Latin III - The Covenant School

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 Latin III Sean McDermott [email protected] 434.220.8111 Course Description: Latin III starts with ample review of Latin grammar and vocabulary learned in Latin I and Latin II. The students will next complete a thorough study of grammatical topics before finishing the year reading Caesar and Ovid. The first semester will focus on grammatical structures, particularly the subjunctive mood, indirect speech, gerunds and gerundives, and special noun uses. During this study, the students will begin to focus on translation, using their new grammar topics to understand Latin passages better. To put these new grammatical topics into practice, they will read the Latin Vulgate and even parts of the Roman historian Livy. The second semester is dedicated to the translation of Latin texts. The class starts reading hexameter poetry of Ovid and then Caesar, paying attention to his grammatical formulations and rhetorical devices. Studying grammar and reading passages from the original authors offers many occasions for the class to encounter the rich history and culture of the ancient Romans. This provides a fertile ground for conversation about rhetoric and persuasion, the utility of language, and the different desires of societies. By looking at the past through a detailed study of grammar and language, the students are forced to interact with their own culture through the ancient lens of the Romans. Course Objectives: First Semester: •
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Show master of Latin I and II grammar and vocabulary in charts and translation. Form and translate the subjunctive mood in all four tenses Form and translate the different subjunctive uses including jussive, purpose clauses, result clauses, cum clauses, and noun clauses Identify, form, and translate clauses in different sequence of tenses Identify and translate different uses of the ablative absolute Form and translate gerunds and gerundives Relate the process of making Medieval manuscripts and the significance of manuscripts within the Western Tradition Recall major dates and characters from the Roman Republic Second Semester: •
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Identify and form dactylic hexameter Recall certain rhetorical devices used by Ovid Translate and identify form and function within the story of Echo and Narcissus Compare and contrast Echo/Narcissus with Procris/Aurora Identify and examine the different types of loves within the Western Tradition Recall important dates and characters within the history of Julius Caesar Translate and identify form and function within the story of Echo and Narcisssus Materials/Supplies: Textbook: Latin for Americans Level 2 Student Edition [Hardcover] Latin for Americans Level 2 Workbook (supplied) ISBN-­‐13: 978-­‐0078281761 ISBN-­‐13: 978-­‐0078292262 Binder with lots of paper Note cards Grading/Assessment: Tests and projects (40%) – There will be approximately two tests and one project each semester. Tests will usually fall on Tuesdays and include seen and unseen translations, form charts, multiple choice and matching sections. Projects will include papers, presentations, and group activities. Quizzes (30%) – There will be a quiz each Friday, including weeks with a test. Quizzes will be short and include vocabulary and grammar review. While focusing on the week's lesson, they will always have a couple of questions from previous lessons. Homework (20%) – Homework is graded on effort. If the student has tried to complete the assignment and shown their work, they will receive a perfect score. If the student fails to turn in the homework the day it is due, they will receive a zero; they may turn it in at the next class for half credit. Participation (10%) – Each student will be expected to follow class rules, behave with respect towards other students and teachers, and actively participate in class. Active participation presumes taking part in conversation, asking questions when needed, and always giving a try. Calendar: September Extensive Review January Early Roman History Gospel of Luke February Subjunctive Mood and Uses Ovid's Metamorphoses Ovid's Metamorphoses October March Deponent Verbs Caesar's Gallic Wars Sequence of Tenses History of Caesar, End of Republic Medieval Manuscripts April November/December Caesar's Gallic Wars Indirect Speech May Gerunds and Gerundives Virgil Republic History Exams Exams Rules/Expectations/Policies: • Students are expected to bring their Latin textbook, binder, and pens/pencils every day. • Students are expected to be in their seat in their assigned seats when the bell rings. They are expected to remain seated unless they have permission to get up. • So that each student can be heard, students are expected to raise their hands and wait to be recognized before speaking. Parent Signature: Student Signature: ________________________________ ____________________________ 
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