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Honesty and Plagiarism:
Students are encouraged to do their homework together. 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. Any student submitting plagiarized work will
receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or
nearly identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will
receive a failing grade.
This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor,
provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.
This course is primarily directed towards students desiring to meet the
freshman requirements for graduation under the foreign language component of
the Language rubric. Elementary
Latin can also fulfill partial requirements for a major in
Latin or Classics.
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.
The aim of these courses 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.
for Latin 101/102
Frederic, and Richard LaFleur.
Sixth Edition, Harper
Collins 2000. Paperback.
Paul T. and Richard LaFleur. Workbook for Wheelock's LATIN.
Third Edition, Revised. Harper Collins, 2000.
Groton, Anne, and James May.
38 Latin Stories Designed to Accompany Frederic M. Wheelock's Latin
Third Edition, Revised. Bolchazy-Carducci
Publishers, 1989. 0865162336
Goldman, Norma, and
English Grammar for Students of Latin:
The Study Guide for Those Learning Latin
Second Edition. The Olivia and Hill
Press, 1996. 0934034192
New College Latin and English Dictionary
Mass Market Paperback, 1995, 0553573012
Standing offer for extra credit:
If you submit a 250-word review of one of these books to
www.amazon.com and send the link to the
instructor, you will get extra credit in this course. This offer two weeks
before the end of the semester.
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Class usually meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from
8:00 A.M. until 8:50 A.M. in the Capron Classics Room of Wallace Hall.
Occasionally Thursday meetings may replace
other regular meetings. There will be daily assignments from the
textbook. In addition, there may be a number supplementary readings in
Latin and map work.
Summary of Grading:
The goal is for all students to earn the best possible grade. The
grading system is designed to give each student maximum control of the
final grade earned. The focus of all assignments, quizzes and tests is
not grading but learning.
The starting point for the final course grade is the average of all
the exams. Students will be encouraged to correct their exams for half
credit on points lost.
A low exam average can be raised by successful completion of
homework assignments and "essential idea" exercises which are
administered in class on a daily basis. Students can correct and
resubmit homework assignments for a higher grade and can improve their
performance on these essential ideas by retaking the exercises before
or after class. If the average of the grades on these homework
assignments and "essential idea" exercises is higher than the exam
grade average, the final grade will be adjusted up accordingly. A
student with a passing average for homework and "essential idea"
exercises is guaranteed a passing grade in the course (no matter the
exam grade average).
Workbook assignments are optional. Each workbook assignment
submitted on time (and then returned with corrections) will earn two
extra points on the next exam.
Each student is permitted three unexcused absences during the
semester. Any additional unexcused absence from class will result in
the loss of one point on the final grade for each absence. ("Sleeping
in" is not an excuse.)
This webpage was prepared by Professor
Thomas J. Sienkewicz
of Monmouth College. If you have any
questions, you can contact him at
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