CLASSES

Latin I

Due to low enrollment numbers, Latin I and Latin II are combined together in the same class and meeting at the same time. Through the use of pre-recorded class sessions, a “flipped classroom”, and creative use of time in class and small-group sessions in the afternoon, all students on both levels will receive instruction appropriate for their level:

  • Latin I introduces the student to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Latin language.

  • Latin II picks up from where your Latin I class left off. We will review and build upon the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary covered last year as more complex aspects of the Latin language are introduced and applied.

The purpose of learning Latin is to gain the ability to read and understand the language and literature left to us in the modern world by the ancient Romans. Attention will also be given to the use of Latin vocabulary, phrases, and mottoes commonly used in English today as well as to English words derived from Latin, thus greatly increasing the understanding and use of English vocabulary. Since it is always important to learn a language in the context of the civilization it is used, study will also be made of Roman culture, ancient history and geography, and Greek and Roman mythology and their contribution to our own culture.

Take a look at the syllabus for 2020-2021.

Latin II

Due to low enrollment numbers, Latin I and Latin II are combined together in the same class and meeting at the same time. Through the use of pre-recorded class sessions, a “flipped classroom”, and creative use of time in class and small-group sessions in the afternoon, all students on both levels will receive instruction appropriate for their level:

  • Latin I introduces the student to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Latin language.

  • Latin II picks up from where your Latin I class left off. We will review and build upon the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary covered last year as more complex aspects of the Latin language are introduced and applied.

The purpose of learning Latin is to gain the ability to read and understand the language and literature left to us in the modern world by the ancient Romans. Attention will also be given to the use of Latin vocabulary, phrases, and mottoes commonly used in English today as well as to English words derived from Latin, thus greatly increasing the understanding and use of English vocabulary. Since it is always important to learn a language in the context of the civilization it is used, study will also be made of Roman culture, ancient history and geography, and Greek and Roman mythology and their contribution to our own culture.

Take a look at the syllabus for 2020-2021.

Latin III

Latin III picks up grammatically and syntactically from where your Latin II class left off. We will review and build upon the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary covered in Latin I and II as more complex aspects of the Latin language are introduced and applied. Remember that the purpose of learning Latin is to gain the ability to read and understand the language and literature left to us in the modern world by the ancient Romans. Attention will also be given to the use of Latin vocabulary, phrases, and mottoes commonly used in English today as well as to English words derived from Latin, thus greatly increasing the understanding and use of English vocabulary. Since it is always important to learn a language in the context of the civilization it is used, study will also be made of Roman culture, ancient history and geography, and Greek and Roman mythology and their contribution to our own culture.

Take a look at the syllabus for 2020-2021.

Latin IV

Latin IV picks up grammatically and syntactically from where your Latin III class left off. We will review and build upon the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary covered in Latin I, II, and III as more complex aspects of the Latin language are introduced and applied Once the textbook has been completed, this intermediate course will begin with the reading and translation of adapted and graded Latin and progress to a survey of authentic Latin literature. The purpose of learning Latin is to gain the ability to read and understand the language and literature left to us in the modern world by the ancient Romans. Attention will also be given to the use of Latin vocabulary, phrases, and mottoes commonly used in English today as well as to English words derived from Latin, thus greatly increasing the understanding and use of English vocabulary. Remember that the purpose of learning Latin is to gain the ability to read and understand the language and literature left to us in the modern world by the ancient Romans. Since it is always important to learn a language in the context of the civilization it is used, study will also be made of Roman culture, ancient history and geography, and Greek and Roman mythology and their contribution to our own culture.

Take a look at the syllabus for 2020-2021.

Advanced Latin Prose

Advanced Latin Prose is an in-depth study of classical Latin prose, in particular, those passages of Julius Caesar from his historical narrative, Commentarii de Bello Gallico, prescribed by the College Board.

This class will review and build upon the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary covered in elementary and intermediate and introduce and apply more complex aspects of the Latin language and literature. Attention will also be given to the use of Latin vocabulary, phrases, and mottoes commonly used in English today as well as to English words derived from Latin, thus greatly increasing the understanding and use of English vocabulary. Since it is always important to learn a language in the context of the civilization it is used, study will also be made of Roman culture, ancient history and geography, and Greek and Roman mythology and their contribution to our own culture.

The curriculum for this course has been determined predominantly by The College Board -- the people who bring you all AP exams and the SATs. We will be translating and analyzing the following passages from Julius Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico: Book 1: Chapters 1-7; Book 4: Chapters 24-35 and the first sentence of Chapter 36; Book 5: Chapters 24-48; and Book 6: Chapters 13-20. Besides having a familiarity with the entire story and content, required readings in English include the entirety of Books 1, 6, and 7. Emphasis will also be given to the study and understanding of figures of speech, literary criticism, and the appreciation of Latin literature as a form of art. The date and time for the 2021 AP Latin Exam is Tuesday, May 11 at noon.

Nota Bene: This course will cover only half of the material required to take the AP Latin exam. Riverbend High School offers Advanced Latin Prose and Advanced Latin Poetry in alternating years, so those students who take both of these courses in their junior and seniors will be prepared for the AP exam. Review sessions for those who took Advanced Latin Poetry last year will be announced.

This class will be offered in 2020-2021, 2022-2023, etc.

Take a look at the syllabus for 2020-2021.

Advanced Latin Poetry

This course will present selections from the Aeneid, an epic poem written by Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil), one of ancient Rome’s most famous and influential poets who flourished during the Golden Age of Latin Literature ushered in by the Pax Romana initiated by the ascension of Augustus as the first emperor of Rome.

Advanced Latin Poetry will review and build upon the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary covered in elementary and intermediate and introduce and apply more complex aspects of the Latin language and literature. Attention will also be given to the use of Latin vocabulary, phrases, and mottoes commonly used in English today as well as to English words derived from Latin, thus greatly increasing the understanding and use of English vocabulary. Since it is always important to learn a language in the context of the civilization it is used, study will also be made of Roman culture, ancient history and geography, and Greek and Roman mythology and their contribution to our own culture.

The curriculum for this course has been determined predominantly by The College Board -- the people who bring you all AP exams and the SATs. We will be translating and analyzing the following passages: Book 1: lines 1-209, 418-440, and 494-578; Book 2: lines 40-56, 201-249, 268-297, and 559-620; Book 4: lines 160-218, 259-361, and 659-705; and Book 6: lines 295-332, 384-425, 450-476, and 847-899. Besides having a familiarity with the entire story and content, required readings in English include the entirety of Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12. Emphasis will also be given to the study and understanding of figures of speech, scansion, literary criticism and the appreciation of Latin literature as a form of art. As time allows, selections from the poetry of Martial, Catullus, Ovid, and Horace will also be read, translated and discussed.

Nota Bene: This course will cover only half of the material required to take the AP Latin exam. Riverbend High School offers Advanced Latin Poetry and Advanced Latin Prose in alternating years, so those students who take both of these courses in their junior and seniors will be prepared for the AP exam. Review sessions for those who took Advanced Latin Prose last year will be announced.

This class will be offered in 2021-2022, 2023-2024, etc.

There is no syllabus for 2020-2021.

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