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Latin

Latin 1

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: No prior study of Latin or no more than 1 year experience in Middle School Latin.
  • Course Number: 05030302

This course introduces students to Latin and is intended for students who have never studied Latin or had no more than one year of middle school Latin study. The course develops at a moderate pace to keep students comfort level high as they learn this new language. Students learn about Roman life, Roman history, and Roman mythology. By learning Latin, students improve their English vocabulary, as Latin is the root of much of the English language. The primary goal of this course is to read and understand elementary Latin. Students learn through pronunciation and grammar drills, syntax exercises, pair or small group work, utilization of various technologies, projects and games. Assessments include written tests/quizzes, presentations of research, in class activities and skits. This course prepares students to enter Latin 2.

Latin 1 H

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: No prior study of Latin or no more than 1 yr. experience in Middle School Latin
  • Course Number: 05030403

This course introduces students to Latin and is intended for students who have never studied Latin or had no more than one year of middle school Latin study. The class develops at an accelerated pace in preparation for Latin 2 Honors. Latin 1 offers students the opportunity to have an increased awareness of English grammar and syntax, an understanding of ancient Roman culture, mythology and government, and a fundamental introduction to etymology, the study of word roots and origins. The primary goal of this course is to read and understand elementary Latin. Students learn through pronunciation and grammar drills, syntax exercises, pair or small group work, utilization of various technologies, projects and games. Assessments include written tests/quizzes, presentations of research, in class activities and skits. This course prepares students to enter Latin 2 or Latin 2 H.

Latin 2

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Two years of Middle School Latin, Latin 1 or Latin 1 H.
  • Course Number: 05030802

This course is a continuation of Middle School Latin 7 and 8, Latin 1, or Latin 1 H. Students continue to expand their Latin vocabulary and, through the study of derivatives, expand their English vocabulary as well. Students learn increasingly sophisticated grammar. Cultural studies include mythology, daily life, Roman history and other topics. The course also includes a cultural component. Students learn through pronunciation and grammar drills, syntax exercises, pair or small group work, utilization of various technologies, projects and games. Assessments include written tests/quizzes, presentations of research, in class activities, and skits.

Latin 2 H

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Two years of Middle School Latin or successful completion of Latin 1 H.
  • Course Number: 05030903

This course is a continuation of two years of Middle School Latin or Latin 1 H. Latin 2 H includes a comprehensive review of the principles and fundamentals of the first year course and the beginning of an advanced study of Latin grammar. Students continue to expand their Latin vocabulary and, through the study of derivatives, expand their English vocabulary as well. Students apply this knowledge as they strengthen their translation skills. Students read selections from a number of Roman prose authors.  Cultural studies will include mythology, daily life, Roman history and other topics. The course also includes the celebrations of Roman festivals. Students learn through pronunciation and grammar drills, syntax exercises, pair or small group work, utilization of various technologies, projects and games. Assessments include written tests/quizzes, presentations of research, in class activities and skits. This course prepares students to enter Latin 3 H.

Latin 3

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Latin 2
  • Course Number: 05031102

This course is a continuation of Latin 2. Students continue to expand their Latin vocabulary and, through the study of derivatives, expand their English vocabulary as well. Students learn increasingly complex grammatical structures. Cultural studies build on previous studies about mythology, daily life, and Roman history. Students learn through pronunciation and grammar drills, syntax exercises, pair or small group work, utilization of various technologies, projects and games. Assessments include written tests/quizzes, presentations of research, in class activities, and skits.

Latin 3 H

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s):  10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Latin 2 H and teacher recommendation.
  • Course Number: 05031203

This rigorous course is a continuation of Latin 2 H. After a thorough review of Latin grammar, students will read a variety of prose authors including Pliny and Cicero. Students strive for accurate and contextually appropriate translations. Through close attention to the text, students learn to identify figures of speech and examine how these reinforce an author’s message. Students develop skills in writing cogent and persuasive literary analysis. Assessments include written tests/quizzes, presentations of research, in class activities and skits. This course prepares students to enter Latin 4 H.

Latin 4 H

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Latin 3 H and teacher recommendation.
  • Course Number: 05031403

This rigorous course constitutes the first half of the AP Latin syllabus. In this course students read selections from the prose works of Julius Caesar and poetry from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Class work focuses on accurate translation informed by knowledge of grammar and syntax, figures of speech, scansion, mythology and the world of ancient Rome. Students also have extensive practice in sight-reading Latin texts and in writing analytical essays about literature.

AP Latin

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Latin 4 H.
  • Course Number: 05031704

The AP syllabus features readings from Vergil’s Aeneid, considered one of the greatest poems in western literature. Students continue to develop skills in translation and literary analysis. They learn more about the nuances of the Latin hexameter verse form and the way Vergil employs it along with figures of speech to heighten or adumbrate the meaning of the text. Students work on translations in class and further refine their ability to produce accurate, literary translations. Students also have extensive practice in sight-reading Latin texts and in writing analytical essays about the literature. At the completion of the course, students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement Examination.

Latin 6 Literature H

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 12
  • Prerequisite: AP Latin.
  • Course Number: 05031803

This course includes selected readings highlighting the following topics:  Vergil’s Aeneid; Caesar’s De Bello Gallico; the love poetry of Catullus and Horace; social criticism of Horace and Martial; and villains portrayed by Vergil, Livy and Sallust. Students continue to refine their translation and literary analysis skills, in addition to increasing their facility in scansion and syntactical understanding. Students have extensive practice in sight-reading Latin texts and in writing analytical essays about the literature.