Totidem Verbis - January 2020

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See Latin differently with these reflections and activities

 
 

Totidem verbis

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Latin classroom

 

Hi educators,

 

Latin educators see the world through a unique lens. While examples abound for French and Spanish educators looking for current and authentic resources for a Civil Rights lesson, there is a growing body of Latin scholarship and resources offering learners the opportunity to study racism, sexism, classism (and all ugly ‘isms) from perspectives of etymology and world history.

 

Different tools, evoking different connections, will support crucial global conversations. In this issue we share a few refreshing resources created by Latin educators:

 

  • DOWNLOAD our free sight-reading activity - Translation and study of Ferdinand L. Barnett’s address, “Race Unity” (1879)

  • REIMAGINE Latin - Why do we do what we do again? This blog from a Latin classroom reignited our flame!

  • EXPLORE these 5 links worth sharing - Online events and resources for teaching Civil Rights and the Classics

  • REPRESENT Women - Opportunities to teach texts about and by women in Latin and ancient Greek

  • TAKE a path less traveled to the AP® - Sight-reading with Scandite Muros

 

Special thanks to educators Jane Lineau, Alex Terwelp, Maureen Lamb, David Wright, Rachel Ash, Justin Slocum Bailey, Kevin Ballestrini, John Bracey, David Maust, Miriam Patrick, Bob Patrick, Lance Piantaggini, John Piazza, Keith Toda and others for their contributions to the field. We also posthumously recognize Ferdinand L. Barnett (cited in our sight-reading activity) and his wife Ida B. Wells, for setting the bar for global citizenship in their words and actions.

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

 

Beatus doctrina,

 

Free Sight-Reading Activity

Free to print and download: Lawyer and journalist Ferdinand L. Barnett gave his most famous address, Race Unity, to the May 1879 National Conference of Colored Men. In the face of policies that pitted marginalized races and classes against their own, Barnett and his peers advocated for unity among all Black Americans, paving the way for the Civil Rights movements to follow. The two central themes of Barnett’s address, employment and education, also motivated Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech eighty-four years later.

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The Imagination Within Latin

New on the Proficiency Talks blog, by Alex Terwelp: “Students benefit immensely from using their imagination to make connections with abstractions. You will not find a student in your career who has met an ancient Roman or has visited ancient Rome. Because they cannot immerse themselves in the culture, students must imagine everything.”

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5 Links Worth Sharing 

Online events and resources for teaching Social Justice and the Classics:

 
  1. Classics and Racism – a Zoom event January 16th at 3:00 PM ET. held by The Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Register here today!
  2. Certamen Voices Project – hosted by NJCL
  3. Social Justice in Secondary Latin – Facebook group hosted by educators
  4. Classics at the Intersections – scholarship, citations, and links to inspire your research for your next lesson, curated by Rebecca Futo Kennedy
  5. Latin Novella Database – blog dedicated to analyses of the newest Latin novellas
 
 

Representing Women in Latin Class

New on the Proficiency Talks blog: Many Latin and ancient Greek textbooks, and even the AP® exam, focus largely on the experiences of aristocratic Roman men and not so much on experiences of women. In this newest blog post, Latin teacher Maureen Lamb discusses opportunities to teach texts about and by women in Latin and ancient Greek. 

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The Path Less Traveled: Sight-Reading

Latin educator and author Jane Lineau thought creatively when she wrote Scandite Muros. Not only does it uniquely focus on sight-reading, it provides a flipped classroom approach that can be adapted to blended, virtual, or in-person semesters. Scaffolding Scandite techniques led Jane to grow one of the largest Latin programs in Maine, with students seeing both AP® exam success and long-term reading skill development. Explore a free sample of this intermediate and advanced Latin favorite.

Free Sample