Latin Workshops for this summer
ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS
16C08 AP LATIN: WHAT DOES THE AENEID HAVE TO DO WITH BELLUM GALLICUM?
This workshop will look at the syllabus readings of both Vergil and Caesar and learn that the two have more in common than one might assume. We will go beyond the 7 themes in the Framework and practice new thinking to arrive at things like parent/child and storms. Teachers will annotate and call up passages not yet read (or recall past passages) in order to pique student curiosity and suggest certain themes AND allow students to work with some passages more than once during the year. These themes not only enhance ability to prepare students to write effective essays, they infuse the classroom with discussion that will make each day more than translation and trudging through text.
Teachers new to AP as well as experienced teachers will have ample opportunity to look at the syllabus and learn/discuss how to structure an effective classroom. We will work our way through the methods for literal translation and its scoring, writing essay questions and seeing them as class discussion in written form, and writing short answer questions to use each week. We will look at the 2016 exam and score some student answers from the exam.
Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum, Books 1, 4, 5, and 6 (syllabus readings) will serve as the material for the development of multiple-choice questions. We will learn to write questions that follow the specific format of the exam. In addition to Caesar, we will discuss what reading at sight really means and how it should be integrated into instruction. We will select from these suggested sight authors: for prose Nepos, Cicero, Livy and for poetry Ovid and Catullus and prepare questions.
On the first day we will carefully analyze the 2016 exam and practice scoring each question type.
We will quickly proceed to deal with the goal of the workshop, which is to demystify multiple choice and Section 1 of the AP Exam. (If time allows we will also look at the SAT Latin Exam format and its types of multiple-choice questions.) Each teacher will leave the workshop with 1) a final project lesson (literal translation and scoring grid, an essay question, and/or a short answer question and 2) multiple choice passages to use throughout the coming year.
Jill began teaching at the TEC in 1999. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester where she teaches Latin Prose Composition in the Warner School of Education program for teacher certification. In 2013, she also taught Caesar's de Bello Gallico at Canisius College in Buffalo.
Her experience as an APSI consultant includes being a Reader since 1995; a Table Leader from 1998-2004, Question Leader from 2005, and the College Board Advisor to AP Latin Test Development Committee, 2005-2013.
Recently, Jill has been conducting webinars for both College Board (2013) and the National Committee for Latin and Greek (2015). She presented an AP workshop for the Classical Association of the Empire State (2014).
Jill loves times with her husband, children, grandchildren and spending time in Maine in the summer. She greatly enjoys reading, painting designs on furniture, using beads and oddments to make jewelry and she is a master knitter.
ABOUT TAFT EDUCATIONAL CENTER
With some of the best instructors in the nation and a gorgeous campus, the TEC will provide you with up-to-date resources and information about your discipline in a relaxed setting. After a full day of studies, unwind by using our tennis courts, weight room, running trails, and golf course among other attractions.
Browse through our site www.taftschool.org/TEC to investigate our offerings. With more than 70 workshops spread across 5 weeks, we are sure you can find something that will fit both your schedule and your interests.
If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to answer them at 860-945-7837.
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