Monmouth College:  Spring 2017

LAT 102 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. 1-2.  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 need Vol. 2 about the 3rd week of the 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.


Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

1) Read Latin sentences aloud and understand Latin words when spoken.

2) Recognize and analyze structure of Latin sentences, sometimes with reference to a grammar book.

3) Read Latin sentences and short passages, sometimes with reference to a dictionary and grammar book.

4) Use a vocabulary of Latin words and English grammatical terms to read Latin and analyze grammatical structure.

5) Use an understanding of Roman culture in order to compare their culture with others, including the modern world.

6) Analyze a range of circumstances more intelligently by using skills developed through close study of a language.

7) Use knowledge of Latin vocabulary to develop English vocabulary and understand derivatives.

Class Goals, Format, and Evaluation:

Exams count as 20% of the final grade; final average of assigned SAM exercises as 40%; daily homework, quizzes, 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. Quizzes and exams cannot be made up unless you have notified me before the class that you have an excused absence. Late homework and exercises receive half credit.


Extra credit is available by attending any of the archeology and Fox lectures noted in the schedule. Submit a one-page (minimum) summary and response paper for each, for two points added to the possible 100 points of the final grade.


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.  

M/ Jan 16. diagnostic exam #1

T/ Jan 17.  Ch. 17; R1     

H/ Jan 19.     

F/ Jan 20.  All SAM


Week 2.

M/Jan 23. Ch. 18; R2

T/ Jan 24.        

H/ Jan 26.  All SAM

F/ Jan 27.  Ch. 19; R3


Week 3.

M/Jan 30.                                             AIA:“Medieval Maritime Networks: Tracing Connections in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea”/ Damian; 7:30    

T/ Jan 31.   All SAM   

H/ Feb 2.    Ch. 20; R4

F/ Feb 3.         




Week 4.

M/Feb 6. All SAM

T/ Feb 7.  Exam #1

H/ Feb 9. Vol. II, Ch. 21; R5

F/ Feb 10.       


Week 5.

M/Feb 13. All SAM    

T/ Feb 14.  Ch. 22; R6

H/ Feb 16.      

F/ Feb 17.   All SAM   


Week 6.

M/Feb 20.  Ch. 23; R7

T/ Feb 21.                                AIA: “My Archaeological Summer in Spain” / Davis, 7:30

H/ Feb 23.   All SAM

F/ Feb 24.    Ch. 24; R8


Week 7.

M/ Feb 27.                  

Fox Lecture: “Gladiators”/ Highlander Room, 7:30

T/ Feb 28.  All SAM               

H/ Mar 2.   Exam #2

F/ Mar 3.    no class


Week 8. Mar 6-10: break


Week 9.

M/Mar 13. Ch. 25; R9

T/ Mar 14.      

H/ Mar 16. All SAM

F/ Mar 17. Ch. 26; R10


Week 10.

M/Mar 20.      

T/ Mar 21.  All SAM

W/Mar 22:                                           “Sweet and Spicy Libations: The Earliest Known Wine Cellar from the Middle Bronze Age Palace at Tel Kabri” /Koh, 7:30

H/Mar 23. Ch. 27; R11                        AIA: “The Mouliana Project: Late Minoan Warrior Grave Artifcats from the Bronze Age Collapse” /Koh, 7:30, Knox

F/ Mar 24.      






Week 11.        

M/Mar 27. All SAM

T/ Mar 28.  Ch. 28; R12

H/ Mar 30.      

F/ Mar 31.   All SAM


Week 12.

M/Apr 3.    Ch. 29                               AIA: “Sacrifices to Spectacles: Intangible Expressions of Naval Victory and their Importance” /Lorenzo, 7:30

T/ Apr 4.      Exam #3 (25-28)

H/ Apr 6.        

F/ Apr 7.      Easter break


Week 13.

M/ Apr 17.   Easter break

T/ Apr 18.    All SAM

H/ Apr 20.    Ch.30; R13

F/ Apr 21.


Week 14.

M/Apr 24.   All SAM

T/ Apr 25.   No classes: Scholars Day

H/ Apr 27.   Ch. 31; R14                                 AIA: “Monmouth College Archaeology Research Laboratory: Annual Report” / Jazwa, 7:30

F/ Apr 28.


Week 15.

M/May 1.    All SAM

T/ May 2.     Diagnostic exam #2


Final Exam: Saturday, May 6, 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 (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