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Teaching Foreign Languages K–12

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Music and Manuscripts

Video Summary
In this multilevel lesson, students learn to distinguish between translation and interpretation in a classical language class. While the Latin IV students translate a passage from Vergil's Aeneid, Latin II-III students discuss how Mozart's opera Il sogno di Scipione reflects themes from Cicero's Somnium Scipionis. The class then comes together to create their own versions of Latin manuscripts and make historical connections to Roman culture.

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Key Terms
Advanced Placement (AP)
authentic materials
backward planning

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Classroom at a Glance
Teacher: Lauri Dabbieri
Language: Latin II-III, IV AP
Grades: 10-12
School: Westfield High School, Chantilly, Virginia
Lesson Date: March 19
Class Size: 33
Schedule: Block schedule, 90 minutes every other day

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