As our year is winding down, the subjects are falling off as we complete this year's work.
We have been working on a model of a Roman city, but most of it didn't work past the planning stage, so we have yet to have anything to show for our efforts. I am not sure whether the boys are going to give up the idea or forge ahead with it. Either way, they have learning a lot about Roman cities just from the planning stage.
We also learned about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Rome. We made a chart that compares the Roman gods with the Greek gods. We also learned about the early Christians. We will have our final Roman feast (minus the vomiting, I hope) next week for our last week of school for this year. We are learning a lot about the foods and the eating habits of the Ancient Romans.
This week Alex began an project on African masks. This week we learned about African masks in general. We learned that most of the traditional masks we think of come from either West Africa or Equatorial Africa. We learned that African mask design centers around bold patterns which tend to be geometrical and symmetrical. Subtlety is not a quality you look for in tribal masks. Parallel, zigzag, cruciform, curved and spiral lines, representing scarification marks or tattoos, are frequently used to adorn the mask face. Square and triangular checkerboard grids are often carved to decorate sections of a design. Patterns on the top of the head can also can show the complex African braided hairstyles. Stylized and simplified features are used to help express abstract qualities like nobility, integrity, courage, fear and humor. Symmetrical arrangements of line, shape and form in masks evoke a sense of integrity and dignity. Straight, simplified, linear designs are often used to contrast with the curves on the rest of the mask. Using different combinations of colored cards will affect the mood of the mask. Alex will be completing an art project inspired by African masks next week.
Grammar: Questions and Interrogative Pronouns
An interrogative sentence asks a question. The word "interrogative" comes from the Latin verb "rogare," meaning "to ask." An interrogative sentence, therefore, is a question and must be punctuated with a question mark. There are two kinds of questions...
- inverted word order: the verb is turned around and put at the beginning (Are you going home early?)
- introduced by an interrogative or questioning word (Who is at the door?)
- Interrogative pronouns:
- Who (person) or What (thing) for subject
- Whose (for possessive)
- Whom (person) or What (thing) for object of verb or preposition