Latin through the eyes of a gladiator

Marcia Ross of ORR High School in southeastern Massachusetts has found a unique way to teach elementary school age children Latin. She frames the after-school enrichment program as "Latin through the eyes of a gladiator."

Using Roman mythology, cultural facts, animal names, and the Latin roots of spells in the Harry Potter books, Ross kept the youngsters interested in the sometimes dry subject. "There was no way that Ms. Raje, Ms. Holden, and I could teach elementary-aged students about conjugating verbs and declining nouns without permanently scarring and scaring them."

The final portion of the class was a discussion and demonstration of the various fighting styles of gladiators.