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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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What is it
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
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
Where do you find analysis?

  • Essays

  • Other written responses

  • Class discussions


What might it involve
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
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
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 texts1
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
Achievement level descriptions literary features of one or more Latin texts.

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


Achievement level breakdown
Achievement level breakdown literary features of one or more Latin texts.

  • 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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