Field of Study
Latin III builds upon the grammar, vocabulary and English derivatives learned in Latin I and II and introduces Latin prose and poetry through readings by Caesar, Cicero, Ovid, Catullus and Vergil.
Latin III consists of five modules in which students build upon the knowledge and skills gained in Latin I and II. Students begin the course with an intensive grammar review module, reviewing essential grammar from Latin I and II. Modules 1-5 contain a variety of topics including advanced Latin grammar, Latin vocabulary and English derivatives, and the translation of both Latin prose and poetry. Students also study rhetorical devices, meter and scansion, and literary analysis through selections from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico, Cicero’s In Catilinam, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Catullus’ Carmina and Vergil’s Aeneid. Additionally students will explore various historical and cultural topics such as ancient art, Caesar and Gaul, Cicero and the Catilinarian Conspiracy, as well as the life of Ovid, Catullus and Vergil. A final Review Module prepares students for the final course exam.
Students will complete a variety of assessments including self-checks, multiple choice and short answer questions, Latin to English translation, English writing assignments, project based learning assignments, research papers/projects, essays, oral assessments and discussions. Students are expected to study vocabulary on a daily basis for 10-15 minutes, and students can expect to work 6-10 hours per week on the course including work outside the school day.
All students must complete the final exam at the end of the course. Vacation weeks like Spring Break may not necessarily correspond to the individual student’s school calendar, and students need to plan accordingly to keep up with course deadlines.
The VA Board of Education has approved Latin III as a course to satisfy the graduation requirements for an advanced studies diploma. Please refer to the following requirements: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/approved_courses.pdf
- Successful completion of Latin I and Latin II. Course grades of “C” or above in Latin I and II are strongly advised.
- It is highly recommended that students have a strong knowledge of grammar and vocabulary as well as good listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Course Texts and Materials
- None. Materials will be supplied for the online Latin III course from within the course content.