Students study Latin as part of the middle school curriculum because the benefits of learning the language transcend their Latin classroom. The Top Seven Benefits are:
It helps students to better understand the structure and grammar of their own language;
It increases their problem solving abilities as they decode word meanings.
It increases their vocabularies as 60% of the Englsih Language is derived from Latin.
It complement their study of French or Spanish;
It reinforces the importance of precision in all academic studies;
It develops an appreciation for the Roman civilization as the principle foundation of western civilization.
It remains the language of the sciences, medicine, and the law.
At All Saints’, the approach to Latin is not one of rote memorization. Instead, students begin reading and writing Latin from the first day of class. Basic rules of grammar are presented within the context of the readings. Students explore Roman mythology and culture, bringing the language alive. They participate in games, hands-on activities, and creative dramatics which reinforce knowledge acquisition through creativity and play.
At the end of each year, all middle school students join in celebrating their study of Latin with an annual feast.
Sixth graders come as the honored guests, seventh graders are responsible for food service and entertainment and eighth graders are the organizers and hosts of this much anticipated annual event.
LATIN FEAST VIDEO
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Ms. Forbes Keaton
Associate Head, Art History & Latin 6-8, History Day, World History 7, Homeroom 8, HS Admissions
During the first year, students are introduced to the Latin language and become acquainted with basic vocabulary and grammar, English derivatives, and the enduring culture of Rome as they study the the origin myths, explore the monuments of the city and the lives of its people.
Second and third year Latin is centered around Unit I of the Cambridge Latin Course program and the stories about Caecilius the banker and his family who lived in Pompeii during the first century A.D. Students study the declension of nouns, conjugations of verbs, sentence structure and the use of the nominative, accusative, and dative cases. Through oral readings, translations and activities students explore the city of Pompeii as a reflection of Roman culture.