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Besides shirking my duties on this website, I have been extremely neglectful concerning graduate school. I got an email a few days ago from Bryn Mawr’s bow-tied Godfather, Darby Scott, scolding me for not responding to any emails from professors regarding my UNFINISHED THESIS. I know, I know, I am BAAAAD. Sed quid dicam? I mean seriously, in my first year of teaching, when will I have time for writing? When I am not planning lessons, I am sleeping and maybe even eating. Nonetheless, I haven’t emailed him back, which is definitely in bad form.
On a lighter note, I have written two songs to help my students with the cases. I’m sure that this will help all of you Latin tutors out there. Maybe I should put out an mp3 with the songs recorded.
The first song is from the Adam’s Family theme song:
They’re crazy and they’re KOOKy
they’re marvelous and spooky
it won’t be long ’till you see
the case as family!
nominative (click click)
the genitive (click click)
dative and accusative, the ablative (click click)
The second song takes its melody from The Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg: “Singular is US A UM, I AE I, O AE O…” and so forth. It gets complicated with the plurals, so you’ll have to wait until I come out with a CD to hear the rest of it.
Kids love it. 9th graders are finally getting a handle on the cases. You’d be surprised how differently a 9th grader’s mind works from the mind I was using when I learned Latin my junior year of college. Maybe if they were not taking seven or eight other classes, it would be easier for them to focus!