Latin I

Fall 2008

Instructor: H. W. Haskell
(haskell@southwestern.edu)
x 1554

MBH 223

Office Hours: tba

In this course we will combine translation with grammatical analysis and to devote time to cultural, historical, etymological, and linguistic issues. The ability to read Latin allows one not only to delve into the ancient past, but it helps one to develop a sharper understanding of English and other languages (especially Romance languages) and provides a great foundation for English vocabulary building.

Course text: S. Shelmerdine, Introduction to Latin 2nd printing

You might check out Richard LaFleur's editorial on Latin (fall 2001).

Exams. The exams consist of sentences or passages for translation (Latin to English), which test one's ability to pull together material (grammar & vocabulary).

Quizzes. The quizzes cover memory work (e.g. declensions, conjugations, vocabulary), that is, material that is to be learned for each chapter. This is what I call the "idiot work", by which I do NOT mean that anybody in this class is an idiot: it means that it is purely and simply memorization work, which requires much patience, endurance, and consistency, rather than brilliant analytical powers. Quizzes will be posted in Segue at the "Quizzes" tab. Quizzes will be made available two days before the class date for which they are assigned. Quizzes are due prior to the beginning of class on the date for which they are assigned.

Pop Quizzes. Pop quizzes will be given during class time. The lowest two scores will be dropped in the average. Pop quizzes may consists of questions on paradigms, vocabulary, grammar, or homework assignments.

Homework Assignments. Assignments posted in the daily schedule in the "Assignments" tab above are to be prepared PRIOR to the class period on that date. Assignments are to be submitted on Segue under the "Homework" tab. Homework is assessed not on the basis of the number right/wrong, but rather by effort / genuine attempt.

Class participation: Regular preparation and class participation are expected, and will affect your grade. Foreign language study is such that certain aspects of one's performance cannot be judged by examinations, but rather by class performance. 10% of your final grade will be based upon daily class participation. Effective class participation assumes preparation of daily assignments before class, and therefore submitted homework will be part of the assessment.

Class attendance. Students are expected to go to class regularly. The attendance policy is as follows: students are allowed up to three unexcused absences without negative consequence (i.e. one must be there at least 40 of 43 classes). Unexcused absences in excess of three will result in a class attendance grade based on per cent. (including the original 3): e.g. 20 cuts (17 beyond the three,  53%). This accounts for 10% of the final grade.

Accommodations for students with disabilities: Southwestern University is committed to assisting students with disabilities. Southwestern University will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.  To arrange accommodations students should contact Kimele Carter, the Academic Services Coordinator within the Office of Academic Services (Cullen Building, 3rd floor; phone 863-1536; e-mail carterk@southwestern.edu).  Students seeking accommodations should notify the Academic Services Coordinator at least two weeks before services are needed.  It is the student’s responsibility to discuss any necessary accommodations with the appropriate faculty member.

Grading

Final grades. The plus and minus grading system will be used for final grades. Semester % averages will translate to the following letter grades:

GRADE
INCLUSIVE
% RANGE
GPA POINTS
EQUIV.
A+
96.7-100.0
4.00
A
93.4-96.6
4.00
A-
90.0-93.3
3.67
B+
86.7-89.9
3.33
B
83.4-86.6
3.00
B-
80.0-83.3
2.67
C+
76.7-79.9
2.33
C
73.4-76.6
2.00
C-
70.0-73.3
1.67
D+
66.7-69.9
1.33
D
63.4-66.6
1.00
D-
60.0-63.3
0.67
F
0.0-59.9
0.00
 


Click here to go directly to assignments

 

     
August 25
Monday
   Introduction
August 27
Wednesday
   Read pp. 1-7
August 29
Friday
   Chapter 1: Exc. 1-2
September 1
Monday
   Labor Day - no class
September 3
Wednesday
   Chapter 1: Exc. 3-4 (cf. on-line); Quiz (1)
September 5
Friday
   Chapter 2: Exc. 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 (submit)
September 8
Monday
   Chapter 2: on-line (submit), Exc. 14; quiz (2)
September 10
Wednesday
   Chapter 3: Exc. 15-17
September 12
Friday
  Chapter 3: on-line (submit), Exc. 19-20; quiz (3) 
September 15
Monday
  Chapter 4: Exc. 22-24 
September 17
Wednesday
  Chapter 4: on-line (submit), Exc. 25; quiz (4) 
September 19
Friday
  Chapter 5: Exc. (27), 28-30
September 22
Monday
   Chapter 5: Exc. 31-32, Readings 2-3; quiz (5)
September 24
Wednesday
  Chapter 5: Exc. 33 (submit) 
September 26
Friday
  Reading & review: transl. p. 41; Form id p. 43 
Septber 29
Monday
  Test #1 (1-5) 
October 1
Wednesday
  Chapter 6: online (submit), Exc. 34-35 
October 3
Friday
  Chapter 6: Exc. 36, Reading 4, Practice Sentences (p. 49); quiz (6) 
October 6
Monday
  Chapter 7: online (submit), Exc. 38, 40-41 
October8
Wednesday
  Chapter 7: Exc. 42-44; quiz (7) 
October10
Friday
   Chapter 8: Exc. 46, 48-49 (Fall break starts at 10 pm)
October 13
Monday
   Fall Break
October 15
Wednesday
  Chapter 8: Exc. 50 (submit); quiz (8) 
October 17
Friday
  Chapter 9: Exc. 51 (submit), 53-54 
October 20
Monday
  Chapter 9 online (submit), Readings 8-9, Practice Sentences (p. 69); quiz (9) 
October 22
Wednesday
  Chapter 10: on-line (submit), 58-59 
October 24
Friday
  Chapter 10: Exc. 60 (submit); quiz (10) 
October 27
Monday
  Reading & review: Readings pp. 79-80, form id p. 81 
October 29
Wednesday
  Test #2 (6-10) 
October 31
Friday
  Chapter 11: online (submit), Exc. 63-64 
November 3
Monday
  Chapter 11: Readings. 12-13, Practice Sentences (p. 87); quiz (11) 
November 5
Wednesday
  Chapter 12: online (submit), Exc. 68 
November 7
Friday
  Chapter 12: Exc. 70; quiz (12) 
November 10
Monday
  Chapter 13: Exc. 71, online (submit) 
November 12
Wednesday
  Chapter 13: Exc. 74, 76, Practice Sentences (p. 99); quiz (13) 
November 14
Friday
  Chapter 14: online (submit); Exc. 80-81 
November 17
Monday
  Chapter 14: Exc. 82; quiz (14) 
November 19
Wednesday
  Chapter 15: online (submit); Exc. 87-88 
November 21
Friday
  Chapter 15: Exc. 89, Practice Sentences (p. 113); quiz (15) 
November 24
Monday
 

Chapter 16: online (submit); Exc. 97

Thanksgiving Holiday beg. Nov. 25, 10 pm]

December 1
Monday
  Chapter 16: Readings 17-18; quiz (16)
December 3
Wednesday
  Chapter 16: Exc. 98 (submit)
December 5
Friday