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Classics and At-Risk Children

Started Nov 13, 2008

An Alternative to AP
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Started this discussion. Last reply by nick russo Jul 18, 2008.


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Indianapolis, IN/North Central High School
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About Me:
I have taught Latin at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels for the past seventeen years. In addition to having written several books and articles having to do with Classics, I am happily married to my wife, Melissa, who is the Head of School at Vita Nova Christian Academy. We live in Westfield, Indiana, with our two wonderful children, Austin and Olivia.
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At 11:57am on April 8, 2008, Laura Gibbs said…
Steve, it is so nice to meet another LULU AUTHOR!!!

I followed your webpage links to your author page, and saw the lovely books you have published. I am very interested in the Christian Latin tradition also - here's a blog where I will be posting a lot of Vulgate grammar commentary now that I have finally finished my Aesop book ms., which took me out of blogging comission for about a month! :-)

Vulgate Verses

Isn't Lulu great? The only reason I went with a traditional publisher for this latest book was because I just could not manage the demands of working with the 17th-century book illustrations which are going to be included (I barely can use PhotoShop, and certainly not with the level of skill to get those book images ready for publication).

Anyway, since you know the virtues of Lulu, you see how it would be possible for ACL or any organization to publish their own exam materials in a way that costs them no initial outlay at all, except the time to prepare the materials. I love Lulu.

At 2:49pm on April 8, 2008, Laura Gibbs said…
Hi Steve, the idea of teaching Latin to little kids is so thrilled to me! I'm passionate about the languages of the world, and I always insist to everyone that I meet that there is no reason why adults cannot learn new languages (I didn't start studying foreign languages at all until college)... but with little kids, they are ready to play games! With adult students, you sometimes really have to get them to let down their guard and really be creative and play games and have fun... but kids accept that as totally natural. I think the reason I love learning languages, studying ANY language from the most basic vocabulary on up, is that it makes me feel like a little kid all over again!

That's why I am pretty much alienated from the traditional Classics curriculum and why I resigned my job as a Classics professor to teach more creative courses online: except for a few exceptions like Plautus and Ovid, the classical Latin authors are not purely good fun for me. I gravitate much more towards stories and proverbs and life in the land of the imagination! :-)
At 8:23am on April 15, 2008, Brandon Signorino said…
Haha! You think so too? One of my friends' parents said the same thing. And the one of the administrators of this site sent me a message saying I looked like Dimebag Darrell (the guitarist from Pantera).

And this is how I think that would be said: "[Sicut] homo de Lynyrd Skynyrd videris."
At 7:57am on April 24, 2008, Brandon Signorino said…
Are you serious?! That's so awesome... I must hear that... I mean, "Burn" is my favorite DP song.

So that album is pretty good, then?

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