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Friday, 02 April 2010 18:44
Lingua Latina

Latin I and Latin II

Whether following the Cambridge Latin Course or Oerberg's Lingua Latina, the two introductory texts used in my district, I have worked to ensure that students receive the necessary grounding in Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, with ample opportunities to learn from derivatives and from comparison with English usage to become acquainted with the categories necessary for comprehension of Latin at the more advanced levels. These two courses complement one another and carry a mythological component that both responds to the interest of students and creates a foundation for further study.

Wheelock's Latin

Latin III

When I took my current position there was no set curriculum beyond Latin II, and I was encouraged to do whatever I wanted. This is not as encouraging as it may sound to a novice. Without textbooks and without a preexisting curriculum I have developed a course that first reviews and then expands upon students' understanding of Latin grammar using Wheelock's Latin, while transitioning to the reading of authors by using adapted materials such as Charles Fran├žois Lhomond's venerable reader De viris illustribus, and moving through the big picture of Roman history before giving a taste of poetry in manageable units.

Reading Livy's Rome

Latin IV

This course offers students the opportunity to review Latin grammar in context while reading authentic, connected prose for the first time. The prose author is Livy, who gives students an opportunity to work with some familiar cultural and historical content while focusing on syntax, diction, figures of speech and the author's handling of his material. As a counterpoint to Livy's Latin we read Ovid's Metamorphoses in translation, which allows us to explore more deeply the Roman use of Greek mythology while comparing the varied aims of Roman authors and their attitudes about the traditions they have inherited.

Vergil's Aeneid

AP Latin: Vergil

This course offers students the opportunity to study Latin literature at a level comparable to that achieved in the colleges between the fourth and sixth semesters. In addition, the course prepares students to meet the challenges of the AP exam in May. By reading and translating the original Latin accurately, by analyzing and interpreting the text of the poem on linguistic and stylistic grounds, and by understanding the work within its various contexts (historical, political, social, and cultural), each student is equipped with the skills necessary to do his or her best and to continue with the study of advanced Latin beyond high school.
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