Day 6 - RachelRead Now
What is something you wanted to spend more time on?
This is another easy topic for me. In my Latin IV classes, we ran out of time on the House of Atreus unit. Though, to be honest, I would have been glad to have delved deeper into all of my Latin IV units (you can find the Roman Food and Harrius Potter Units here!) except the role play game we did, which was simply exhausting and, while wonderful and a true chance for my students to delve into a world while interacting in Latin, I was ready for it to end when it did.
But for the House of Atreus, we really only got around halfway through the story, and had only heard the men's stories, before the end of the school year. As good as those stories are (and I am developing the entire thing into a horror novella), I was disappointed not to spend some time in Clytemnestra's eyes and, of course, in the eyes of Electra, a character so intriguing that multiple plays have been written about her (and she has her own complex!).
Instead I had to rush and summarize the ending of the story for my seniors who would be graduating at the end of the school year--I couldn't even hope to finish the unit with them the following year.
A large part of this is due to the amount of testing that happened at the end of the year; the AP tests took up a large part of the year, as did state and local tests, plus finals and performance finals, and it was all I could do to get half a unit in. But it was disappointing; this is my first real foray into horror, and these students have been with me through four years of trial and error and experimentation. I can trust them to tell me what works, what doesn't work, and what can make it work.
Now I will have to train an entirely new generation.
What I did do:
Read sections of House of Atreus
However, I had only five weeks in reality, instead of the nine in the books, and had to make do.
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