DISCIPVLVS ILLVSTRIS: La Persona Especial, Latīnē

**See a more recent post with a helpful variation on DISCIPVLVS ILLVSTRIS**
**See an even more recent post with some changes to the Quizzes**

Bryce Hedstrom’s La Persona Especial is an excellent team building activity that targets high frequency verbs. Now it’s in Latin. Here’s what to do, in a nutshell:

  • Interview one or two students per class throughout the whole year (questions get more and more interesting and complex).
  • Check that class understands, talking to and about the student (i.e. Circle statements).
  • After discussing and verifying details, students write down what they can remember about the interviewed student in their notebooks.
  • After 5 or so students have been interviewed, give a quiz about them (no prep, students just write details about each other).

That’s it. Download these resources:

8 thoughts on “DISCIPVLVS ILLVSTRIS: La Persona Especial, Latīnē

  1. Gratias maximas, Lance, for doing this! How exactly do you use the ppt and poster in class? Do you put the poster up? I ask because it won’t be legible across the room, so I wasn’t sure if that was the intent.

    • I project the PPT to interview students, but have the poster on a wall to ask review questions to the class on other days. Alternatively, you could project the poster to interview students and use the PPT on your own practice to get comfortable with the flow. Although it’s quite early in the process, after just a few interviews the students understand questions aurally without the PPT, and/or need to read the English translation.

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  6. Thank you. I plan to try this in class on Monday. How do you get macrons on Google Docs? It’s been annoying me that I don’t know how…

    • Add Maori keyboard to your computer, and you can type macrons with the upper left ” ` ” key then the vowel. It’s not restricted to Google Docs; it works when typing anywhere.

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