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Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:43 am

Salvete, errabundi lectores.
I had an idea that I think some here would be interested in. Some background: I am a high-school student in the second trimester of a two-trimester Latin II course, and probably the best class I've ever taken, period.

To the idea: I shall, on a basis of a few times a week, document the content covered in this class. My reasoning for considering this is simply that /somebody/ on a board titled "Learning Latin" must be interested in how the modern high-school student may learn enough Latin to read Caesar and Virgil in a public school. I would format this either as comments to this thread or edits to the OP. Each installment would probably be a paragraph, detailing our studies, and possibly a "pilot" to describe our current general knowledge. This all depends on YOUR opinions, though! Wouldn't want to write to nobody.

Thoughts?
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby adrianus » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:02 am

Macté! Vades.
Good idea. Do it.
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby Damoetas » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:26 pm

Yes, that would be good. I suggest writing new posts each time instead of editing the original post.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby MiguelM » Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:20 am

Amabo facias nobisque ostendas!
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:22 am

Damoetas wrote:Yes, that would be good. I suggest writing new posts each time instead of editing the original post.


Is that new posts within this post, or new posts entirely?
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby Damoetas » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:49 pm

Yes, stay on this thread, but with a new post each time. If you just make edits in your first post, it will get confusing as people respond to it, and it won't be clear which edit or entry they're referring to.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:21 pm

Damoetas wrote:Yes, stay on this thread, but with a new post each time. If you just make edits in your first post, it will get confusing as people respond to it, and it won't be clear which edit or entry they're referring to.


I guess there could be ways around that, but yes, I see where you're coming from. I'm still planning out the first post.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:22 pm

Alright, so school has been busy, hindering my ability to get on the forum, but here it goes:
My class is mostly sophomores, in the second trimester of the second year of Latin. Our Latin learning has been fairly prescriptive. By the end of first year, we knew/had covered, roughly:
all main conjugations plus esse and pres.act. infinitives,
Relative, demonstrative, and personal pronouns,
Declensions up to 2nd (i.e. "-ī forms. We touched on 3rd (-is forms) very briefly),
Basic sentence structure,
And the whole indicative mood.

Up until now, in 2nd year, we have covered:
4th (ūs) and 5th (ei) declensions,
Posse and infinitives in all tenses and voices,
Indirect statement (i.e. accusative-infinitive construction),
and participles.
EDIT: I forgot to add reflexive/intensive pronouns to 2nd year.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby Damoetas » Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:57 pm

Can you tell us what country you are in? It will be interesting to compare the different systems and methods that are used in various places.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:21 pm

Damoetas wrote:Can you tell us what country you are in? It will be interesting to compare the different systems and methods that are used in various places.

Indiana, United States.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby Markos » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:43 am

Have you done any speaking of the language?
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:21 pm

Markos wrote:Have you done any speaking of the language?

Unfortunately, no. The course is more intended to promote reading, comprehension and composition. Speaking it conversationally is not a goal of the course, unless you consider reading out loud to be speaking.
I would much enjoy if this changed, but as of yet that's how it is.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby franciscus » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:28 pm

Sarge, you lucky son of a Sooner (Centurione, maledictus et fortunatissimus). Wouldn't think of IN as a classically inclined state, but good for y'all. Latin in public school!!! How did that get past a 21st century philistine, post-modern county school board?
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:46 pm

franciscus wrote:Sarge, you lucky son of a Sooner (Centurione, maledictus et fortunatissimus). Wouldn't think of IN as a classically inclined state, but good for y'all. Latin in public school!!! How did that get past a 21st century philistine, post-modern county school board?

Our city is a relatively modern and progressive one. We've also got one of the largest universities in the state situated right here, so naturally some interesting pre-collegiate academic opportunities are to be expected.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby franciscus » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:59 pm

Hmmm... how beautifully ironic that a modern and progressive community would reach back to the supposedly obsolete ancient classics. Your folk have realized that progress is impossible without constant recursion to the classics, and that not all of the modern is better than what came before.

BTW, I meant Hoosier rather than Sooner, got IN and OK mixed up, hehehe :oops: .
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:20 pm

franciscus wrote:Hmmm... how beautifully ironic that a modern and progressive community would reach back to the supposedly obsolete ancient classics. Your folk have realized that progress is impossible without constant recursion to the classics, and that not all of the modern is better than what came before.

BTW, I meant Hoosier rather than Sooner, got IN and OK mixed up, hehehe :oops: .

Hehe. I take no offense; the slip-up was lost on me.
It's quite a nice place to live, though.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:43 am

We're still learning the subjunctive in all tenses and voices. The (relatively) odd formation patterns are beginning to get to me. Tomorrow, we have a 'celebration of knowledge' as my instructor says rather enthusiastically (read: quiz) over all the forms, so I think I'll have to do some studying.
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby Damoetas » Sat May 03, 2014 3:00 pm

"Celebration of knowledge," great! I'll be sure to use that on one of my classes....
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Mon May 05, 2014 8:14 pm

Damoetas wrote:"Celebration of knowledge," great! I'll be sure to use that on one of my classes....

Feel free. I may inform my instructor that her terminology is catchy. :P
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Re: Writings about a high-school Latin course.

Postby SgtMurphy » Tue May 13, 2014 4:23 pm

Right now, we're exploring the grammatical concepts and constructions which use the subjunctive, as well as deponent verbs.
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