Teaching Materials Throughout the year I develop materials to promote a conversational environment, or helping to explain tricky concepts. I like to share with other teachers and to pay it forward. While I do have a bunch of materials at my personal website, I may be taking down that site in the near future and moving all of my materials to this site (which is easier to manage and edit). In the meantime, here are some of my more recent materials:
Days of the week signs (dies Solis, etc). These are PDF files. Print, trim, and then I folded and taped the top over some twine and then strung them across the corner of my room.
Weather Signs. These are PDF files. Print two-sided and laminate. We do the weather as a "job" at the beginning of class in my room.
Pronunciation Guidewith Alphabet. This is a PDF file designed to be used with the Cambridge Latin Course. It is based on the pronunciation guide in Wheelock's Latin (with the permission of the revisions editor, Rick LaFleur). It's been recently revised to include a guide to pronouncing the alphabet as well. Use it as a resource with the following three Google Slides (Abecedarium and Patibulum, Accenting Latin Words, Dividing Words.)
Abecedarium and Patibulum(alphabet song and hangman). This is a Google Slides presentation which I use before playing a little hangman with students. This is a great way to work on pronunciation and attention to long vs short vowels for level 1 students. BE SURE to look at the notes I have placed in the slides before you run the presentation.
Accenting Latin words. This is a Google Slides presentation that is a flow chart explaining the rules for accenting words.
Dividing Words. This is a Google Slides presentation which I made by request after I made the accenting slides.
Bullas. This is a Google Slides presentation about bullas that includes links to a video about Roman life, and my instructions on how to make student bullas. This is specific for my classes but you can make a copy and edit out what you don't need.
The US and (yes) Texas Pledges of Allegiance. This is a Google Slides presentation. I don't force my students to say the pledge in Latin (because some won't do the pledge at all for religious reasons), but I confess to enjoying doing this myself.
I Piscatum / Go Fish. This is a longer Google Slides presentation for how to play Go Fish in Latin. There are notes on most of the pages, explaining the research I had done years ago for playing cards in Latin, on the choices for vocabulary (I don't use the Greek names for some of the cards), ways to adapt it for building more oral conversation, etc etc. So read the notes, please!
Bombax. This is a Google Slides presentation. Bombax is a number game which can also be used as a great brain break.
Pseudo App for your Phone
Ludi Latini. Save this file to your phone's desktop to use as if it were an app., including navigating by the buttons. Ludi Latini is a suite of guides for games which promote speaking Latin. Play in the classroom or with friends. It includes Abecedarium / Patibulum (Hangman), Bombax, and I Piscatum, all rolled into one.
Felicem natalem tibi song. (Happy Birthday to You) For the last two years I have had students write their names on one of the Bolchazy-Carducci calendars that I receive and hang it on the wall right by where I write the agendas so that I can keep track of whose birthday it is. Then I just make sure I have the Google Slides loaded and ready so we can all sing.