Latin IV & V

Full-year course. Latin IV and Latin V are offered as a combined course. Students are able to take the course twice and receive full high school credit for each year. The course will alternate between study of the works of Ovid/Catullus (Year A) and Vergil/Caesar (Year B), and it does not matter in which order students take the courses.  Students completing both years will complete the full Latin high school offerings at the Well-Trained Mind Academy and be prepared for ongoing study at the intermediate college level. 

This course differs from Latin I-III in that the primary focus is reading authentic Latin literature, rather than learning grammatical forms. Students will read and interpret works written by Roman authors in their original form.  New vocabulary will be introduced in the context of these works of literature, and unfamiliar words are defined on the same page in the text, allowing students to read for understanding. Students will identify and review grammatical structures and rhetorical devices employed by these authors, analyze themes found in their works, and understand the historical, societal, and religious contexts in which the works were written.  In achieving these means, they will use and develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Students can expect to read, write, hear, and speak Latin in this course.

Prerequisite: Latin III; Latin IV/V Placement Test

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  • Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)
  • Click here to purchase the course text.
    • Mueller, Hans-Friedrich.  Caesar: Selections from His Commentarii de Bello Gallico.ISBN: 978-0-86516-752-0
    • Boyd, Barbara Weiden.  Vergil's Aeneid: Selections From Books 1, 2, 4, and 6.ISBN: 978-0-86516-752-0
    • Nousek, Debra L. and Rose L. Williams. A Caesar Workbook. ISBN: 978-0-86516-753-7
    • Boyd, Barbara Weiden and Katherine Bradley.  A Vergil Workbook. ISBN: 978-0-86516-774-2
  • Class meets three times a week for 50-55 minutes, or twice per week for one hour and fifteen minutes.
  • Class cap: 15 students.
  • Designed for grades 8-12.
  • Students in grades 7-12 may be awarded 1 World Languages credit upon completion of this course.
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