LATIN 1/1H HOME • CALENDAR • GRAMMAR • VOCABULARY • PROJECTS
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Course Goals and Expectations
Welcome to Latin 1/1H, an introductory language course that begins your adventure into the sometimes mysterious, sometimes weird, sometimes crazy world of the ancient Romans — in their own mother tongue. Our lessons revolve around reading passages in an ongoing story. In the first semester, this story focuses on the daily lives of the Caecilius family of Pompeii in southern Italy; during the second semester, our readings will lead us away from the imperial heartland to the lands of Britain and Egypt, where our characters will find themselves entangled in provincial politics.
This exploration requires that we spend much of our time with the fundamentals of the language: absorbing and applying the rules of Latin grammar, learning vocabulary, and using these Latin terms to decode English derivatives.
In addition, this adventure nearly 2000 years into the past will highlight numerous cultural topics including daily life in the ancient Roman world from the home to the marketplace, from the bathhouse to the arena. This two-pronged linguistic and cultural approach will allow us to examine Latin influences on the English language and Roman influences on American culture.
Honors students should expect their workload to be more rigorous: this will generally include composition assignments, extra problems on quizzes and tests, poetry recitation, and a small research project each semester.
Textbooks & Materials
Our textbooks are the 1st and 2nd units (Stages 1-20) of the Cambridge Latin Course (4th Edition). While the learning of a new language involves memorization, as a rule, these texts emphasize a reading approach that makes the study of Latin more accessible to more students.For more information on the Cambridge Latin Course, please visit the CLC website here and the North American Cambridge Classics Project (NACCP) here. Both sites provide the research behind and history of this textbook program as well as additional resources.
The Cambridge Latin Course
For online activities developed in conjunction with this curriculum, use the link here.
In addition to using our textbook, Latin 1/1H students will expand their study of the language, culture, and history of the Romans through explanatory handouts, practice worksheets, journal articles, computer presentations, internet activities, artistic projects, dramatic performances, academic competitions, historical films, cultural festivities, and oral recitations.
Students are expected to take notes on class presentations and discussions and to maintain these notes, class handouts, and worksheets in a course notebook. While certain materials will appear on the course website, additional copies of these documents will not be distributed, so we strongly encourage students to maintain their course work in a well organized notebook.
As travel is a high priority for any foreign language class, we look forward this year to our participation in UVM’s Latin Day, a festival full of academic and dramatic competitions, singing, art project presentations, and thrown candy.
In alternate years, we organize student trips to the overseas sites of the ancient Greco-Roman world. We recently returned from Greece, the Aegean, western Turkey (including the ancient site of Troy), and Istanbul. We hope you will consider joining us on our next adventure in the spring of 2012. Stay tuned for details.
A student’s grade is generally the result of simple math problem: the sum of all the points that were earned in a quarter divided by the sum of all the points that could have been earned in that quarter. Your course grade each semester will be computed as follows:
Within each quarter, assignments will be weighted as follows:
The Foreign Language Department’s grading scale is as follows:
The Classroom Participation score is the equivalent of a 100-point test that remains at 100% throughout the quarter as long as a student is doing what he or she is supposed to be doing. Specifically, that means attending class; wearing clothes that are appropriate for school; arriving punctually with your textbook, notebook, finished homework, and writing utensils; participating in each day’s activities; answering the instructor’s questions; working responsibly in groups; supporting classmates’ efforts; sharing ideas during class discussions; and behaving politely and respectfully toward your instructor, your peers, and the room around you.
Students who abide by these rules are contributing to the forward progress and positive climate of the class, and their participation score will remain 100%. Students who don’t abide by these rules — e.g., by coming to class unprepared, cutting class, or engaging in rude or otherwise inappropriate behavior after an initial warning — are hindering our academic progress and detracting from the constructive, healthy climate of the class. Each of these instances will cost your participation score 5 points, so remember: although you are an individual aiming for an individual grade, you’re a member of a group and, as such, you are responsible to that group. Do what you’re supposed to do, and this Class Participation score can give your grade a nice boost. If at any point you want to know what this score is likely to be, just ask.
No foreign language class is complete without an exploration of the culture surrounding that language. Our investigations into Roman culture this year will focus on Greco-Roman mythology through art: mosaics, architecture, sculpture, masks, and drama.
Students are expected to attend class every day that the class meets. Students who miss class for a legitimate reason are responsible for obtaining materials and making up assignments from that class. See the paragraph below for “make-up work.” Students who miss class for an illegitimate reason are still responsible for whatever materials and content they missed, but they will lose credit for that day’s work: a deduction of 5 points from the Class Participation score and a zero on any assignments due that day. If you know in advance that you’ll be absent, you need to do two things initially: (a) have me sign the goldenrod form and (b) record your expected absence on the “absences board” in our classroom.
X-days are used at my discretion to accomplish — individually, in groups, and/or as a class — any of the following: lesson extension, taking quizzes and tests, make-up work, group learning, project research, presentations, review work, and extra help. X-days are not free days during which students may schedule other activities or make-up work for other classes. Students must always check in. If, during a given week, there is a loss of class time due to holidays, snow days, fire drills, or my absence, our X-day will automatically become a regular class day. Let there be no confusion: you should assume that this is what will happen. Finally, on rare occasions and with advanced notice, I may move the X-day to a different day in the week to accommodate class instruction and progress.
Penmanship & Spelling
Students are not expected to be masters of calligraphy, but accuracy and clarity are important. If I cannot decipher your answer, I cannot award that answer credit — i.e., it’s incorrect. The sloppier a student writes, the greater he or she is gambling. Write legibly. As for spelling, this is a language course and spelling, therefore, counts. Sometimes it counts more, sometimes less, but it always counts, so don’t be careless. If you want to know how important spelling is for a given assignment, please ask.
Test & Exam Review
In accordance with the Student Handbook’s stipulation that (a) teachers review material with students before tests and exams and that (b) no new material will be introduced in the final week of classes before exams, Latin students should expect an opportunity to review the necessary content and skills in class in the days leading up to our tests and exams. Depending on student need, we will spend approx. 2-3 lessons reviewing for unit tests (scheduled every 4 chapters/stages) and approx. 4-5 lessons reviewing for semester exams.
Generally speaking, there are three ways for students to earn extra credit points toward their quarter grades. (1st) Extra credit problems will occasionally appear at the ends of more challenging quizzes. (2nd) Extra credit points may be awarded to a student or team of students winning an academic competition in class. (3rd) Individual students with particular interests pertinent to our curriculum may pursue a larger, independent extra credit project by developing a “project plan” in the first few weeks of the quarter with my approval. Absolutely no extra credit projects will be approved in the second half of a quarter for the sake of rescuing a student’s grade, so don’t ask.
Students who miss class for legitimate reasons have 5 school days in which to make up the work they miss. There are no make-up opportunities for work missed for illegitimate reasons, including homework. After legitimate absences, however, it is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appropriate time with me to make up such assignments. Failing to meet this deadline will result in the loss of credit for those assignments. Don’t let this happen to you! If you miss a class, assume you have missed an assignment and ask me what you must do to make it up. (Assuming you didn’t miss anything is an easy route to a zero.) Students who have missed class for especially lengthy periods of time (i.e., more than 5 school days) should meet with me as soon as possible to make special arrangements for the completion of missed work.
Any student who has performed poorly on a quiz may retake that quiz within 5 school days from the day on which the original assignment was returned to the student. (No retakes are allowed for homework assignments, tests, or exams.) The scores of the first and second attempts will be averaged, and this new, averaged score will replace the old one. Only one retake per quiz is allowed. No retakes are permitted for quizzes that were refused credit or were missed for illegitimate reasons.
Assignments which span multiple days (e.g., projects, essay drafts, and final papers) must be submitted on time according to your teacher’s instructions. Work submitted later in the day but on the same day it is due will receive a half-grade (2.5%) penalty; each day the work is late will incur a full-grade (5%) penalty. Because homework assignments play an integral role in the next day’s lesson, late homework will not be accepted, resulting in a loss of that day’s Class Participation credit (i.e., -5 points). With a note from a parent/guardian, exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances in accordance with school policy. In addition, students who anticipate such circumstances later in the term may request in writing a deadline extension of one or more days, at the instructor’s discretion.
The scope of our course content is broad: while our primary efforts will involve the reading and analyzing of text-based works, we will also explore fantasy literature through graphic novels, artwork, music, film, and gaming. Students will even have opportunities to create some fantasy literature of their own.
Food & Drink
It is our school’s policy that students be allowed to eat food and drink beverages in class. Please keep in mind that this allowance is a privilege and not a right. If students abuse this privilege, it will be taken away. If you must have lunch or a snack during class, do so in a quiet, clean, and orderly manner during the first ten minutes of class. It goes without saying that you will make use of the high school’s waste and recycling systems. If you need to get your lunch from the school’s cafeteria or vending machines, take care of this between classes or, if necessary, at the start of class after notifying me. (Note: dropping your books off in the classroom does not constitute “notifying me.”)
Students are expected to uphold the highest levels of academic honesty. Quite simply, this means playing by the rules, demonstrating your own (and only your own) knowledge according to your teachers’ instructions, and never representing the work of another as your own. Naturally, certain forms of collaboration are appropriate: studying together for quizzes, tests, and exams is acceptable, as is working together to complete a translation assignment for class. However, copying a classmate’s homework assignment and claiming it as your own work is unacceptable, as is sharing information or using any form of unauthorized notes while taking a quiz, test, or exam. The consequences for cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty — as outlined in the student handbook — are serious. The honorable life is not always easy, nor, in this world, is it always as appreciated as it should be, but in the end it’s the only one worth living.
That said, I offer you my best wishes for an exciting, challenging, rewarding year ahead with a morsel of ancient wisdom for your consideration at the start of this great adventure: Fortuna favet fortibus!
It is vital to this educational process that we communicate. Ask questions in class or between classes. Meet with me during free periods or after school. If you have a concern, let me know about it so that I can do what I can to sort it out.
Although I teach both Latin and English classes, I am based in the Foreign Language Department. Students and parents may contact me through the Foreign Language Resource Center (FLRC), where I have a mailbox. Leave phone messages with our educational assistant, Vera Nichols (603 / 643-3431 x 2607), or contact me directly by email (email@example.com).
You will find links below to view or download a 4-page PDF version of this Course Standards document.