Latin Courses

Latin I introduces the students to the classical world via the Latin language. All levels follow the Jenney text, which places a strong focus on grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing of Latin. Study is further enhanced through examination of English derivatives from both Latin and Greek, connections between Latin and English grammar, as well as the exploration of Greek and Roman myth and Roman history and culture, and its ultimate influence upon western civilization.

A “C-“ average at the end of the year in a World Language course, unless otherwise stated, indicates that the student may advance to the next year of language study, however, teachers in the World Language Department will make their level recommendations based on departmental grade average guidelines as well as demonstrated skill development.


LATIN I 500 (non-leveled)

Grades 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course of the Latin language, with heavy influence upon grammar, vocabulary, writing, and reading comprehension. Units in mythology, history, and Roman culture are also an integral part of this course. Students will proceed at a moderate pace. Students will be prepped and have the opportunity to take the National Latin Exam for the Latin I level in March.
This course is for students in grades 9, 10, 11, 12, although it is recommended to begin Latin in grades 9 or 10.



LATIN II H 501

Grades 9-12 Grouping: heterogeneous
Prerequisite: B- or higher in Latin I (non-leveled) or at the discretion of the department head in consultation with the teacher.

This course is a continuation of the Latin I course, with completion of Latin grammar by mid-year. Focus shifts from writing and reading comprehension and works toward reading fluency. Supplementary texts based upon mythology will be used to help the student hone their reading (read: translating) skills in preparation for the reading of Caesar. s Gallic Wars by year-end. Additional units in history and culture will supplement the Caesar text. Students will be prepped and given the opportunity to take the National Latin Exam for the Latin II level in March.

LATIN II AE 502

Grades 9-12 Grouping: heterogeneous
Prerequisite: C or higher in Latin I (non-leveled) or at discretion of the department head in consultation with the teacher.

This course will follow the curriculum of the Latin II Honors course but at a moderate pace.

LATIN III Latin Literature H/AP 508

Grades 9-12 Grouping: heterogeneous
Prerequisite: C or higher in Latin II Honors or at the discretion of the department head in consultation with the teacher.

Materials read will be selected poems from Catullus, Cicero 's entire Pro Archiaoration and selected passages from his De Amicitia essay, all in the original Latin.  Emphasis will focus on reading comprehension and reading fluency, handling site passages, recognition of figures of speech, understanding of the literary and historical context of the literature, recognition of themes, and meter and scansion.  Students will work from the second and third year books of the Jenney Series, as well as supplementary texts. There will be additional summer readings assigned concerning the lives and times of Catullus and Cicero and the politics of the lateRoman Republic .  In addition, there will be selected readings from Ovid (Metamorphoses et al), Pliny’s letters (the eruption of Vesuvius et al.) and Sallust’sBellum Catilinae.  Students will also take the National Latin Exam offered in March.

LATIN III AE 503

Grades 9-12 Grouping: heterogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Latin II AE.

This course will cover selected passages from the authors covered in the Latin III H/AP curriculum at a moderate pace. Emphasis will focus on reading comprehension and reading fluency, handling site passages, recognition of figures of speech, understanding of the literary and historical context of the literature, recognition of themes, and meter and scansion. Students will work from the second and third year books of the Jenney Series, as well as supplementary texts. Additional readings and projects on the lives and times of authors covered will be assigned throughout the year. Students will take the National Latin Exam offered in March.

LATIN IV Vergil H/AP 525

Grades 9-12 Grouping: heterogeneous
Prerequisite:C or higher in Latin III H/AP or at the discretion of the department head in consultation with the teacher.

This course will cover readings required for the AP Vergil Exam offered in May. Materials required will be selected passages (totaling approx. 1800 lines) from Vergil. s Aeneid in the original Latin. There will be significant further readings (in English), i.e. Book VI in its entirety, throughout the year. Emphasis will focus on reading comprehension and reading fluency, handling of site passages, recognition of figures of speech, understanding historical and literary context of the readings, recognition of themes, and meter and scansion. Students will use the fourth book in the Jenney Series as well as supplementary sources to aid in translation. Summer reading will focus on the role of Epic within English literature. Leading up to the AP Exam, students will also take the National Latin Exam offered in March.

LATIN IV AE 524

Grades 9-12 Grouping: heterogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Latin III AE or at the discretion of the department head in consultation with the teacher.

This course will cover selected readings from Vergil. s Aeneid in the original Latin, at a moderate pace. There will be significant further readings (in English), i.e. Book VI in its entirety, as well as projects assigned throughout the year on related topics. Emphasis will focus on reading comprehension and reading fluency, handling of site passages, recognition of figures of speech, understanding historical and literary context of the readings, recognition of themes, and meter and scansion. Students will use the fourth book in the Jenney Series as well as supplementary sources to aid in translation. Students will take the National Latin Exam offered in March.