Latin 1

Students in Latin I study the basics of Latin grammar using Latin Alive! I, a textbook specifically designed for the classically educated secondary student.  Students will learn how an inflected language works by studying five noun declensions, four verb conjugations, adjectives, pronouns, and common expressions.  Emphasis is given to Latin vocabulary and English derivatives.  Students will build translation skills while exploring Roman culture, studying people and practices from antiquity by reading passages in both Latin and English, which are further brought to life by the teacher.  Students will be encouraged to see elements of Latin and Roman civilization throughout the world today, inspiring them to integrate Latin with their literature and history lessons.  Latin I is designed to prepare students for the National Latin Exam level 1, and students who have completed Latin I successfully may enroll in Latin II.  A student who has worked through grammar-level primers is well-prepared for Latin I, but no previous Latin is required to enroll.

Prerequisites:  None; Primer work recommended
Textbook: Latin Alive! I, Classical Academic Press

Latin 2

Latin II builds upon the foundation of Latin I using Latin Alive! II, a textbook specifically designed for the classically educated secondary student.  Students will review the basics of Latin grammar and procede to more complex grammatical constructions, including the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, the passive voice, relative clauses, participles, and indirect statement.  Emphasis is given to Latin vocabulary and English derivatives.  Students will become more confident in their translation skills while exploring Roman culture, studying people and practices from antiquity by reading passages in both Latin and English, which are further brought to life by the teacher.  Students will be encouraged to see elements of Latin and Roman civilization throughout the world today, inspiring them to integrate Latin with their literature and history lessons.  Latin II is designed to prepare students for the National Latin Exam level 2, and students who have completed Latin II successfully may enroll in Latin III. Latin I or the equivalent (such as the first half of Wheelock’s Latin text) is required to enroll.

Prerequisites: Latin 1 or equivalent
Textbook: Latin Alive! II, Classical Academic Press

Latin 3

Will not be taught this year

Latin Readings

Latin Readings is designed for intermediate Latin students who have finished working through Latin grammar (using Wheelock’s Latin or Latin Alive! I-III, or the equivalent) and are ready to practice reading Latin literature. Grammar will be reviewed continuously as students grow in their translation skills, reading a selection of literature from Cicero to Newton. Students will explore a variety of time periods, styles, and genres, studying literary components of the texts in addition to Latin grammar and syntax, with a teacher who will integrate Latin Readings with The Great Conversation classes. Latin Readings is good preparation for a student considering AP Latin.

Prerequisites: Completed Latin Grammar.
Textbook: Latin Alive! IV

AP Latin

Advanced Placement Latin is a rigorous, college-level course designed for students who intend to take the Latin advanced placement exam.  Students will follow a College Board-approved syllabus as they study selections from Caesar’s Gallic Wars and Virgil’s Aeneid.  Students will focus on the grammatical details of the texts while also studying these works as literature, discussing content, theme, context, rhetorical devices, etc.  Through class discussions and writing assignments, students will learn to analyze a text through critical and reflective reading.  Students who do not intend to take the AP Latin exam but who are interested in a thorough study of Caesar and Virgil are also invited to enroll.

Prerequisites: Mastery of Latin grammar and a Latin readings course is recommended.