Intermediate Latin (Latin 4)
This course offers instruction in Latin grammar and reading, building on the foundation laid in Latin 1, 2, and 3. This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Scholé Academy’s Latin 3 course, the Latin Alive! Book 3 text, or an equivalent course of study. In this course, students will complete Latin Alive! Reader, studying at a deliberate pace that aims at mastery and delight. Students will translate the writing of Latin authors from the Roman Republic all the way down to Sir Isaac Newton, while continuing their study of the history and culture of those who wrote. Students will build on their previous Latin grammar and vocabulary while beginning to take ownership in identifying areas of strength and weakness.
Latin 4 offers a diverse set of readings through which the students will review what they already know of Latin grammar and syntax. The goal is to learn to read Latin with facility and get a sense for the variety of genres in which Latin was employed.
Lessons will be supplemented with readings and historical studies that put the language into its ancient context. Parents are encouraged to look through the textbook to get a sense for the variety of auxiliary activities, some of which will be utilized during classes and homework assignments.
Homework will consist of written translations, practice questions, and review for tests. Students will also be encouraged to build their own timeline, based on the historical figures and events we encounter along the way. By the end of the year, they should have developed their own chronological overview.
We plan to read six classical authors (Cicero, Caesar, Phaedrus, Catullus, Vergil, and Ovid) while leaving the remaining readings up to the choice of the students. There is no way to cover all the readings in the book, but we are excited to provide students the unique opportunity to participate in choosing the authors they want to read. The class is designed so that students will be able to transition smoothly to AP Latin Preparation next year. Mastery of previously learned material is of utmost importance.
Note: Classical pronunciation will be used in this class.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in a foreign language.
Placement: Please read more about the Latin placement process here.
Expected Knowledge: Please review the following:
Latin 1-3 Cumulative Vocabulary
Latin 1-3 Grammar
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.
- 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 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 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 and wisely engage with other students and the instructor on Canvas discussion boards.
- Be able to respectfully, wisely and formally engage with instructor through private Canvas messaging.
- Be responsible for reviewing teacher feedback, suggestions and comments about student work and employing that feedback as necessary.
- 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 request a family or peer to edit submissions, but understands these requests should be for the purposes of raising important questions for the student to consider and suggesting minor edits. The student understands that family or peer editors should not be reworking of sentences, redefining terms, building new concepts, building arguments or writing passages for the student.
- Be able to employ the feedback of the instructor into future edits and submissions of the assignment.
- Be able to self-edit written submissions for grammar and spelling mistakes.
- Be able to identify key terms in a passage, and follow the author’s argument.
- Be able to listen to the author’s argument and understand it even if the student disagrees with the conclusion reached or reasons given.
- Be able to read material independently and identify the information which might be relevant to course discussions and objectives (even if the student doesn’t fully understand all of what’s being read).
- Be able to mark, underline or highlight important words, definitions or concepts within a text being read both while reading independently and reading corporately as a class.
- 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 along with instructor-led note-taking and record notes during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- 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.
- 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.
- Follow class discussions and seminar conversations to record notes without the instructor identifying specifics.
- Be responsible to study at home for quizzes, tests and other assessments.
- 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.).
- Latin Alive! Reader: Latin Literature from Cicero to Newton (Student Edition)
- A notebook for taking notes
- Physical flashcards are optional, but may be helpful
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
The instructor will be adapting and augmenting the curriculum as she sees best for the learning objectives of the course. Some vocabulary has been modified and the textbook readings adapted. Students should know that we will not be completing every exercise and reading available in the book. Additional materials provided by the instructor may include worksheets, games, and spoken Latin activities. Students should be prepared to regularly print PDF files supplied by their teacher well in advance of the class in which they will be used.
Danae McGregor Edsall holds a B.A. in Classical Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Literature and Latin from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. Danae’s own background in the public, home, and private school traditions has provided her with a unique perspective on the intricacies of each system. She has taught in a variety of education models, including private, homeschool co-op, collaborative, classical, and subject-specific tutoring. Her teaching experience spans nearly all levels of education from primary to secondary school. Danae finds her deepest joy in teaching the Humanities, including English, Composition, Logic, Literature, History, Poetry, and most especially, Latin. Most recently, she taught Latin for five years and served one year as the Foreign Language Department Chair at a private school in northern Virginia, where she oversaw the administration of the Spanish, French, and Latin programs for the school. Danae believes that language plays a beautiful and powerful role in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Whether through reading well-known stories or writing a complex epigram, she is convinced that the study of language offers something for everyone to learn.
Danae currently lives in the mountains of Blacksburg, VA where she enjoys an active and often adventurous lifestyle. She spends much of her time weight training at a local gym, biking around the New River Valley on both road and trail, and hiking on the weekend with her husband. Danae is thankful for the Lord’s providence in her life to infuse her multi-faceted background with greater purpose than she can see, and she is excited to partner with her brothers and sisters in growing Christ’s kingdom through education. firstname.lastname@example.org
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High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
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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