Monmouth College:  Fall 2016

LAT 101 Elementary Latin, 1 credit

MTHF 2:00-2:50, WH 114

Instructor:  Dr. Wine, office WH 19 x2341; T/Th 11:45-12:15, M/F 3-3:15, and by appointment and happenstance


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The aim for students in Latin 101 and 102 is to learn basic reading and writing skills in Latin as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. At the end of two terms of Elementary Latin a student should know the fundamentals of Latin grammar, have a basic Latin vocabulary, and be able to read any Latin text with the help of a dictionary. Speaking and listening skills in Latin will be encouraged only in order to assist the development of reading and writing Latin. READING Latin is much more important than speaking or writing it.


While Latin 101 and 102 can fulfill partial requirements for a major in Latin or Classics, they are primarily directed towards students desiring to meet the requirements for graduation under the foreign language component of the Language rubric.  The Monmouth College catalogue gives the following description of courses that meet the Language requirement:

          The creation and use of language is the most significant achievement of human beings, for our ability to organize our understanding in verbal symbols and to communicate sets us apart from all other life forms. The symbols of our language make communication possible at many different levels of meaning and allow us to translate our private experience into universal terms.... A sure understanding of language is the foundation of all knowledge, and the ability to use verbal symbols effectively is the most important of all skills. 
          This component provides that every student have experience with a second language. The study of a foreign language allows students to see that their native language often reflects cultural needs and interests at the same time that it shares many basic patterns with other languages.


Kitchell, K. F., and T. J. Sienkewicz.  DISCE! An Introductory Latin Course.  Vol. 1.  Prentice Hall, 2011.
Access to “MyLatinLab”; you may purchase such access for either six or twelve months.  If you buy a new copy of the textbook, access to “MyLatinLab” comes with the book.  If you buy a used copy, you will need to purchase an access code separately.


Vol. 1
ISBN-10: 0131585312   
ISBN-13: 978-0131585317


You will not need Vol. 2 until next semester.
ISBN13: 978-0205835713
ISBN10: 0205835716

Nota Bene: Students are advised not to purchase used textbooks with writing in them.

6/12 Month MyLatinLab access. (12-month is highly recommended instead of 6-month)


“MyLatinLab” includes an electronic copy of the textbook and online exercises which will be assigned daily.  Once you have purchased your access code to Disce’s MyLatinLab, you need to register it at  Then enroll in this course. The code to do so is ____________________.


Be sure to do the Brower Tune-Up (which is Step 1 under “Getting Started” on the first page you are brought to after you log in) even if you don’t think you need to do so.

Purchase of MyLatinLab is required.  Purchase of a print copy of the textbook, however, is highly recommended but not absolutely required. Students choosing not to purchase a print copy of the textbook will be expected to have access to an electronic copy on the laptop in class daily.

Class Goals, Format, and Evaluation:

Exams count as 20% of the final grade, final average of SAM exercises as 40%, daily homework and participation as 15%, the final exam as 20%, and improvement on the diagnostic exam as 5% (average of 2nd score and improved points).


Participation in class doesn’t require all correct answers, but does require attendance and responding to questions, as well as having homework assignments prepared.


Grading scale:  A (100-91), B (90-80), C (79-68), D (67-57).





Schedule:  The following schedule shows when material will be covered in class.  The instructor may make modifications announced in class, however, as necessary, based on class needs and preferences; it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of changes made in class. SAM is the online Student Activities Manual.


Week 1.  

T/ Aug 23.      Ch.1; diagnostic exam #1

H/ Aug 25.     

F/ Aug 26.


Week 2.

M/ Aug 29.     All SAM but 8, 9, 22

T/ Aug 30.        Ch.2

H/ Sep 1.        

F/ Sep 2.         All SAM but 18, 22


Week 3.

M/ Sep 5.         Ch.3

T/ Sep 6.         

H/ Sep 8.         All SAM but 21

F/ Sep 9.          Ch.4


Week 4.

M/ Sep 12.

T/ Sep 13.        All SAM but 18

H/ Sep 15.       Exam #1

F/ Sep 16.        Ch.5


Week 5.

M/ Sep 19.     

T/ Sep 20.        All SAM but 8, 9, 14, 15

H/ Sep 22.       Ch.6

F/ Sep 23.          


Week 6.

M/ Sep 26.       All SAM but 19

T/ Sep 27.        Ch.7

H/ Sep 29.      

F/ Sep 30.        All SAM but 17, 18


Week 7.

M/ Oct 3.         Ch.8

T/ Oct 4.                                 

H/ Oct 6.          All SAM but 16

F/ Oct 7.          Exam #2


Week 8.

M/ Oct 10.       Ch.9

T/ Oct 11.       

H/F: fall break


Week 9.

M/ Oct 17.       All SAM but 14, 15

T/ Oct 18.        Ch.10

H/ Oct 20

F/ Oct 21.        All SAM but 16, 17

Sa/ Oct 22.      CLASSICS DAY



Week 10.        

M/ Oct 24.       Ch.11

T/ Oct 25

H/ Oct 27.        All SAM but 17

F/ Oct 28.        Ch.12


Week 11.

M/ Oct 31.

T/ Nov 1.         All SAM but 12, 16

H/ Nov 3          Exam #3

F/ Nov 4          Ch.13


Week 12.

M/ Nov 7.

T/ Nov 8.         All SAM but 17, 18

H/ Nov 10        Ch.14

F/ Nov 11.


Week 13.

M/ Nov 14.      All SAM but 16, 17

T/ Nov 15.       Ch.15

H/ Nov 17.

F/ Nov 18        All SAM but 17, 20


Week 14.

M/ Nov 21.      Ch.16

T/ Nov 22.

H/F: Thanksgiving break


Week 15.

M/ Nov 28       All SAM but 13, 18, 19

T/ Nov 29        Ch.17

H/ Dec 1.         Diagnostic exam #2

F/ Dec 2.          Exam #4; all SAM but 15, 17

Final Exam: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:30



Course Engagement Expectations

This course is scheduled to meet 4 days per week for 50 minutes for 15 weeks. You should expect to spend on course reading, homework, and assignments approximately two hours outside of class for every hour in class. Assigned activities may take each student a different amount of time to finish, but the weekly average for all students in the course should be 10 hours. Further estimates include:


In-class activities                                                           4.0 hours

Reading and studying of text                                          2.0 hours                                 

Assignments                                                                 4.0 hours

Review of course materials and class prep                     2.0 hours

Average per week                                                      12.0 hours


Academic Honesty:
Students in this course are encouraged to do their homework together together (identical work which is submitted should be acknowledged).. All other classwork, especially quizzes and exams, must be the student's own work. Plagiarism, i.e., copying someone else's work without giving credit, is to be avoided. Such copying--from a book, another classmate's paper, or any other source--is dishonest.

At Monmouth College we view academic dishonesty as a threat to the integrity and intellectual mission of our institution. Any breach of the academic honesty policy – either intentionally or unintentionally - will be taken seriously and may result not only in failure in the course, but in suspension or expulsion from the college. It is each student’s responsibility to read, understand and comply with the general academic honesty policy at Monmouth College, as defined in the Scots Guide ( and to the specific guidelines for each course, as elaborated on the professor’s syllabus.
The following areas are examples of violations of the academic honesty policy:
1. Cheating on tests, labs, etc;
2. Plagiarism, i.e., using the words, ideas, writing, or work of another without giving appropriate credit;
3. Improper collaboration between students, i.e., not doing one’s own work on outside assignments unspecified as group projects by the instructor;
4. Submitting work previously submitted in another course, without previous authorization by the instructor.
(This list is not intended to be exhaustive.)

Writing Center:
The Monmouth College Writing Center offers unlimited, free peer tutoring sessions for students at MC. Peer writing tutors work with writers from any major, of any writing ability, on any type of writing assignment, and at any stage of their writing processes, from planning to drafting to revising to editing. We are located on the 3rd floor of the Mellinger Teaching and Learning Center, and we are open Sunday-Thursday 7-10pm and Monday-Thursday 3-5pm on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment necessary!
Learn more about the Writing Center at our website:


Teaching & Learning Center (TLC):
The Teaching and Learning Center offers various resources to assist Monmouth students with their academic success. All programs are FREE to Monmouth students and are here to help you excel academically. Our services are not just for struggling students, but designed to assist all students to get better grades, learn stronger study skills, and be able to academically manage your time here. Visit them at the 2nd floor of Poling Hall from 8am-4:30pm or on line at They can also be reached at: or 309-457-2257. They want to help you – it’s COOL to get the help early!

Disability Support Services:
Monmouth College wants to help all students be as academically successful as possible. It is the goal of Monmouth College to accommodate students with disabilities pursuant to federal law, state law, and the college’s commitment to equal educational opportunity. Any student with a disability who needs an accommodation should speak with the Teaching and Learning Center. The Teaching and Learning Center is located on the 2nd floor of Poling Hall, 309-457-2257, or