Latin Book Club – Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis


    NEW Course! Having fun with Latin is one of my favorite things!  Reading modern Latin is super fun and it is a blast to see how a translator opts to translate things, especially when the original text was written in English. 
    ~Prof. Lauren



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    Latin Book Club Harrius Harry Potter
    InstructorProf. Lauren Allen
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length8 week course over 16 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnMondays, 12:00 - 12:50 PM Pacific – Meets twice per month - 8/12/24 - 12/13/24

    In a regular Latin class, we spend a lot of time reading Roman authors. That’s the goal, after all. It’s fun and it’s great.

    But, it’s also fun to get to experience some great modern literature in Latin, too! In our Latin Book Club, we will be reading some modern works that have been translated into Latin. This will not work the same as a normal book club where we read a whole book in just a few weeks. It’s going to take time. It’s going to be challenging, but it’s also going to be rewarding and fun. This will be a club with students from all levels. That means that some things will be familiar and some will be new. That’s ok and expected! We will help each other and learn together.

    We will focus not only on good reading skills in Latin, but will also discuss the text itself and translation choices that the translator may have faced.

    Note to Parents:

    • All students who have taken a year of Introductory Latin through Athena’s Advanced Academy are welcome to join. Students with Latin experience elsewhere are also very welcome, but should email me to ensure that they have the requisite knowledge to be successful.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • The text that we will prepare for our next meeting.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • A forum for students to discuss various parts of the translation, ask questions, and work together.
    • Grammar videos that can help explain concepts
    • Links to good online Latin-English dictionaries

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • This is a discussion-based club. Students should come prepared to discuss the text that they have read over the week. Our discussions will primarily be around: Latin language and grammar, plot, and fun things about the translation.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Students should have the ability to read English at a solid 7th grade level.
    • Students should have completed at minimum one year of Latin.  If Latin experience comes from outside of Athena’s Advanced Academy, please contact the instructor before enrolling for this course.
    • Students should be comfortable discussing their thoughts, either in the chat or aloud.
    • Students should be comfortable asking and answering questions in a forum, such that we can learn together.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Be prepared for the webinar.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • Harrius Potter et Philosphi Lapis
    • An English language version of the 1st book of Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
    • RECOMMENDED, but NOT Required: If your student reads fluently in a language other than English, a translation of Harry Potter in that language.