Latin I provides instruction enabling students to discuss the many reasons for learning languages and to develop an understanding of the people who speak or spoke them. Students have opportunities to apply effective strategies for language learning and show a willingness to experience various aspects of the culture(s) studied including foods, sports, and music. Students are able to:
· read aloud in Latin with appropriate pronunciation;
· respond to and give oral directions and commands and make routine requests in the classroom;
· understand and use appropriate forms of address in courtesy expressions;
· ask and answer simple questions;
· comprehend brief written directions and information;
· link Latin vocabulary to English etymology;
· read short narrative texts and respond in Latin and English to questions about the reading passages; and
· write familiar words and phrases in appropriate contexts and respond in writing to various stimuli.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin I (with A, B or C grades recommended)
Latin II provides opportunities for students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to Latin and to participate in conversations dealing with the influence of the classical world on modern culture. Students are able to:
· ask questions regarding activities, tell about daily routines and events, and relate a simple narrative about a personal experience or event;
· interact in a variety of situations to meet personal needs, such as asking permission, asking for or responding to an offer of help, and expressing preferences pertaining to everyday life;
· understand main ideas and facts from simple texts over familiar topics;
· read aloud, in Latin, with appropriate intonation and pronunciation;
· increase etymological skills;
· write short messages that respond to given situations and write letters using culturally appropriate format and style; and
· write simple guided texts on familiar topics.
In addition, students become familiar with major geographical features, historical events, and political structures of the classical world and with different aspects of Roman culture, including the visual arts, architecture, and literature.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin II (with A, B or C grades recommended)
The Latin III course provides instruction enabling students to understand and appreciate other cultures by comparing social behaviors and values of the ancient Roman people. Students are willing to initiate and participate in discussions concerning the Roman culture and language. Students are able to:
· respond to factual and interpretive questions, restate what someone else has said, and give short presentations on cultural topics;
· read for comprehension from a variety of longer authentic materials and read short literary selections, such as simple poetry, short plays, and short stories;
· make judgments about what is read;
· use the language creatively in writing poetry, prose, and essays; and
· write a short well-organized composition on a given topic.
In addition, students become familiar with major historical events, political structures, and value systems of the Roman culture. Using the Latin language where appropriate, they are able to describe different aspects of the culture including: (1) the visual arts, (2) architecture, and (3) literature.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin III (with A, B or C grades recommended)
The Latin IV course provides opportunities for students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to the Latin language, such as presentations to the student body and to parent groups, as well as taking leadership roles in language clubs. Students are willing to participate in conversations dealing with the influence of the classical world on the modern world. They are also able to:
· respond to factual and interpretive questions and interact in a manner that displays knowledge of our classical heritage;
· give presentations on cultural topics, for example traditions, historical events and major historical or artistic figures from the culture;
· paraphrase or restate what someone else has said;
· read for comprehension from a variety of longer authentic materials and make judgments about what is read;
· write well-organized compositions on a given topic; and
· use the language creatively in writing simple poetry and short prose.
Students are aware of the relationship between various art forms in at least one major historical period of the Roman culture as well as the major literary and artistic periods and genres of Roman culture.