planning year 3

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.

Syllabus from 2017-18

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,

student motto t-shirt project

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.

Petronius Trimalchio

Friendship: Cicero De Amicitia selections (also Seneca)

Catullus (get the Amstutz book)



Horace, Propertius, Sulpicia

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