Latin I

Course Description


Full-year course. This introductory course is designed to excite students about Latin and give them a foundation for continued study in high school or at the college level. Over the course of the academic year, students will encounter Latin through a rich reading of Roman culture. Students will read, understand, and interpret Latin. To achieve these means, they will use and develop oral, listening, and writing skills. Students can expect to hear, speak, and translate Latin. Students will use skills in the following areas and build global competency skills for future careers and experience based on the World-readiness Standards for Learning Languages from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required texts:

  • SPQR Coursepack; provided by the instructor.
    • The SPQR Course Packet contains original thematic units that teach grammar, vocabulary, history, and culture.  Students will encounter Roman authors including Vergil, Livy, and Ovid in adaptation and excerpts, as well as funerary/monumental inscriptions from the archaeological record of the ancient world.
    • SPQR follows a Roman family living under the Emperor Hadrian. Students will learn about ancient Roman social norms by following the story of the family as they try to assimilate an unexpected family member from Britannia, the western frontier of the empire. Themes that will be explored in the packet are the Roman family, Roman attitudes towards women, children, slavery and the other, Roman engineering, geography of the ancient world, Roman education, and Greco-Roman mythology.
  • Reader, TBD

Class meets three times per week.

Class cap: 15 students.

Designed for grades 7-11.

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Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Foreign Languages credit upon completion of this course.

Note: We do not offer a delayed section for this course due to the live interaction that is key to learning language.