’s the case in my classroom).
  • This focus reminded me of Kitchell’s cricket experiment way back when (I believe in 2001), when he gave us an article about a cricket match that none of us could understand (because of the unfamiliar vocabulary) even though it was in English.
  • It was somewhat heartening to recognize things that I already do, albeit mostly in isolation, in addition to all of the things that I don’t do.
  • Much of the presentation and slide show consisted of the stories themselves, composed in simple Latin, with sheltered vocabulary, often incorporating his students themselves or his students’ ideas.

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CANE 2017 – Chris Buczek – Implementing a CI Latin Program

  • Lance Paintaggini: https://magisterp.com/2017/01/24/active-latin-vs-acquisition-of-latin/
    • active latin = producing language on the spot; focused on language but does not help anyone who has no prior knowledge of Latin
    • acquisition of Latin – lots of input is need; no production drills, etc.
  • Bill van Patten at Michigan State
  • Chris’ implementation:
    • mix of CI and TPRS strategies
    • limit vocab; high frequency words
    • adapting textbook cultural stories to students’ level
    • a class narrative for Latin 1
  • Dictation (dictatio) and 4-word picture stories for vocab intro
  • Reading Guides – enhanced reading comp
  • Read and Draw
  • Draw 1-2-3 –> draw a scene, 2 speech ballons narrate the story in the picture, 3 sents underneath to further describe what’s going on
  • student questionnaires to guide the story
  • find the sentence activities
  • quis diceret
  • Chris’s story: bit.ly/2m9eCzp
  • Examples of activities and some student work: bit.ly/2mEuGuw

Highlighter Activity

In our language PD today (thanks, Megan and Kara) and saw what could be a cool activity to try. It began with a Spanish Wikipedia page on Lionel Messi and a checklist of information to find in the article: team, position, jersey number, etc. They then showed a Latin example with an updated idea: rather than searching for specific information, use color coded categories to find information:

  • blue = people / names
  • green = location(s)
  • yellow = actions / deeds
  • pink = time / date
  • orange = personality / character / variable (depending on the topic)

I was thinking even that the original checklist activity would be a good activity but I like this even more, though they target different things, the former specific information and comprehension, the latter more recognition. (And some of them are debatable / on the border but for the sake of illustration.)

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Great Review of Latin Grammar Quick Reference in CO

Just received the latest issue of the ACL’s Classical Outlook and not only was a review of my A Latin Grammar Quick Reference in the Clearinghouse section but it was also very positive (thanks, SK). I’ve included a .jpg below and you can download a .pdf here.

LGQR CO Review

I would add too that it can (and perhaps can best) be used with the Mac’s iBooks app as well. We are a 1:1 school with MacBook Airs and so my students primarily use the book on their laptops. And the real advantage is indeed the navigable table of contents. The ability to quickly access those forms in a consistent and focused way (as opposed to the clutter of Google search results) has been hugely helpful to my students, more so even than I envisioned when I wrote it; seeing it in action has made it a more indispensable part of my class than I expected.