2012-2013 Latin 2 CP Course Description. Latin 2 College Prep 2012-2013 Contact info: Dr. Donal McGay Radnor High School Email : [email protected] (preferred) Phone : 610-293-0855 ext. 3660. Curriculum Vitae. B.A. in Greek and Latin, cum laude , Gettysburg College
Welcome back to school and, more importantly, welcome to Latin 2! The following guidelines will ensure that you begin the year on the right foot. Please read the syllabus and course expectations carefully and share them with your parents. Please also sign the end of the document.
Latin 2 offers a more in-depth study of the language, history, myths and culture of the Romans. After a review of Latin 1, we will continue reading Latin right away as we follow a typical, yet fictitious, Roman family called the Cornelii who lived in the first century AD. Through each of their episodes, we will learn about the ancient Roman way of life while picking up the language. Moreover, on “NLE days,” we will explore the history, myths and culture of the Romans.
Quarterly Schedule derivatives
Review of Latin 1
Unit IV: chapters 18-21
begin Unit V: chapters 22-23
Project: Ancient Dress-Up Day
Unit V: chapter 24
Unit VI: chapters 25-27
Project: TBD, but get started on the PCS project.
Third Quarter derivatives :
Unit VII: chapters 28-33
National Latin Exam
+ Medusa Myth Exam
Project: Annual Philadelphia Classical Society Competition
Unit VIII: chapters 34-37
Unit IX: chapters 38-39, time permitting
Assessments derivatives : On HAC, the “Assessment” category includes assessments of grammatical concepts, forms, reading comprehension passages, translations, projects (see below) and may also include culture sections. There will be a test per each unit, following the completion of each review chapter in the textbook. Every Block Day we will have an assessment.
Projects &Presentations: Time permitting, one project or presentation will be assigned each quarter. These will include a Dress-Up As an Ancient Day, the annual Philadelphia Classical Society Project, poster projects, models, PowerPoints, and others.
Homework derivatives :
Homework is a necessary tool for reinforcing language concepts, and for preparing for assessments. Think of HW as practicing Latin, much in the same way you would practice a musical instrument or practice drills in sports. HW is never busy work! All HW should be written in the composition book, unless otherwise stated. HW that should be in the composition book, but isn’t may be subject to a penalty.
Scoring: Each student will start with 100 points total for each quarter. (Yeah! You already have an A!!! )
No credit will be given for missed, late, unexcused or not properly done homework.
“Properly” done HW means  the HW is ready on time at the beginning of class,  all of the HW was attempted conscientiously. No late HW will be accepted. And again, if you don’t remember what the assignment is, check the Latin 2 HW page on the web!!!
Your class Homework Page on my Website you have a special HW page dedicated to your class.
There should never be any blank stares, mouths agape, protests or other displays of confusion over what the assigned HW is. You should never be at a loss since we have this page !!! Ignorance is not an excuse.
Class derivatives Participation:
All students are expected to behave like good citizens and participate actively in class. This includes appropriate student behavior: e.g., arriving to class on time, sitting in your assigned seat, being eager to stay in class (instead of looking for reasons to leave), volunteering answers (always by raising a hand), volunteering answers (always by raising a hand), asking questions, giving examples, and voicing concerns or uncertainty.
Class derivatives Participation:
No character Assassination…It’s OK to be brilliant, and it’s also OK to need clarification during a lesson, but it is not OK to keep silent when something doesn’t make sense. Remember, if you do not understand something, there is a strong possibility that someone else in the class also does not understand (there are no “dumb” questions!). We will have an encouraging and fruitful class environment in which students will not be afraid to contribute and ask questions.
Class derivatives Participation (continued):
Scoring: All students will start with a 100% participation record, and will have to maintain that 100% by behaving like good citizens and participating actively in class. A value of 5 points will be deducted for every incident of inappropriate or disruptive action or speech.
Minimize the times you need to leave the classroom to go to the bathroom, locker, nurse, etc. You should not need to excuse yourself more than four times per quarter. Sign out on list. No food or drink in class, especially disposable plastic bottles. Let’s save the environment!
Cell phone use during instructional time is a distraction and means you are not giving your full, undivided attention to the study of Latin. It also means you are not participating in class. Ergo, cell phone use is prohibited in class and will incur the following consequences: loss of 2 percentage points from your participation grade for each infraction.
NLE Days derivatives
The last ¼ of Block Days or NLE days, we will discuss Roman mythology, legends, history, culture, and other non-grammar topics. We will also use these days to prepare for the National Latin Exam and the Medusa Mythology Exam which are given in the spring. The other days of the week we will concentrate on learning the Latin language.
NB: I will put two or three questions from the information discussed during NLE days on the weekly quizzes.
Latin: Carpe diem!
English: Seize the day!
Authorship: Quintus HoratiusFlaccus, aka “Horace” (65 bce – 6 bce) – famous Augustan Age poet and Epicurean
Derivatives: carpal, carpal tunnel syndrome, metacarpal; diary, quotidian, diurnal, per diem
Your Interpretation: Carpe really means “to pluck” a flower or piece of fruit off a tree, so Horace suggests that we should make the most out of the day as if we were enjoying the smell of a flower or the sweet taste of a fresh fruit.