Latin III

Latin III covers eight units, from which students will master intermediate grammar and vocabulary through practice in translating. The textbook is organized around a series of short stories about a first-century Pompeian who travels around the Roman Empire. Grammar is initially presented using pictures and a repetitive “natural language” approach — students are encouraged to guess and make inferences about meaning. After this initial exposure, grammar is presented more traditionally. Students learn correct patterns through translating, oral / written exercises, bees, skits, work in pairs or small groups, board work and writing projects.  Special cultural projects are also assigned for a grade. Daily homework reinforces classroom learning. Students are evaluated with frequent quizzes and tests which measure progress in grammar, vocabulary, translation and cultural knowledge.

Grammar structures studied include: perfect active participles, forming adverbs, perfect passive participles, genitive of quantity, comparative adverbs, the imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive in cum clauses and indirect questions, masculine and feminine forms of nouns, purpose clauses, gerundives, indirect imperatives, result clauses. Cultural topics studied include: Aquae Sulis and its baths; magic, curses, and superstitions; Roman religious beliefs; travel and communication; the legionary soldier; organization of the legion; Agricola; the legionary fortress.

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