5 Questions (latin)

1.         This last declension is just as easy to learn as 4th declension was!  Many people call 4th declension the ‘u’ declension and 5th declension the ‘e’ declension.  Fifth declension is identified by the letters –ei in the genitive singular (second principal part) form.  Here are the endings:

                                    Singular                    Plural         

Nominative                    -es                             -es

Genitive                           -ei                            -erum

Dative                               -ei                            -ebus

Accusative                      -em                             -es

Ablative                             -e                            -ebus

Vocative                           -es                              -es

Let’s see how it looks when we decline the noun

dies, diei (m)—day.

                                       Singular                           Plural

Nominative                       dies                               dies

Genitive                             diei                                dierum

Dative                                diei                                diebus

Accusative                      diem                                 dies

Ablative                          die                                   diebus

Vocative                        dies                                    dies

ALL 5th declension nouns are FEMININE, except dies, diei, which is masculine. There are NO 5th declension neuter nouns!

Unfortunately, there is no incredibly easy mnemonic device for 5th declension . . . yet! Create your own

2.       So what do you think of this theory that basically every hero’s story fits into this mold? Do you think this is a valid theory? Go to the discussion board and respond to this question by analyzing another hero story, ancient or modern (e.g. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Achilles, Aeneas) and either defend or critique the validity of the Hero Cycle.

3.       The next step in our thinking process is collaboration. It will be useful to get some other points of view into your line of thinking before beginning your paper. Go to the RE – Ancient vs. Modern Spectator Sports Discussion: discussion board and post your answers to one or more of the questions (1-5) from your Violence Investigation Guide. Be sure to indicate which question(s) you are answering. Then read and respond to at least two other students’ posts and check back to see what people thought of your sentiments

4.       Roman numerals and numbers can be found in many places to this day.  Where do you see Roman numerals in your everyday life?  What kinds of interesting, “S.A.T.-type” derivatives from Roman numbers can you find?  1.) Read the posts of your classmates and try to name at least two more places not previously mentioned where you see Roman numerals.  2.) Discover, list, define, and discuss the etymology of at least 3 derivatives from Roman numbers.

5.       Unit 5 vocabulary contains the roots to many valuable English vocabulary words.  Let’s try a fun activity with some of these derivatives!  Log onto the discussion board and create a story in which you correctly and accurately use as many derivatives as you can. Here are some simple guidelines to follow to attain a satisfactory score on this assignment:

1.       Use some online sources to help you find Latin derivatives. Search for “Latin derivatives” and go through several sites to find the best ways to identify Latin roots.

2.       Do NOT simply string together 30 derivatives in complete sentences.  That does not show that you know their meaning or proper usage.

3.       Use as many “SAT-worthy” words as possible.  Take “specto, spectare – to look at,” for example: you may be more familiar with the word “spectator” than the word “introspection”. Try to find words you are not as familiar with or do not use regularly. This exercise is designed to build your vocabulary; it’s up to you to make it effective!

4.        Create an amusing plot that will give plenty of opportunities to use the derivatives correctly.  “Julius Caesar rides a giant butterfly to the planet Xarzog and does battle,” for example.  Try to amuse yourself at the very least!

5.       Keep your story to around 3 paragraphs.

6.        Put all of your derivatives in italics so that your teacher can easily identify them.