Thursday, December 18, 2014

Classroom Project Part 2

Supper in the Strophades

Excerpt from a CUISINE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN Project

The images are screen shots from a sample Prezi presentation I created for this blog.
In my last post 2015: A SEA ODYSSEY, I listed several possibilities for student projects on themes and images from the modern Mediterranean relevant to Aeneas and his journey. To review, some ideas for the presentation are to have the student:
  • Trace the journey on provided maps or maps of their choosing and make a brochure or itinerary of Aeneas’s route
  • Include images, screen shots, and annotations at each site, or provide their own to enrich and add color to the voyage
  • Calculate distances between each site (perhaps in Roman units!
  • Zoom in and add depth to each site, or step back and examine the whole picture
  • Follow a theme throughout the journey and set up a point of comparison between Aeneas’s journey and one taken today
Additionally, some programs students can play with include Google Maps, Google Earth, Zee Maps, and Prezi. Since my last post, my colleague showed me the AWMC: À-la-carte Map program. This is an effective geographic information system (GIS) that functions as an interactive, customizable atlas of the ancient world and features accurate historical, cultural, and geographical data. If you know of any other programs, please share them in the comments below!

In this post, I will give an example of how a student could present cuisine and explore what meals Aeneas could have eaten, were he to take his trip today.

With Prezi, students have the option of tracing
their routes, inserting pictures and including their notes.



After enjoying their artichokes, mixed vegetables, and snails on Crete, Aeneas and his companions make their way back to their ships and shove off, heading toward the Ionian Sea. The winds carry Aeneas and his crew to the shores of the Strophades, islands inhabited by Celaeno and other Harpies on Aeneas’s initial journey: “The straining sailors cut through the waves, making the spray fly across a sea that was blue once more, till we safely reached the Strophades, islands that lie out on the Ionian Sea” (Cobbold, G.B., Vergil’s AENEID: Hero - War - Humanity, pp. 68–69).

This red-figure water jar, from the J Paul Getty Museum
in Malibu, California, USA, and attributed to the
Kleophrades Painter, shows the Harpies snatching away
food from the blind king Phineus.
Aeneas and company planned their first feast shortly after arriving: “Everywhere peaceful herds of cattle and goats were grazing. There was no one to look after them, so we began at once to hunt them down, calling on all the gods, including Jupiter, to grant us a share of this prize” (Cobbold, 69). It was this feast, of oxen and goats, upon which the Harpies
“Swooping down . . . they seize our food” (Cobbold, 69)
swooped down, and this feast that they plundered during Aeneas’s stay on this island chain. Today though, Aeneas and his men (and the Harpies!) would have much more variety in their dishes.

Perhaps Aeneas and his crew would start their meals with an appetizer of currants, or maybe melitzanes skordostoubi, a dish of fried eggplant with a tomato and garlic sauce.

Prezi not only allows students to travel across maps
with ease, but adds depth to the project by taking you deeper
into an image.
For a main course, chances are, the crew would feast upon veal and drink locally produced wine. There are several popular ways inhabitants of the islands prepare it today. For example, stufado is a dish made with pieces of veal, bay leaves, rosemary, fresh tomatoes, olive oil and spices, whereas sartsa is a dish involving veal, olive oil, tomato, garlic, oregano, pieces of ladotyri cheese and spices. Not a fan of veal, Ascanius? Try the gemisto kouneli, a rabbit dish stuffed with potatoes, ladotyri cheese, or the sofigadoura, lamb or goat meat cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, olive oil, spices and a little white wine. Is Achates a vegetarian? Try the oven-baked boutridia, with vegetables such as runner beans, eggplant, courgettes, and okra, cooked with potatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil and spices.
Such depth takes away from clutter when all
is said and you zoom out to view the big picture!


If the Harpies have not snatched away their plates and appetites by now, Aeneas and his men would move on to dessert, where frygania, fitoura, and mandolato would be served. The former two are sweet breads and the latter a nougat. Place your orders now, before dread hunger forces you to devour your tables!

Do you have experience with similar projects or have ideas you would like to share? Perhaps something went really well, or terribly wrong? Maybe you know of other programs not mentioned in the last two posts? Share your experience! Need more examples on how to make this an effective class project? Leave a reply below! I welcome your comments.

– Connor Hart

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Roman Women Reader - BC Reader Series is Complete

The BC Latin Reader is Complete!

The Roman Women Reader completes the BC Latin Reader Series

This selection of Latin readings, drawn from texts in a variety of genres across four centuries, aims to provide a comprehensive and accurate picture of the images and realities of women in Roman antiquity. Depicted in the readings are both historical and fictional women, of varying ages and at different stages of life, from a range of social classes, and from different locales. We see them dramatized—sometimes in their own words—in the roles the women actually played, as wives and mothers, friends and lovers. This Reader differs from others in showing women in explicitly erotic roles, in drawing some of its passages from "archaic" Latin, and in encouraging a variety of critical approaches, all suitable for its intended college-level audience.

For information on the series visit the BC Latin Reader page.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Classroom Project


2015: A Sea Odyssey

What would Aeneas's journey look like today? What sites remain from his original journey? How would the places he visited differ, and what would he see now? If you or your students are wondering how to make a class project from these questions, look no further. The internet provides a plethora of programs to assist students in creating these projects. Some of the best for ease of use and presentation are Google Maps, Zee Maps, and Prezi. Of course that only grazes the surface of the possibilities-let your students explore!

One of the great features of programs such as Google Maps, Zee Maps, and Prezi, is that students have the opportunity to include images from the modern world relating to things Aeneas might encounter, were he to take his trip today. This hunt for modern images is a great way to have students interact with the ancient world and discuss how it’s relevant today. Contemporary architecture would be a great theme for a student to focus on. Just as Aeneas visits several temples and performs religious sacrifices on his journey through the Mediterranean, so might the student, too, bring the class to similar places of practice, from churches on Crete to a monastery on the Strophades. Or, perhaps a student would want to imagine what meals Aeneas ate at each location on his journey and what he might eat if travelling there today. Let the student assume the role of a travelling food critic and review meals typically found at each location. Or, students may choose to show ancient sites from Aeneas’s world as they appear today, from the island of Delos to the remnants of Troy in Turkey. All of this becomes easy and presentable with these internet programs!

Some ideas for the presentation are to have the student:
  • Trace the journey on provided maps or maps of their choosing and make a brochure or itinerary of Aeneas’s route
  • Include images, screen shots, and annotations at each site, or provide their own to enrich and add color to the voyage
  • Calculate distances between each site (perhaps in Roman units!)
  • Zoom in and add depth to each site, or step back and examine the whole picture
  • Follow a theme throughout the journey and set up a point of comparison between Aeneas’s journey and one taken today
Online programs provide students with options to bring the ancient travels of Aeneas to a modern classroom. With many themes to explore, their ability to provide students with options makes tracing Aeneas’s journey through a modern lens fun and easy!

Stay tuned for next week's post, where I give a specific example of how to present cuisine in the Strophades using Prezi.

– Connor Hart

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Reader for Hansen and Quinn

Twenty Greek Stories

H. Paul Brown
xiii + 222 pp. (2014) 6” x 9” Paperback ISBN 978-0-86516-822-0


These selections adapted from ancient sources offer students of Hansen and Quinn, or any other introductory Greek book, accessible and enjoyable reading in their first year. Twenty Greek Stories presents readings paired to the grammar and vocabulary of each of the 20 units of Greek: An Intensive Course. Each reading is divided into small, easily handled selections with same-page notes and vocabulary. Selections are drawn from Appian, Apollodorus, Herodotus, Hesiod, Homer, Lucian, Plato, Sappho, and others. Grammar review charts summarize and reinforce key grammatical forms for students.

Features
  • Fourteen grammar charts
  • Three appendices: List of Sources by Unit, List of Sources by Author, and List of Characters, Gods, and Places
  • Full glossary
eBook available from GooglePlay (free sample of the eBook available from GooglePlay)

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Book Buzz: "The Swerve"

Marie Bolchazy, EdD, recommends popular modern fiction and nonfiction with ties to Classics.

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt

A friend of mine recommended the The Swerve to me—told me he was sure I would want to read it. He was right. It is indeed a riveting tale about the discovery of Lucretius’s poem, De rerum natura, which had been lost for more than a thousand years. Poggio Bracciolini, the greatest book hunter ever, found a copy of the poem in a German monastery. Its return to circulation changed the course of history. Indeed, its vision helped shaped the ideas of Galileo, Freud, Darwin, and Einstein. Thomas Jefferson, when asked about his philosophy, wrote “I am an Epicurean,” and traces of Lucretius’s vision are evident in Jefferson’s writing. Consider that Jefferson included the pursuit of happiness, an Epicurean goal, to be a goal worthy of including in the Declaration of Independence.

My fascination with The Swerve began by reading praise for it from such notables as Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at University of Cambridge. My fascination increased when I read Greenblatt’s preface. His mother was obsessed and terrified by the thought of death, and so Lucretius’s meditation on the fear of death struck a deep chord in him. The preface also brought to my mind the views of my late husband. When Lou Bolchazy was completing his doctoral program, his special author was Lucretius, and Lucretius’s vision influenced him greatly. Lou became an Epicurean. I could almost hear him talking to me as I read the preface and then again later in the book when Lucretius’s principles were delineated.

The book is well researched and well worth reading. While it will appeal to all educated readers (the friend who recommended it to me has not studied Latin), it will have a special resonance for classicists.

Marie Bolchazy, EdD
President, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

Monday, December 01, 2014

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Vocabulary Program — eyeVocab


eyeVocab maximizes state-of-the-art technology and revolutionizes second language vocabulary acquisition. 

Far more than a set of electronic flashcards, the multimodal vocabulary program facilitates a significantly deeper learning and retention. Students will readily master vocabulary and thereby devote far more of their study time and energy to reading and analyzing the Aeneid.

eyeVocab leverages memory for graphically distinctive and emotionally affective images with narrative implications, presented in isolation and combined with phonologically emphasized sound, to establish long-term declarative knowledge of the vocabulary presented.

eyeVocab has provided impressive results in Latin, Arabic, Spanish, and Mandarin at the middle school, high school, and university levels, including university intensive courses in Latin and Arabic as well as Arabic intensive courses funded by the US State Department. These results far exceed those attained employing all other methods of vocabulary learning.


Features:
  • powerful images drawn from art, both western and eastern, through the ages, from photojournalism and historical photography, from great book illustrations, and from other sources
  • each vocabulary word is carefully articulated with macrons in the classical pronunciation
  • multisensory program draws on visual, auditory, and tactile learning as well as subvocalizing that collectively hardwire the new vocabulary in student’s long-term memory
  • for use in the classroom, language lab, or at home
The basis of the power of this method: eyeVocab's Essential Principles.

For more information see: eyeVocab and Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition.

eyeVocab is being developed for Latin for the New Millennium Levels 1 and 2, Caesar Selections from his Commentarri De Bello Gallico, Vergil's Aeneid Selections from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6, and Vergil's Aeneid Books I-VI.

Available:

eyeVocab for Clyde Pharr's Aeneid I-VI
This implementation of eyeVocab Latin covers the high frequency vocabulary, 261 words, from the pullout in Clyde Pharr's Vergil's Aeneid: Books I-VI.



eyeVocab for Barbara Weiden Boyd's Vergil's AENEID: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6
This implementation of eyeVocab Latin covers those 162 vocabulary words that occur eight times or more in Barbara Weiden Boyd's Vergil's Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6.


Forthcoming:


eyeVocab for Caesar Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico
eyeVocab for Latin for the New Millennium Level 1
eyeVocab for Lation for the New Millennium Level 2


NB: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to help distribute this remarkable program. All technical questions and concerns, however, should be directed to eyeVocab’s Miles Becker at sales@eyeVocab.com.

AP is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Webinars...Apps...Toga Beats...eyeVocab Oh My!!!

Bolchazy-Carducci started the school year out with a series of six webinars that includes presentations about Latin for the New Millennium, eyeVocab, AP®, and Caesar. 

There is still time to sign up for the final four webinars:

“Check Out the Materials in the LNM Teachers' Lounge and Other Ideas for Teaching LNM
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:00–7:00 PM ET
Presenter: Stephen Sullivan, Renbrook School, West Hartford, Connecticut


Wouldn't you like to learn more about what can be found in the Latin for the New Millennium Teachers' Lounge? Hate to reinvent the wheel? Love to put your colleagues' teaching tips to work? Looking for some ideas to add to your LNM repertoire? This webinar will be a boon to all using Latin for the New Millennium or considering its use.

“Helping AP® Latin Students Explore Themes & Make Connections”
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 6:00–7:00 PM ET
Presenter: Mary Pendergraft, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The new AP® Latin curriculum expects students to be able to make connections between Caesar's De bello Gallico and Vergil's Aeneid. Students may also be asked to make connections between two passages from the DBG or two passages from the Aeneid. Dr. Pendergraft's presentation will explore themes that connect Caesar and Vergil.

“Julius Caesar and Roman Religion”
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 6:00–7:00 PM ET
Presenter: Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Union College, Schenectady, New York

This webinar examines Roman religion in Caesar's day. It illuminates Caesar's religious persona from his role as pontifex maximus to that of general referencing Fortuna in his narrative. This webinar provides a fuller context for understanding the complex individual who was Julius Caesar.

“Sabinus and Cotta in Caesar's Bellum Gallicum
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:00–7:00 PM ET
Presenter: John Jacobs, Montclair Kimberly Academy, Montclair, New Jersey

Jacobs will talk about how Caesar works Sabinus and Cotta into the earlier narrative of the Bellum Gallicum in books 2, 3, and 4 in anticipation of their critical appearance in book 5. He also examines the reception of Sabinus and Cotta in subsequent reports of the debacle in Greek and Latin literature. He will show how AP® Latin teachers can offer their classes something of the reading I offer for the Caesar, but also perhaps make use of the later sources for either papers or projects or else for assessment. The Common Core expects students to be able to marshal primary sources for the defense of an argument. As Jacobs will demonstrate, Latin teachers have been doing this all along.


For complete webinar information.
Register for Bolchazy-Carducci webinars.


Are your students looking for mobile study tools?

Bolchazy-Carducci has vocabulary apps for Latin for the New Millennium Level 1, Latin for the New Millennium Level 2, Caesar Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico, and Vergil's Aenied Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6.

These vocabulary apps are available for iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, and iPad compatible with iOS 6.1 or later.



Keeping Upbeat in the Latin Classroom with Toga Beats!

Engage your student in learning Latin grammar through aural, oral, visual, and kinetic learning. Grammar set to catchy electronic music makes Latin, like a favorite song, stick in the student's head. Listen to the tracks, read along on the lyrics sheet, sing the lyrics yourself with the karaoke tracks, and, if the music moves you, dance to the beat of declensions and conjugations! 

Share First Declension Nouns with your students. 



Forthcoming

eyeVocab for Latin for the New Millennium, Level 1
eyeVocab for Latin for the New Millennium, Level 2

eyeVocab for Mueller’s Caesar
eyeVocab for Boyd’s Vergil
eyeVocab for Pharr’s Vergil

eyeVocab maximizes state-of-the-art technology and revolutionizes second language vocabulary acquisition. Far more than an electronic flashcard, eyeVocab uses “distinctive affective images in isolation” in combination with audio recitation and keyboard input so that students hardwire the new vocabulary in their memory. Classes using eyeVocab, designed for the language lab as well as for individual use at home, experience dramatically significant improvement in vocabulary retention.

Watch eLitterae for updates on eyeVocab.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Toga Beats . . . Latin Grammar set to catchy electronic music

Learning Latin grammar through aural, oral, visual, and kinetic learning.

Thirty tracks of Latin grammar set to catchy electronic music and lyrics. Listen to the tracks, read along on the lyrics sheet, sing the lyrics yourself with the Karaoke tracks, and, if the music moves you, dance to the beat of declensions and conjugations!

Download the first track for FREE!


Purchase the Toga Beats Complete Collection includes all thirty tracks and the lyrics sheet.

Purchase the individual tracks as needed in your Latin classroom. (purchase links on the Toga Beat Complete Collection page)

Purchase the Karaoke Collection to tap into your creativity and your student's creativity.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer FREE Webinar - eyeVocab

Join us for a FREE webinar - eyeVocab: A Revolutionary Approach to Vocabulary Acquisition & Retention.

This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:00–7:00 PM EST (5:00-6:00 Central Time) presented by high school teacher, Thaddeus Lisowski.

Frustrated that your students so frequently forget the vocabulary they need to know and supposedly "learned"?

This webinar will present the documented success of eyeVocab, an innovative second-language acquisition software program, in stimulating Latin vocabulary learning and retention. Master teacher Thaddeus Lisowski will share his enthusiasm using eyeVocab with his own Latin classes.

eyeVocab maximizes state-of-the-art technology and revolutionizes second language vocabulary acquisition. Far more than an electronic flashcard, eyeVocab uses "distinctive affective images in isolation" in combination with audio recitation and keyboard input so that students hardwire the new vocabulary in their memory. Classes using eyeVocab, designed for the language lab as well as for individual use at home, experience dramatically significant improvement in vocabulary retention.



Thaddeus Lisowski received his AB from Harvard University in Classics and his PhD from U.C. Berkeley in Comparative Literature (emphasis in Ancient Greek and Latin). While at Berkeley, Thaddeus taught English Composition and Literature courses and Latin and Greek language courses (including intensive summer workshops in both languages). He taught four years at Maybeck High School in the English and Math departments, including AP English and AP Calculus, where he also was co-leader of a student trip to Machu Picchu over the Inca Trail. Since 2007, Thaddeus has taught Latin in the upper school at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA. During off hours, Thaddeus enjoys biking with his two young daughters and hiking in the East Bay hills or in more far-flung places.

Complete the online webinar registration form. Webinar login information will be sent on Monday, June 9. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.