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Upcoming Schedule for Latin:
Latin Classes meet once per week at each campus:
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Students worked on the Week 5 Word Roots, which are all base words. ger-/-gest means: carry, bear. Students were warned there were only a few examples with ger- which must always appear in the middle of the word to have the meaning of carry/bear. Examples include: exaggerate, exaggeration, belligerent and vicegerent. The -gest words were easy for students to brainstorm: congest, congestion, digest, digestion, digestive, gestate, gestation, gesture, indigestion, ingest, ingestion, suggest, suggestion, and suggestive. The 2nd root discussed was sanct- = holy, sacred, decree / make sacred. Words shared included: sanctuary, sanctify, sanctity, sanction, presanctified, and saint (a variant spelling). We even discussed the Spanish words for saint - san, santa, santo. Finally, we learned about the root dom-/domin-/domest- = house, home, master, lord of the house/ rule. Students were excited to share: dominate, domination, dominant, domineer, dome, domain, dominoes, domestic, domesticated, predominant, Dominic and Dominican. Linking the last two roots, they learned how Santo Domingo really is: Saint Dominic. Classes finished off with decoding in grade 5 and word building in grades 6, 7, and 8
Week of November 4th - Students discussed the Week 4 word roots and their word examples. First up was the base word fix- which means: fasten, attach / fastened. Students shared the words: affix, fix, fixate, fixation, fixture, prefix, suffix, and transfix. Next, we discussed the base word crypto-/crypt / -cryph, which means: secret/hidden and the words they knew: crypt, cryptic, cryptocurrency (Bitcoin), cryptogenic, cryptography, cryptogram, cryptonym, decrypt, encrypt, and encryption. They even had a chance to solve a cryptogram. The last root discussed was the suffix -ary which creates both adjectives and nouns. The adjective meaning is: pertaining to and the noun meaning is: a person who, a thing that, a place for. Students had tons of examples which included: binary, canary, contemporary, contrary, diary, dictionary, extraordinary, glossary, imaginary, library, mercenary, military, ordinary, primary, sanctuary, secondary, temporary, and quite a few more. We ended each class by working on either decoding skills in grade 5 or word building skills in grades 6-8.
Week of October 28th - Students were assessed on their recall of the Week 1-3 Word Root meanings and their understanding of Base Words, Prefixes and Suffixes.
Week of October 21st - Students across the academy worked to complete their review packets in preparation for the test they will be given next week. To ensure everyone had the correct information, packets were completed as a class, with students using the information in their binders. With some binders still not organized, it was harder for students to find answers. The list of what should be in their binder and in what order can be found on the homework page. In most classes, the only homework will be to study. However, a few classes will need to complete the activity section to practice their decoding skills.
Week of October 14th - Students in all grades had their quizzes returned to them. Anyone can make corrections and turn them in next week to receive partial credit back. We then completed the discussions of the Week 3 word roots, ending with the suffix -ive, which creates both adjectives and nouns. The adjective meanings of this root are: inclined to, tending to, characterized by and the noun meanings are: a person or a thing characterized by. Students shared the words: adjective, aggressive, creative, descriptive, detective, objective, progressive, purgative, and talkative. As a classwork assignment, Gr. 5 worked on Root Shapes, which involves the skill of recognizing root words in vocabulary. Gr. 6 worked on Fill in the Roots, where they learned how to apply their understanding of the three types of root words to decoding words with 3 word roots. And finally, in Gr. 7 and 8, they worked on Word Find, where they applied their understanding of the three types of root words to building words from word root meaning clues.
Week of September 30th - Students in all grades took a pop open-binder quiz. They will have an opportunity to make corrections once it is returned. After, in most grades, we finished the discussion of the Week 2 Roots as described below, starting the week 3 roots with either greg- or in-(2). greg- is a base word meaning: herd, flock / gather, assemble. Students learned this word is important in Social Studies as it relates to Civil Rights, which sparked the connection to segregation and desegregation. Students also connected this word to gregarious, congregate, congregation, egregious, and aggregate. Next, we discussed the prefix in- (2), which has two types of meanings. The directional meaning of this prefix is: in, into, on, upon, within, towards. These meanings tell you where the base word is located or is going. The intensifying meaning of this prefix is: intensely. This meaning strengthens or stresses the meaning of the base word. We also began the discussion of the spelling changes this prefix makes to make words easier to pronounce. Look at the resource page for Week 3 for more information. Students brainstormed words such as: ingest, intense, illusion, intimidate, irritate, irrigate, import, immigrant, inspire, intend, and impose. They were also warned to beware of in-(1) which means: not. In all classes, the suffix -ive will be discussed next week.
Week of September 30th - Students in most grades began discussion of the Week 2 word root -gram, which is a base word meaning: something written, a drawing, recording. Students were able to recognize this root in the following words: anagram, diagram, hologram, instagram, parallelogram, program, and telegram. This was followed by the word root: flor-, flori-, flora, which is a base word meaning: flower / to blossom. This root was identified in: flora, floral, floret, florist, and flourish (a variation of spelling). Next was the base word pend-/pens-, which means: to hang / weigh and figuratively expresses the idea of paying or cost. Words recognized with this root included: appendix, expense, expensive, depend, impend, independent, pending, suspend, and suspension. In half of the classes, we were able to discuss the root word grat-/grati-/grace, which is also a base word meaning: pleasing, thankful / favor. Students shared the following words: grace, graceful, gratify, gratitude, and ingrate. In the remaining classes, we'll start lessons with this root.
Week of September 23rd - Students in all grades were introduced and/or reviewed the 4 types of prefixes: directional, negating, quantifying, and intensifying and the 3-types of suffixes that we study: noun, adjective, and verb. This was followed by the discussion of the Week 1 word root: prim-, a base word which means: first or expresses the idea of being of first importance. Students recognized this root in the following words: primary, primate, prime, primer, primitive, and primrose. In most classes, a discussion of the base word spir-/-spire was started, where they learned this root can have the literal meaning of breathe (actually breathing) and the figurative meaning of breathe (influencing with an idea or purpose). Words students recognized included: aspirate, aspire, expire, inspire, perspire, respiration, spirit, and transpire. Note: In the first 3-words: aspirate, aspire and expire, the "s" either belongs to the prefix or has dropped completely. Decoding of word examples will continue next week, as will the discussion of the base word -gram.
Week of September 16th - Students took a pre-test evaluation to assess what they knew about word roots before beginning the class. This test will not impact a student's grade. It will be scored as a classwork assignment. At the end of the year, after taking the post-test, both will be returned to them with a growth score reflecting what they have learned. Following the evaluation, students were introduced and/or reviewed the 3-types of word roots: base words, prefixes, and suffixes.
Week of September 9th - Classes began at all campuses this week with a review of policies and expectations. In some classes, students were challenged with the Following Directions Test, which gives them an insight into why it's so important to read directions. In other classes, we discussed what "Respect Looks Like in the Classroom." Students shared what they should be doing when they respect themselves, each other, their learning, and their teachers.