This is a pivotal year, and one that is fun to teach. You get to help students make the transition from adapted to unadapted texts, not yet hindered by text-prep anxiety (unless you teach IB, but that’s more reasonable).
Over the past few years, I have broken the year down into units, which gradually have students reading more unadapted classical texts, but dealing with the content of the classical authors throughout.
In the Syllabus, the following broad units are introduced:
I. Review reading and activities, Student Interest Questionnaire, Latin Motto Project; Myths and Fables, Stories from Ancient Rome. Adapted Novellas based on Roman literary sources.
II. Prose: Letters, history, Fiction, biography, philosophy (Petronius, Cicero, Seneca, Pliny, Livy)
III. Catullus and introduction to Poetry, including scansion and rhythm.
IV. Caesar: the man and his writings (including AP selections)
V. More Poetry (selections from Vergil, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, among other authors)
Intro, review reading,
Cloelia Unit (though I’m starting to use this at the end of year 2)
Pliny-Vesuvius unit. More about learning content via adapted texts and short passages from the letters of Pliny. Culminating project.
Friendship: Cicero De Amicitia selections (also Seneca)
Catullus (get the Amstutz book)
Horace, Propertius, Sulpicia
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