Weekly Latin Phrases Language Arts Word Study Etymology CCSS ELA
This is a set of popular Latin phrases for classroom display purposes, in portrait format with large fonts. There are 43 in all, so you have more than enough for the school year. Example sentences and clarifications are included for teacher reference as well.
They are listed in the order I use them in class—but of course you can use whichever ones you prefer in whichever order suits your needs best. I laminated mine for years of use.
I thought Latin phrases might be a bit much for my class of 5th graders. They’re gifted, but they’re still 10-year-old children. To say they took to it well would be an understatement. They took great delight in pointing out my non sequiturs and calling out, “Tempus fugit!” when I’d lament that we never seem to have enough time in class. They stopped saying, “My bad,” by way of apology, sounding cheekily erudite using “Mea culpa,” in its place.
Although I put these together with my class in mind, middle, high school, and even college students would benefit from a better understanding of the heavy influence of Latin on the English language.
The phrases tied in very well with word study, and could be used in conjunction with center activities. The CCSS for ELA has a focus on etymology, and I hope this will help your class to expand on this aspect of learning.
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