Oak Latin Class Newsletter

7th and 8th Grade Latin Newsletters -­ April 2021

Latin Class Newsletter April 2021

Welcome back!  As we approach April vacation, change is coming.  Hybrid students soon will be returning to school five days a week.  We’re saying goodbye to Zoom and hello to being in person.  Our class size will be growing and our seating plans need to change.  All-remote students will have a schedule change.  7 Emerald will be meeting period 2, and the time slot for 8 Ruby has changed to period 6.  Both classes will meet every day except Wednesday.  Extra help/small group instruction will be available on Wednesdays on Zoom from 1-2 pm. Change always brings challenges, and a time of adjustment is to be expected.  Whether your student is adjusting to being in school five days a week or being in Latin Zoom class four days a week, we’ll work through whatever challenges we encounter.  Parents and guardians, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Grade 7: Students have worked steadily to finish reading the first four chapters of Ecce Romani.  They have acquired many vocabulary words and studied grammar topics such as subjects and direct objects, singular and plural nouns, and basic sentence structures. Your students are doing very well with reading comprehension and many are skilled at writing simple Latin sentences.  A favorite activity in class is using the site Gimkit to practice vocabulary.  Recently, Gimkit added an activity called Draw That, which is similar to Pictionary.  Everyone seems to want a turn at drawing, and creativity is always encouraged in Latin class.  Students explored the cultural topic of Roman clothing and created some amazing projects at the beginning of April.  If you would like to see our class slides of Roman clothing projects, please go to this link: Roman Clothing Projects.  Over the past two weeks, students have been practicing writing and learning about Rome’s founding.  They will be submitting mini-projects about Romulus and Remus before vacation.  By the way, Rome’s birthday always falls during our vacation and takes place on April 21.  Events this year will be streamed online, beginning on Sunday, April 18.

Grade 8: In eighth grade, we have been moving along through some challenging grammar topics, including verb endings, some infinitive uses, and prepositional phrases.  We are delving into and working on memorizing noun endings.  At the same time, we have continued reading about the fictional Roman family in Ecce Romani.  The readings are often related to cultural topics.  Cultural explorations went a bit off-textbook this month for a March/April Madness Tournament with short presentations about Roman emperors.  Each student was assigned an emperor and was tasked with presenting three memorable facts about him.  We will be viewing the Final Four on the Friday before vacation and voting for our favorites.  After vacation, we will be reading the next chapters more quickly and focusing on noun endings as we finish out our 2020-2021 school year.

A group of 8th grade students took NLE in early March.  These students studied and practiced regularly to prepare for the exam.  Results are in the mail right now and will be shared when they arrive at the school.  I applaud their efforts, diligence, and striving to go above and beyond.  A special gratiās tibi  to Vaisalli, who reminded me this fall that she and some other students wanted to take the exam.  That little push got the ball rolling!

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


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