Latin 4 PreAP, are you ready to read some real Latin?!
We'll begin the year with the trial of Salvius in the Unit 4 textbook. After that, we are NOT tied down to a particular syllabus. I would like to read the 2nd half of chapter 1 of the Latin Harrius Potter because it includes a lot of indirect statements and indirect questions and other grammatical constructions--thus it provides a good review. Halloween demands we read ghost stories from Pliny the Younger and Vergil and perhaps other authors. After the ghost stories, we will read a little more Vergil from the AP selections, plus some Caesar, though some may have to wait until spring semester. Catullus, a love poet, will be very important come Valentines Day, so we will have some fun with that. Is there anything that you are interested in? Let me know. For instance, I am a fan of Martial, so perhaps we could take a trip back to the epigrams of Stage 36, explore others that aren't included, and work on writing our own epigrams. Or we could read some more from Ovid's Metamorphoses if you are really into mythology. Just let me know!!
There new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills were put in place last year. They prescribe proficiency levels which we should reach by the end of the year:
"At the end of Level IV, students of classical languages should reach an Advanced Low to Advanced Mid proficiency level in reading, a Novice High proficiency level in listening, a Novice Mid to Novice High proficiency level in speaking, and a Novice Mid to Novice High proficiency level in writing. Proficiency levels are aligned with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 and the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners."
Note that all other proficiencies are significantly lower than those for reading; in fact, they are there to support reading and promote internalization of structures and to build a stronger mental representation.
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