Latin is the basis of the five Romance languages, Roman, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Much of our English language still uses Latin words and phrases in our everyday language, i.e. et cetera = and the rest; alibi = elsewhere; semper fideles = always faithful; post scriptum P.S. = written afterwards; carpe diem = seize the day.
For the reluctant English student, Latin words are used to identify various substances and matter including the labeling of plants, animals, physical formations on earth as well as celestial bodies in the study of Science, Medicine, Horticulture, Geography and Astronomy.
In this Creative Writing Exercise, students get an idea and understanding of not only how Latin is a part of our everyday language but also they are able to play with the words and problem solve to create a great piece of writing.
I have used this exercise in my senior English class as an assignment that is handed in once a week as part of their creative writing process. However, intermediate classes can benefit as well. It is also effective as a warm-up exercise working in pairs. When finished, I usually read a few of them to the class anonymously as it is surprising how well the piece is written. Many of them can be quite humorous. This challenge also creates self confidence in the students writing process.
Answer key is included. Enjoy!