LATIN IV SYLLABUS RIVER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL FALL 2014 Teacher Information Dr. Brian Cherer Room 2115 Email: [email protected] Website: http://mysite.cherokee.k12.ga.us/personal/brian_cherer/SITE/default.aspx Georgia Performance Standards for Advanced Latin In Latin III, students read from authentic Latin poetry and prose texts. Students are introduced to more complex syntactical and grammatical structures. Through the reading selections and class discussions, students learn about the literary and stylistic devices appropriate for either prose or poetry. Concentration is also focused on the philosophic, historic, and cultural aspects relevant to these selections. Students make connections between the ancient strands of mythology, history, literature, and art to those same classical allusions in the modern world. Textbooks Ecce Romani III (3rd ed.) [$52.00] Supplies One section—or, even better, all—of a three-ring binder dedicated to Latin; Notebook paper; 3 x 5 inch index cards with storage box; Pen or pencil. Being organized is crucial for effective learning. Therefore, every Latin student is required to keep all class materials (homework, hand-outs, class notes, quizzes, etc.) in a three-ring binder, so that work can be easily located, deleted, or added throughout the semester. Any work that is ripped out of a spiral notebook or bound composition book will not be graded. Communication All students are asked to sign up for Remind in order to receive mass alerts by text or email. Parents may sign up too. https://www.remind.com/join/drcherer4 Grading Your final course grade will be based on the following weight distribution: Daily Work Quizzes Tests 10% 20% 30% Projects Final Exam 20% 20% Progress Reports Progress Reports will be distributed every six weeks. If the student is failing or close to failing, he/she must return the Progress Report within three days signed by a parent/guardian. Homework The purpose of homework is to provide practice and review of the day’s lesson. All homework should be completed punctually, conscientiously and, of course, should represent your own work. Make-up Policy In case of absence, ask your teacher what you missed and when you can make it up. Be prepared to make-up any previously scheduled tests/quizzes immediately upon your return to class. Hall Passes Requests for hall passes should be reserved for emergencies only. Each request must be documented in the student’s agenda for the week. Excessive requests (more than once or twice per week) will result in loss the future hall passes. Class Rules 1. Take your seat immediately upon entering the room. 2. Clear your desk of all items not directly related to class. 3. Do not eat or drink anything in class, except bottled water. 4. Keep your head up and eyes wide open throughout class. 5. Be respectful of the person, property, and opinions of everyone in class. Consequences First offense—name on board. Warning. See teacher after class. Second offense—check by name. Teacher detention; parents are notified. Third or subsequent offense—two checks by name. Office referral. Teacher Detention Teacher detention will initially be served in the cafeteria during the student’s lunch period. Subsequent detentions will be served in the classroom from 3:40 to 4:30 p.m. on the following Tuesday or Thursday, whichever comes first. Failure to serve any teacher detention will result in automatic office referral. Extra Credit Although extra credit is not awarded upon request, it should be noted that opportunities to earn extra points will regularly appear on homework assignments, quizzes, and tests. If a student needs extra help, the teacher is available most afternoons immediately after school. Please check with the teacher in advance. Disclaimer Please note that everything in this syllabus is tentative and subject to change, if deemed by the teacher to be in the best interest of the class as a whole. Such changes will be duly announced during class.