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Latin Students on Twitter Project Invitation: Roman Letters Evernotebook. #keeplatinliving

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

You made it!  Thanks for going this far.  Allow me to explain the project, and if you are still interested you can jump right in.

The students in my class have started a notebook of letters written in Latin.  They choose people from any point in history who might be writing in Latin.  Here are some examples that are posted already:  a Roman cook, an Egyptian doctor, a murderer, a magician on the run, etc.   Another letter is from the perspective of a modern Latin student.

You  don’t have to take a different identity if you want to just be yourself.  You are also welcome and encouraged to respond to existing letters by assuming the identity of someone in their world.    These letters do not need to be long, and you should use Latin that you are familiar with.  We also encourage you to include images in your letters, so long as they are appropriate.  We like mixed media.  For starters, though, try a few with just some text to get familiar with the notebook.  To view the notebook as it exists right now, although it is still very small, go to


Here is how to post your own notes to the notebook:  write an email to

In the subject of your email, put the name of your persona.  This is not your actual name unless you are writing as yourself, and even then you should probably use a username instead of your real name.  If you are writing back to a note that you read in the notebook, be sure to address your note to the author of that note.  After those names, put in a space and then one final tag:  @romanletters        This tag will place your note automatically in the Roman Letter Evernotebook, which can be viewed right here:

So, the subject of your email might look like:   Marcus @ Cicero @romanletters, or it might just be Marcus @romanletters

In the body of your email….write your note in Latin.  We are not judgmental in this notebook, and we accept Latin of all styles and abilities. There are also college students and teachers who will be browsing the notebook who might volunteer to help you polish your notes!


Be fun, friendly, creative, and laid back.  Let’s just see where this goes.



Also, how about every Thursday we each tweet a new favorite Latin word on Twitter with the hashtag #keeplatinliving

Props for briefly explaining why you like it!



Intute – probably the greatest link I’ve ever posted

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment


This is a ridiculously well organized collection of links for teachers… sorted by subject, and then more specific subject.  You ought to check it out and browse.


This site has “closed”, but they will remain open and viewable for another 3 years.  Apparently they lost funding.   Let’s take advantage of it while we can.  I have a suspicion that they will find funding to maintain the site beyond three years.  Time will tell.

MIT – Visualizing Cultures

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Still on the Asian stuff.   Fantastic, image-driven lessons here.

Asia for Educators

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Lesson-plan laden, era-spanning, pedagogy-promoting…….conventional-survey-text-book-destroying……


Columbia is killin’ it.

Bridging World History…for free.

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

This is an amazing, online, free world history textbook sponsored by the Annenburg Foundation.   Amazing.

Yale: Primary Source Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment









Great bank of primary sources that are sortable by time period.  Sources range from antiquity to modernity.  Fantastic. 















North Carolina Digital Textbook

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

This is an astonishing collection of sources having to do with North Carolina.  As a digital textbook, it is incredible.  Nearly every page is linked to a lesson plan, further links, etc.  This is a treasure trove for any history teacher.