Latin IV Expectations and Procedures:
I am looking forward to a great school year with you! Together, we will spend the semester learning about the Latin language and the Roman people. I know that learning during a pandemic is difficult, but we’re going to work together and do our best to make this the best time possible.
Expectations and Procedures:
The study of Latin is beneficial for students in so many ways. Not only will we learn about the structure of the language and the impact of Roman culture on our society, but we will also gain crucial vocabulary, root word recognition, and critical thinking skills. However, in order for students to maximize their learning, it is essential to be fully engaged in the classroom. Following the school’s rules on appropriate classroom behavior will help ensure that everyone can have a chance to learn. For example,
- Stay healthy! Make sure you follow the school’s policies on mask mandates and social distancing. These may change over time, so make sure you read emails from our administration.
- Respect your peers. Students cannot learn if they are harassed, threatened, bullied, or interrupted. Please maintain positive interactions with your fellow students.
- Respect your classroom. Students cannot learn if they are frequently interrupted by disruptive behavior. Please do not interrupt another student if they are speaking or asking question. Questions will be answered on a first come, first served basis.
- Respect yourself. It is difficult to learn new material if you are not fully engaged in the lesson. Please pay close attention to the material, and ask questions as they arise. Know the appropriate time to hold conversations with your peers, and know what is and is not appropriate to discuss in a classroom. Remain engaged in the lesson by keeping your cellphones on “Airplane Mode” unless instructed otherwise.
- Cellphone Policy: Cellphones are an amazing tool that, when used correctly, can enhance student learning. Unfortunately, when used incorrectly, they can negatively impact a student’s ability to learn. Therefore, it is this classroom’s policy that cellphones may only be used for note-taking, instruction, and research purposes. Social media is not appropriate for use in this classroom. Photographs may be used for note-taking purposes only; however, no photographs may be taken of people at any time. Furthermore, streaming services (Netflix, Disney+, etc.) will not be used in this class; tutorial videos for educational purposes may only be used if all Latin work is completed first, and only if the student uses headphones / ear buds. It is understood that cellphones will be in “Airplane Mode” during instructional time, unless otherwise directed. Furthermore, all electronic devices (including smart watches) will be removed from the student’s reach during all assessments.
- Appropriate Behavior: Please remember that you are part of a larger community. As a citizen of this school, you are encouraged to collaborate, interact with, and grow with your peers. You are the deciding factor on whether you enjoy your education. Make friends; form study groups; join clubs. But please remember to treat your peers with the dignity and respect both you and they deserve. All forms of harassment, intimidation, or bullying will not be tolerated; this includes cyberbullying. Please refer to the school’s Code of Conduct for more details on appropriate behavior patterns. Also, please remember that electronic communications sent through the school (school email, classes through Teams, Remind, etc.) are monitored by the school for the safety of our students and staff. Please use technology for positive, not destructive, reasons.
- Establish Healthy Study Skills: Establishing a routine can help you become a more efficient student. Each student will have their own method that works for them; use this semester to find what works best for you. Please remember when establishing your system to include healthy boundaries between work and free time. Self care is important; please remember to manage your time in such a way that you can have periods of “down time.”
Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior:
- First Offense: Warning
- Second Offense: Student / Teacher Conference; Notify Parent / Guardian
- Third Offense: Office Referral
- Note: Any behavior that endangers the safety of the classroom will result in immediate removal from the classroom and office referral.
Expectations for Parents and Guardians:
Students learn best when parents, teachers, and administration work together. Please note that your child(ren)’s grades are posted online in real time through the Genesis grading system, and can be accessed 24 hours a day. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I will try to address any email or phone call by the next business day.
All Latin courses at Cumberland Regional have the same grading categories:
Tests and Major Projects
Quizzes and Minor Projects
Classwork and Homework
Student learning will be assessed a variety of ways, including:
Tests: a traditional assessment at the end of each unit, usually covering material from multiple chapters
Quizzes: a traditional assessment at the end of a chapter, that usually only covers one skill
Major Projects: students will be assigned at least one major project each marking period; these projects will reflect a student’s knowledge in a different medium (e.g., a poster, video, 3D model, sculpture, poem, etc.)
Minor Projects: similar to “Major Projects,” but smaller in scope, these are usually benchmark assessments created in class over 1-2 days (e.g., 1 pagers, graphic organizers, mini-posters, splash panels, etc.)
Classwork: Student learning will be assessed on a daily basis in a variety of ways. Traditional classwork will be graded on a point scale (e.g., a student will earn a 12/12 as a perfect score on an assignment that has twelve questions). Furthermore, students will earn a daily class participation grade based on their level of engagement and behavior. This grade will be posted weekly, and cannot be changed. The following rubric will be used to assess students daily:
Student is polite, collaborates with peers, is actively engaged in the lesson, participates in all activities, and behaves in a manner that enhances the learning of other students.
Student is polite, is actively engaged in the lesson, participates in all activities, and does not behave in a manner that hinders the learning of other students.
Student is actively engaged in the lesson, and participates in most activities.
Student is engaged in the lesson, but needs prompting to stay “on task.” Their behavior interferes with other students' ability to learn.
Student shows unacceptable behavior that disrupts the lesson so much that intervention is required.
Student behavior is so unacceptable that they are sent out of the room.
Homework: Homework provides students the opportunity to have extra practice in a particular skill. It is understood that all students should spend a portion of their afterschool time reviewing the material that they have learned the previous day in all of their subjects.
I will assign one homework assignment a week, usually on the first day of the week. Students must hand the completed assignment in by the end of the week it was assigned. Unless the student missed the deadline due to illness or school business, late homework will be penalized by 50%.
NB: Although many projects will be done during class time, the student may feel the need to take some projects home in order to complete them before the deadline.
Latin IV Course Objective:
Students will learn about Roman culture and literature by reading selections from Vergil's Aeneid. They will continue to review grammatical and syntax structures of the Latin language in preparation for the AP exam.
Latin IV Course Outline:
In Latin 4, students will read selections from Virgil’s Aeneid, the pinnacle of Roman literature.
1: Introduction to the Aeneid and Epic Heroes
2: Who was Aeneas?
3: What Makes a Leader?
4: Pietas & Leadership of the Trojan War
5: Death of Priam and the Roman Republic
6: Tales of Two Empires: Dido and Caesar
7: Free Will and Fate
8: The Underworld: Ending and Beginning
9: Summative Portfolio
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