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Ryan Miller LY 2 Final Portfolio

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Transcript of Ryan Miller LY 2 Final Portfolio

My year in Latin
Translation: "Fons Sacer" from Stage 21

Quintus was staying at the house of Salvius through the whole winter. Often he was going to the palace of Cogidubnis, having been invited king. Quintus was narrating his own life to him, because the king always wanted to hear something new.
When spring was approaching, Cogidubnes fell into heavy illness. Many doctors, were sent to the palace, looked for a cure to the illness. The illness however grew worse. The king consulted Quintus and Salvius anxiously about a cure.
"My dear Quintus" he said " You are a man of good sense. I want you to give me advice. Must I go to the sacred spring?"
"where is that spring?" asked Quintus.
"It is in the town of Aquis Sulius," responded Cogidubnis. "Many invalid, after he or she drink the water of the spring, get better. An Architect, sent by the romans, built a very large bath house. Near the bath house stands thet temple of the goddess Sulus, a building my craftsman made. I honor the goddess often; perhaps now the goddess can cure me. Salvius, you are a man of cleverness; I want you to give me advice. What should I do?
"You are a wise man" he responded. " It is better that you make due with the will."

This translation I feel best reperesents my work and progress in Latin Year 2. Though it may not be the exact, most literal and practical translation of the story, I feel that it was in this story I could truly work with the story to craft an excellent translation. Rather than simply reading and typing in a robotic fashion, in this story I felt as if I was there when the event happened and in my writing, I was just recounted what happened, but not in the way a summary might read. It might not be 100% grammitcally correct, but I think I did my best job of describing the events that had occured.
In particular, something that troubled me while translating the story were the participles that were involved. In this stage, we would learn of the Perfect Passive Participles, a new topic that I at first had trouble understanding. From their literal translation to it's application in sentences, I at first was intimidated. However, visible in the passage, I progressed through the story and stage I was able to accustom myself to these new participles.
Additionally this was first story of the green book, a landmark to all aspiring latin students. Reaching the green book for me felt like I had made a step in the right direction after some of the problems I had during the year in the course. Working in the blue book, the work felt much longer and it infact was a journeWhen I had finished the translation I felt a great amount of pride. This would stand as a great confidence booster and a great indicator that Ihad not only succeed at that point, but that all of my work contributed to this extensive knowledge of translating latin passages. Therefore I believe that it is this translation that best shows my individual abilities and effort.

Something that brought me trouble this year was the addition of the fourth and fifth declension into the language. Previously I had delt with the first, second, and third declension when it came to declining a noun. Though each had its own rules to each declension, I had little trouble in declining each noun. The fourth and fifth declension brought a lot of confusion to the act of declining.

When I first learned that there would be two new declensions that I would have to learn, I immediatly was worried that I wouldn't move another inch forward in terms of progress. I just thought that I would struggle until the end of the year to learn when a noun would belong in the fourth, or the second declension.... third, or fifth, etc. I spent a good 20-30 minutes just attempting to memorize both declesions straightforwards and squarely without any additional help, but I soom came to the conclusion that there had to be a much better, easier way for me to learn this.

I then revisited the moodle page and watched the video (attached below) a couple of times through and with each viewing, began to pick up on the tricks to learning the two new declensions of nouns. What had once been a complex set of nouns and cases, consisted of only a few declensions that I truly had to learn. By that, I mean that each one of the tricks that I learned made a connection to either a common practice in society today, or a previous topic and section of latin (such as the comparison/similarity bewtween the fourth and third declension. Filling out the charts completely brought a great deal of satisfaction to my educational soul. When I made the connections across all extensions of my knowledge and applied them to declining the fourth and fifth declension, I felt that I had truly succeeded in learning the topic
Above are the two attempts I made at the final exam this year; Both show that my growth in the course clearly has immensely improved. The first noticeable thing is my pronunciation is entirely different. In the original video I tried my best to pronounce each syllabel properly and correctly, however it is evident that there were plenty of grammatical errors. My lack of confidence in the language showed and though I was able to read the story, I had little of a clue what was going on at all.
The later of the videos is my most recent attempt and clearly the attempt of which I feel best represents my skill in comprehending the language. In this video I felt much more confident that the way in which I was pronouncing the speech was infact close, if not the right way to pronounce it. I am certainly most proud of how over the course of the year I learned to properly pronounce the story. Additionally a second large difference that I noticed between the two videos were my responses to the questions posed at the end of the sheet. In the first video, all of my answers were complete shots into the dark in hopes that I would be correct; in the second video all of my responses besides one were legitement answers that from what I had read, were the right answers. Noticing that shows me that another valuable tool that I had picked pu during the year was a powerful ability to translate and understand the stories that are apart of each stage.
Though both videos involve me reciting the same passages, it is clear that the second attempt I made this year at the final made more sense in all aspects ranging from answers, to grammatcial answers. Where my first attempt was a guess for each question, I was able to confidently state my response to each of the questions on grammatical topics that I had already covered. I am proud of my final attempt (though I am realizing that my answers to the participle questions are very shaky) and believe that my growth is evident after watching both videos!
Fresh off of military service in Vietnam in the year of 1974, a young Rodney J. Frelinghuysen of New York City stood as the newly commissioned member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 1983, Frelinghuysen began his term on the New Jersey General Assembly, where he would go on to become chairman twice. The year 1994 brought good fortune for the young politician, as Rodney Frelinghuysen became the Congressman for the eleventh district of New Jersey. Frelinghuysen remains in the House of Representatives to this day, additionally serving as the senior member of the House Defense Committee. Frelinghuysen holds the reputation to present day that his views and choices in voting on bills directly reflect the interests of not only him, but those of the eleventh district entirely. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen both substantively and descriptively represents the eleventh district of New Jersey, incorporating the interests of his peers in The House of Representatives. Through listening to his constituents, voting, and sponsoring the proper bills, Frelinghuysen continues to succeed in his occupation as a Congressional leader.
Rodney Frelinghuysen currently stands as the present Congressional leader of the eleventh district in New Jersey. The eleventh district, containing all of Morris County and parts of Essex and Somerset County, consists of two extremely affluent counties in which the average median salary of a household exceeds the state average. Frelinghuysen reflects the district adequately through his views as a wealthy, fiscally conservative Republican. Being a substantive representative Frelinghuysen supports the views and interests of his constituents, many of which own small businesses or work with large corporations based in New Jersey and earn their salaries at their own expenses. Frelinghuysen wishes to lower the exceedingly high corporate tax in America, allowing for succeeding individuals to continually prosper. The trend to aide business owners and cut federal taxation continues along in Frelinghuysen’s voting record. With regard to the Republican Party as an entirety, Frelinghuysen votes with his fellow elephants on bills 80% of the time. On only one occasion did Frelinghuysen defy the general interest of the individuals he represented; In 2008 Frelinghuysen voted for the $800 billion economic stimulus package (he stated that he voted in favor upon the provisions of tax breaks). The analysis of Frelinghuysen’s interests and background as well as his voting record show the he is both a substantive and descriptive Congressional representative for the eleventh district of New Jersey.
In addition to his interest in aiding the small business owners and corporations, Rodney Frelinghuysen remains an enthusiastic advocate for the protection of the country’s (primarily the Northeast’s) forests and water supply. Frelinghuysen chiefly sponsored the Federal Highlands Conservation Act in 2004, and continued to support it with his recent sponsoring of H.R. 712, which extends the authorization of the Federal Highlands Conservation Act through 2024. According to Frelinghuysen, the open spaces and beauty of the surrounding environment must remain a sacred and preserved area. Along with his desire to preserve the forests, Frelinghuysen sponsors or co-sponsors many bills that benefit the reconstruction of the Northeast when natural disasters such as occur. Following Hurricane Sandy Frelinghuysen co-sponsored H.R. 41,which allowed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to carry out a larger borrowing capability. The money would then transfer to the National Flood Insurance benefiting Frelinghuysen’s constituents, the victims of Hurricane Sandy, as well as other families in the tri-state area. Frelinghuysen’s ability to listen to his voters and transfer the interests into his votes in The House of Representatives proves his success as a Congressman.
Fortunately, the relationship between Frelinghuysen and his voters remain a large success. In addition to the perks of being an incumbent officer, Rodney Frelinghuysen’s dedicated interest in the general public that he serves allows for his re-election for multiple terms due to their admiration of the man. In each election that he faced, Rodney never acquired less than 62% of the votes. Frelinghuysen’s victories and success as a Congressman generate additional advertisement and confidence in his next election. He regularly receives contributions from as electrical utility, pharmaceutical products, and real estate groups, further helping him achieve success in elections. Frelinghuysen’s membership in the House Appropriations subcommittee assures his constituents that safety and protection also remain high on his agenda. Voters and residents of the eleventh district feel protected as a result of the Congressman’s commitment to the district, state, and nation. Since 1994, the actions of Rodney Frelinghuysen provide him with the right to a new term as his actions of working towards the improvement of the nation stand as examples of his success.
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen both substantively and descriptively represents the eleventh district of New Jersey, incorporating the interests of his peers in The House of Representatives. Through listening to his constituents, voting, and sponsoring the proper bills, Frelinghuysen continues to succeed in his occupation as the Congressional leader. Working with the interests of the eleventh district residents Frelinghuysen properly conveys his messages through his votes and sponsorships of bills. By representing both the interests of the public, and his own lifestyle, Frelinghuysen truthfully expresses concerns and works on bills that guarantee a benefit for all residents of the eleventh district as well as the entire nation. Without the approval of his constituents, Frelinghuysen would not stand as the Congressional leader in the first place. His role as the Congressional leader for the eleventh district of New Jersey embodies success.

Below is an article that vaalidates my learning ability
in the language, primairly within my AP US Government and Politics class. This year I as a took a closer look into both latin and american politics I found a great resemblence between many of the terms used by the men and women who run our country. Beginning with their names themselves, words such as "Congress", "Constitution", and "Senate" all have direct latin roots that have similar meaning to it's modern day counterpart. Congress derives from the latin root "congressus" which is the perfect participle to the term "congredior". Senate has a much easier connection to latin as a senator (an elected official) was the term given to the men of high power in times of latin culture. "Constitutio" is the root word of "constitution", one of the prime documents that govern our lives.

The C lture Projects
How has Latin increased my Vocabulary...
Comparing and Contrasting my attempts at the final exam....
Roman Election
One of the culture projects that we worked on while in class was one in which we were allowed to fund and run our own latin elections! Similar to how elections would run in ancient Rome, our groups were prompted to support a single candidate and help advertise his cadidacy on the race to be elected as one of the duoviri. My group consisting of four other people, chose to help and sponsor Tito Optimus Primus, a wealthy man who earned his wealth entirely from the hard efforts of robbing and stealing.

The main purpose of the project was to re-enact and understand how Romans performed elections and how campaigns were run. Through exploring various strategies and tactics such as bribery and sabotage, we were truly able to experience the election as if we were living in Ancient Rome. One of the main marketing strategies was to create graffiti that was created in the same manor as one of ancient rome would, proper punctuation, heading, abbreviation, and all. On our poster we chose to state that the thieves approved Tito and expressed that Tito would most likely receive their vote in the election.
Another practice that our group worked on to insure that we would get Tito's name out to the public, was to create social media fan pages that allowed for additional publicity and allowed for a closer connection between him and his followers. The group created both a Facebook page and a Twitter page that allowed for Tito to provide his followers with his platform! At his peak Tito had up to 1,100 supporters thanks to our continual efforts to advertize him and his platform pubically. (we lost followers after we lost the race).

"Vote Tito Optimus Primus"

@t_opt_primus #tito2012

Though we did not win the race, I learned a great deal of knowledge about the election process. I learned about the ins and outs of the Ancient Roman elections as well as the successful ways to campaign. I found the project extremely relevant as well as educational, informative, and most of all fun!
My Best Translation.....
The work that I have placed below is a paper that
handed in during our studying of the congressmen for our state. I chose to analyze Rodney Frelinghuysen and his work efforts. While conducting research on the man, I came to realize that these words, the base to our government, all derive from latin nouns or verbs. In doing so I was able to receive a higher learing and appreciation for that course as I found a greater connection between each of the terms commonly used at the capital. I would no longer feel unsure of whether or not I was properly using these terms but this year in latin brought a new level of confidence.
The Chariot
For my final culture project Matt Karr and I decided to reconstruct our own home-made chariot. This chariot would be made of household items and would require much research. At first we thought that thiscould constructed entirely out of wood, however when were drawing out our blueprints we came to the conclusion that in order to build a functioning chariot that also resembled a chariot from ancient rome, we would need a lot more than wood......
Our chariot would possess a steel axle that I removed from a welding cart, supplying us with a stable wheel base that would smoothly roll across any surface. Rather than using a wooden, unsturdy axle we chose to build a very strong, powerful axle. The remainder of the chariot would be then constructed out of wood. This chariot in that sense matched those of Ancient Rome greatly, as the exoskeleton was very sturdy as well.
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...was a very interesting year that taught me about who I am as a student. Though I might not have finished all forty stages in two years, I found this year very valuable because it taught me about who I am as a person both in and out of the classroom. I found out to a certain extent that self-pace is not the right learning style for me. I see this realization as a benefit because it has taught me a life lesson; I now see that I have to manage myself very strictly if I want to succeed. This was evident in my work this year as I had both highs and lows within the class. At the beginning of the year I was not very structured in my work. I chose to slack off and work at a slow pace. This came back to bite me because at the beginning of the second marking period, I found myself in a large hole. I would then try to climb out of that hole during the third marking period, but the grade became harder and harder to keep up with. At the beginning of the fourth marking period I had a meeting with Mrs. Worrall and we made a schedule that would map out the entire fourth marking period entirely. With the schedule I worked very well and though there were some days that I did not work as effectively, as a whole I worked quite during the fourth marking period.
In terms of how I see myself connecting to the "dead" language, I found a large connection with my AP U.S. Government and Politics class as well as standardized tests. As stated earlier I found connection between political terms. This made it much more effective while learning for me as I understood the terms much easier. As for standardized tests, I found that I connected to the language while defining vocabulary on tests such as the SAT and the ACT. I felt a large connection with the language because during the tests, I began to visualize the words and dissect each of them in the same way I would dissect latin words. It is through these two real life occurances, I found myself connecting with this "dead" language

Something That Gave Me Difficulty
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