• Latin DP course criteria, syllabus and course expectations

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  • MUHS Course Criteria/ Syllabus

    Course Title & Name: 320 DP Classical Language - Latin SL

    Credit: 1

    Department: Language Acquisition

    Teacher: Adam Tufts                

    Prerequisites: Completion of Latin 2 with demonstrated proficiency (typically B- (4) or better) on Final Exam 

    Course Description: In this Latin course students study an historically significant language that is embedded in many modern languages. The study of Latin as a classical language provides an opportunity for students to explore the language, literature and culture of ancient Rome. This ancient civilization has played a vital part in shaping many modern societies and cultures including our own. Furthermore,Latin has had a major influence on the development of many modern languages, including our own. Therefore, the study of classical languages gives important insights into the cultures that produced them, and therefore leads to a greater understanding of contemporary languages, literature and cultures. In DP Latin, students will focus study on authentic texts. Linguistic skills lie at the heart of the courses, since it is through an appreciation of the language that true intercultural understanding of the past is achieved. Through this course, students will learn to translate Latin works within their historical context. Students will also study different genres of classical texts, examining the ideas in these works and their artistry within their historical, political and cultural contexts.

    Units of study with corresponding Standards (Common Core and/or National Standards) and IB criteria assessed: 

    Unit 1: Year 1, Part 1: Study of Language                         

    Text: Latin Via Ovid, N. Goldman, J. Nyenhuis

    1. Chapter VIII Pan et Syringa

    Future 1st and 2nd conjugations (add 3rd and 4th conjugations from Chapter XV)

    Future of sum

    1. Chapter XIII Echo et Narcissus

    Ablative of Means, Manner and Time

    Future perfect (all conjugations)

    1. Chapter XVII Atalanta et Hippomenes

    Passive Voice Present System

    Ablative of Agent

    Passive Present Infinitive

    1. Chapter XIX Midas et vis aurea

    Ablative Absolute

    1. Chapter XX Midas et Pan

    Passive Voice Perfect System

    Deponent verbs

    1. Chapter XX mors Orphei

    Future Participle, active and passive

    Infinitives, all voices and tenses

    1. Chapter XXIII Iason et Argonautae

    Indirect Statement

    1. Chapter XXIV amor Iasonis

    Present subjunctive

    Hortatory, Jussive, Optative, Deliberative, Potential

    1. Chapter XXV labores Iasonis

    Result clause

    1. Chapter XXVI facta magica Medeae

    Perfect subjunctive

    Contrary to Fact Conditional

    1. Chapter XXIX Theseus Cretae


    1. Chapter XXX Theseus rex

    Indirect Command

    Fearing Clause

    Accusative of duration of Time

    1. Chapter XXXIV bellum Troianum: Troia capta

    Review of participles

    Passive periphrastic

    Review of Ablative uses

    1. Chapter XXXVI Aeneas


    Ways to express purpose


    Unit 2: Year 1, Part 1: Study of Language   

    Text: Metamorphoses, Publius Ovidius Nasus

    Poetic meter Dactylic Hexameter



    Poetic meter

    Selections from Ovid

    Unadapted selections for analyzation and translation

    Text and/or Materials: Ritchie’s Fabulae Faciles, Latin Via Ovid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses; provided material

    Classroom Procedures & Expectations:

    Habits of Work: 

    The MUHS Habits of Work are a combination of skills identified by IB in the two Approaches to Learning (ATL) categories called Social Skills and Self-Management Skills, as well as other skills from our research. At the end of each quarter I will report out on habits of work.  This is a subjective score, based on weeks of interaction with the student and observations made by me.

    Habits of Work include:

    • Present and Prepared (Come prepared to class. Come on time to class.)
    • Respect (We will treat everyone with decency and respect. Profanity, verbal abuse or callous language is unacceptable. All students responsible will receive first a warning and then a detention.)
    • Collaboration (Share the workload and decision making in group work, don’t assume someone else will do your work, nor should you do all the work excluding others to “get a better grade”)
    • Responsibility for Missed Class Time (If you have a planned absence, get your work before. Otherwise get your makeup work as soon as possible. Always check the class website first)
    • Deadlines (Unless a meteor hits your bus on the way into school, you need to turn your work in on time. I will not have a wide Late work window.)
    • Perseverance (There will be challenges in this and other classes that you will need to find a way to push through. Perseverance is always easier with help though, so get help from me, another teacher, a peer, the learning lab, flex time, your parents, a friendly squirrel, whatever)

    *For more information please see the MUHS Teaching and Learning Handbook 2019.


    Cell Phone Use

    While cell phones are wonders of innovation and can be immensely helpful tools when used appropriately, they have also unfortunately proven to be a routine distraction from learning when abused. To protect our classroom learning environments and our students’ well-being, the Language Acquisition Department has adopted the following approach to cell phones: 

    Unless otherwise directed for the purposes of a specific lesson (or granted an exception due to extenuating circumstances) students will be required to silence and store their cell phones, rear-facing, in a phone organizer upon entering the classroom. There the phones will remain until the end of class, when students will retrieve them. A student who is found to be using a phone they retained, or who retrieves a stored phone during class without permission, will receive a warning and have the phone confiscated (and stored) for the duration of the class period. A student who refuses to turn over a phone upon the teacher’s request, or chronically requires warnings, will be given a disciplinary referral in accordance with the MUHS Student Handbook’s cell phone policy.

    To respect the privacy of students and teachers, recording and photos are prohibited in the classroom.


    Grading Policy: All assignments fall into two categories: formative and summative. Formative assessments (quizzes, homework, classwork) are 20% of your quarter grade, and summative assessments (tests, final projects, essays/compositions) are 80% of your quarter grade. 

    Year 1: Each quarter will be worth 21.25% of your final year-end grade and the final exam is worth 15% of your final grade. 

    Year 2: Instead of a final exam students will complete the Internal and External IB DP Latin assessments. The Internal Assessment is an annotated bibliography of a topic of your choice and is due the first week of April 2021. This will count as 15% of your final grade.

    The External Assessment is a set of two translation tests (one with and one without a dictionary). This exam is given in May 2021

    For now, all courses in grades 11 and 12 will use a 100 point grading scale, along with the DP rubrics (scale of 1-7).


    The grading platform we use is ManageBac. 

    Late Work Window: Language learning is a cumulative endeavor. Each new skill builds on previous skills. It is in the best interest of the student to strive to stay current with the sequence of assignments. 

    All homework will have a due-date assumed to be the next class day unless otherwise stated. Since we often review homework as a class activity it is important to complete your homework each night. 


    Missing Formative assessments (quizzes, homework, classwork) For most formative assignments the LWW is one class day after the due date. Any changes to this LWW will be determined per assignment. If a student does not hand a formative assessment in it will be reported out as “M” for missing, and given a score of 50. 


    Missing Summative tasks such as unit tests, essays and projects, students 

    • will receive a comment of “M” for missing and a score of 50.
    • then have a maximum of two weeks (14 days, not class days) from the original date to complete the assessment out of class (like during flex)
    • If task is completed within this time period, the achieved grade replaces the 50, but a comment of “L” for late is entered; otherwise the 50 remains and the student should now focus on the current learning and demonstrating of current proficiencies.



    In general, reassessment is not allowed as a DP school rule. From time to time, I will allow reassessment under certain extenuating circumstances, but this should not become a pattern for a student.

    *For more information please see the MUHS Teaching and Learning Handbook 2019.


    Extra Help and Flex Time

    I am available for extra help upon request. If you need help in my class, please see any of the language B teachers during their flex times, they may not be able to answer your specific language questions, but they know how to get you the resources you need.. You will be able to view available times via PowerSchool. All students are expected to sign up for flex time for every flex session. Other Language B teachers are: Ms. Bailey, Ms. Causton, Mr. Swinhart, Ms. Steele. My schedule is as follows:


    A/Odd Days (Mon/Thurs…)

    1    8:22-9:45    -----

    3    9:49-11:12  Congressus Magistrorum

         11:16-12:16 Advisory/Lunch

    5   12:20-1:43   Latin 2

    7   1:47-3:10     DP Latin

    B/Even Days (Tues/Fri…)

    1    8:22-9:45    Latin 1

    3    9:49-11:12  -----

         11:16-12:16 Advisory/Lunch

    5   12:20-1:43   Latin 1

    7   1:47-3:10     Latin 2


    I am also available before/after school with an appointment. I strongly encourage students who feel lost or confused to seek help IMMEDIATELY!  Be a proactive and assertive learner. On the flip side, if you are willing to offer your help to other students as a tutor, please sign up in the Learning Lab. It is a great way to strengthen your own language skills.