LATIN IV  SYLLABUS 2018-9                 

Instructor:  S. Ross


Room 335                            

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Office hours:  6th Period in Room 330                

Phone: 354 –6800 ex.3301

Course Description: This course is appropriate for the student prepared to continue the study of Latin, but not at the rigorous pace demanded by the AP course. Latin IV offers the student additional review of the forms and constructions taught in earlier Latin courses which may be accomplished by studying Latin prose and poetic authors such as Cicero, Ovid, Virgil, Plautus, Horace, and Catullus. The primary focus of this course is to introduce the student to holistic Latin texts and their literary analysis. The mythology, history, politics, and culture, which are essential to an understanding of these works, are explored.      Prerequisite:    Latin III                Credit:  1



1) to read, translate and interpret selections ofLatin authors, both prose and poetry 

2)  to learn the art and conventions of Latin rhetoric

3) to develop a greater understanding of the Language through the study of grammar and derivatives

4) to continue to use orally and listen to Latin as part of the learning process

5) to develop an understanding of Roman culture and civilization

6) to reinforce learning through linguistic connections with the Romance languages                           7) to develop an understanding of cultural and historical similarities and difference between the Roman world and the United States. 

8) to comprehended the various schools of Greek philosophy as represented in the works of Cicero

9) to learn and apply various Latin poetic meters

10) to write interpretive essays 

11) to write analytical commentaries on selected passages of Latin authors

Topics: Roman Rhetoric; Roman Political Philosophy; Cicero, Latin, Grammar; Classical Mythology; Roman History; Roman Literature; Linguistic Terms and Figures of Speech; Augustan Authors

Assignments and Assessments: 

A total point system will be used to determine grades. A student’s grade will be comprised of the following:

Quizzes: There will be at least one short quiz per week (each worth 40-60 points) which are designed to assess knowledge of preassigned vocabulary, derivatives, linguistic terms, historical background, preparation for class and reading comprehension.  Some of these quizzes may be unannounced.  Do your Homework and review previously read material! A quiz missed due to an unexcused absence may not be made up.It is the responsibility of the student to reschedule a quiz missed due to an excused absence.

Oral Reading of Latin:  Each day in class prior to translation/reading and discussion individual students are required to read aloud and orally in Latin the assigned passages.  Students are expected to observe correct pronunciation, prose rhythm of Latin poetry.  Each quarter students are required to submit a recording of them reading aloud selections of Latin authors.  These oral readings are also designed to highlight figures of speech such as alliteration, consonance, homoioteleuton, as well as metrics.  

Daily in Class Reading of Latin Authors:  The majority of each classes is devoted to reading and orally translating Latin into English at the rate of approximately 40-60 lines of Latin per week.  The goal is to read the text carefully, understand all grammatical constructions and the precise meaning of all vocabulary in context, provide a literal translation that is sensitive to the Latin syntax, be aware of a representative selection of figures of speech, and provide basic literary analysis in the form of oral discussion. Preparation of the assigned Latin text for class and oral translation and discussion form a significant portion of a student’s grade.  In conjunction with daily oral reading of the Latin and its translation into English the Latin text are discussed in detail from a literary and historical perspectives.  This grade will measure a student’s preparation for class, fluency in Latin, and ability to apply their skills of literary analysis (100-200 points per quarter).

Essays and Commentaries:  Students write several commentaries and formal essays ( page each) of selected topic concerning individual Latin authors.    Each essay or commentary must not only demonstrate the student’s comprehension of the Latin text but also provide literary analysis with a sensitivity to metrics, figures of speech, word order, diction and phonetics (100-200 points). 

Tests: There will be a comprehensive test approximately every four weeks (value 100 points).

Texts:           Ecce Romani III and other material provided by the instructor. 

Materials:    Each student should have a number of pencils and at least one large 3 ringed binder 

     to hold handouts and notes.  Access to the internet is crucial. 


Expectations:  It is expected that students will behave like little saints at all times.