Latin 3

  • Course Description

    3 is a continuation of the study of Latin and the cultures that have used it through the centuries. Latin has been the STEM language of Western culture for two millennia. Learning Latin empowers students to unlock the vast treasure of knowledge and wisdom upon which our rational and progressive governmental, legal, societal, and scientific systems are based. Students improve their vocabulary and syntax in order to ask and respond to questions and to express themselves in Latin sentences, paragraphs, and strings of paragraphs. In Latin 3, students move beyond the word-level morphological endings from Latin 1 and 2 and learn how to use more complicated sentence-level syntax in order to express higher-level ideas through the use of subjunctive verbs and other constructions. Reading comprehension is the primary emphasis of the course, and students will read excerpts from authentic Latin literature from Roman Antiquity, from the Middle Ages, and from the Renaissance.

    Suggested Pre-requisite Topics:

    • Future tense of verbs
    • rregular and impersonal verbs
    • Noun case system: forms and functions of the Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative,
    • Ablative, and Vocative cases
    • Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
    • Affirmative and negative commands
    • Noun genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter
    • Demonstrative pronouns: hic, ille, iste, is
    • Relative pronoun: qui
    • Vocabulary about leisure activities, travel, health and medical care, technology, jobs and professions, climate, weather, and natural habitats.

    This Year's Learning Topics:

    • Passive voice of verbs; all tenses
    • Subjunctive mood of verbs: forms and uses
    • Fabulae Faciles: Perseus, Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts
    • Compound syntax: sentences with subordinate clauses
    • Authentic Primary Source Authors: Cicero, Sallust, Suetonius, Ovid, Catullus, Horace, Vergil
    • Deponent Verbs
    • Defective Verbs

    Weighted Grading Categories

    Interpersonal Communication (two-way spoken and written communication): 15%
    Presentational Communication (one-way spoken and written communication): 15%
    Interpretative Communication (listening and reading): 15%
    Tests & Quizzes: 25%
    Homework: 10%
    Final Exam 20%