LATIN II The Covenant School 2012-2013 Syllabus Ms. Stella Bowman, Instructor 434.951.9387 [email protected] I. Course Description Latin is the mother tongue of Western civilization, and a language which teaches order and discipline as the language itself exemplifies these two qualities. We study Latin as a means of better understanding her daughter languages and better preparing students for success in whatever field God leads them to pursue. Advanced Placement Latin (Caesar/Vergil) is a course which stresses and emphasizes reading, translating, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting Latin in the original language. Essentially, this course is equivalent to Latin studies in the fourth through sixth semester at the college level. AP students may receive credits and/or advanced placement in college for passing the AP test* in high school. Check, however, with your college/university to see what kind of credit you will receive, as not all schools accept AP credits. AP SYLLABUS: The course will cover the following lines from the De Bello Gallico and the Aeneid: Required Readings in Latin Caesar, Gallic War Book 1: Chapters 1–7 Book 4: Chapters 24–35 and the first sentence of Chapter 36 (Eodem die legati …venerunt.) Book 5: Chapters 24–48 Book 6: Chapters 13–20 Vergil, Aeneid Book 1: Lines 1–209, 418–440, 494–578 Book 2: Lines 40–56, 201–249, 268–297, 559–620 Book 4: Lines 160–218, 259–361, 659–705 Book 6: Lines 295–332, 384–425, 450–476, 847–899 Required Readings in English Caesar, Gallic War Books 1, 6, 7 Vergil, Aeneid Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 *The date of the 2013 AP Latin Test is Friday, May 10 (afternoon session). II. Course Objectives a. Translate the required passages from De Bello Gallico and the Aeneid which constitute the required reading for the AP Vergil exam given in May b. Improve the ability to read Latin at-sight c. Gain ability to scan and read with meter d. Understand and apply rhetorical, metrical, and stylistic devices used by Latin (and English) poets to enhance their art e. Understand the social, cultural, and political context during which Caesar and Vergil wrote f. Increase Latin (and English) vocabulary g. Recognize the impact of Greek literature on Vergil, and of Vergil on all of post-classical literature h. Learn to write a competent essay that analyzes a given passage in Latin or English. III. Text and Required Supplies a. Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Caesar Selections from his ‘Commentarrii De Bello Gallico’ b. Barbara Boyd, Vergil’s Aeneid Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6 c. Class Reader (will be provided) d. Also required is an English translation of De Bello Gallico and the Aeneid. Students should have a copy of the former which they would have used for their summer assignment. As for the latter, students may choose any unabridged translation of their liking, though I recommend the verse translation of Robert Fitzgerald (1981-1990). IV. Grading a. Class participation: 15% b. Homework: 15% c. Quizzes: 20% d. Papers (including practice essays): 20% e. Tests/Projects: 30% Preparation Students should expect to spend at least 45 minutes a night on homework; an hour if you are a slower worker. In order to finish all the prescribed Latin reading several weeks before the AP exam, students will have 15 - 20 lines on most nights, which we will go over in class the following day. Class Participation An important, though often neglected, part of Latin instruction and learning is the ability to discuss and answer freely. Whether debating what is in Lucretia’s blush or answering the question, “Why is this subjunctive?” all students are expected to participate. I hope to make the classroom a comfortable environment for all. Attendance at mandatory Friday morning sessions will also count towards the participation grade. Homework Each student will be expected to use the Course Pack while translating, being sure to scan all assigned lines, marking grammar that is not the norm (i.e. indicative) or may be tricky, identifying difficult vocabulary words, etc. Students will have a short set of comprehension questions which will be checked. There will also be book outlines for each book of the Aeneid, and smaller assignments that deal with supplementary reading. Quizzes Students should expect to receive one quiz every other week. Quizzes will be comprised of a passage already prepared for class with accompanying grammar questions, scansion, and short answer or essay questions which may deal with themes, motifs, etc. Throughout the year there will also be short sight quizzes which will consist of a short passage from Cicero, Catullus, Ovid, Martial, Sallust, and Pliny that has not been seen before. I will drop the lowest quiz from each trimester. Papers Throughout the year, students will practice writing essays from a variety of old AP test free-response questions in order to learn how to best write an essay for the AP and to get into the practice of writing essays under time constraints. Tests Once every 3-4 weeks, the students will have a test covering approximately one book of Caesar or 250300 lines of Vergil. These tests will cover grammar, translation, literary devices, scanning, and questions on the thematic and structural content. Since quizzes will be given on a regular basis, it will not be too overwhelming for the student to go over the material in preparation for the test. V. Classroom rules a. Be in your seat on time and prepared for class. b. Have respect for those around you. c. Do not be disruptive. d. Ask questions by raising your hand. e. Follow the Honor Code! Plagiarism or cheating will not be tolerated. Be sure to pledge all work either with the word ‘Pledge’ or Hoc opus est meum. f. No food or drink is allowed in class! g. Please use pencils or black or blue pens only. h. Follow the policies set out in the Student Handbook. VI. Make-up/Late Work Policy Consistent daily attendance is imperative to a student’s success in AP Latin. When absent, it is the student’s responsibility to get any missed work or notes upon returning to school. Per the school’s policy each student has one day to make-up homework in the case of an excused absence. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with me in order to make-up a quiz or test. If an assignment is not turned in on time, the grade will drop 10% each subsequent day that it is late. After three days the assignment will receive a 0. You are allowed only one late assignment without penalty. VII. Tips for surviving AP Latin 1) Come to class prepared, i.e., having done your translations/readings for the day and ready to discuss. It is imperative that you are an active participant in the class! This is not a time to do homework in other classes! 2) Prepare your assignment twice, i.e., translate it the first time to look up vocabulary and to analyze the grammar and then re-translate/reread it again to see if you get the meaning. This practice is imperative if you are to develop your translation/reading skills and your understanding of Caesar and Vergil’s style, syntax and content. 3) Get ahead in your translations/readings! You know what lines for which you will be responsible each day, so if you can, get a few days (if not a week) ahead, then all you have to do is review for that particular day. DO NOT GET BEHIND, BECAUSE MOST LIKELY, YOU WILL NEVER GET CAUGHT UP! 4) Take copious notes during the class discussion of the assigned lines. Keep a 3-ring notebook for this purpose. As you prepare your daily assignment, keep a list of names, place names, epithets, mythological names and other titles to help you study for tests. VIII. Early Morning Sessions AP Classes are allowed to meet one morning per week at 730am. AP Vergil will meet on Fridays. These sessions will not be mandatory if we do grammar review. These sessions will be mandatory if I use this time to catch up on assigned lines or get ahead. These mandatory sessions will most often occur in the Spring, though Fall morning sessions have also been utilized. Failure to attend mandatory early morning sessions will result in a participation grade lowered by five points. VIII. Course Calendar (Please note that this is a tentative calendar and may change.) Trimester I: September DBG Latin Book 1.1-7; Book 4.24-30 DBG Book 1 Test October DBG Latin Book 4.31-36.1; Book 5.24-35 Paper on DBG Book 4 November DBG Latin Book 5.36-48 DBG Book 5 Test Paper on DBG Book 5 Trimester II: December DBG Latin Book 6.13-20 (BIG push in order to finish before mid-terms!) Midterms (will focus primarily on latter half of DBG Book 5 and Book 6) January Intro to Vergil/Augustus + Scansion Aeneid Latin Book 1.1-209 Aeneid Books 1 and 2 in English February Aeneid Latin Book 1.418-440, 494-575; Book 2.40-56, 201-249, 268-279 Book 4 in English Aeneid Paper Aeneid Book 1 Test Trimester III: March Aeneid Latin Book 2.280-297, 559-620; 4.160-218, 259-360, 649-705 Aeneid Books 6 and 8 in English Aeneid Books 2 and 4 Test Aeneid Paper April Aeneid Latin Book 6.295-332, 384-425, 450-476, 847-899 Practice AP Test May Review DBG + Aeneid Aeneid Book 12 in English AP Test IX. Extra Help I will be available to assist students during lunch hours, during the 800 – 830 am Office Hours, or after school. It is your responsibility to come to me and set up a time to meet. You can also reach me at school at 434-951-9387. I will also offer extra help sessions (optional) before assessments. These sessions meet at the Barracks Road Barnes and Noble. If before a quiz, we will meet on Monday evening 700-800. If before a test, we will meet Wednesday evening 700-900.