Calligraphy extra credit

Latin Prose

I have taught you an earlier form of Gothic, protogothic, because I find it a bit easier to write, if you want to go a bit more formal, try your hand at LITTERA TEXTUALIS QUADRATA, the more formal version here: Gothic Alphabet

This tutorial also has the instructions for making ornate CAPITALS: Gothic Writing

Every person who turns in a quotation written in protogothic or gothic calligraphy on nice paper by next week Friday will earn 5 extra points on their final exam.

Final Exam/Project

Latin Prose

After three grueling weeks, the final project is done! The SAT II has passed! Last stop is the final exam…

Today I handed out the passages you need to study. Do note that I’ve narrowed down what you need to study, not all of the Latin will appear on the exam, but everything that will appear is within that Latin! Tonight you are working on your group’s portion: what is the essential meaning? what are the important historicalcultural tidbits? what nitpicky stuff are you likely to be asked about?

Thursday and Friday we will be working on Calligraphy, make sure you either have a chisel/flat tipped Calligraphy pen or two pencils put together with a rubber band.

Myth Tradition

We are wrapping Anansi Boys on Wednesday. Your test and the submission of your Myth Journal on it will be on Thursday. The last thing you need to complete (instead of a final exam) is… Creating your own myth unit!    Due BY June 20, 2014 (earlier is fine!)

Step 1: Find a myth topic (anything in world mythology) that we have not covered this year AND that could fill a one week unit.
Step 2: Make me a list of reading/viewing assignments.
Step 3: Write a test and answer it in the following format:

  • 20 identification/matching questions
  • 5 short answer questions
  • 2 visual interpretation questions

Step 4: Email me your list your reading/viewing assignments and share a google doc of the exam you have written.

Myth Tradition Unit 26

Your final test (if you are a senior) of the Myth Tradition course is on the tragedies of the Trojan War.

There will be a character identification section an then you will answer a short paragraph question about each play.

Latin Prose Weekend May 16-18

To help you study for the simple quiz on the Greek we have covered, this week I’ve created a summary sheet of the vocabulary and grammar covered in scripts #1-#3: Scripts 1-3 Summary. I will pick ten letters and give you their name and you will write their uppercase and lowercase forms in Greek. Then I will pick two simple sentences from scripts #2-#3. You will transliterate the sentence into Roman letters and provide a translation.

After the quiz on Monday we will start talking about the in-class final project. In preparation for that, by Monday, you need to select a Latin writer,  and a text that writer wrote that you are interested in reading (if you pick an author we have read this year or last, it must be a text that we haven’t read). Try to stick to writers that are Classical and Post-Classical (click on links from  this chronology page to get lists of writers in each century).  Once you have selected your writer and text and written a 100-150 bio and description of the text (wikipedia research is fine), there will be NO WRITTEN HOMEWORK for the remainder of the school year.

Latin Prose Redemption

For those of you who know that Quiz 25 did not go well, here is an opportunity to redeem yourself.

  1. Print off a blank copy of the quiz: Quiz 25
  2. Using a dictionary and grammar book, fill it out with correct definitions and inflected forms
  3. Turn it into my box
  4. Earn back half the points you lost from 100

Tuesday, May 6

Latin Prose

Your last regular exam, Probatio IX will happen on Thursday. It will have the following structure:

  • 35 multiple choice questions: relating events to emperors from Augustus to Trajan, reading comprehension from Luke, Tacitus, and Pliny/Trajan, mapping cities (Rome, Jerusalem, Damascus, Antioch, Tarsus, Ephesus, Corinth, Troas)
  • 18 point comic translation from Riot at Ephesus
  • 15 point open response (translation, i.d. and description of rhetorical devices, and analysis)

To help you prepare for the open response, please read the following web article: “Collision with Paganism” You will be asked to respond to this article, using a specific selection from Pliny’s letter.

Here are the commentaries for the Tacitus and the Pliny to help you in your review: Pliny 10.96-97 & Tacitus Annales 15.44