Oak Latin Class Newsletter

7th and 8th Grade Latin Newsletters -­ October 2020

Latin Class Newsletter October 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Grade 7:  As we close out October, seventh grade students have made significant progress with their listening skills, vocabulary acquisition, and confidence in Latin.  We have learned numbers, animals, and weather terms.  Off campus, students have watched and responded to some videos created by Magister Craft, a talented Latin teacher who narrates Minecraft videos in Latin.  We’ll continue to use these throughout the year to learn about Roman culture.  During live classes, we utilize many activities that allow us to practice pronunciation and answer Latin questions with ease.  Next week, we will be putting together our vocabulary for numbers, animals, and body parts to create fun “monsters” that we can describe in Latin sentences.  As we move into November, we’ll have a quick overview of the Roman empire and its beginnings as we begin reading our textbook, Ecce Romani.

Grade 8:  Eighth grade students have spent time reviewing vocabulary introduced last spring as we moved ahead in other areas.  Games like Kahoot and Gimkit remain favorites for practice, but we have also started using Peardeck, which can make PowerPoint presentations interactive.  New readings with familiar vocabulary were introduced, most notably stories about “Rufus,” and students learned the pitfalls of GoogleTranslate.  Grammar topics have been explored more in depth – infinitives, intransitive and transitive verbs, complements, noun cases, etc.  These terms will now be a part of our vocabulary and we will continue adding to these.  We have finished all review and are moving into completely new vocabulary and grammar.  Keeping up with assignments will be essential.  Over the past two weeks, students have completed assignments focused on housing in ancient Rome.  We’ll be starting a cultural project on Roman houses and apartments soon.  This year, we will be offering the National Latin Exam to interested students.  Look for an announcement about this opportunity soon.

Conference Day is quickly approaching!  Conferences take place on Tuesday November 3.  My sign-up link is included here. If you are not able to sign-up for your preferred time, or you would like to talk on a different day, either via Zoom or phone, please contact me.  If you’d like to do a check-in through email, we can do that, too.

Conference Day sign-up link for Latin: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090849AFAD238-foreign8

Thank you for your continued support in encouraging your child to practice and to complete assignments in a timely manner.  I love teaching Latin at Oak, and I look forward to working with you and your student this year.

Valeātis – Be well,
Nancy Sinacola    nsinacola@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us


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