Resources for Latin teachers

Here you will find my articles and materials which pertain directly to the Latin classroom.

Theory (links to other teachers’ writings):

The Inclusive Latin Classroom. A new blog created by Latin teachers who have made inclusive practices a priority.

Error Traps. Lance Piantaggini’s criticism of traditional assessments.

Related to the above: What’s the Point of Assessment? from Edutopia

Related to both of the above: Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices, also from Edutopia

Comprehensible Input, introduction for Latin teachers, with resources

Theory and research supporting CI practices

Bill Van Patten presents his thoughts on second language acquisition

Teaching Latin to Humans, by Justin Slocum Bailey


Classroom practices and activities:

Videos of Latin teachers in their classrooms
It really helps to see other teachers in action, using Latin.

Description of the first weeks in a CI Latin classroom

How to approach grammar in a CI Latin classroom

Classroom Rules and Expectations (including poster text and rubric)

How and Why I use Quizlet in my Classes

Movie Talk Description and Resources

Draw Pass Write activity

listen write draw (based on dictation and story listening)

Spot Check Translation. How I cultivate traditional written translation skills in a CI classroom.

List of student pair activities

Story Work Choices
incorporating a variety of activities–good for a sub day, or when you have to meet with students one-on-one

Smash Doodle for the Latin classroom

Latin myth Storybook presentation project

Writing portfolio (what to do with all those timed writes, etc)

Cubus Rubicus: an interactive unit using Rubik’s cube [coming soon]

here’s another teacher’s helpful blog post on classroom jobs

Here is my day-by-day observation of Bob Patrick’s classroom from back in 2006. Still very useful for getting a sense of what a CI transitional classroom looks and feels like.

Materials for the Classroom:

Planning: CI Unit Template

Class instructions slides, to support students in CI-related activities

Links to online Latin readings for students

List of Novels for the Latin classroom

Classroom Latin vocabulary

Classroom Latin phrases, commands

Colloquial Latin high-frequency vocabulary list.

Information for Parents: see my parent page

Youtube videos in which I explain texts, in Latin and in English

Emergency sub plans, activities, and ideas [coming soon]

storybook project and presentation, which also generates SSR/FVR materials

Easy Latin readings, powerpoints, and lesson plans based on TPRS strategies, story scripts, and adapted textbook readings [coming soon]

Building your own Latin Proficiency:

Although you don’t have to be fluent in Latin in order to conduct your classes in Latin, practicing your active Latin skills will help your confidence level in the classroom. There are many opportunities to listen to spoken Latin and even to interact online with others who speak Latin. Also, many Latinists are using Google Hangouts, Skype, etc., to connect online.

Websites, videos and podcasts for listening to spoken Latin

Spoken Latin workshops in the USA
[coming soon–for now please visit SALVI at]

Support from other websites:

Super-useful links for Latin teachers :

Keith Toda’s list of classroom activities

Lance Piantaggini’s CI resource page

Bob Patrick’s article “Making Sense of Comprehensible Input in the Latin Classroom.” Complete description of what he does, with links to research and clips of him teaching. 29 page pdf.

Classroom Management: many teachers struggle with management when implementing CI. There are many reasons for this. Here is how one teacher who deals with low-income urban kids makes CI happen in his classes. Regardless of your school culture, there are many helpful tips here.

Links to Latin teacher websites and blogs