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- Adopted Textbooks and Related Resources
- Books and Teaching Materials
- Organizations and Affiliations
- Exams for Students
- Must-Read Books and Articles
- Mailing Lists/Discussion Groups
- Useful Websites
- Where Can I Find...?
- Typing with Macrons
- Starting a JCL Club
- Designing Club Websites
- Making Roman Clothing
- I NEED A MENTOR!!!!
- Books on the History of Classics
- How Do You...? by Donna Gerard
- Posters, Flyers, and Brochures
- Free posters by Ginny Lindzey (require Adobe Acrobat to download.)
- CPL Posters free for the downloading and will brighten up any Latin classroom; designed by Ginny Lindzey
- Clever Device for Learning Adverbs designed by Ginny Lindzey.
- Rules for Reading Latin from B. Dexter Hoyos' book Latin: How to Read it Fluently, designed by Ginny Lindzey
- For Those in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt (not directly applicable to Latin, but certainly applicable to teachers; 8.5 X 11)
- Harry Potter Knows Latin! designed by Ginny Lindzey.
- Why Study Latin?designed by Ginny Lindzey, this brochure contains the latest SAT stats plus Conrad Barrett's article, "Keys to Language and Cultural Awareness."
- Promoting Latin in your area? Need a brochure for teachers? Ginny Lindzey made up this one for our state which covers most of the classical organizations teachers might want to belong to. Feel free to print it up and use it.
Cambridge Latin Course:
- Cambridge University Press
- Cambridge Latin Course Connection
- Cambridge School Classics Project
- Quia--CLC (Quia's Directory)
- Webquest for the Roman House (Stage 1)
- Cambridge Latin Course Teacher Training
Latin For Americans:
- Amsco School Publications
- Cambridge Latin Course Connection
- Campanian Society
- CANE Instructional Materials
- Centaur Systems Ltd
- Focus Publishing
- Ecce Romani materials
- Ecce Romani Newsletter
- Glencoe Publishing (Latin for Americans)
- Linguist Software
- LOEB website
- Prentice Hall (Ecce Romani & Jenney & Mythology)
- Transparent Language
- Wimbledon Publishing
- "Twice a First Year Teacher" by Ginny Lindzey
- Latin for the 21st Century available from Prentice Hall
- Latin: How to Read it Fluently available CANE Instructional Materials
- Teach the Latin, I Pray You available from Wimbledon Publishing
- "The Teaching of Elementary [beginning] Latin" by Gareth Morgan
- "Textbook Analysis: A Refresher Course" by Gareth Morgan
- "What I Teach & Why & How" by Rose Williams
- Latinteach: Send the message SUBSCRIBE LATINTEACH
USERNAME@DOMAIN to the address MAJORDOMO@VLISTS.NET
- CambridgeLatin: Send a blank note to CambridgeLatinemail@example.com
There are many more useful sites than just the following. Please consult the Links page on this site as well as links on the Latinteach website for more.
- Latinteach Website - extremely useful and should be explored fully. This site includes lesson plans, book reviews and other worthwhile items. Highly recommended.
- Allposters.com - "The world's largest poster and print store" has some amazing finds when you do a search for ROME or ROMAN. Hold onto your credit card--you'll be tempted to spend lots!
- Certamen Questions Databank
- The Unofficial AP Latin Website
- National Committee for Latin and Greek
- Latin Honor Society
- The Roman Empire
- Survey of AV Resources for Classics
- TX Essential Knowledge & Skills
- UT's Teacher Placement
- A site on mythology suitable for young students?
- These instructions work for MS Word versions before Office 2009. If you're using MS Word on a PC, it's pretty easy to create macrons, short marks, etc. without using a special font. In fact, you can even create shortcut keys to get them if you want to. Here's the process:
- open the menu item INSERT>SYMBOL
- In the font box choose Times New Roman, or whatever font you normally use.
- If the special characters are available, a second box ("subset") appears (as it does with the Times font) called "subset"
- Choose Latin extended A in this subset box. You should then see all the characters you need.
- You can either insert them from here, or at the bottom of the window you have the option of creating a shortcut. I used alt+the character or alt+shift+the character to get these.
This is where *I* need some advice. However, first and foremost, if you are going to start a JCL chapter, you will need to check information at the TSJCL website for membership.
But what do you do if you have absolutely no materials? No old tests, etc? First, ask your local teachers. Most will let you photocopy what you have. St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin has many old JCL tests archived at thier website.
If you are after certamen questions, the following advice came from the Latinteach list from Michael B Myer:
Just point your browser to: http://www.geocities.com/bwduncan. The host site is unfortunate, but there's a lot there.
You can also buy books of former questions from the NJCL
And if you need a certamen machine, contact:
Quiz Wizard II for Certamen.
Creative Electronic Distribution
5492 Glasgow Place
Columbus, OH 43235
If you have good advice for starting a club, please send it to me to post!
Need to design a club web page and want access to suitable Roman gifs, jpegs and what not? Or how about some fun but free special effects? Try these pages for starters.
- Architectural Ornament: the Rome sections have wonderful mosaic patterns
- Microsoft Clip Gallery: just type in Rome and see what comes up!
- The Clip Art Collection: has general clip art, nothing Roman, but is useful
- The Anfy Site: for slick but easy special effects
- The Schoolnotes.Com site: for just putting up assignments for students.
- ArtMagick's Myth Page has classical art you can use
Here's a few sites that provide free web space, etc:
- http://www.ezboard.com Very well known bulletin board provider.
- http://www.teacherweb.com/ A site that has free websites for teachers along with templates.
Need outfits? No need for me to list it all here. Go to Mary Carroll's Roman Costume page at the Quia website. She has links to all sorts of pages on costuming.
Another good page for Roman clothing is at The Roman Empire site.
Best of all, there are more pictures and instructions on the Roman Life page at the Cetera site.
First and foremost, check the Survey of AV Resources for Classics.
The following was advice offered by Tom Elliot on the classics list this year:
1. Rand McNally's educational products division (which absorbed Denoyer-Geppert a few years ago, for those who remember those wall maps) has their catalog online at: http://www.k12online.com. Click on "The School Store", then "School Store Directory", then under "Specialty Maps" choose (e.g.) "History-World" then select the corresponding "go" button. You'll get a full list of their available products, with descriptions and prices. These materials are not available via Rand McNally's main site (http://www.randmcnally.com) unless you click on the "Education/K12" link, which takes you to k12online (url above).
2. Routledge produced a series of classical wall maps in the 1980s to early 1990s (http://www.routledge.com/rcenters/classics/series/cwm.html), which are still in print and can be ordered direct (in North America) via http://www.routledge-ny.com/: Use the "search" tool (click the "go" button next to "search" near the bottom left corner of the main page). Then, set the "subject" combo box to "title" or "isbn" and type in the appropriate information below. I have not been able to get the subject: keyword search to return anything useful related to these maps. They also seem to be available, via special order, through Amazon.com (search for title words: "classical wall maps" (n.b. "classical wall map" will return nothing). Here's the list of maps with ISBNs:
a. Ancient Greece and the Aegean, Richard Stoneman (ed.) and Richard Wallace (ISBN: 041503230X).
b. Alexander's Empire, Richard Stoneman (ed.) (ISBN: 0415056314) c. The Ancient Near East and Lands of the Bible, ?, (ISBN: 0415056306)
d. The Roman Empire, Richard Stoneman (ed.) (ISBN: 0415056322)
e. Roman Italy, Richard Stoneman (ed.) (ISBN: 0415032296)
3. Klett-Perthes, the German teaching aids supplier, continues to produce the Haack series of teaching wall maps related to the study of antiquity (and some similar maps on related topics), but these seem only to be available in German or Latin (see below). A catalog and ordering is available through various US dealers, such as http://www.omnimap.com These maps are available on paper, laminated or cloth, with or without hanging hardware. Here is omnimap's listing: http://www.omnimap.com/catalog/access/kletthis.htm
4. Nystrom offers sets related to world history, about which I know next to nothing at this point. http://www.nystromnet.com/wh.html
I Need a Mentor!
Need a mentor? Try the WINGS Online telementoring project at http://emissary.ots.utexas.edu/wings/.
However, Latin teachers have something better: Join the Latinteach discussion group. You'll have the help of 500 teachers from across the nation and world. You can get advice on how to approach certain textbooks or grammar topics or even classroom management tricks. See the instructions above for joining.
Peter Cohee was kind enough to provide this list of books on the history of the pedagogy of classics, particularly Latin, which all teachers should be familiar with.
- Meyer Reinhold, Classica Americana (1987)
- Sally Davis et al., Classics in American Schools (1987)
- Wolfgang Haase and Meyer Reinhold, eds. 1994. The Classical Tradition in the Americas. Vol. I: European Images of the Americas and the Classical Tradition. Part 1. New York, NY: DeGruyter
- Carl J. Richard, The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment (1995)
- Richard A. LaFleur, Latin for the 21st Century (1997)
- Christopher Stray, Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830-1960 (1998)
- E. Christian Kopff, The Devil Knows Latin. Why America Needs the Classical Tradition (1999)
- Françoise Waquet, Latin, or The Empire of a Sign (2001)
- Joseph Farrell, Latin Language and Latin Culture (2001)
- John C. Shields, The American Aeneas. Classical Origins of the American Self (2001)
- Caroline Winterer, The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1790-1910 (2002)
Presented at the TCA Fall Conference 2002 at the University of Dallas.
1. How can you motivate students to want to learn?
a. Put on plays, sing songs, club parties
d. toga day
f. technology, webquests
j. structure for success
k. hands on contact with archeology, coins, jewelry
l. living Latin
2. How do you build administrative support?
a. show SAT scores
b. thank you letters
c. talk to counselors
d. JCL competition
e. National Latin Exam
f. press coverage
g. invite, keep informed
h. enlist parent input
i. PR programs
j. university input
m. visit classes
3. How do you inspire students to become teachers?
a. show demand for job
b. money not that bad/ benefits good
c. demonstrate love for subject and share it
d. free stuff
e. stop complaining
f. find scholarships
g. plant a seed
h. university connections
i. remind of high tech unemployment
j. wizards know Latin
4. How do you attract students (especially non-traditional ones) to your program?
a. get other language teachers to promote Latin
b. educate parents through letters, meet the teacher
c. recruit best/brightest
d. student referral
e. PTA programs at feeder schools and own
f. make it fun
g. let students promote themselves
h. ACL materials/ JCL
i. people will think you are smart
j. T shirts
k. maintain visibility
l. get counselors to recruit
m. power point presentations
5. How do we address the complaint that Latin lowers the GPA?
a. improve standards in other languages
b. focus on what we can do for them
c. universities look at more than GPA?
d. raises SAT scores
e. strengthens study skills
f. it doesn't in the long run
g. it is all about learning, long range goals