Latin I pacing

Sioux Falls School District
Latin I
October 2010
Course Description
Students will read words, phrases and simple sentences and associate them with pictures
and other words, phrases or sentences. The class will focus on recognition and the
reproduction of Latin sounds. The textbook follows the life of the Cornelius family in
order for students to gain basic knowledge of the daily life of the ancient Romans.
Culture days will focus on the accomplishments of the ancient Romans. Students will be
able to use their knowledge of Latin in other subjects and increase their knowledge of
English. Students will demonstrate language competency through written achievement
evaluations and written performance assessments. Significant tasks are on the following
topics: Pompeii, a god or goddess, an emperor and a Roman myth.
Course Guide
Standards for Classical Language Learning
Goal 1
Communicate in a Classical Language
Standard 1.1 Students read, understand, and interpret Latin or Greek.
Standard 1.2 Students use orally, listen to, and write Latin or Greek as part of the
language learning process.
Goal 2
Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Greco-Roman Culture
Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of
Greek or Roman culture as revealed in the practices of the Greeks or Romans.
Standard 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of
Greek or Roman culture as revealed in the products of the Greeks or Romans.
Goal 3
Connect with Other Disciplines and Expand Knowledge
Standard 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines
through their study of classical languages.
Standard 3.2 Students expand their knowledge through the reading of Latin
or Greek and the study of ancient culture.
Goal 4
Develop Insight into Own Language and Culture
Standard 4.1 Students recognize and use elements of the Latin or Greek language
to increase knowledge of their own language.
Standard 4.2 Students compare and contrast their own culture with that of the
Greco-Roman world.
Goal 5
Participate in Wider Communities of Language and Culture
Standard 5.1 Students use their knowledge of Latin or Greek in a multilingual
Standard 5.2 Students use their knowledge of Greco-Roman culture in a world
of diverse cultures.
After a 1 day introduction to the class, book, the teacher, policies and procedures,
students will spend approximately 6 days per chapter in unit 1 which covers chapters
1-7. This allows sufficient time to learn vocabulary words, translate the chapter story,
and complete the textbook exercises and the corresponding workbook pages before
taking both the vocabulary and grammar test. On the vocabulary tests, students are
given the Latin words and need to write the English meaning and the part of speech.
Time is also spent on mandatory test and quiz corrections in order for students to
continue to build as strong a base as possible before adding new concepts.
Unit II encompasses chapters 8-12 and requires approximately 7 days per chapter to
learn vocabulary words, translate chapter stories, complete textbook exercises and the
corresponding workbook pages before taking the chapter assessments. Students are
given Latin words on the vocabulary tests and need to write the correct English
meaning. Chapter tests emphasize grammar, correct usage of Latin and translating
from Latin to English. Mandatory test and quiz corrections continue.
Unit III is the most difficult unit of the year and approximately 7-8 days per chapter
are allotted to mastering the new content. Students continue to learn vocabulary,
translate the continuing story of the Cornelius family, complete textbook exercises
and supplement their learning with the workbook activities. Extra exercises and
practice are often required in order for students to fully understand the agreement of
nouns and adjectives across declensions. Vocabulary quizzes are now reversed, with
the students giving the correct Latin words for the English listed on the quiz.
The emphasis changes to verbs, an increased vocabulary list and translating longer
passages from Latin to English in Unit IV. Approximately 7-8 days per chapter are
needed for the students to fully prepare for the chapter tests. The pattern of
vocabulary mastery, chapter story translation, textbook exercises and workbook
activities is continued. English words are given on vocabulary quizzes and the
students write the Latin words.
One day per month is spent on a cultural emphasis as opposed to the Latin language.
These days are typically unannounced and include a variety of topics such as
Pompeii, Roman games, Spartacus, pomegranates, Hercules, Happy Birthday Rome,
Julius Caesar Scavenger Hunt, Roman banquet, chariot races, Lupercalia, Saturnalia,
etc. Material learned from culture days is used on semester tests to help students
compare and contrast modern society to the Romans as well as appreciate the
contributions of the Romans.
The remaining days of the year, approximately 13, are spent on presentation of
quarterly projects, review, unit tests and semester tests. Unit tests can take 2 days and
include vocabulary tests, grammar tests and take home translation tests. There are
review exercises prior to each unit test. Only written, not verbal, components are
used in assessments. The focus is on the correct usage of Latin grammar and
translating from Latin to English. Word study exercises, which focus on the linkage
of Latin words to English derivatives are also included in each unit and are completed
outside of class.
Et Cetera
Specific information regarding vocabulary, quarterly projects, and class updates are
posted regularly on a website:
Extra credit is offered to any student who finds Latin used today. Students write the
Latin phrase, its meaning and where it was found on a Latina Momenta sheet posted
on the bulletin board.
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