{About Latin 1}

Welcome to Latin 1 for 8th graders!

This course will review and reinforce previously learned material and intends to improve our ability to read and understand Latin via translation. We will read stories in Latin about mythology, culture, and the travels of Ulysses. For this course, you will need the following: 1) Latin for Americans: First Book – lent to you by the school and 2) a 3-ring binder at least 1 1/2 inches thick with 7 dividers.

Your Binder: You need a 3-ring binder (at least 1 1/2” thick) that has 7 dividers labeled:

1. Review Material

2. Unit VII

3. Unit VIII

4. Unit IX

5. Unit X

6. Unit XI

7. Miscellaneous: Project Descriptions, Scavenger Hunts, Substitute Work, Loose Paper, Etc. (MISC)

Grading Policy Per Term:

70% = quizzes and tests (tests count as two quiz grades; pop/mini quizzes count as half a quiz grade)

10% = term projects and binder (up to four projects assigned throughout the year; for terms with no projects, binder checks will be worth the full 18%; see description for binder above)

20% = homework, classwork/participation/preparedness

Throughout the year, the student will:

• Continue to explore basic Latin grammar and vocabulary.

• Learn the following aspects of Latin grammar:

o Nouns: 3rd declension neuter; 3rd i-stems (all genders); 4th declension; 5th declension

o Adjectives: interrogative; irregular of the 1st and 2nd declension; 3rd declension; hic, ille, is; mille; idem; ipse; 3rd personal reflexive; comparison of regular and irregular adjectives

o Adverbs: Formed from 3rd declension; comparison of adverbs

o Verbs: possum; present and future participles; formation and use of the infinitive

o New case usages: • ablatives: of manner, time when, time within which, of respect, ablative absolute • accusatives: of time how long, extent of space, as subject of infinitives • dative with adjective

o the components of a complex sentence (i.e. subordinate clauses): participial phrases as clauses; indirect discourse; ablative absolute; relative clauses

• Use various customized worksheets and charts intended to improve our understanding of Latin grammar

• Work with other students during and outside of class to improve his/her understanding of Latin and Roman culture

• Continue learning about Roman culture and history

• Improve translation abilities by reading various passages in the textbook as well as additional material

• Participate in class discussions about the many images and stories in the textbook

Reading and Translating Latin: The main textbook provides passages in Latin that allow us to improve our ability to translate Latin into grammatically accurate English.

Expanding Vocabulary and Understanding Greek and Latin roots through DO NOWS and worksheets.

Exploring Classical History, Culture, Etc.

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