At long last, the Latin Movie Trailers. Here they are in all of their glory (or lack thereof). In no particular order (except I did put Rogue One (Furcifer Unus) first because I believe the BluRay comes out today or hereabouts). Enjoy.
Toy Story 3
Song of the Sea
Beauty and the Beast
To Kill A Mockingbird
Wallace and Grommit
Beauty and the Beast (a different one)
Grand Budapest Hotel
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.
- 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
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.)