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notes on Tuesday, November 24

Latin Prose

I will be deducting 5 points from the declamation of anyone who did not tell me the ACTUAL AUTHOR of their translation by homeroom tomorrow (Wednesday).

This weekend you need to be preparing for declamations which will occur next week Monday-Wednesday. Your order is related to the chronological order of the speeches. All of you will be togatus (and yes, everyone will be men for the purposes of this specific Latin declamation), so during the declamation itself you need to be wearing a white t-shirt and I will provide togas for you to wear. In your left hand you are allowed to have a 3.5×5 index card with your speech, but it should be mostly memorized. This card is for prompt purposes only. You should gesture with your right hand. (Please watch the videos on Performing Cicero to get an idea of how to do this!). Points are awarded as follows: Eye Contact (1-2), Posture & Gestures (1-2), Clarity (1-4), Latin Pronunciation (1-6), Expression (1-6). Total scores equal the following grades: 5= 63%, 6 = 65%,  7= 67%, 8= 70%, 9 = 73%, 10 = 75%, 11=77%, 12= 80%, 13= 83%, 14= 85%, 15 = 87%,  16 = 90%17 = 93%, 18=95%, 19 = 97%, 20=100%

Do note that students simply reading from their card will get minimum points on Eye Contact, Posture and Gestures, Clarity, and Expression.

Latin 3

Today I handed out your last translation for the Hamilcar/First Punic War Unit, the first chapter of the life of Hannibal (words in bold are not on the Colby wordlist):

I. Hannibal, “Pater meus” inquit “Hamilcar puerulō mē, utpote nōn amplius novem annōs nātō, in Hispāniam imperātor proficīscēns, Karthāgine Iovī optimō māximō hostiās immolāvit. Quae dīvīna rēs dum cōnficiēbātur, quaesīvit ā mē, vellemne sēcum in castra proficīscī.  Id cum libenter accēpissem atque ab eō petere coepissem, nē dubitāret dūcere, tum ille ‘Faciam’, inquit ‘sī mihi fidem, quam postulō,  dederis.’ Simul mē ad āram addūxit, apud quam sacrificāre īnstituerat, eamque cēterīs remōtīs tenentem iūrāre iūssit numquam mē in amīcitiā cum Rōmānīs fore.  Id ego iūs iūrandum patrī datum ūsque ad hanc aetātem ita cōnservāvī, ut nēminī dubium esse dēbeat, quīn reliquō tempore eādem mente sim futūrus.”

You should make sure you have definitions filled in for all the unbolded words, and write out a translation of this chapter for Monday. Our unit test will happen on Tuesday.

Due Wednesday, December 2, is your Roman ship. You all had practice with the Carthaginian ships, and if you need another copy of the instructions, email me. Your grade will reflect the level of craftsmanship displayed in the assembly of your ship. Here is an example of a really well put together ship. When examining your ship I will check it for the following:

  • Is it neatly cut out?
  • Are the joins flat to each other?
  • Are there no signs of gloopy glue?
  • Is the assembled ship resting completely on the base?
  • Has the base been made to look like water?
  • Is the base the right size?
  • Is the student’s name printed on the bottom of the base?

Remember these are warships, not merchant ships! Many of you struggled with this on the quiz. Look at the difference in the image below.

merchant ship vs trireme

notes on Monday, November 23

Latin Prose

First, here is a handy Conditional Sentences Chart.

Remember that tonight is the last night to submit a declamation. If I don’t receive a Latin passage and English translation of the passage tonight, I will pick a selection for you. Tomorrow I will be telling you your declamation order. You will declaim Monday-Wednesday of next week. Remember also that if you did not tell me the NAME of the author of your translation you need to do so before Wednesday morning!

Today you received pages 7-8 of Colby’s 1-3 Latin Wordlist. Please make flashcards for any words that you didn’t know. Remember that I stamp the wordlist itself, so please have the definitions filled in!

Tomorrow you will have a quiz on Chapter 7. I posted the notes for this on Friday.

Latin 3

We are nearly finished with the Carthaginian ships! I will be having select students from my Latin 4 classes and those of you who have the time and skill complete the Roman ships during Thanksgiving break.

Tonight you need to watch and take notes on the following video: The Trireme Dreadnought of the Ancient Mediterranean. You will have an open quiz on ships and ancient naval strategy Tuesday.

notes on Friday, November 20

Latin Prose

Remember to email me the Latin of your Declamation and an English translation (make sure to cite the author of the translation, no other info is needed).

Here are the notes for Chapter 7.

This weekend you need to complete 9/12 sentences from the composition exercises for chapter 7. We will work on Declamations when you finish those. Your quiz on chapter 7 will be on Tuesday.

Latin 3

This weekend you need to read and take notes on two online articles. You will get a third article to read and take notes on Monday, then we will take an open note quiz on these and what we have learned about ancient naval warfare on Tuesday.

Roman Naval Power: Raising the Ram By Ann Natanson

The Quinquereme in the Carthaginian & Roman Navy by Marc G. De Santis

notes on Thursday, November 19

Latin Prose

Today you began class working on pages 5-6 of Colby’s levels 1-3 Latin Wordlist. Your job tonight is to make digital or physical flashcards of the words you didn’t know from those pages. We are working on chapter 7 together in class.

Latin 3

Try reading through the rules again tonight to see if you understand them a little better. Tomorrow we start working on our models. I have a bunch of supplies for you to use but you need to bring in a 8.5″x 11″ piece of cardboard or firm backing material (we’ll cut these to size in class). If you can bring in a bamboo skewer, a small craft paint brush, and a couple toothpicks, that would help a lot.


notes on Wednesday, November 18

Latin Prose

Please write a personal vocabulary list for chapter 7.
Latin 3

Today I handed out the rule book for Roman Seas. As part of our project grade this term we’ll be making paper crafted boats and playing a Romans versus the Carthaginians naval battle. Your job is to read through the packet. If this is your first encounter with a war game, a good deal of it may go over your head. That’s ok! Do your best and try to understand what you can.

notes on Tuesday, November 17

Latin Prose

First of all, here is the LP Project Description Term 2. Remember that you need to email me your declamation selections along with a translation by Friday.

Tomorrow you will have a reading comprehension and idiom quiz on Chapter VI. We will go over the composition sentences which you should have finished (Section 3 will have time to share work).

[Here are the Chapter 5 Composition notes!]

Latin 3

Tomorrow you will have a reading comprehension and vocabulary dictionary form quiz on Hamilcar Barca.

notes on Monday, November 16

Latin Prose

Tonight you need to complete any seven of the composition sentences for chapter 6. For those of you who were absent, please complete and submit by Wednesday during Homeroom Cicero Speech Check-in (This counts as quiz 10, and if you provide complete answers you should get a 100 in the gradebook).

Latin 3

For Tuesday you need to define all the words from the second Hamilcar selection that can be found in your Colby wordlist (non-Colby wordlist words have been defined on the back of the handout):

II. Rēbus hīs ex sententiā peractīs fīdentī anīmō atque infestō Rōmānīs, quō facilius causam bellāndī reperīret, effēcit, ut imperātor cum exercitū in Hispaniam mitterētur, eōque sēcum dūxit fīlium Hannibalem annōrum novem.

Posteāquam mare transiit in Hispaniamque vēnit, magnās rēs secundā gessit fortūnā; maximās bellicōsissimāsque gentēs subēgit; equīs, armīs, virīs, pecuniā tōtam locūplētāvit Africam. Hic cum in Italiam bellum inferre meditārētur, nōnō annō, postquam in Hispaniam vēnerat, in proeliō pugnāns adversus Vettōnēs occīsus est. Huius perpetuum odium erga Rōmānōs maximē concitāsse vidētur secundum bellum Poenicum. Namque Hannibal, fīlius eius, assiduīs patris obtestātiōnibus eō est perductus, ut interīre quam Rōmānōs nōn experīrī mallet.

notes on Friday, November 13

Latin Prose

This weekend you need to write your personal vocabulary notes for Chapter 6.

For those of you who missed the quiz today, you have until next week Friday (11/20) to make it up either after school or during homeroom. If you do not make it up in that time a zero will be posted and you will only be allowed the retake option.

A heads up for everyone: by next week Friday you need to submit a 100 word minimum to 150 word maximum selection from your speech (what you think is the most interesting bit) for the declamation you will be giving November 30-December 2. Unlike English declamations, you do not wear American professional attire, but you wear a white t-shirt and a white toga.

Latin 3

Today we read our first portion of Cornelius Nepos and we discussed some of the things that make unadapted Latin a greater challenge and how we need to use online translations as resources for understanding.

This weekend I gave you a handout on famous Roman generals of the first Punic War. You should read the whole handout to get a grasp of the whole war, but I want you to take specific notes on the final general, Gaius Lutatius Catulus and the Roman Army and Navy. You are allowed one sheet of paper. There will be an open note quiz on Monday.

notes on Thursday, November 12

Latin Prose

Tonight you need to study the translation of Chapter V. I will check your pages 1-4 vocabulary forms on the bottom portion of the quiz.

Latin 3

Tonight you need to finish the translation you started with your group members in class of Hamilcar chapter I, stopping after the sentence ending in “aut victī manūs dedissent.” Make sure you’ve also identified the subject of each verb!

notes on Tuesday, November 10

Latin Prose

For Thursday, please make flash cards for pages 3-4 of the Colby wordlist (only words you don’t already know). We’ll finish chapter 5 on Thursday and start working in groups on the composition for Chapter 5. Your quiz will be on Friday. Those of you missing due to a field trip will take the quiz on Monday (if you are present that day) or sometime during a study or after school within one week of the missed quiz.

Latin 3

Today we discussed the historical background for Cornelius Nepos (you can reread the material at Dickinson College Commentaries site). We’ll be reading slightly abridged version of his Life of Hamilcar and Life of Hannibal as we discuss the First and Second Punic Wars. For Thursday you need to define all the words from the first Hamilcar selection that can be found in your Colby wordlist (non-Colby wordlist words have been defined on the back of the handout:

I. Cum paene omnia in Siciliā Poenī āmīsissent, Hamilcar Erȳcem sic dēfendit, ut bellum eō locō gestum non vidēretur. Interim Carthāginiensēs classe apud insulae Aegātēs ā C. Lutātiō consule Rōmānōrum superātī, statuērunt bellī facere fīnem eamque rem arbitriō permīsērunt Hamilcaris. Ille etsī flāgrābat bellāndī cupīditāte, tamen pācī serviundum putāvit, quod patriam exhaustam sumptibus diūtius calamitātēs bellī ferre nōn posse intellegēbat, sed ita ut statim mente agitāret, sī paulum modō rēs essent refectae, bellum renovāre Romānōsque armīs persequī, dōnicum aut virtūte vīcissent aut victī manūs dedissent. Hōc consiliō pacem conciliāvit: in quō tanta fuit ferōcia, cum Catulus negāret bellum compositūrum, nisī ille cum suīs, quī Erȳcem tenuērunt, armīs relictīs Siciliā dēcederent, ut succumbente patria ipse peritūrum se potius dixerit, quam cum tantō flagitiō domum redīret. Non enim suae esse virtūtis, arma ā patriā accepta adversus hostēs adversariīs tradere. Huius pertināciae cessit Catulus.

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