We devoted most of to-day’s lesson to applying papier-mâché to the landscape of our model of the Roman army in action. We finished almost all the modules … well done!
pensum: We shall soon begin populating the model. Please begin doing some research so that you will be able to create an accurate representation of the Roman army, and so that you will have something to talk about when it comes time to present your work to others.
I began the morning by drawing a few key ideas from last lesson to your attention, the most important being the following distinction.
The following endings are proper to verbs (action-words) and indicate who is doing the action of the verb.
–ō = I, as in amō and moneō
–s = you (sg.), as in amās and monēs
–t = he, she, it, one, as in amatand monet
–mus = we, as in amāmusand monēmus
–tis = you (pl.), as in amātisand monētis
–nt = they, as in amantand monent
The following endings are proper to nouns (words which designate people, places, things or ideas) and indicate what the noun’s relationship to the other words in the sentence is. So far, we have looked at just four endings (two singular and two plural).
The nominativecase indicates the subject of the verb (who is always the same as the person indicated by the ending of the verb)
–a / –ae (first-declension nominative singular and plural)
–us / –ī (second-declension masculine nominative singular and plural)
–um / –a (second-declension neuter nominative singular and plural)
The accusativecase indicates the object of the verb (that is, the person or thing that is directly affected by the action of the verb)
–am / –ās (first-declension accusative singular and plural)
–um / –ōs (second-declension masculine accusative singular and plural)
–um / –a (second-declension neuter accusative singular and plural)
We then spent some time in discussion (first in groups and then all together) to come up with the basic parts of a rubric for our artefact project. I thought the discussion went very well, and I was impressed by how well you all were able to reflect on your previous learning experiences and to combine them with my purpose for assigning the project to come up with a balanced rubric. Well done!
For the balance of the lesson, we turned our attention to a game of Latin jeopardy, which I (at least) rather enjoyed. 😄
pensum: Begin the work on your artefact: gather supplies, draw up your plans, etc. Remember to keep a record of your creative process, as discussed in class!