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new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Sun May 17, 2009 9:18 pm

Laura Gibbs brought the new Tar Heel reader website to our attention a couple of weeks ago: The idea is to write books for beginning readers, of all ages.
Some of the reading material, therefore, is suitable for teenagers.

Laura wrote the first fully illustrated latin story on the site, just on a week ago. A number of other Latin teachers have now contributed, and there are already 30 titles available to read.
http://tarheelreader.org/?s=latin

If you are just beginning, or even if you are more experienced, this site may interest you.
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby paulusnb » Mon May 18, 2009 12:01 am

Cool resource. If I could get my classroom wired up, I would use this. I currently use Taurus Rex and Octavus Octupus in class and I like them. They have quizzes at the end (the only way to get a student's attention). I wish the Tar Heel books did the same. I guess I could create quizzes separately.
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Tue May 19, 2009 9:45 pm

What form do thesee quizzes take?
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby paulusnb » Tue May 19, 2009 11:29 pm

The books I mentioned are not on the Tarheel site. I bought them from Balchazzy-Carducci. The quizzes contain questions relating to comprehension and vocabulary. They are all Multiple Choice.

In Octavus Octapus, he is cold and he desires socks. The question might be the following:

Octavus desiderat soccos quod est ___________.

A) siccus B) frigidus C) jejunus


You do not have to use them for quizzes. You can do anything you want with them. I use them for small quizzes because my students enjoy the easy 10 points. I only have four story books. I have partly created four more. I hope to have 20-30 done for next year so that I can do one a week. Nice fun break from industrious farmers and lazy slaves.
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:46 pm

JUst give your students the link - they can read the Latin books on tar heel reader at home by themselves.
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby KramerKram » Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:57 am

metrodorus wrote:Laura Gibbs brought the new Tar Heel reader website to our attention a couple of weeks ago: The idea is to write books for beginning readers, of all ages.
Some of the reading material, therefore, is suitable for teenagers.

Laura wrote the first fully illustrated latin story on the site, just on a week ago. A number of other Latin teachers have now contributed, and there are already 30 titles available to read.
http://tarheelreader.org/?s=latin

If you are just beginning, or even if you are more experienced, this site may interest you.



:shock:

This is amazing. For us Krashen believers, this is perfect.

I'm going to print these out to read to my son.
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:06 pm

Hi,
Pleased you're enthusiastic.
I personally think this tar heel site has the potential to be the most important thing to happen in beginning Latin education in a generation.

We have NEVER had a good selection of proper beginning readers in Latin. Not this century, not in the last, and nor in the previous 20 ..... if the Romans had such, they have not come down to us.

Amazingly, there are now over 100 titles. They include things like readers designed to teach tricky subjects like multiplication, and Laura Gibb's amazing collection of simplified Aesop. More books appear by the week.

Latin is the only foreign language on tar heel with a proper review system - reviewed books get a gold shield.

http://tarheelreader.org
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:38 am

There are now over 160 titles on the tar heel website.

Many of these are now bilingual - a great help for beginning students of Latin.

http://tarheelreader.org
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:28 pm

Tar Heel Reader continues to grow - how I wish this site existed when I started learning Latin! We now have approaching 180 Latin texts.

I have started to serialise Comenius' Rudimenta Grammaticae.

The link for the Comenius materials is here:
http://tarheelreader.org/tag/comenius/

All the bilingual readers are here:

http://tarheelreader.org/tag/bilingual/

All the fables are here:

http://tarheelreader.org/tag/aesop/
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:55 pm

There are now a number of grammar readers on the Tar Heel website, that will be of use to beginning students.

http://tarheelreader.org
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:22 am

http://tarheelreader.org/2009/06/27/declensions/



Laura Gibbs recently made an observation about the strange way declensions are taught in Latin textbooks, and in classrooms.

It is far more intuitive, and in accord with the way declensions are taught in modern declined languages, to teach them by case.

I decided to experiment with this with one class - the result was highly satisfactory. The outcome of this is a method I have developed, I call 'teaching with the hand', or Grammatical TPRS. This was my Eureka moment - that I could use the human hand to teach the declensions. Maybe it has been done before, but I've never seen such a table or image in a textbook before.

I made a tar heel reader going through the method blow by blow. It works really well. Five declensions, one per finger. Vocative on the index finger, which is what we use to point when 'addressing' something. Second declension is on this finger.
Students immediately know the numbers of the declensions, because the paradigms are literally 'at their fingertips'

As a teacher, easy to get the class involved - simply hold up a finger, and state a verb that requires a certain case: then the student has to decline the paradigm verb for the finger held up:
e.g. The teacher calls out Ecce! and her fourth finger: the student has to decline fructus.
Video (or amo, or habeo, or some such) and the index finger, will produce dominum, or magistrum, or verbum....
O! and the pointing action will produce domine, or fili, or vergili or some such response....and rapidly, the students can be challenged and tested. They can 'see' immediately that there in only a vocative case on the 'pointing finger'.

Tests are given on blank hand sheets. (Be sure to trace your hand PALM UP, as this gives the hand that the student is looking at in front of them)

In the student's workbooks, ten large hands ( 5 for singular, 5 for plurals) are traced out from a photocopied master copy, and instead of declension tables, the students have hand pages, each headed up with a verb, or, in the nominative, with 'ecce'.
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby paulusnb » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:01 am

metrodorus wrote:Laura Gibbs recently made an observation about the strange way declensions are taught in Latin textbooks, and in classrooms.

It is far more intuitive, and in accord with the way declensions are taught in modern declined languages, to teach them by case.


Do you mean teaching all nominatives, all genitives, all datives, etc. instead of teaching entire 1st declension 2 declension etc.?


I find the hand finger thing intriguing; however, it confuses me to no end. It took me awhile to learn to tie my shoe laces, so I think this method will not work with me. :D

I am always impressed with the systems that teachers come up with. I taught with a woman once who used Dragon Bucks (her name was Dragon) as rewards for answering questions, doing homework, etc. This was how she figured out participation. She collected the bucks at the end of each 55 minute class. She was organized in ways I cannot even begin to imagine. This one task would suck up 10 minutes of my class time, not to mention my nights.
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:26 pm

Even if you don't, your students will appreciate it.....

Tar Heel Reader's Latin collection is now approaching its 250th title......
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:21 am

There are now over 260 titles available on the http://tarheelreader.org site
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Re: new Tar Heel reader website

Postby metrodorus » Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:55 pm

*** CROSS POSTED AT LATIN TEACH & Latin-best-practices: please forward to anyone you think would be interested in participating in this project - including any other English or foreign language teachers, too ***

Hi everybody, I thought I would send an update about the Tar Heel Reader project, since we have now passed the 250 reader milestone!

You can browse through the readers in my Delicious bookmarks here:
http://delicious.com/aesopus/tarheelrea ... gsort=freq

You can view a reader at random using this link:
http://delicious.com/tag/tarheelreader+ ... n?random=1

Readers have been contributed by teachers and students from several continents! Here are just a few of the authors who have created multiple readers:
Anita Wasdahl
http://delicious.com/aesopus/tarheelreader+anitawasdahl
Andrew Gollan
http://delicious.com/aesopus/tarheelrea ... stergollan
Anthony Gibbins
http://delicious.com/aesopus/tarheelrea ... onygibbins

I've tried to keep track of various types of readers, such as readers marked with macrons (over 50 of those!), bilingual readers (over 40 of those!) and so on:
http://delicious.com/aesopus/tarheelreader+macrons
http://delicious.com/aesopus/tarheelreader+bilingual
(You can use the Delicious tag listing to the right to search for other tags, combinations of tags, etc.)

My own collection of Aesop's fables for beginners is here:
http://tarheelreader.org/tag/aesop+beginner+basic/
Each of those Aesop readers in turn comes in a variety of formats: with macrons, a bilingual version, and a "repetite!" exercise - for example:
http://tarheelreader.org/tag/perry572/

You can also use the search feature at Tar Heel to look for how the authors themselves have tagged their readers, such as these readers specifically designed for Oerberg's Lingua Latina - but potentially useful to any beginning students!
http://tarheelreader.org/?s=oerberg

If people have questions, suggestions or requests about this project, please let me know. I've been trying to collect notes and tips at the Libelli Latini blog here:
http://libellilatini.blogspot.com/
Each reader has its own page at the blog where you can leave comments, notes about typos or anything that you think needs correcting, suggestions about using the reader for teaching, ec. etc.

I'm hoping that people will want to contribute new readers as the new school year gets started - Tar Heel is a fun and easy way to create materials for your students which can then benefit Latin teachers and students all over the world - for free!

Most importantly: THANKS to everybody for their contributions and help in getting this project off to such a great start this summer - and I'm looking forward to lots of Tar Heel Reader fun this fall!

Laura
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