Latin


"Non scholae, sed vitae discimus" - Seneca (We learn not for school, but for life)

Latin I, II, and III are introductory Latin courses appropriate for both middle and high school students.  Latin is a great foundational language for other foreign languages as well as advancement in English (with grammar and vocabulary building).  Also, we spend some of our class time learning about the culture of ancient Rome – and how much we have to thanks them for many aspects of our own society.  At its best, Latin is systematic, rigorous and analytical.  Latin trains students in valuable habits of the mind: memory, order, and attention to detail. (These Latin courses correspond to DOE course code 61.x410, 61.x420, and 61.x430 respectively)

 
Latin I:
In this introductory Latin course, the students will learn vocabulary, grammar, Roman myths/legends/history, and the influence of Rome (beyond language) on our modern culture. Latin is a very practical language to study, as it will help to build English vocabulary (with the focus on derivatives) and extend the students knowledge of English grammar. The study of Latin is also ideal preparation for the study of all Romance languages.

For the class, we will use the textbook: First Form Latin by Cheryl Lowe (published by Memoria Press), and its workbook companion. Both books will be required for the class and can be purchased through memoriapress.com or Amazon for about $30. First Form Latin uses a grammar focused approach (syntax and translation are introduced later - and at a very gentle pace) with limited vocabulary for the year so that students are not overwhelmed and grammar can be mastered. Recitation is a major feature of this method.

This will be a traditional classroom setting with some lecture, active class participation, oral and written exercises, homework (taking approximately 30 minutes per day), and weekly quizzes. Students should come to class prepared each week with homework completed (monitored by parents as necessary -- there will be a weekly email communication from me regarding topics covered and homework expectations) and all necessary supplies including: pencil, paper, and 3 ring binder (with 5 dividers).

Latin II: 

This Latin course will pick up where the class left off in Latin I. We will continue our learning of the Latin language through vocabulary, grammar, Roman myths/legends/history, and the influence of Rome (beyond language) on our modern culture. Latin is a very practical language to study, as it will help to build English vocabulary (with the focus on derivatives) and extend the students knowledge of English grammar. The study of Latin is also ideal preparation for the study of all Romance languages.

For the class, we will use the textbook: Second Form Latin  by Cheryl Lowe (published by Memoria Press), and its workbook companion. Both books will be required for the class and can be purchased through memoriapress.com or Amazon for about $30.

This will be a traditional classroom setting with some lecture, oral and written exercises, homework, and weekly quizzes. Students should come prepared for class each week with pencil, paper, 3 ring binder (with 5 dividers), and all homework completed.

Latin III: 

This Latin course will pick up where the class left off in Latin II. We will continue our learning of the Latin language through vocabulary, grammar, Roman myths/legends/history, and the influence of Rome (beyond language) on our modern culture. Latin is a very practical language to study, as it will help to build English vocabulary (with the focus on derivatives) and extend the students knowledge of English grammar. The study of Latin is also ideal preparation for the study of all Romance languages.

For the class, we will use the textbook: Third Form Latin  by Cheryl Lowe (published by Memoria Press), and its workbook companion. Both books will be required for the class and can be purchased through memoriapress.com or Amazon for about $30.

This will be a traditional classroom setting with some lecture, oral and written exercises, homework, and weekly quizzes. Students should come prepared for class each week with pencil, paper, 3 ring binder (with 5 dividers), and all homework completed.