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Analysis of Texts. Latin IV . What is it?. To analyze a text is to express the results of critical and reflective thinking . Comprehension , translation , and contextualization provide the foundation for the analysis of Latin texts. Unification of two things:

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Analysis of Texts

Latin IV


What is it?

  • To analyze a text is to express the results of critical and reflective thinking.

  • Comprehension, translation, and contextualization provide the foundation for the analysis of Latin texts.

  • Unification of two things:

    • Careful consideration of details

    • Development of a clear and coherent argument.

      • Which explains HOW those details ILLUSTRATE an idea, theme, or concept.


How do you develop this?

  • By citing and explicating relevant examples from the Latin text and, if necessary, from the required readings in English

  • Analyze the importance of language usage and elements of literary style for the meaning of the text

  • Make inferences about AND draw conclusions from the text.


Where do you find analysis?

  • Essays

  • Other written responses

  • Class discussions


What might it involve?

  • Comparing features of two Latin texts

  • Calling upon contextual knowledge

  • Incorporating information from the readings in English


Learning objectives and evidence statements for analysis of texts

  • This is “AP speak” for identifying two things

    • What it is you should be able to do (objectives)

    • Proof that you are able to do it (evidence)

  • These are the criteria AP readers use to determine where you fall on the spectrum of Latin IV students (i.e. whether you get a 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1).


Primary objective: the student analyzes linguistic and literary features of one or more Latin texts.

  • The student develops clear and coherent arguments in English about the Latin texts.

    • Use of coherent structure and logical development

    • Use of relevant examples from the Latin text(s) to support the student’s argument

    • Use of relevant examples from readings in English and class discussions to support the student’s argument

    • Articulation of conclusions and inferences based on textual features or contextual knowledge (e.g., imagery, characterization, knowledge of Roman culture, knowledge of other Latin literature).


Primary objective: the student analyzes linguistic and literary features of one or more Latin texts.

  • The student analyzes the effects of language usage and stylistic features in Latin texts

    • Analysis of the effects of language usage (e.g., word choice, ambiguity, word order)

    • Analysis of the effects of stylistic features (e.g., characterization, rhetorical strategies, poetic devices)

  • The student analyzes the Latin texts based on knowledge of products, practices, and perspectives of Roman culture

    • Analysis of the Latin texts based on knowledge of Roman culture (e.g., use of cultural products such as the signa; cultural practices such as military techniques, cultural perspectives such as virtus, dignitas, pietas, auctoritas)


Achievement level descriptions

  • Just like it sounds, these are the criteria that indicate whether you score a 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1.


Achievement level breakdown

  • Every single essay is graded based on how well you achieve the following:

  • Development of an argument

  • Use of Latin textual examples

  • Inferences and conclusions

  • Analysis of language usage and stylistic features

  • Use of contextual knowledge

  • See the handout for the achievement level descriptions.


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