Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Aeneid Class: Week 14: The Rostra

This post relates to my literature class for children at Homeschool Out of the Box co-op in Norfolk, VA. This semester we are reading The Aeneid, using Penelope Lively's book In Search of a Homeland, and other supplemental materials. For other lessons, please click the Aeneid tag at the bottom of this post.

Rostra: We began our Rostra event immediately, and invited the parents to come up and be populace. We staged the Rostra by pushing tables together in the middle of the room, and attached our Rostra banner to the front of the table. All of us walked around briskly, going "rabble rabble rabble" to approximate the noises of a busy forum if we were in Ancient Rome. Then one by one the kids would take the stage and recite as much of the memory work as they were comfortable reciting. To give you a better idea, here are the videos I put together. I was filming while rabbling, and some of the clips got clipped, messed up in some way, or did not film properly to begin with -- but at least you can get the general idea. All the children were amazing, and I'm very proud of all the hard work they did pulling together the memory work.

Class: Today's quiz was over the Rostra fast facts. We sang our songs, practiced Horatio at the Bridge, and discussed some more of the story of the Aeneid, as Aeneas rallies the Etruscan princes and kings to join the fight against the Latin tribes. Next week is our finale, and we are ready!

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