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Ecce Romani I - Myth & Culture Workbook


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Myth and culture topics for each chapter of the textbook.

Culture topics are aligned to the cultural essays that follow each chapter.  The workbook's organization of myth topics will give the introductory Latin learner a solid overview of the major Olympian gods, and several more minor deities. These topics follow no particular sequence; rather, they are a compilation of the author's many years of experience teaching with Ecce Romani, and what has worked well in presenting this overview of myth effectively in a Latin I class.

This workbook's assignments infuse technology into the curriculum, while emphasizing writing*** across the curriculum (both are usually quite pertinent initiatives in districts or schools).

Each topic includes 10-15 analytical questions and a companion web page with relevant links which have been vetted for appropriateness. Students research the topic on the links and answer the questions, which require them to synthesize the information they have found and think about comparisions and connections. Where possible, mythological allusions from English poetry, literature and modern culture are incorporated.

There are no "right answers" to these assignments, but teachers can grade them according to whatever criteria they like.

***On average, it has been the author's experience that a Latin I student who gives these assignments any more than a cursory glance will produce a good 2-3 pages of written responses per chapter's topics.  Students have the chance to engage with questions by responding purposefully IN WRITING.  By June, the average Latin I student will have written 60+ pages in response to 10-15 weekly higher order critical thinking questions. This goes FAR beyond their requirements in English classes, and the caliber of student writing undergoes marked improvement over the year - because they practice writing actively every week or so.  

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