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LATIN I  
Full Year
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12       

In Latin I, students begin a five-year sequence of the study of the Latin language and literature with the Ecce Romani I text.  Latin I students have the opportunity to learn the language of ancient Rome, which has provided the foundation for Romance languages and English vocabulary and grammar.  Basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are emphasized.  The culture, history and mythology of ancient Rome are also explored through a variety of readings and projects.  Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes as well as written and sight translations, daily recitation and projects.

LATIN II                               
Full Year
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12         

In Latin II, students prepare for more complex usage of the language in reading/translating about daily life of the Roman Empire, mythology and history.  Upon completion of the Ecce Romani I text, students continue their grammar studies in the Ecce Romani II text.  Vocabulary (English and Latin) and communication skills are further developed.  Through activities and research projects, the cultural and historical aspects center on the Empire.  Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes as well as written and sight translations, daily recitation and projects.

LATIN III                
Full Year 
Grades 10, 11, 12              

In Latin III, students complete their mastery of basic Latin grammar and have the opportunity to read/translate from the works of ancient Roman authors.  After finishing the Ecce Romani II text, attention is turned to the Ecce Romani III text which recounts the history of the Republic and early Principate.  Selections from Eutropius, Asconius, Cicero, Caesar, Livy, Augustus, and Pliny are translated and previously learned grammar is reinforced and more complex grammar is taught.  Excerpts from these authors are designed to develop the student's ability to read real Latin in preparation for Latin IV.  Medieval Latin may also be introduced with the Bayeux Tapestry.  History, culture and mythology continue to be part of the course and there are a variety of coordinating projects.  Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes as well as written and sight translations, daily recitation and projects.

LATIN IV HONORS                    
Full Year                          
Grades 11, 12       

The Latin IV honors course is a 36-week reading/translating course focusing on the genres of prose, drama and poetry.  The purpose of this course is to guide the advanced Latin student to an in-depth understanding of Latin literature through translating large amounts of authentic Latin.  It also integrates a study of the major periods of Roman literature.  Each of the chosen authors and their works holds an important place in the history of Latin literature.  Research activities promote Latin-English translation skills, interpretation of literature, critical analysis of content and style, and the modern value/significance of such works.  Grammar is reinforced through review as all forms and constructions are met in the Latin readings.  Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes as well as written and sight translations, daily recitation and projects.  A full syllabus for this course is available from the teacher if desired.  There is required summer reading (one novel) for this course.

LATIN V HONORS        
Full Year 
Grades 11, 12                                                  

The Latin V honors course is a 36-week reading/translating course of the epic poem, the Aeneid, by the Roman author Publius Vergilius Maro.  The purpose of this course is to guide the advanced Latin student to an in-depth understanding of the Aeneid and in turn, Latin poetry.  Emphasis will be placed on Roman and Greek culture and history and film studies component is integrated into the course.  Research activities promote Latin-English translation skills, interpretation of literature, critical analysis of content and style, and the modern value/significance of such works.  Grammar is reinforced through review as all forms and constructions are met in the Latin readings.  Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes as well as written and sight translations, daily recitation and projects.  A full syllabus for this course is available from the teacher if desired.  A senior project is required for this course. 

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