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Magistra Lindzey's Schedule
What are the TEKS for Latin?
Magistra Lindzey's Schedule
What can you do to make learning Latin less painful? First face
facts: language acquisition DOES TAKE EFFORT. But there are some things
you can do to make it easier. If you think you will be taking Latin not
only in Middle School but also in High School, you might as well develop
some good study habits now.
Here's the simple answer:
- Study your vocabulary for 10-15 minutes a day.
Here are several ways:
- Do all your classwork/homework. The more you practice
something new, the easier it is to remember it.
- Read a few sentences of a story you have read in class or have
been assigned for homework to someone in your family. Practice
reading out loud. Then explain what you have read. Talk about
English and even Spanish derivatives you have learned. Just talking
about what you do in class will reinforce what you've learned.
- Accept the fact that YOU WILL HAVE TO MEMORIZE lots of stuff! Find
what works best for you--flashcards, writing it out, drawing
pictures, whatever--and then USE IT!
One of the most important aspects of learning a new language is the
acquisition of vocabulary. It does not happen automatically but requires
time and effort. To make this easier to manage, you should make
vocabulary flashcards for your personal use.
The following demonstrates how you should make your vocabulary flash
cards. Your cards should have:
- The vocabulary item in LOWER CASE LETTERS. This actually gives the
word more “shape” and is easier to remember the spelling.
Include long marks.
- English derivatives written beneath the main word
- Your initials in the lower left corner, so no one can take your
cards and claim them as his/her own
- The Stage # in the text in which the vocabulary appears
- Space at the bottom for including other forms of the vocabulary
item. In the case of nouns, you will put the accusative case. In the
case of verbs, you will (eventually) put the perfect tense or, for
Latin 1b students, the first three principal parts.
Your vocabulary cards must be HAND WRITTEN. Making them is as much a
part of the process of learning as using them. You will probably want to
do them in PENCIL in case you wish to change derivatives or add forms
later on. In fact, the additional forms of the verb which we will use do
change from Latin 1a to Latin 1b.
You may color-code your vocabulary item, though this is not
necessary. I use the following colors for our class set of cards:
- nouns: black
- verbs: brown
- adjectives: blue
- adverbs: purple
- prepositions: green
- expletives: pink (words with exclamation points following
- pronouns: grey
- conjunctions: orange
- interrogatives: red (question words)
Use your flashcards to study no more than 10-15 minutes at a time.
Use small sets–not all of your cards at one time! Say the word out
loud to yourself because hearing it will help reinforce the spelling of
it. When you feel you know a particular item well, remove that item from
you set and work on the words which give you trouble. Do this a couple
of times a day or more. Seriously.
Good times to review vocabulary for the typical student: in the car
or on the bus on the way to and from school, while waiting for the bus,
while waiting for friends to show up, during commercials when watching
mindless television shows, before you go to bed at night, etc. Score
points with your parents by asking them to help you study your
vocabulary. Pull out your cards and review them any time you are about
to be accused of being lazy by parents or friends.
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Think you can't help your student because you don't know Latin? Think
again! There's plenty you can do to help.
- Review vocabulary with your student. Your student will have lists of
vocabulary words to master.
In 6th grade, they will either be on
worksheets or taken in notes. Have your child teach you how to
pronounce the words and drill your child on meanings using the
English (he/she can provide the Latin.)
In 7th and 8th grade,
the required vocabulary is on the last page of each stage
(chapter). ALSO, your student can earn extra credit points
by making flashcards. Check other
ideas for helping with vocabulary master listed above.
- If you student
has brought home work, please read the instructions of the assignment with your student. Many
students claim not to understand what to do and thus refuse to try.
Often they just haven't bothered to read the instructions.
- Encourage your student to come visit me at lunch for tutoring OR
to email me at home (use the address at the bottom of the
- Go to the review game sites listed above
on the internet with your student. Play them with him or her.
- Ask about cultural issues we are studying. We not only
study Latin but the culture of the Romans. Ask your student what
aspect of the culture we are studying, how the Romans are similar to
us and different, etc.
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