In middle school Latin III, students will complete Units I-III in Henle Latin: First Year and, in so doing, master the most essential elements of Latin grammar. In order to master the material, they should spend about a half an hour on Latin every day we do not meet for class (i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday). This time spent doing Latin should always begin with some form of memory work—recitation, flashcards, or written drills—followed by the completion of the exercises assigned for the day and ended by the correction of those exercises. The more regularly and rationally Latin is done, the easier and more delightful it will become. Once students have completed this course, they will be fully prepared for high school Latin II and may skip high school Latin I.

Required Materials

  1. Texts:

Henle First Year Latin

Henle First Year Latin Answer Key

Henle Latin Grammar

  1.  Other Materials:

1 sturdy three-ring binder

1 ream of loose-leaf, college-ruled paper

Pens, both blue/black and red, and pencils

An ample supply of flashcards and a box or pouch to contain them

Course Binders

Each student’s binder should have the categories enumerated below.  Please ask Miss Black after class if there is confusion over where to place any given item in your binder.  Remember that binders checked regularly throughout the semester, and collected and graded at the end of each quarter.  Ample warning will be given before the binder is collected, but an organized, methodical binder is an expectation throughout the semester, since it reflects the student’s organized, methodical approach to learning in general.

     Organizing Your Binder

Label the front of the binder with the title of the class, the year, and the instructor’s name.  Each of the follow capital letters represents a labeled divider within the three-ring binder.  

  1. Warm-ups: for Latin phrases or prayers given in class
  2. Notes
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Graded/Returned Work
  5. Extra paper

Course Requirements:

Attendance and Participation: 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. It is the student’s responsibility to ask what warm-up he has missed during his absence. Both perfect attendance and good preparation are critical to success in this course.  

Upon entering the classroom, all students are expected first to sit in their assigned seat, next to set out their completed homework on their desk, and finally to begin copying both their assignment and the daily warm-up from the board.  Ms. Black will begin classroom procedures at the appropriate time. There is no bell.

Binder Checks: There are at least two binder checks per semester, a total of four in the course of the class.

Tests and Quizzes: Assessments are a regular part of this course. Tests will always be worth more than quizzes. While individual accommodations may be made, students should understand that the allotted time for a test or quiz is as much a part of the assessment as the content of the questions.

Grading Procedures: Grades will be calculated according to the following weights:

  1. Homework (50%): Homework will be assigned every class period and checked at the beginning of the following class period. Students will not receive credit for incomplete or sloppily executed assignments. Homework is graded as “full credit,” “half credit, or “no credit”.
  1. Assessments (50%): Tests and quizzes will happen when the teacher determines, but there will be at least three tests each semester. Students will have fair warning (at least a week) before a test.

Expectation of Virtue:

Students are highly encouraged to study together and to discuss what they are learning. It is expected that students will give and receive help and advice from each other. However, this 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 and tests 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.

Tuesday, October 18: Make flashcards of and memorize vocabulary on p. 47; do Exercises 52, 53.  Review all vocabulary–there will be a vocab. quiz on Thursday!


Tuesday, October 25: Make flashcards of and memorize vocabulary on p. 53.  Do Exercises 59, 60, & 61.  There will be a quiz on the 3rd Declension on this Thursday!

Thursday, October 27: Know Nos. 65 and 66 in the grammar book; memorize and make flashcards of the vocabulary on P. 56, and do Ex. 63, 64.

Tuesday, November 1: Make flashcards of and memorize vocabulary on p. 58; do Exercises 65, 68.  There will be a quiz on the 4th declension on Thursday.

Thursday, November 3: Make flashcards of and memorize vocabulary on p. 62.  Know Nos. 69 and 70.  Do Exercise 72 & 73. Quiz on the 5th declension on Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 8: Make flashcards of and memorize vocabulary on p. 64.  Do Exercises 75, 76.  Unit test on the 15th–begin reviewing all vocabulary and all grammar forms!

Thursday, November 10: Review for unit test.  Do Exercises 76, 77.

Tuesday, November 15: Review for unit test!  Do Exercise 83.

Thursday, November 17: Unit test.  No homework.

Tuesday, November 22: Make flashcards of and memorize all vocabulary on p. 73.  Know No. 72.  Do Exercises 84, 85, 86.

Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29: Do Exercises 85 and 86. 

Thursday, December 1: Make flashcards of and memorize vocabulary on p. 76 & 78.  Do Exercises 89 and 90. Quiz on 1st and 2nd Declension adjectives on Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 6: Exercises 91 & 92.  Quiz is moved to Thursday.

Thursday, December 8: Ex. 93 & 94.  Review all flashcards.

Tuesday, December 13: Memorize No. 78 in the grammar.  Make flashcards of and memorize the vocabulary on p. 84.  Do Exercise 97.

Tuesday, January 3: Review all flashcards, declensions, adjectives, and grammar rules.  There will be a test next Tuesday.

Thursday, January 5: Continue reviewing for the test next class!