Description of Latin IV

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Policy Sheet for Latin IV for College Credit
Latin IV is a college level course for a possible 6 college credits from St. John’s
University. The course actually consists of two parts. The first semester consists of
prose selections from Caesar and Cicero, while the second semester consists of selections
from Vergil’s Aeneid. Most of the relevant grammar for reading these works will have
been covered through completion of Latin 3 and the emphasis will be on reading. We
meet twenty times per quarter. We will cover two passages per five day cycle with a test
every fifth day of the cycle. Two of the class periods per five day cycle will be devoted
to in class independent reading of the assigned texts. Two class periods will consist of
discussion of the texts and will also be filled with exercises of varied natures intended to
supplement knowledge of the grammar and syntax needed for the understanding of those
texts and for review for the test which will occur during every fifth class. Each test
requires a detailed familiarity with the language of each passage that will be tested
through translation, identification and explanation of key grammatical concepts, as well
as by an essay that tests one’s comprehension of the text. The goal is to achieve mastery
of the assigned texts. In addition to reading the required texts in Latin each student who
takes the course for college credit will be required to read four scholarly articles on
related topics per quarter and write two two page papers that explain the main
conclusions of the articles they have read. Each semester will include a final exam
which will be comprehensive and retain the format of the earlier exams.
REQUIRED MATERIALS:
The texts for the first semester will come from supplementary handouts, commentaries,
and websites as necessary. I have prepared study packets that have all the required
readings as well as a worksheet to complete for each reading. There are numerous
helpful websites to consult for commentary. Each student who has a laptop, tablet,
etc. is encouraged to bring it to class and should share with anyone who doesn’t have
one. It would be monumentally silly not to take advantage of the numerous helpful
websites available. If you have a laptop or tablet you will not need a dictionary as you
can find vocabulary lists online. Otherwise, bring your dictionary! I also encourage the
use of a three-hole punch binder to keep all the handouts organized.
****Please purchase the following textbook for use during the second semester: Pharr,
Clyde, Vergil’s Aeneid Books I-VI: Bolchazy Carducci Publishers, Inc. 1998. ****
The first semester, which corresponds to Lat 2030C, will be based on the AP
curriculum for Caesar and Cicero.
Quarter 1
The first quarter will consist primarily of work done with the .Caesar Workbook . This
workbook includes all of the passages required for the Caesar AP examination as well as
exercises which reinforce learning key grammatical concepts. The following selections
from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico will be read:1.1-1.3, 4.24-4.27, and 6.13-6.20.
Quarter 2
The second quarter will consist primarily of work done with the Cicero Workbook. This
workbook includes all of the passages required for the Cicero AP examination as well as
exercises which reinforce learning key grammatical concepts. It also includes practice
learning key stylistic and rhetorical features of Cicero’s prose.
The following selections from Cicero’s Pro Archia Poeta Oratio will be read: lines 1157 and 376-397
The second semester, which corresponds to Lat 2040C, will be based on the AP
curriculum for Vergil.
Quarter 3
The third quarter will consist primarily of work done with the Vergil Workbook. This
workbook includes all of the passages required for the Vergil AP examination as well as
exercises which reinforce learning key grammatical concepts. It also includes practice
learning key stylistic features of Vergil’s poetry including how to scan dactylic
hexameters and learn to appreciate Vergil’s mastery of this meter. The following
selections from Vergil’s Aeneid will be read: 1.1-131, 1.180-209 , 1.418-440, 1.494-578,
and 2.201-249.
Quarter 4
The fourth quarter will consist primarily of work done with the Vergil Workbook. The
following selections from Vergil’s Aeneid will be read: 4.160-218, 4.259-361, 6.450476, and 6.847-899
Additionally, students will be expected to have read the entire Aeneid in an English
translation in preparation for the final exam and in order to understand the poetry
passages in the context of the poem as a whole.
GRADING
Grading is holistic and based on class participation, homework, and tests. My emphasis
for grading has always been to reward those individuals the most who demonstrate the
most precise understanding of the Latin language in relation to their peers. Tests are the
most objective means to determine this and therefore weigh most heavily when
computing grades. I also believe that students who are engaged in the classroom and
responsible with their homework deserve to be rewarded. Therefore the weighting of
these components is roughly 50% tests vs. 50% participation and homework.
Please make sure you and your parents have reviewed the information above thoroughly and sign
below.
Date:
Parent’s/Guardian’s signature:_____________________________________________
Student’s signature:______________________________________________________
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