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The New Zealand Curriculum.

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Socio-cultural contexts

Levels 1 and 2

The suggested socio-cultural contexts include possible historical, sociological, and cultural content and contexts for learning Latin at each of the banded levels or level of the curriculum.

Possible contexts for levels 1 and 2 might include:

  • The ideas of courage, strength, peserverance, and resourcefulness as seen in classical myths and legends, for example, Romulus and Remus, Daedalus and Icarus, Perseus and Medusa, Labours of Hercules, Theseus and the Minotaur, and the Trojan War.
  • The ideas of community and social equity as seen in features of Roman life, for example, structure of the family and household, some typical clothing and its use, food (meals, diet, cooking), housing ( domus, insula), and urban conditions (streets, sanitation, lighting).
  • The historical and geographical context of Rome and the Roman Empire, for example, the location of Rome and the extent of the Roman Empire.

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