Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader

Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
by Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr. & Sean Smith

The Legamus Transitional Readers are innovative texts that form a bridge between the initial study of Latin via basal textbooks and the reading of authentic author texts. This series of texts is being developed by a special committee of high school and college teachers to facilitate this challenging transition.

Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader introduces students to eighteen Catullus poems. Introductory materials includes an overview of the life and work of Catullus, bibliography, and description of Catullan meters. Appendices on grammar and figures of speech, and a pull-out vocabulary complete the book’s innovative features. After finishing Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader, students will be prepared to undertake a more complete study of Catullus as an AP* or college level course.

• pre-reading materials help students understand underlying cultural and literary concepts
• short explanations of grammatical and syntactical usage, with exercises
• first version of the Latin text with transitional aids: implied words in parentheses, difficult noun-adjective pairings in different fonts, words re-ordered to facilitate comprehension
• complete vocabulary and grammatical notes on facing pages
• post-reading materials encourage appreciation of Catullus’ style and reflection on what has been read
• pull-out vocabulary of Latin words not annotated
• second version of Latin text without transitional aids, but with notes

The well-designed and thoughtful features of Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader will allow students a smooth entry into reading, understanding, and appreciating the poems of Catullus.

Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr. is professor of Classics and former Director of the MAT Program at University of Massachusetts. He has won several teaching awards, is the author or co-author of 5 books, and 47 articles, is co-editor of the Legamus series, and has presented over 100 scholarly talks. He has been active in promoting the study of Classics for such groups as the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, where he served as President, and the American Philological Association, as Vice-President for Education, and as the President of The American Classical League.

Sean Smith been teaching Latin from novice to AP* at Amherst Regional Middle and High School in Massachusetts since 1984. He has served on the College Board's Latin SAT development committee, and is a consultant for AP* Latin.

xxx + 162 pp. (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-634-X

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