- Class information
Haverford Middle School
Phone: 610.853.5900 x5183
DESCRIPTION: This course includes the reading of Latin passages that reflect the Roman culture. The emphasis is on comprehension of reading, recognition of grammatical structure, and other skills that enable students to understand the meaning of English words.
· We will work together in an environment that privileges trust, honesty, and mutual respect.
· We will adhere to all policies and rules as established by Haverford Middle School as detailed in the Student Handbook.
· We will come to class prepared – with books, materials, and a cooperative attitude.
· We will be open to new opportunities and challenges as we strive to create a meaningful learning community together.
TEXT: Ecce Romani
What you’ll find there:
• Important handouts for students and parents
• Check for daily work; find homework, quiz, and project due dates
• Useful links for the Latin language practice/review and Roman culture
• Useful i-pad app information for enrichment and extra practice
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:
• Comprehend the Latin language through reading passages in Latin.
• Develop an understanding of the social and political history of the Romans.
• Understand more clearly English grammar and vocabulary.
• Understand how Western culture/language is influenced by Roman culture through
GRADING BREAKDOWN: Class grades will be based on the 80%/20% district policy, where 80% of the grade will be based on assessments that include items like quizzes and long-term projects. The other 20% of the grade will include items like homework and short-term projects.
CLASS WORK AND HOMEWORK
• Extension and further practice activities from the daily lesson will almost always be started in class so that students can get help from classmates and the teacher. Any work not finished in class will become homework and should be completed for the next day. This work plays a vital and pivotal role in your success in this class. Homework/class work will be randomly collected each week and will be graded based on effort and completion. YOU MUST STUDY NEW VOCAB AND GRAMMAR FOR 5-10 MINUTES EVERY NIGHT IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN A NEW LANGUAGE.
• In general, homework is worth 10 points and will be accepted late (up to 6 points), following the HMS grading policy. Translations will not be accepted late, especially if we have already gone over them in class with you present. If translations are typed, they must be accompanied by a handwritten rough draft. Homework is YOUR responsibility, and you must make the effort to show me your work.
• We will also work on bell-ringers and warm-ups, which are weekly journal entries that are generally completed as class begins. Some weeks you will have multiple bell-ringers, while other weeks you might only have one. It is your responsibility to keep up with bell-ringers--even when absent-- as they will help you review for quizzes.
QUIZZES - Given at the end of each chapter; they are based on the homework assigned that week or in the previous weeks and will include vocabulary, derivatives, grammar, and cultural material.
PROJECTS - Projects will enable students to investigate Roman culture and current pop culture and/or Latin grammar; at least one each quarter.
Participation comes in various forms – homework completion, discussion, asking questions, active listening, cooperation, and preparation. There is also negative participation – calling out in class, coming late to class, being disruptive. We will use a participation rubric in order to see our strengths and improve our weak areas. The purpose of this process is to give you feedback and so that everyone will be able to earn an “A” in participation. Remember -- EFFORT IS EVERYTHING!
WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS
• 1-2 inch ringed notebook
• 2 dividers: (1) section for packets, (2) section of blank paper for Phrases of the Week (AKA POWs!)
• an assignment book (we will also use Google Calendar and the class website)
• pencils (preferred over pens) and blank paper
• a positive attitude and a smile
LATENESS AND ABSENCE
Be on time for class. If you are late, make sure you have a note. After the third lateness, you will have a detention with me. Repeated lateness will be referred to your grade level principal for disciplinary action. It is your responsibility to complete all class work, homework, tests, and assignments missed due to absence.
If you anticipate an absence, you should inform me as soon as possible. If you are absent from class, you must find out what you missed. You can check the Latin website, or you can contact a classmate. You are required to turn in all work/quizzes assigned while you were present in class on the day you return to school. If you forget, just do your best. Make-up work should be arranged with me the day you return to school, in accordance with the policy stated in the Student Handbook.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES
When students see or hear Latin words or phrases used outside of the classroom (television, newspapers, magazines, books, other classes, etc.) they can earn one point of extra credit per word/phrase. However, this can only be done when all previous homework and class assignments have been completed!!! Please print or type up your found information using the following format:
• Student’s name
• Latin word or phrase
• Literal translation of Latin word or phrase
• Where the phrase was found (source)
There will also be other opportunities for extra credit throughout the quarter, so make sure to take advantage of these offerings. One can earn up to 20 extra credit points each quarter.
THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
• ASK QUESTIONS
• Get extra help
• Memorize new vocabulary every night.
• DRILL, practice, memorize, and DRILL again
• DRILL + EFFORT + TIME = SUCCESS
• Stay on top of the homework, and especially the translations. When you are confused, ask questions.
• Write out your translations on a piece of paper in pencil and bring your translations to class.
• If you are frustrated, it’s okay. You are probably not the only one. Remember to keep trying and see
me for help.
Students and Parents: Please sign and return this packet, showing me that you have read and understand the class policy. Then keep it in front of your class notebook for your records.
Student Signature Date
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Please feel free to ask questions! I am looking forward to the upcoming year!