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Latin 1

Placement Information

Placement Process
One critical factor for restful learning is the proper placement of students. If you are unsure which level is the best fit for your student, reach out to the instructor you are considering. Once registered, anticipate contact regarding placement evaluations from instructors by May 15th and throughout the summer. Students must be registered to enter the placement process. Early placement exams may allow time for tutoring or additional review based on the outcomes. See more about placement evaluations in our Student-Parent Handbook.

Latin Placement Process
For registered students, please anticipate contact regarding placement evaluations from instructors by May 15th and throughout the summer. Students must be registered in a Latin course to receive a placement assessment. Latin classes have a detailed and specific placement process.
Learn more about the Latin placement process here.

Latin 1 provides students with a clear introduction to Latin grammar and reading that aims to delight them and cultivate in them the wonder of language. Students study noun declensions, verb conjugations, tenses, and other parts of speech such as adjectives, prepositions, and adverbs. They begin studying and translating adapted, original Latin paragraphs featuring the Roman historian Livy. Students also learn some of the history and culture of ancient Rome. Latin 1 teaches over 500 Latin vocabulary words and imparts an understanding of many English words derived from Latin. The primary text the students use will be the the award-winning text, Latin Alive! Book 1, the first of three books in the Latin Alive! series (For a closer look at the text used in this course, please follow this link and click “Look Inside”: Latin Alive! Book 1). 
 
Please note: This course requires Version 3.0 of the text.

  • Instructors use a Classical pronunciation, but students with an Ecclesiastical pronunciation are welcome.
     
    Placement:
  • Students entering Latin 1 do not need a placement evaluation as long as they meet the age/grade parameters for this course. 
  • This course is designed as an introductory Latin course; no prior Latin instruction is required. It is also recommended for students who have completed some introductory Latin or studied Latin roots and are ready to embark on a formal study of the language. Students should be able to study independently and be ready to memorize grammar and vocabulary (around 20 words per week) besides completing homework assignments.
     
    High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
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Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

  • Latin Alive! Book 1 Version 3.0 (Student Edition)
  • A notebook for taking notes
  • Physical flashcards are optional, but may be helpful.

Older versions of the student edition are_ not _compatible with the course.

The instructors will be adapting and augmenting the curriculum as they see best for the learning objectives of the course. Additional materials provided by the instructors may include worksheets, games, and spoken Latin activities. As such, 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.

_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 in class. _

Amanda Reeves has a BA in Greek and Latin from Stanford University, where she received recognition in her department for both her enthusiasm for the classical world as well as her excellence in scholarship. In her 10+ years as an educator, she has fiercely held to the belief that every student can fall in love with Latin and has celebrated each of the many times it has happened in her classroom. As Dean of the Lower School at Scholé, she supports teachers as they develop classrooms and curricula to help Scholé’s youngest students cultivate a love of learning in their pursuit of restful classical education. Having learned Latin online as a homeschooled student, Amanda is passionate about distance learning and enjoys integrating traditional grammar and translation methods with spoken Latin to produce the best educational experience for her students. When she is not traveling the world, she can be found in New Haven, Connecticut, waxing poetic about the Parthenon Marbles and Stanford football, always with a strong cup of coffee in hand. magistrareeves@gmail.com

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. ejkotynski.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Tyrone Benson loves language and studied classical languages throughout his undergraduate and graduate careers. He holds a B.A. in Bible and Educational Ministry (double major), an M.A. in Christian Education, and an M.A. in Theology. While in Bible college, before graduating _summa cum laude _as the valedictorian of his class, he relished four semesters of Biblical Greek, received the distinguished Greek award, and served as lead campus tutor of Biblical Greek. Afterwards, while engaging the classical theological disciplines as a graduate level seminary student, he studied both further Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew, from which studies he naturally transitioned into the study and teaching of classical Latin.
Although a lifelong student of various disciplines (even as a magister “teacher,” he ever remains a discipulus “student”), Mgr. Benson is currently focusing on the Latin language, particularly its spinal role within a classical liberal arts curriculum, linking language(s) to history, literature, and theology. For six years, he has been using the Latin texts of Classical Academic Press in teaching Latin out of his love for learning. Having been drawn to Scholé Academy by this very love, he seeks to instill a similar love in all his students. magisterbenson.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Parker Moore has been teaching in an online, classical Christian school setting since 2021, and loves the role of teaching younger minds in a classical, online format. Parker is himself a homeschool graduate, coming from a family of nine, homeschooled students.
After graduating in 2013, Parker went on to pursue a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Biblical Exposition, both from Liberty University. He began a PhD in Public Policy, with a focus on political theory and philosophy, in 2021, which is to be completed at the end of 2024.
In addition to his studies, Parker also enjoys books, strong coffee, strength training, and music, having toured the U.S. and Canada with his family band in previous years. Sharing his love of both Latin and the humanities is something which he counts as a great blessing from God, and which he looks forward to at the start of every class. magister.parkerawmoore@gmail.com

Quarter 1

  1. Building blocks: alphabet, pronunciation & names
  2. 1st conjugation verbs, Present tense
  3. Nouns: 1st & 2nd declensions
  4. Cases: Nominative, Accusative & Dative
  5. Unit 1 Reading & Review
  6. Adjectives: 1st & 2nd declension
  7. Irregular verb: esse

Quarter 2

  1. Verbs: 2nd conjugation, Present system
  2. Perfect tense
  3. Ablative case
  4. Nouns: 3rd declension
  5. Genitive case
  6. Verbs: 3rd conjugation
  7. Units 2-3 Reading and Review

Quarter 3

  1. Imperatives
  2. Vocative case
  3. Unit 4 Reading & Review
  4. Irregular verbs: ire, ferre, posse
  5. Pronouns: personal, intensive & demonstrative
  6. -īus adjectives
  7. Unit 5 Reading & Review
  8. Cardinal & ordinal numbers

Quarter 4

  1. Reflexive pronouns & adjectives
  2. More pronouns: relative & interrogative
  3. Adverbs
  4. 4th conjugation verbs
  5. The Perfect system: Pluperfect and Future Perfect tenses
  6. Nouns: 4th & 5th declensions
  7.  Units 6-7: Reading & Review

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-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.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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

Red checkmarkZoom: 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.

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