Latin I Syllabus

Latin I

Providence Christian School


Teacher: Melanie Jones



Wheelock's Latin 7th Edition revised by Frederic M. Wheelock and Richard A. LaFleur
Thirty-Eight Latin Stories 5th Edition by Anne H. Groton and James M. May

Parents and Students

This is going to be an exciting year in Latin I. Did you know ... ? Students who study Latin have higher standardized test scores and are more successful in academics than students who do not study Latin. Latin gives a deeper understanding of English grammar, provides a strong foundation for learning other languages, gives a broader
knowledge of vocabulary, and sharpens basic logic and reasoning skills. Studying Latin at the Logic level will help students to learn, to study, and to reason in future learning.

Our textbook, Wheelock's Latin, is a widely used and a well-respected text. It is written on a college level, and it covers all of the Latin grammar one could ever learn. In each chapter there are vocabulary words, grammar concepts, charts and chants to memorize, and sentences and paragraphs to translate. Supplemental practice exercises will be assigned in class and as homework to develop mastery in Latin. Our goal in Latin I is to cover between eight and ten of Wheelock's forty chapters. Parents please know that there are extra practice sentences and answers in the back of the book that can help your students as they study.

For each chapter students will be tested on four elements: vocabulary, grammar, written translation, and oral translation. Sometimes these will be given as four smaller, separate tests and sometimes a few of them will be combined. Students will know well ahead of time when they will be tested and what elements each test will encompass. Each quarter will include a special activity or project related to Latin (i.e. Latin Christmas caroling).

Memorization is a large part of learning Latin. For each chapter students will have vocabulary words, charts, and chants to learn. We will spend a good amount of class time practicing the chants, but the students will also need to practice these at home. In Latin I students will also memorize a good amount of scripture. They will start the year memorizing John 1:1-14 in Latin and in English. We will will conduct this memory work in class, and each week we will progressively learn a new verse. By the end of the first semester they will have learned the whole passage (in Latin and in English) and will recite it for the class. In the second semester they will memorize the Lord's Prayer and, time permitting, the Nicene Creed.  Additionally each week the students will be assigned a short Latin saying that will be assessed weekly.

Micah 6:8 says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your god?” (ESV).With Micah 6:8 in mind, there are some very definite ways that we will work together this year in Latin to help one another succeed.  First, we will do justly.  This means we should do our part to work as unto the Lord.  Second, we must love mercy.  As we are engaged in the process of learning difficult material, we will be frustrated with ourselves and one another. In these times, we will need to seize opportunities to love mercy by showing compassion to one another. Finally, we must each strive to walk humbly before the face of God. It is His work we are accomplishing and for our sanctification that we labor. Coram Deo!

Latin I Supplies

3 ring binder (may be shared with another class)


At least 2 packages of colored index cards (white, blue, yellow, pink, green, orange)
Plastic index card box

Latin I Concepts
Introduction- Pronunciation

Ch. 1- First and Second Conjugation Verbs
Ch. 2- First Declension Nouns and Adjectives

Ch. 3- Second Declension masculine Nouns and Adjectives, Apposition

Ch. 4- Second Declension Neuter Nouns, the Irregular Verb Sum
Ch. 5- Future and Imperfect of First and Second Conjugation Verbs
Ch. 6- Future .and Imperfect of sum and .Possum

Ch. 7- Third Declension Nouns

Ch. 8- Third Conjugation Verbs

Ch. 9- Demonstratives and Special Adjectives
Ch. 10- Fourth Conjugation Verbs


Responsibilities, Rules, and Procedures     

In order to have a successful year, I’m asking each of us to accept certain responsibilities.

Magistra Jones’s Responsibilities

  • I must prayerfully organize content and activities. I must make the information available and inform you of my expectations.
  • I am responsible for helping you to understand the information, to provide a fun and pleasant learning environment, and to make you feel comfortable and important to the class.

Student Responsibilities

  • Follow rules and procedures for the class and those in the student handbook.
  • Complete assignments carefully and completely.
  • Study regularly so that you master the material.
  • Help provide a positive learning environment for all students by participation in classwork and group projects.
  • Help keep the room clean.
  • Take good care of your personal and school materials
  • Remember the value of honesty.


Code of Conduct

  • Respect
  • Order
  • Unity
  • Diligence
  • Honesty


General Class Procedures

  • Enter room quietly and orderly. Bring all needed class materials.  You will not be allowed to go back and get missing materials. You will be sent home a reminder note and be held responsible for all missed work due to missing materials.
  • We will begin class promptly each day with a similar routine. Class will officially begin and students will rise and quietly stand beside classroom desks and wait to be greeted and welcomed by the teacher. After opening salutations, class will proceed with a short prayer or Scripture in Latin followed by a brief time of memory review and chants.
  • Take care of personal needs (bathroom, water etc.) at snack and lunch. We will have a system should an “emergency” situation arise or if there is a need to leave class during seatwork. Each student will be given three bathroom passes per quarter. Unused passes may be redeemed at the quarter’s end for academic bonus points.
  • I prefer not to raise my voice to get your attention. Your cue for listening to me will be when I stand in front of the class and address the class. For some activities a timer will be used, and it will be a cue for task completion and listening for further directions.
  • Participate in class discussion and activities in a courteous manner. Everyone has valuable ideas and should have an opportunity to share them.
  • During class RAISE YOUR HAND and wait to be recognized.
  • Feel free to ask sincere questions. Remain quiet while others are asking or answering questions. This is an important way to learn from others.
  • When completing individual work, you should work quietly without talking to others. During partner or group work, you should talk quietly with each other but not to members of other groups. Group talk should be about the assignment until it is complete.
  • Stay on task and use your time wisely.  When you complete an assignment early, you may read. Always keep a book on your desk ready to read if you finish early or another assignment handy.
  • Remain in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the classroom unless there is a special class activity.

Disciplinary Procedures

The Discipline Policy at Providence is founded upon Christ’s words from Matthew 22.  Christ summed the Ten Commandments with these two commands: (1) You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and (2) You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Classroom disciplinary measures will address correcting misbehavior but target cultivating habits of mind and soul that honor God and His Creation.  The Parent Handbook enumerates the specifics of school policy and violation of school policy.  My classroom will function in accordance with these policies, and I will seek to promote an atmosphere of grace where both teacher and student are loved, forgiven, and restored when wrong or wronged.  RenWeb will serve to inform parents regarding disciplinary issues and written reminders will be given as needed.

Grading Policy:

This class will use the “Total Points” system of grading. A minimum of 9 grades will be taken each quarter. Each assignment, quiz, and test will be assigned a point value. Grades will be computed by dividing the total points earned by the total possible points, times 100. Each student will be given a grade sheet in which they may keep track of assignments and points earned. A student will be able to accurately keep track of his current grade. Grades will be posted on RenWeb so please check on a regular basis.

Example of points system:



Points Earned

Total Points Possible

Quiz 1



Quiz 2



Quiz 3






Homework 2



Test 1



Test 2



Test 3



Test 4







Make-up Policy:


It is the responsibility of the student to find out what work was missed during an'
absence and to arrange for make-up work. For sickness, students win be allowed two
days for each full day absent to make up work. However, for planned absences (athletic or chorus events, vacations, etc.) students need to arrange to complete make-up work
prior to the absence. Students missing more than eight days in a semester or having more than eight tardies will not be allowed to exempt any exams that semester.


Late Work Policy

Here is the guideline to follow regarding graded late work. It shows a balance between law and grace and helps students understand that in real life there are logical consequences for missing deadlines (regardless of the “reason”).  For late assignments, this schedule will be followed:

1 day late: 10 points (1 letter grade deduction)

2 days late: 20 points (2 letter grade deduction)

3 days late or more: student receives a zero for the assignment

Parents, please feel free to contact me throughout the year with any questions, comments, or concerns. I will keep you informed of your child's progress during the year and how you can help them study at home. I look forward to partnering with you to help your child learn and grow!

Coram Deo,


Melanie Jones