Middle School Latin Novella Reading Club (Novice)
Term: Summer 2021
Target Grades: 6th–9th
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Section 1, July 5–August 9 (11 sessions): M/W 12:00 p.m. ET with Reagan Israel
This reading club seeks to introduce students to reading neo-Latin texts and discussing them in Latin. Through the use of short, simple Latin novellas, students will gradually learn to read fluently for comprehension without first translating into English. These novellas are written by experienced Latin teachers specifically for this purpose and use a limited vocabulary to facilitate reading.
This course is intended for beginner Latin students who have completed at least one full year of Latin grammar and are rising to 6th-9th grade in the fall. Previous experience with spoken Latin is not required.
Required Skills for Novice Reading Club
- Students coming from Classical Academy Press Latin courses should have completed Latin for Children C or Latin Alive 1. Motivated students who have completed Latin for Children B with a high grade are also welcome.
- Students coming from another curriculum should be familiar with the following concepts:
- Nouns & adjectives: 1st-3rd declension, the five cases
- Verbs: 1st & 2nd conjugation, common irregular verbs (sum esse, do dare, eo ire, ago agere, volo velle), infinitive
- Personal and possessive pronouns (ego, tu, nos, meum, tuum)
- Common prepositions, simple prepositional phrases (in, cum + abl, ad + acc, etc.)
This course teaches grammar only incidentally, as needed. This is not a translation course.
This course does not require students to have any previous experience with spoken Latin, but students should be ready to jump in and try it. Our first class meetings will focus on acquiring basic conversational and reading skills, after which we will gradually increase the amount of time spent in Latin in each class period.
- Ego, Polyphemus by Andrew Olimpi (ISBN: 9781719066433)
shepherd cyclops mentioned in Homer, Vergil, and Ovid, plus a romantic poem from Catullus as an introduction to Latin verse
- Sacri Pulli by Emma Vanderpool (ISBN: 9781686669415)
following a very hungry sacred chicken and his augur during the consulship of P. Claudius Pulcher, near the end of the 1st Punic War
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
Reagan Israel has a BS in psychology and is currently in graduate school, studying ancient Greek and Hebrew in Jerusalem. A Texas native, Ms. Israel taught Latin and ancient humanities at a classical school in Houston for 4 years. During her time there, she was introduced to “active Latin” pedagogy through a series of workshops and began to apply these methods in her classroom. In a past life, Ms. Israel was a professional ballet dancer and for 7 years has stayed connected to the art through teaching and choreographing. In both the studio and the academic classroom, she enjoys working with middle schoolers and being a part of their lives as they grow from childhood into adolescence. Ms. Israel is married to a musician and mobile app designer; they currently make their home in Jerusalem, where they enjoy reading widely, drinking Turkish coffee, and fumbling through Hebrew conversations. email@example.com
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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