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 Overview: Introductory Latin I is designed to expose the students to the Latin language as well as Roman culture. Upon completing the course, the students will be well prepared for the study of Latin I in high school. The curriculum is taken from the National Latin Exam's Introductory Latin Syllabus, which is based on the standards put forth by the American Classical League's Standards for Classical Languages, as well as the World Language Curriculum guidelines of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The students will also be taught about the role of Latin as the language of the Church, and connections will be made to their study of church history in 8th grade religion. 8th Grade Latin Topics: For each chapter in the textbook, the students will learn a list of Latin vocabulary words (including English derivatives) and a grammatical concept. Grammatical concepts covered will include: ➢ Conjugation of verbs in the 1st and 2nd Conjugations­ Present and Imperfect; irregular verb sum; imperative form ➢ Personal and Interrogative Pronouns ➢ Cases and Declension of Nouns in the 1st and 2nd Declensions ➢ 1st and 2nd Declension Adjectives Each chapter will also include a translation activity; the textbook tells a story about a Roman family which continues with each chapter. The translations will be completed both in class and for homework; we will review the translations as a class Finally, we will study the basic history, geography, and mythology of the Roman Empire; we will also study the role of Latin in the Church with an emphasis on the Mass. Classroom Policies/Procedures: Organization: The students have been issued the following text which will be supplemented with handouts and digital articles from other sources; the textbook must be kept covered: Ecce Romani I The textbook is available in PDF format on Google Classroom and can be accessed on any device that is able to read PDF documents. In addition, students will have a composition notebook where they will complete their translations and take notes. All final work will be completed in cursive using blue or black pen with the exception of translations; translations will be completed in pencil. Finally, students will be expected to make either paper or digital flashcards (such as Quizlet) for each chapter’s vocabulary. 995 Reading Ave Yardley, PA 19067 phone: 215­493­3867 · fax: 215­493­7699 [email protected]​ · Homework: Latin homework will be assigned most classes and will include the study of vocabulary and completing lines of translations from the textbook. Homework needs to be completed neatly and in the designated place, based on the assignment. All homework assignments will be posted on the electronic homework calendar of the 8th grade webpage. More than three missed assignments, without extenuating circumstances, will result in a detention. All students should approach me, at the beginning of class, if he or she had difficulty in completing an assignment. Extra assistance is also available at lunch­recess or can be scheduled for after school. Assessment:​ The students will be formally assessed through written chapter vocabulary quizzes, grammar quizzes, projects and chapter tests. Chapter tests will incorporate translation, vocabulary, and grammar questions. Tests will be announced at least one week in advance and posted on the 8th grade long term calendar. Projects will be graded using a rubric which will be distributed to the students. I usually assign one short project per trimester. Assessment grades will be posted on OptionC, and electronic copies of assessments will be emailed to parents in a virtual test folder; the folder is also accessible to the students through Google Drive using their password­protected accounts. Classroom Conduct: Respectful behavior toward all member of the class is expected at all times to facilitate a productive, safe, welcoming, and enjoyable classroom environment. It is expected that students will be cooperative, follow teacher directions, and complete assignments on time. The use of print and electronic dictionaries (including the textbook glossary) are acceptable for translation activities, and students are permitted to collaborate on translations when directed in class. The use of electronic translation tools to look up more than one word is not acceptable; it should also be noted that some websites contain answer keys for the chapter translations and should not be used to complete homework. In my review of many of these answer keys, they are not from the textbook’s teacher’s guides and contain errors as well as grammatical constructions that are beyond the ability of a first year Latin student. Active participation is encouraged through class discussions and asking questions. Students are expected to contribute to the review of the chapter’s translation activities. Prayer Before Latin Class: (Signum Crucis): In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. INTRODUCTION TO LATIN EXAM
VERBS: Conjugations I and II
Students who are enrolled in an Introduction to Latin
class or who are in the first year of a two-year Latin I
class should take the Introduction to Latin Exam.
Students read words, phrases, simple sentences and
dialogues occasionally associated with pictures. The
reading comprehension passage incorporates high
frequency vocabulary with use of repetition to assist
comprehension. Texts are composed to narrate a short
story with a title, an introduction, series of events, and
N.B. For reading comprehension purposes, a
limited number of common third and fourth
conjugation verbs may occur, e.g., audio, cupio,
curro, dico, mitto, scribo, venio
two tenses of the indicative mood, active voice:
present and imperfect
present active imperative
irregular verb sum: present and imperfect tenses
present active infinitive
GEOGRAPHY: the Roman world, e.g., Roma, Italia,
Gallia, Graecia, Britannia, Hispania, Mare
Nostrum, Tiber River
NOUNS: Declensions I and II
MYTHOLOGY: Olympian deities (Greek and Roman
names) and associated attributes; founding of
Rome, e.g., Romulus and Remus
N.B. For reading comprehension purposes, a
limited number of common third declension nouns
may occur, e.g., dux, canis, frater, mater, mons,
navis, pater, rex, sol, soror, urbs
subject and predicate nominative
indirect object
direct object
object of prepositions ad, ante,
circum, in, inter, per, post, prope,
object of prepositions ab, cum, de,
ex, in, sine, sub
personal: ego, tu, nos, vos (nominative, dative, and
accusative only)
interrogative: quis (nominative only), quid
(nominative and accusative only)
ADJECTIVES: Declensions I and II
noun/adjective agreement
interrogative quot
numbers: cardinal numbers unus-decem, Roman
numerals I-X
ADVERBS: bene, male, hodie, non, semper
interrogative cur, ubi
positive forms from first and second declension
CONJUNCTIONS: aut, et, quod, sed, ubi
ROMAN LIFE: city of Rome, e.g., Forum, Circus
Maximus, Colosseum; basic housing, e.g., villa,
cubiculum, atrium; clothing, e.g., toga, tunica,
stola; Roman household, e.g., pater, mater, servus,
THEMATIC VOCABULARY: animals, e.g., equus,
canis, porcus, feles
ORAL LATIN: e.g., Salve, Quid agis? Quid est nomen
tibi? Quis est? Quid est? Salve! Salvete! Vale!
Valete! Ita vero; Minime
DERIVATIVES: English words based on Latin roots,
prefixes and suffixes, e.g., agriculture, aquarium,
portable, lunar, octet
e.g.; e pluribus unum; tempus fugit; N.B.; carpe
diem; a.m.; etc.