Time for Julius Caesar in my class. The sophomores amuse me during this unit. Someone always asks if they can get a copy of the play in English. (Yep. Every single year! The Bard is spinning in his grave.)
Shakespeare begins this play on an old Roman Holiday. The Lupercal or the Feast of Lupercus was the holiday set aside to honor the god of fertility. They needed a lot of little Romans to fill up their empire. So when I ask the students on the first quiz to tell me what holiday the Romans are celebrating, their answers are an exercise in creative spelling and interesting guesses. My favorite answers this year:
The Feast of Lutherans (!)
And the one that had me rolling and definitely gave me pause-
The Feast of Lubricants.
Yes, who knew grading quizzes could have the teacher laughing until the tears rolled. (Note to self: it would probably be better if you graded quizzes when there are no students in the room. You'll have less explaining to do.)