Field of Study
Latin I is an introduction into the language, culture and history of the Ancient Romans.
The course focuses on Latin grammar, vocabulary and translation with minimal focus on history, culture and pronunciation. Topics Include: Module 1: 1st declension and conjugation (present tense), introduction to the cases. Module 2: More uses of the cases, 1st conjugation imperfect and future tenses, introduction to translation techniques. Module 3: 2nd Declension, Ablative of Means, the Perfect Active System, and Translations. Module 4: 2nd Conjugation Present and Perfect Active, Infinitive, Imperatives and Vocatives, Adjectives and Translations. Module 5: Passive Voice Present System, Ablative of Agent, Questions, ER Adjectives, Adverbs and Translations. Module 6: Perfect Passive System, Connectors, Appositives, Synopses, and Translations. Module 7: 3rd Conjugation Active and Passive all Tenses. Idioms, 3d Declension, Translation of Eutropius’ 2nd Punic War. Module 8: 4th Conjugation Active and Passive, Personal Pronouns, Course Review
Students will complete a variety of assignments including vocabulary/grammar quizzes, translation work files, content connection discussions, translation quizzes and tests and oral quizzes. Some assignments require students to connect Latin to other parts of their life and may have them take photos of houses/buildings in their communities. Students will also keep a handwritten notebook with all vocabulary and grammar notes. Students are expected to complete 4 assignments per week plus notebook entries.
Latin I offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the continued influence of the Roman world on our culture, language, history and government.
At the end of the course, students will be prepared to continue into Latin II.
The Virginia Board of Education has approved Latin I as a course to satisfy the graduation requirements for an advanced studies diploma.
- There are no Prerequisites to this course, but a strong background in English grammar is HIGHLY recommended. (Knowledge of parts of an English sentence: Subjects, Direct and Indirect Objects, Prepositional Phrases etc.)
Course Texts and Materials
- No required textbooks or dictionaries
- Handwritten notebook.