Latin Language Objectives

A student, having completed the fifth through eighth grade sequence of Latin, will possess a strong grasp of Latin vocabulary and be able to manipulate the grammar on a large scale. They will be able to analyze and translate complex Latin passages, and even demonstrate a greater understanding of their own English grammar. In addition, students will expand their English vocabulary with a plethora of Latin derivatives stemming from our various thematic units.

Latin is taught with minimal communication in the language. However, students will exit the program with not only a strong control of the language, but also of Roman history, culture, mythology, daily life, and Rome’s substantial impact on Western Civilization. Students will notice and be able to explain in detail elements in modern culture and how they stem from the Ancient Roman Empire.

Students are assessed in a variety of manners including tests, quizzes, projects and oral presentations.

Latin in and Beyond the Classroom

Students learning Latin have to study, do homework, and practice their language daily...but they also have fun while completing these tasks!

Due to the large emphasis placed on the history of Ancient Rome, Latin students have four years to study the major events of the kingdom, republic, and empire that still have an everlasting impact our current society. Latin students learn about Roman daily life such as mythology, fashion, homes, family systems, and more. In addition, they will celebrate traditional Roman holidays like Saturnalia, Lupercalia, and Rome’s Birthday.

In eighth grade, students take a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago where they apply their knowledge of Roman history, culture, and mythology which they have accumulated over the past four years in this culminating experience. Also, unique to the Latin program, students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, like Certamen, Latin quiz bowl, and take the National Mythology Exam and National Latin Exam. Specifically, the National Latin Exam is given to almost 150,000 students a year throughout the country and has yielded many awards to Wilmette students.

Grade 5 Latin Curriculum Guide (PDF)

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