During this coming year, 2007-2008, our objective will be to continue the foundation of knowledge about language, any language, including English. By learning Latin and deepening that knowledge, we are learning about the foundation stones of all Western Language. Latin knowledge will give us the ability to not only understand Latin and things that are written in Latin, but even moreso about English and about COMMUNICATION in general. The ability to communicate is the primary key to success in any field.
As we go through the year, I will be presenting you with a new handbook that takes a somewhat different approach to the learning of language, especially Latin. There will be a larger vocabulary given each week, this will consist of many words that you should already know and some new words to build a large vocabulary by the end of the year. There will be a discussion of grammar points, some of which you will already know, and others that will be new to you, depending upon the number of years you have already had Latin. In any event, all of the information, whether already learned or new should be refreshed and added to your store of information.
We will continue the three major areas of learning a language
1. Words - vocabulary
2. Grammar - methods
3. Readings most of these readings will be religious in nature and will be from works of a Christian theme.
Grades, as is standard in all subjects will be based on the A, B,C, D, F system which roughly equate to a precentage ratio of A = 93-100, B =85-92, C = 78-84, D = 70-77 F of course indicates Failure or less than 69% of accomplishment.
Grades will be calculated on the basis of 30% for tests and quizzes, 30% for classroom participation, 20% for homework done (and the level of value) and 20% for notes.
You will need a DEDICATED NOTEBOOK for this class right from the beginning. The updating and continuity of this notebook will be frequently monitored and should be considered as a constant part of your homework assignment.
Always bring a pen or pencil to class - there will be much writing in this class
If you miss a scheduled test you will be given a substitute assignment or a re-test depedning upon the matter involved.
If you legitimately miss a quiz, you will be graded for it based on your overall classroom performance at that point.
Cheating will not be tolerated, especially when it comes to tests and quizzes, )copying someone elses notes in order to bring yours up to speed is OK.
Since I do not have a base classroom, I can be reached by leaving a callback request with one of the persons who answer the phone in the office.
The first days handout contains some important basic facts about Latin in general and should be the initial entry and addition to your notebook.