3000 additional total words in 28 scenes and stories for the novice reader featuring more vivid descriptions of weapons, deeper character development, mud, fights with animals, retiarii, baths, rumors, mysterious odors, infants in danger, Crixaflamma’s real name, and more…
This is a different kind of teacher’s guide.
While the input-based activities in the Teacher’s Guide for Pīsō Ille Poētulus support the novella’s focus on the rhythms of Latin poetry, my other novellas are much, much smaller in scope, and don’t require any products from students. Thus, the Teacher’s Materials for Rūfus et arma ātra is comprised entirely of additional input; it’s all reading and interpreting, even the whole-class activities!
Expanded Readings (ExR)
The main feature is the Expanded Readings (ExR), which provide an additional 3000 total Latin words for students to read! Check it out the free preview of just the first 3 chapters (of 7), and you’ll have instant access to an additional 1300 total words. That’s nearly as long as the novella itself!
An Expanded Reading (ExR)—the opposite of an Embedded Reading (ER)—expands a simple text, adding “unseen” details as back stories, explanations, or new information. The Expanded Readings for Rūfus et arma ātra add details to certain characters and events in each chapter as well as additional cultural info about Rome, and gladiators.
Each chapter includes 4 Expansions of 90-150 total words in length, with additional unique words. The first Expansion for each chapter introduces super clear cognates only. The other Expansions each introduce a handful of additional words, which then are recycled throughout. If your students read Rūfus et arma ātra quickly, Expansions 2, 3, and 4 will be more challenging, though not beyond the scope of any “Pisoverse” novella. In fact, most of the added vocabulary is drawn from the other currently published novellas. If your students have already read Rūfus et arma ātra, the Expansions breath new life into the whole novella! Copy the Expanded Readings to have 28 scenes and stories in one packet, or purchase the Student FVR Readers (explained at the bottom) ready to go. Input, input, and more input! The total number of words not appearing in Rūfus et arma ātra found in the Expanded Readings amount to 105 (including 45 super clear cognates), making the resource still one of the lowest unique word count sources of input, contributing greatly to its comprehensibility.
Teacher’s Materials Contents
There is one section of Grammar Topics found in the entire novella (organized according to NLE syllabi). Each chapter includes a Vocabulary section with Phrases/Structures, Possible Discussion Questions, 4 illustrated Expanded Readings (ExR), an Activities section including 10 Sentences for Dictātiō (standard, Running, or Egg) and 3 Word Clouds, as well as a Glossary (organized by chapter, the super clear cognate list, and then all words). The Teacher’s Materials is available…
Rūfus et gladiātōrēs (Student FVR Readers)
This collection of 28 stories was intended to replace a workbook, supplying each student with their own source of additional input to reinforce the vocabulary in each chapter of Rūfus et arma ātra. Reading each chapter expansion, however, exposes students to far more words than in the original novella. The expansions do add details to certain characters and events from Rūfus et arma ātra, but there’s also additional, new cultural information about Rome, and gladiators. The Student FVR Readers are available…