Advanced Latin (Latin 5)
Course Description: This course offers instruction in advanced Latin texts, focusing on Augustine’s Confessions, Book 1 and Prudentius’ Psychomachia.
We will have three primary goals:
- To learn to read and translate one of the most prominent of the early church fathers both as a Christian and with an understanding of the way he both interacts with classical literature and deliberately departs from it.
- To learn to read and translate portions of one of the best early Christian poets from the same period with a similar view to both Christianity and classical literature.
- To discuss the content of both works, encouraging dialogue with both authors.
Advanced Latin is repeatable. Each year the class will offer a different author on a three- or four-year rotation.
Placement: Please read more about the Latin placement process here.
• This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Scholé Academy’s Intermediate Latin (Latin 4) course, the Latin Alive! Reader, or an equivalent course of study.
• This course requires students to have a good foundation in Latin grammar (Latin 1, 2, and 3) and to be comfortable reading Latin texts.
• Students taking this course must be self-motivated in study and proactive at identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Previous grammatical and vocabulary material will NOT be systematically reviewed, since that is the purpose of an Intermediate (Latin 4) class. However, the teacher will actively be engaging the students and helping them to identify areas of improvement.
• NOTE: Student should be prepared for a workload that is approximately 75% of that of an AP course. Students interested in a more Scholé approach should take a course similar to that of our Intermediate class.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
STUDENT SKILLS NEEDED:
- Ability to read and follow instructions.
- Ability to respectfully engage with teacher and fellow-students.
- Ability to read, write, and type.
- Ability to write a respectful message to the instructor (for formatting, see below)
- Understanding of basic English Grammar (parts of speech, parts of a sentence)
- Familiarity with Canvas and ability to submit assignments on time, read feedback, and respond to feedback (This should be mastered more-or-less within two weeks of classes. For more, see below.)
- Video on at all times and sound in working order.
- Dressed appropriately.
- Sitting in an upright position.
- Focused on class and not on other activities; willing and able to answer and ask questions.
- Have your homework done well and on time.
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CANVAS SKILLS TO BE MASTERED
- Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be responsible for reviewing teacher feedback, suggestions and comments about student work and employing that feedback as necessary.
- Be able to manage Canvas assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Canvas notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
- Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to respectfully, wisely and formally engage with instructor through private Canvas messaging.
- Be able to respectfully and wisely engage with other students and the instructor on Canvas discussion boards.
EXECUTIVE SKILLS EXPECTED
- Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
- Be able to spell at grade level and employ course vocabulary cumulatively throughout the course.
- Be able to read material independently and identify questions which require clarification or further explanation from the instructor.
- Be able to type short answers in complete sentences.
- Follow class discussions and seminar conversations to record notes without the instructor identifying specifics.
- Be prepared to generate thoughtful questions to enhance the class discussion, to identify areas needing clarification, and to make valuable connections with other course content.
- Be prepared to thoughtfully answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
- Be prepared to volunteer thoughtful comments, answers, and ideas in a group setting, during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led note-taking and record notes during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- Understand the difference between assignments given by an instructor and the necessary and independently initiated need for private study of material.
- Be able to schedule and manage multiple projects from multiple instructors and courses.
- Be able to schedule time outside of class to complete independent review of materials.
- Be able to determine the best places and ways to study at home (i.e. quiet, undistracted, utilizing various methods of review (auditory, written, visual, practice tests, flashcards, etc.).
- Be responsible to study at home for quizzes, tests and other assessments.
• Saint Augustine’s Confessions Book 1 by Joshua C. Shaw (ISBN: 978-1734844306) https://smile.amazon.com/Saint-Augustines-Confessions-Book-Commentaries/dp/1734844302/
• The Psychomachia of Prudentius by Aaron Pelttari (ISBN: 978-0806164021) https://smile.amazon.com/Psychomachia-Prudentius-Commentary-Glossary-Classical/dp/0806164026/
• A notebook for taking notes.
• Physical flashcards are optional, but may be helpful.
Class Preparation: (i.e. what you should do before the first day of class, if possible)
• Read the introductions to both texts and take notes.
• Review Grammar and Vocabulary
• (Optional) Read Augustine’s Confessions in English (see here) https://smile.amazon.com/Confessions-Oxford-Worlds-Classics-Augustine/dp/0199537828/
• (Optional) Read Prudentius’ Physcomachia in English (see here) https://archive.org/details/prudentiuswithen01pruduoft/page/274/mode/2up
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
Edward Kotynski, Chair of Latin Department, grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last fifteen years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited two volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be continuing with Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski drinks coffee, loves reading, helps homeschool his kids, and plays board games. He lives with his wife, six children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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