Salvete Parentes! Hello Parents! Welcome to the Grade VIII Latin Open House! Presented this evening by Ms. Jenny Mykytenko Educational Background and career choice • BA in Classics (Latin & Ancient Greek) from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA • MS in Education from Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY • MA in Teaching and Foundations, Fairfield U • Why teach Latin? Why middle school? - Sharing my passion/knowledge with others; helping young minds grow Advantages of Latin • The stereotype = One has to be smart to take Latin; The reality = Latin helps one become smarter • Lifelong skills, including 21st century skills (promotes higher order thinking… problem-solving, critical thinking, reflecting, communication, metacognitive opportunities, etc.) • Improves or enhances numerous academic skills (vocabulary, reading, writing) • Interdisciplinary benefits • Latin is the basis for the Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian) • Allows us to better understand ourselves, as we compare and contrast our own culture with the Roman culture • Sententiae Antiquae – Latin in everyday use • Making personal and meaningful connections Curriculum: Approach, Content, and Outcomes • Vocabulary, Grammar, and Culture (oftentimes fused together) • Sequential and progressive approach • Culture: Rome, Pompeii, and beyond (explore other areas, such as Roman Britain); Exposure to some authentic Latin; new perspectives on mythology (introduction to the Aeneid) • Grammar: more complex sentences; vocabulary; comprehension; from literal translations to comprehension and interpretation • Students will obtain a good handle on linguistic terminology • Discussable themes: Friendship, politics, daily life (share own experiences/make personal connections) • Opportunities to research and present on a topic of interest (demonstrating mastery of content and ownership of learning) Curriculum: Approach, Content, and Outcomes Continued… Cohesive and pragmatic unit design. Primary Textbook = Cambridge Latin Series, Units 1 and 2 (aligned with teacher made unit packets) *Teacher developed units go above and beyond material found in the primary textbook. The unit packets students receive typically include vocabulary lists, derivative practice, grammar explanation and related exercises specific to each unit, story comprehension questions, and a review sheet for the test. Students will receive hand-outs from time to time, in addition to the packets themselves. These papers are to be kept in their binders throughout the year and serve as additional resources and learning guides. Let’s learn Latin! • Multi pueri puellaeque ad villam contenderunt, quod canem novum amici videre voluerunt. • (Nos) felem et canem videmus (active voice, all 6 tenses) videbamus videbimus vidimus videramus viderimus Animalia videbantur a nobis. (passive voice example) In addition to knowing vocabulary and parts of speech, attention to detail, patterns, and endings is key to understanding the structure of Latin! Activities • Opportunities for group work/cooperative tasks • Creative and relevant projects • National Latin Exam Level 1 • Games • Educational Videos • Different learning styles taken into account… Sing songs, perform skits, illustrate ideas Freshman year at the high school • While other language options will be available, all students currently taking Latin will be recommended for Latin in the high school. • The 8th grade curriculum prepares students for 2 Honors, and most advanced students will be recommended for that level. • Please contact the high school for further information on the language programs offered and their requirements. Tips for succeeding in Latin • Maintain good study habits • Pay attention in class, study everyday, be willing to learn from mistakes • Consistency! Develop a routine/schedule (10-vocab/10-concept review/20-homework) • Make or utilize resources: add post-its to textbook, Quizlet, study buddy sessions • Strategies: flashcards, sing to learn, consider what works well in other classes and apply here Grading and Expectations • • • • • Come to class prepared Be respectful Homework consistency and completion Keep up with vocab… finding the “right” strategies Quizzes/checks for understanding on important concepts leading up to tests at the end of each unit. Tests given approximately every few weeks. Tests must be signed. **Please visit my homework website!** • Extra help can be arranged, if needed • Grades are viewable via Powerschool Portal Contact information • E-mail address = firstname.lastname@example.org I believe strongly in working together to create a positive personal experience and successful academic year for your child! Your child is participating in an exciting, ongoing legacy! The Roman world = an essential piece of the past Latin students = an essential piece of the future Thank you for coming this evening! Multas Gratias et Valete Omnes!