Latin 1A

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Teacher: Helene Ranwez
Date/Time: Monday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 6th, 7th
Department: Foreign Languages
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)

No prerequisites

Salvete! Welcome to the Latin class! A weekly, Monday class of 90mn. This class and all the activities attached to it will powerfully impact all of your other language classes. Your spelling will improve, and you will certainly see growth in your vocabulary. You will discover, in tracking down the origins of 60% of our vocabulary from Latin a new depth to our most common words. Latin and English grammar compliment and support each other, clarifying obscure points in both languages, all the while strengthening your writing skills. Forays into the history of ancient Greece and Rome and the mythology emanating from these two civilizations will broaden and deepen your understanding of English classics and of Western civilization. Word studies and derivatives are emphasized in all levels.

Classes at this level will cover all the basic grammar forms and basic translation skills. We will investigate the early history of Rome, the monarchy under the 7 kings, examine the tales surrounding the gods and goddesses inhabiting Mt Olympus. “One of the most important and far-reaching products of classical culture was the rich legacy of Greco-Roman myths, the stories, characters, and moral lessons of which profoundly influenced the art and literature of later societies, including our own.” (Don Nardo  in Greek and Roman Mythology.) 

Materials needed:

1) Latin Magna Cum Laude, a grammar manual with accompanying workbook which I wrote and which I will make available. This grammar manual will also be used in Latin 1 class.

2) Ecce Romani  I-A (any edition). Can be found “used” on Amazon. This series is used through the 11th or 12th grades. If you plan on continuing Latin, you may prefer to buy Ecce Romani I-A and Ecce Romani  I-B either separately or combined.

3) A 2” binder and a small quantity of lined paper

Class size: minimum  of 2 students

Tuition: $65/month for 9 months

Supply fee: $25/semester

A comprehensive and detailed handout will be available at the Open House specifically listing grammar covered in the coming year.

Preparation for the NLE (the National Latin Exam) will begin this year incorporated into our class time. Students will be guided as to when and at what level they should undertake this exam which is totally voluntary. The preparation, however, which I find very helpful, is part of their curriculum.

For more information or to set up a time to meet, please email me