Latin II instructor: Mark Crowley – ma latin, University of Georgia, 2011 Email



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Instructor: Mark Crowley – MA Latin, University of Georgia, 2011

Email: mark.crowley@jp2hs.org

Office Hours: In Room C-205 during 1st lunch on Tuesdays and

during 2nd lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays

Course Description:

The Latin II course is designed to help students become more advanced readers of Latin. They are already familiar with elementary Latin grammar, syntax, and morphology. The purposes of this class are (1) to help reinforce the students’ knowledge of elementary Latin grammar, (2) to introduce them to the finer points of Latin grammar, syntax, and morphology, (3) to develop their translation skills through reading longer, more advanced passages, and (4) to expand their English vocabulary and further hone their understanding of the mechanics of language as it relates to them as 21st Century American academics.

The Latin II course will also continue to introduce the students to the study of Roman civilization and its lasting cultural impact on the Western world.  We will study Roman religious and philosophical beliefs, political systems, literature, art, and architecture and how they each influenced later European and American culture.
Mottos:


  • “Studying Latin doesn’t just teach you a language. It teaches you a way of thinking.”




  • “A language isn’t learned three times a week for 70 minutes each. It must be practiced daily, even if only for short periods each day if you ever wish to gain any level of fluency.”


Caveat: Do all of the work, and you will pass; ignore the work, and you will fail.

Required texts:

  • Latin for the New Millennium, Level 1, Minkova &Tunberg, ISBN 9780865165601

  • LFTNMI Student Workbook, Minkova & Tunberg, ISBN 9781610410519

  • Latin for the New Millennium, Level 2, Minkova &Tunberg, ISBN 9780865165632

  • LFTNMII Student Workbook, Minkova & Tunberg, ISBN 9780865165649

Recommended text:

  • Any good pocket Latin-English dictionary. I recommend the Collins Gem Latin dictionary or the Oxford Latin mini dictionary. They are both very good and very inexpensive.


Grading:

Category

Description

Weight

Homework

- Students are expected to be prepared and willing to participate in every class meeting. The bulk of the work in this course will be done in class, but students are expected to practice the material and skills we are studying outside of class to continue to build on the knowledge and skills we are scaffolding throughout the course.

15%

Quizzes

- There will be daily quizzes assessing the students’ comprehension of the material from recent meetings.

- These daily quizzes should take ~5 minutes each.

- Students are expected to review and study the material from each lesson for a quiz on it the following class meeting.


50%

Tests

- Tests include grammar, vocabulary, and translation.

- Tests will require students to be able to recognize as well as produce Latin forms (both vocabulary & morphology)

- All tests are cumulative. The grammar and vocabulary will be focused on the current unit, but all previous Latin material covered is expected to be understood and remembered.

- Research projects and presentations assigned as a part of the class will count as test grades.



35%


Instructor’s Policies:

Academic Dishonesty: Any evidence that a student has plagiarized or cheated on any part of one of their assignments will be reported to the Veritas council, and appropriate school action will be taken.
Late Assignments: If you do not turn in an assignment on the day it is due, I will put a 0% in VeraCross and notify both you and your parents via email that day no matter what the circumstances. If you were absent the day it was due, I will put it in as a “missing” 0%. If you were present, I will put it in as a “not turned in” 0%.
Penalties For Late Assignments: Every graded assignment will be docked ten points for the first class meeting past the specified due date and five points for each class meeting it is late after that (ex: An assignment that would have earned a 96% which is turned in two class meetings late will be given a 81%). Assignments turned in late because of an excused absence will not be penalized as long as the student makes the work up in a timely fashion.
Late Major Assignments: Any major assignments that are not turned in will result in that student being required to attend the next Credit Restoration Session (Friday afternoon academic detention) to complete the assignment if it is not turned in before then.
Attendance: Attendance is necessary for school in general, and it is crucial for a class such as this. If a student misses any amount of class time, he/she should see me ASAP during office hours to go over the class material he/she missed and schedule any necessary make-up dates for assignments they missed. Students are responsible for any and all work that they missed while they were absent.
Preparation & Participation: Preparation and participation are vital for this class to function. All students should be prepared for class by the time the bell rings. This includes having any necessary books, paper, and writing utensils. Once in class, students are expected to be willing participants in any discussions or activities.
Uniform: Being prepared for class means being fully in uniform before you enter my classroom.
Respect: I expect a baseline level of respect among my students, and I will hold myself to the same standards. Students should respect themselves, their classmates, and their teacher while they are in school. A discussion-based class requires students feeling confident enough to experiment with new ideas in a comfortable academic environment. I will not tolerate disrespect towards myself or other students in my class during the academic process. The simple rule I enforce is “act like you are in class and have some.”
Discipline:

  • A student will be given no more than one warning for behavior that is disruptive to or inappropriate for the class. A warning is not always necessary. Behavior that merits immediate detention or ejection from class will receive the appropriate punishment.

  • If a student continues in any disruptive/inappropriate behavior after their one warning, they will be given a detention and will face appropriate disciplinary action from the student life office.

  • If a student continues in any disruptive/inappropriate behavior after being given a detention, they will be sent out of class to student life office and will face appropriate disciplinary action.


Explanation of terms:

  • Whenever I ask for the students to “translate” a section of Latin before class as homework, that means that the students should have read and analyzed the original Latin and any necessary vocabulary or grammar notes. They should come to class the next day prepared to give a clear, literal translation. Pre-written translations of the homework are unacceptable and will not be allowed. All translations should come directly from looking at the Latin text. All translations should be as literal as possible, accounting for every Latin word in the sentence.



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