World Languages Courses
61.04107 (9th grade) 2 semesters, 1 credit
We explore and master the fundamentals of the Latin language. As a platform for our discovery, we follow the daily life of the Caecilii. This story allows us to develop the vocabulary we need to begin to translate Latin that grows in complexity. Readings about Roman slavery, the Forum at Pompeii, and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius provides a deep historical context in which grammar, usage, and vocabulary are developed. Students spend time learning the mythological and historical story of Rome.
61.04207 (10th grade) 2 semesters, 1 credit
We delve more deeply into the complex grammar that will allow us to read “real” Latin. We continue to follow the daily life of Quintus Caecilius as he tells of his adventures in Alexandria and the British isles. We also explore the ceremonies and celebrations surrounding coming of age, death, and marriage. Studying the collapse of the Roman Republic and the full glory of the Roman Empire prepares students for understanding the greatest Roman authors.
Latin III Honors
61.24307 (11th grade) 2 semesters, 1 credit
Students begin to read abridged and unabridged Latin texts. They continue to deepen their understanding of Roman history and culture through reading Caesar, Pliny, Cicero and the like. Through their encounters with the great historical writers of their day, the students are exposed to a wide variety of styles. Students also prepare for taking AP Latin in this course. Through Vergil: A Legamus Reader students begin to learn about the poetic voice of Vergil and his work the Aeneid. They read both the English translation and translate extensive passages.
61.04707 (12th grade) 2 semesters, 1 credit
Students reach the deepest level of understanding and interpretation of two authors, Vergil and Caesar. They read the primary sources the Aeneid and De Bello Gallico and secondary articles. A great emphasis is placed on interpreting the texts and discussing the greater historical context of the work. Students develop an extensive vocabulary of terms and devices and are able to identify their purpose and function in the work. Students practice translation and analysis in high-stakes environments culminating in the AP Latin exam at the end of the course.
60.07107 (9th grade) 2 semesters, 1 credit
This class is an introduction to the linguistic structures necessary for communication in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring vocabulary and conversational skills as well as cultural and historical information on Spanish speaking countries. The students are expected to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as an appreciation of Latino culture. No prior experience with Spanish required.
60.07207 (10th grade) 2 semesters, 1 credit
This course begins with a review of Spanish fundamentals and then moves into more intensive work on vocabulary building and advanced grammatical structures. More advanced practice in the use of the spoken language, writing skills and cultural components are explored. Speaking the language is greatly stressed at this level as this course focuses on the development of oral fluency and vocabulary. This class is open to those who have successfully completed Spanish I at the high school level or equivalent in middle school as well as heritage speakers, upon consent of the instructor.
Spanish III Honors
60.27307 (11th grade) 2 semesters, 1 credit
This course is designed to develop advanced reading, writing and verbal skills in the Spanish language. Students at this level will be expected to converse and discuss topics in Spanish. This class is open to those having successfully completed Spanish II or the equivalent as well as heritage speaker on the recommendation of the instructor.
60.07707 (12th grade) 2 semesters, 1 credit
AP Spanish Language and Culture is designed to emphasize the use of Spanish for active communication in real-life tasks. The course focuses on developing the student’s abilities in the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) and strengthening cultural competencies through theme-based instruction. A variety of authentic resources are utilized including the following: newspapers, magazines, podcasts, blogs, advertisements, television programs, films, music, video clips, and literature. Grammar and vocabulary are also further developed through contextualized study.