AP Latin: Syllabus- College Board Reference 2018-2019 Course Overview: The Latin AP course is designed to enable students to achieve proficiency with the required reading as described in the AP Latin Course Description. The text and translations listed within this syllabus are designed to prepare each student for a better understanding and comprehension of Latin text in general and portions of the Aeneid and De Bello Gallico in particular. Through daily readings of original Latin text and regular exposure to sight passages in the Latin language it is hoped and, indeed, expected that students will become proficient with both the assigned material and Latin as a very real and vibrant language. Each student is expected to fulfill assignments completely and to the best of his/her ability. Each assignment will be the following day’s discussion and translation exercise so, it is crucial that each student return to class prepared. We will also read the Aeneid and De Bello Gallico in Latin daily so prior preparation will assist this effort.
The homework policy will stay the same as always: Homework is due at the beginning of class. Not having this will be a zero (0). These zeros can be raised to a 60 if the work is completed before class ends. Work due during an absence: the homework is due the next class period. -There are no retakes on quizzes-
Based on these expectations the student will be able to:
Read, comprehend and translate as literally as possible, Latin text from Virgil’s Aeneid & Caesar’s Gallic Wars.
Analyze and critique sections of spot Latin text.
Demonstrate comprehension of and ability with Latin prose and poetry beyond the required reading for the AP exam.
Scan Latin Dactylic Hexameter successfully
Identify and discuss hero motif, literary themes as presented in the Aeneid.
Make correlations to historical and political contexts of the Aeneid and Gallic Wars.
Identify grammatical constructions in context
Translate, at sight, selected sections of various Latin texts and authors
Read Latin text aloud from the Aeneid/De Bello Gallico including elisions, scansions, major and minor caesuras, etc.
Write literal, clear translations from Latin text to English.
Read, analyze and discuss the Aeneid and De Bello Gallico as entire works of literature including context and relevance to Roman history and contemporary society.
To achieve a credible grade on the AP exam these points will be emphasized during every class period. It is assumed that the necessary preliminary Latin will have been accomplished by the time the AP course is taken. Additionally, there will be weekly vocabulary quizzes from the General Word List in the back of Pharr’s text as well as vocabulary lists created, from De Bello Gallico text, by students. There will also be bi-monthly sight translation quizzes.
Syllabus for the Exam: Aeneid: Book 1: lines 1–209/418-440/494-578 Book 2: lines 40-56/201-249/268-297/559-620 Book 4: lines 160-218/259-361/659-705 Book 6: lines 295-332/384-425/450-476 * Familiarity with the content of Books 1 through 12 will also be tested. De Bello Gallico: Book 1: Chapters 1-7 Book 4: Chapters 24-35 & 1st sentence of 36 Book 5: Chapters 24-48 Book 6: Chapters 13-20
1st Semester The translation of the Aeneid, required for the AP exam, will be as follows:
Aeneid [Each section of Latin will be read at sight, in Latin during every class period] Week 1 -: Book 1 Line 1-50 [scansion review and exercises as daily grade/lecture-Virgil&Augustus] Week 2 -: Lines 51-100 [vocabulary quiz/sight translations] Week 3 -: Lines 101-151 [short essay re. last century BC Italy/Augustus’ Pax Romana] Week 4 -: Lines 152-209 [vocabulary quiz/sight translations/scansion quiz] Week 5 -: Book 2 Lines 40-56/201-220 [scansion review and exercises as daily grade] Week 6 -: Lines 221-249/268-280 [sight translation exam] Week 7 -: Lines 281-297/559-575 [vocabulary quiz/sight translation exercise] Week 8 -: Lines 576-620 [Review rhetorical devices-locate examples in text] Week 9 -: Book 4 Lines 160-218 [vocabulary quiz/prose composition] Week 10: Lines 259-300/301-361 [scansion of lines 259-261 for class grade] Week 11: Lines 659-680 [vocabulary quiz/assign research paper topics] Week 12: Lines 681-705 [long essay-compare Aeneas to Greek hero motif] Week 13: Book 6 Lines 295-332 [scansion of lines 295-96 for class grade] Week 14: Lines 384-425 [read lines @ sight] Week 15: Lines 450-476 [Practice AP short essay/mc exam] Week 16: Review Aeneid Lines [Practice AP Exam/Aeneid w/ sight translation] [Recitation of ten memorized lines]
* Semester Break
2nd Semester The translation of De Bello Gallico, required for the AP Exam is as follows: De Bello Gallico of C. Julius Caesar [Each section of Latin will be read at sight, in Latin, during each class period] Week 1: Book 1 (chpt. 1- chpt 3 @ “sperant”) [create vocabulary list/research paper due-Aeneid and Augustan Age Politics/Caesar biography lecture] Week 2: Book1 (chpt. 4-6 sec. to “transitur”) [vocabulary quiz/sight passage] Week 3: Book 1 (chpt. 6 sec. 3- chpt. 7”) [translation quiz-sec.1] Week 4: Book 4 (chpt. 24-25) [AP MC questions/sight readings] Week 5: Book 4 (chpt. 26-sec. 1 - chpt. 28 @ “solverunt”) [create vocabulary list] Week 6: Book 4 (chpt. 28 sec.2 – end of chpt 30) [vocabulary quiz/prose comp.] Week 7: Book4 (chpt. 31- end of33) [sight translation exercise as warm-up] Week 8: Book 4 (chpt. 34- sec. 1 36@) “venerunt”) [MC questions as warm-up] Week 9: Book 5 (chpt. 24 “subductis” – chpt. 25 end) [sight translations exercises] Week 10: Book 5 (chpt. 26-27)[create vocabulary lists.no other assignment due to length of chpt 27] Week 11: Book 5 chpt.s 28-30 @ “intereant”) [short essay-AP practice] Week 12: Book 5 (chpt. 31-34) [long essay AP practice] Week 13: Book 5 (chpt. 35-39 in toto) [sight translations-poetry/Aeneid] Week 14: Book 5 (chpt. 40-43 in toto) [create vocabulary list] Week 15: Book 5 (chpt. 44-48 @ “expulit”) [vocabulary quiz/MC questions as warm-up] Week 16: Book 6 (chpt. 13-15) [Practice AP exam/sight readings-poetry] Week 17: Book 6 (chpt. 16-20 to “conceditur”) [AP long essay practice/sight readings-poetry] *Week 18: Review Caesar & Virgil texts [Practice AP Exam-accomplished during 2-3 periods]
*Research paper due on last century BC Roman politics with focus on the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire and Julius Caesar’s role in this pivotal and historic era in Roman history.
Warm-up: Scansion of 2-3 lines/Translation of sight passage Activity: Latin text (from previous day’s assignment) read aloud by students Objective: TLW 1. Demonstrate proficiency reading aloud Latin text 2. Accurately translate Latin text into English Guided Practice: Translation of Latin text (choral response) from assigned lines. Independent Practice: Assignment of next class’s Latin text
Example of Daily Lesson Plan: Caesar- De Bello Gallico
Warm-up: Translation of sight passage/Sample multiple-choice questions Activity: Latin text (from previous day’s assignment) read aloud by students Objective: TLW 1. Demonstrate proficiency reading aloud Latin text 2. Accurately translate Latin text into English Guided Practice: Translation of Latin text (choral response) from assigned lines. Independent Practice: Assignment of next class’s Latin text