western civilization

Students will be able to recognize differences in position which are the result of the status of the women. They will be able to assess the roles of women in western civilization with an understanding of their precursors. Students will analyze material from a primary source to evaluate the station of women in society. They will also be able to utilize and appreciate information gained through art and other disciplines. It will expand the students’ understanding of research through incorporation of other disciplines into their work. Latin Lesson Plan: ? Selected readings from the Metamorphoses by Ovid Baucis and Philemon o Pyramus and Thisbe o Pygmalion o Orpheus and Eurydice ? Readings relating to the position of women in ancient Greece and Rome ? Research and lectures in art and other related disciplines Objectives: Every learner will be able to: ? Identify and differentiate the position of women in ancient Greece and Rome. ? Understand how class distinction affects the position of women in antiquity ? Read and analyze a primary source to understand the position of women ? Utilize information from art and other disciplines to gain a more substantial view of women

Materials: ? Text: Metamorphoses ? Internet Access ? Handouts National Standards: ? Goal 1 Communication: Communicate in a Classical Language o Standard 1. 1 Students read, understand, and interpret Latin. o Standard 1. 2 Students use orally, listen to, and write Latin as part of the language learning process. ? Goal 2 Culture: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Greco-Roman Culture o Standard 2. 1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of Greek of Greek or Roman culture as revealed in the practices of the Greeks or Romans o Standard 2. Students demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of Greek or Roman culture as revealed in the products of the Greeks or Romans ? Goal 3 Connections: Connect with Other Disciplines and Expand Knowledge o Standard 3. 2 Students expand their knowledge through the reading of Latin or Greek and the study of ancient culture. ? Goal 4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into Own Language and Culture o Standard 4. 2 Students compare and contrast their own culture with that of the Greco-Roman world. Introduction:

Students will fill out a pre-reading survey to determine their base of knowledge and engage their interest. Procedures: Students will read a packet about the position of women in ancient Greece and Rome. They may also research this subject on the internet at various websites. After completing the reading and research, they will take a post-reading survey. This will be followed by self-assessment of what they have learned. Students will learn about art as a source of information for examining the position of women in antiquity. This will be in the form of a lectures, internet exploration, and a field trip.

Students will develop a list of questions as related to their field trip. They will discuss their questions and answers in a group setting. The students will begin to read and translate selections from the Metamorphoses. They will examine vocabulary, etymology, nuances of words, poetic devices and scansion to more clearly analyze the view of women within the context of the story. The students will examine the story within the confines of the society represented and will analyze the mores of the society represented by the story. Students will analyze the material and evelop mastery over vocabulary and form. Students will research to gain understanding from sources of analysis and literary criticism. Students will familiarize themselves with the content of the stories as well. Students will engage in writing a research paper examining the role and position of the woman in each story. The student will further expand the project in the form of an interactive presentation which involves other disciplines to support the premise in the research paper or expand the understanding of the class regarding the position of women in society.

Assessment: ? Self-assessment of reading exercises ? Aural assessment of discussion of questions and answers from museum experience ? Graded assessment of Latin vocabulary, grammar, translation, scansion, and poetic devices ? Graded assessment of research paper ? Graded assessment of interactive project Interdisciplinary Connections: This lesson plan is closely aligned with the curriculum for AP Latin Literature and Latin III-IV Honors.

The AP exam will test students on their ability to read, translate, understand, analyze, and interpret the required poems of Ovid and Catullus. This lesson will give the students an in depth view of selected readings from the Metamorphoses by Ovid. The connection between Latin Literature and the arts is one of supporting evidence. Art provides views of women which existed in antiquity as well as subsequent history. It is particularly valuable in the study of Latin as there are many areas which are rounded out by information provided in art.

There is a somewhat limited view of women in antiquity and art provides some of the answers to the mystery of women’s roles and place in society. Future Unit Ideas: An idea to incorporate into the curriculum would be to examine the position of women by reviewing the material of a different author or authors. Catullus would be particularly apropos due to the inclusion of his poetry in the AP Latin Literature syllabus. Another author worth examining would be Vergil since some of the students completed the AP Vergil course last year.