Instructor: Mary Catherine (Katie) Summa
I. Course Description – The Latin II curriculum for CEC students is designed to begin the students’ journey as latinists. This class will cover Henle Units I-III (respectively), which includes the study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. This beginning study of latin will allow students to begin not only the study of the Latin language but also the history, culture, and heritage of Ancient Rome. Students will also be asked to perform recitations of Scripture from preselected passages from St. Jerome’s beautiful work, Bibla Sacra Vulgata, once per semester.
Students, along with work in class, will be required complete 45-60 min of work outside of the classroom at home. This will come in the form of homework that will ground, nourish, and solidify the lesson discussed during the previous class.
II. Required Materials
1.First Year Latin by Robert J. Henle
2. Recommended — Henle Latin: Grammar ($9.50) (ISBN: 9780829401127)
3. Henle First Year Latin: An Answer Key ($7) (ISBN: 9780829412055
B. Other Materials
1. Three-ring binder, dedicated to this course
2. Plenty of loose-leaf, college-ruled paper
3. Spiral notebook for note-taking
4. Pens, both blue/black and red
5. Pencils, #2
III. Course Binders — All items should be dated and presented in chronological order within the appropriate section. Please ask me after class if you do not know where to place any given item in your binder, and remember that binders are collected and graded at the end of each quarter. It is in your best interest to keep your binder orderly year-round.
Each of the follow capital letters represents a labeled divider within the three-ring binder. The Arabic numerals below each capital letter represent the order in which that content should be presented. All material should appear in chronological order within its designated section.
Organizing Your Binder
Warm-ups: Any exercise that we do either before class officially begins or after our initial class recitation for the day. Quizzes and Tests will incorporate these questions from previous warm-ups throughout the year.
C. Master Vocabulary List
IV. Course Requirements
A. All students are expected to attend class unless legitimately excused. If a student must miss a class, he or she has two school days to complete all work assigned on the day which the student missed in addition to all other class work. Both perfect attendance and daily participation are critical to success in this course. All students will contribute daily to class discussion. Students are expected to contribute to the best of their ability in Socratic dialogues as well as when they are called on to do so. While there is no formal grade for participation, students who refuse to contribute or are repeatedly ill-prepared will not only miss the opportunity to engage their colleagues, but will need to spend time discussing the lesson outside of class with Ms. Summa.
Lecture notes, no matter how thorough, are an inadequate substitute for either attendance or active conversation. All students will be seated in their assigned seats when class begins. Students are expected to begin copying their daily assignment and the warm- up before class begins. Ms. Summa will begin classroom procedures at the appropriate time. There is no bell.
B. Course readings:
1. Required texts: See above
2. Additional worksheets or readings: These will be distributed at the end of either Tuesday or Thursday with completion expected the next class session.
C. Memorization: Students should be prepared to recite from memory the following Scripture passages. This will require not just time for memorization but also understanding the tone and meaning that show the author’s intent and purpose. While Scripture is different from poetry or personal writings, it still should be read with the due intent, gravity, and meaning from its source: the Word of God. I will give these passages to you in latin, one month before the designated due date.
Examples of Potential Passages
1. Genesis 1:1-10
2. 1 Samuel 3:7-21
3. Psalm 139
4. Psalm 51
D. Binder Checks: There are two binder checks per semester, four total in the course of the class. These checks count as a test grade, though their point value is a fraction of a unit test.
F. Tests and Quizzes: Assessments are a regular part of this course. Short quizzes will occur regularly and scheduled tests will summarize each unit of study. The ability to complete an assessment within a given time frame is a necessary and valuable skill. While individual accommodations may be made, students should understand that the allotted time for an assessment is as much a part of the assessment as the number, nature, and rigor of the questions.
V. Grading Procedures: Grades will be calculated according to the following weights. At the middle school level, (semester grades are a composite of two quarters (40% each) and the semester exam (20%).) ??? Credits for successful completion are assigned by semester.
VI. Expectation of Virtue: The curriculum at Sacred Heart Academy – especially at the high school level – is exciting, engaging, and ambitious, designed to prepare students for the rigorous environment of post-secondary education and to impart to students a love of literature and communication. This classroom will be an environment in which all those who wish to succeed will be given the resources and the instruction that will enable them to do so.
Students are encouraged to study together and to discuss the art and ideas covered by this course. It is expected that students will give and receive help, advice, and consultation from each other. However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else in any form.
During quizzes, tests, and examinations, students are expected to conduct themselves honorably. Talking or discussion is not permitted during any assessment, nor may you collaborate in any way. Any violation of these expectations will result in both academic and disciplinary consequences.
September 8: Make vocabulary cards, start master vocabulary list, quiz on Thursday
September 10: Exercise 5 on pg. 11 of Henle
September 15: Exercise 6 & 7 on pg. 14-15 of Henle