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CCH’s Online Catalog: Latin Language Resources

This page last revised:
May 2001

Copyright 1997-2001

Latin Language Resources

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Elementary Latin Resources
For 1st - 6th grades. Latin courses, using both classical and ecclesiastical pronunciation, designed for children in the grammar stage.

Secondary Latin Resources
For 7th - 12th grades. Latin courses for continuing studies or beginning students of Latin, using both classical and ecclesiastical pronunciation, designed for students in the dialectic and rhetoric stages.

Classics in Latin
For 10th - 12th grades. When a dialectic stage Latin course has been completed, students in the rhetoric stage can read the classics in Latin.

This section of the catalog is under construction. Thank you for your patience during this process.

Teacher’s Latin Resources
For 1st - 12th grades. Necessary helps and study aids for teaching Latin in the homeschool.

Elementary Latin Resources

Latin’s Not So Tough!Latin’s Not So Tough!
Karen Mohs

For the 1st-5th grades, or any beginning Latin student. Latin’s Not So Tough! is in a self-teaching consumable workbook format. The first five levels of the series are currently completed, to take the student through the 5th grade. Level One, for 1st grade, is a very easy introduction to the Latin alphabet and classical pronunciation. Level Two, for 2nd grade, reviews the Latin alphabet and pronunciation, and begins vocabulary memorization. Level Three, for 3rd grade, reviews alphabet, pronunciation, and vocabulary, and continues vocabulary learning while introducing simple grammar. Level Four, for 4th grade, reviews alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar, and introduces reading and writing Latin sentences, and more advanced grammar (through five noun declensions and four verb conjugations in the present active indicative). Level Five, for 5th grade, reviews alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar, continues translating and writing Latin sentences, and more advanced grammar (through five noun declensions and four verb conjugations in the present active indicative), and introduces adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. Answer keys, flashcards, and a pronunciation tape are available for each level, and provide further help for the homeschool parent or teacher. While CCH believes that it is preferable to begin a Latin program in the second or third grade after English phonics are mastered, Latin’s Not So Tough! makes a gentle introduction to Latin for younger children, and can be easily used by third graders just beginning their Latin study.

CCH’s Review of Latin’s Not So Tough!

Matin LatinMatin Latin
Karen Craig

For the 3rd-5th grades, or any beginning Latin student. Matin Latin is the newest Latin program in the Mars Hill Textbook series, of which the Latin Primers are also a part. The Latin Primers, written for private schools and teachers with some background in Latin, were the only grammar stage Latin curriculum available to homeschoolers for many years. But because they were not intended for use in homeschools, they were difficult for homeschool parents with little or no background in Latin to use. Matin Latin corrects that problem. Intended for use in homeschools and private schools where the teacher has little or no background in Latin, Matin Latin introduces first English grammar, then its Latin grammar equivalent. The series could be used to learn English and Latin grammar together in the homeschool. It was also designed, as were the Latin Primers, to introduce classical Latin for students wishing to study in Wheelock’s Latin in the late dialectic and rhetoric stages. Book I Teacher’s Edition, besides providing answers for the exercises, also includes lesson plans and teaching helps. Book II continues in the same format, and the Book II Teacher’s Edition also serves as an answer key and lesson guide.

Children in the 6th grade who have completed both Matin Latin I & II may go on to Latin Grammar.

Latin PrimersLatin Primers
Martha Wilson

For the 3rd-5th grades. Meant for beginning Latin students. The Primers focus on vocabulary and paradigm memorization, and includes vocabulary lists and paradigm chants for each lesson, as well as student exercises. The teacher’s edition includes the student exercises key, tests and key, and lesson plans. The Primers were designed for teachers with some familiarity of Latin already, and would be an excellent choice for those parents already working through a Latin course on their own. For the 3rd grade: Latin Primer Book I and Teacher’s Edition. For the 4th grade: Latin Primer Book II and Teacher’s Edition. For the 5th grade: Latin Primer Book III and Teacher’s Edition.

Children in the 6th grade who have completed Latin Primers I, II, and III may go on to Latin Grammar.

Latina ChristianaLatina Christiana
Cheryl Lowe

For the 3rd-5th grades, or any beginning Latin student. The Latina Christiana course consists of two levels. Book I is meant for beginning students of Latin starting in the third grade or higher grammar stage grades. The Book I kit comes with the student book, which includes all the child’s memory material plus exercies for each lesson, and other helps. The teacher’s manual, also included, presents teaching helps for structuring Latin class, student goals for the year, and other beneficial information; as well as lesson plans for each lesson. The teacher’s guide makes no assumptions of prior knowledge of Latin on the teacher’s part, and includes everything you need to know to teach the lesson. A helpful bonus is a running list of review drills to go over at the beginning of every lesson. The kit also includes a pronunciation tape. Latina Christiana Book II covers 25 lessons requiring one or two years to complete. More translation work and lots of vocabulary and memorization drill are built into the lessons, and grammar and syntax are introduced. CCH recommends completing the first 10-12 lessons in the 4th grade, giving plenty of extra time for weekly drill and review exercises, and completing the final 13-15 lessons in 5th grade. The Book II kit comes with the student book, teacher’s manual, and pronunciation tape.

Children in the 6th grade who have completed both Latina Christiana I & II may go on to Henle’s Latin Program, or another dialectic stage Latin program.

Latin Road to English GrammarLatin Road to English Grammar
Barbara Beers

For the 5th or 6th grades; or any beginning Latin student in the 5th or 6th grades and up. It is teacher intensive rather than independent study, but the curriculum gives the teacher with no knowledge of Latin all the help she needs. Latin grammar and translating is covered in three volumes; when a student has completed all three volumes, he is ready to read the classics in Latin. Each volume comes with an extensive teacher’s manual, student text, pronunciation tape, and drill cards. The Latin Road to English Grammar provides the most detailed teacher’s help of all the Latin programs on this page.

CCH’s Review of The Latin Road to English Grammar

Secondary Latin Resources

Henle’s LatinHenle’s Latin Series
Robert Henle

For the 6th-9th grades, or any beginning Latin student in the 6th grade and up. Henle’s Latin series is a complete ecclesiastical Latin course, enabling the student to read the classics in Latin upon completion. This program can be used by dialectic and rhetoric stage beginning Latin students, or grammar stage students that have completed Latina Christiana I & II. The readings are a rich collection from both classical and Christian authors. The grammar and syntax is collected in a separate handbook designed to be used throughout the series. The beginning vocabulary is limited to help children really master grammar without being overwhelmed by a large vocabulary. The explanations are thorough, easy to understand, and appealing. First Year Latin teaches beginning grammar; the Latin Grammar Handbook is required for use with the First Year text and throughout the series. The Second Year Latin text is based on Caesar’s De Bello Gallico (The Gallic War). The Third Year Latin text is based on Cicero’s Orations and Letters. The Fourth Year Latin text is based on Virgil’s Aeneid.

Latin GrammarLatin Grammar
Douglas Wilson and Karen Craig

For the 6th or 7th grade. Latin Grammar can be used after the completion of a grammar stage Latin program, such as Latin’s Not So Tough!, Matin Latin, or the Latin Primers, or for any beginning Latin student in the 6th or 7th grade and up. Latin Grammar teaches classical pronunciation and introduces the grammar, vocabulary, and translation of Latin sentences deductively. The teacher’s edition contains the exercises key and tests and keys.

Latin Grammar IILatin Grammar II
Karen Craig

For the 7th or 8th grade, or after the completion of Latin Grammar. Latin Grammar II builds upon the grammar learned in Latin Grammar, and continues on with more advanced studies. The teacher’s edition includes even more teacher aids than in the Latin Grammar teacher’s edition. The Latin Grammar series is an excellent introduction to Wheelock’s Latin for dialectic stage students, but they are not prerequisite: any beginning Latin student in the 9th grade and up may begin with Wheelock’s Latin.

Wheelock’s LatinWheelock’s Latin
Frederic M. Wheelock

For the 9th grade and up. Wheelock’s is a complete classical Latin course in one text, and is widely considered the best Latin text available. This program is intended for beginning Latin students in the dialectic and rhetoric stages, and is the next text to use after completing the Mars Hill Latin series. Every lesson contains grammar, learned in sequence; ample vocabulary, lots of translation practice from the great Roman writers, readings from the great classical works in Latin; etymology lessons; and other interesting background information on Latin phrases, culture and history. The accompanying student workbook is not required to understand the course, but is helpful for additional practice. Wheelock’s includes a self-tutorial appendix of additional exercises, review, and tests (and key) of every chapter, for those students working through the text independently. When a student has completed this text, he is ready to read the classics in Latin. We have taken 3 to 4 years to complete the 40 chapters in Wheelock’s when studying independently.

Wheelock’s Latin Chapter Translations Key

CCH’s Review of Wheelock’s Latin

Using Wheelock’s Latin in the Homeschool

Study aids for use with Wheelock’s Latin:

Comprehensive Guide to Wheelock’s Latin by Dale A. Grote. Dr. Grote teaches college Latin courses using Wheelock’s; and found that increasingly, most undergraduates had a weak understanding of English grammar which made the explanations in Wheelock’s confusing for them. Rather than spend all his class time answering English grammar questions and how it related to the Latin they were studying, he wrote this study guide for his students so that he could continue to spend class time on Latin. We have found the study guide to be an invaluable help to us in working our way through Wheelock’s. This guide expands and explains important grammatical concepts that the Wheelock text presents too briefly for many contemporary students. It contains full grammatical explanations which aid student comprehension; useful exercises (with answer key) that quickly clear up confusion; and additional etymological information which helps students memorize new vocabulary. An earlier version of the Study Guide is available free on the Internet, written for an earlier edition of Wheelock’s Latin and with the typos still intact, but still quite usable and helpful.

Dale A. Grote’s Wheelock’s Latin site

Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin by Paul T. Comeau & Richard A. LaFleur. This student workbook for Wheelock’s is not necessary to complete the course, but is highly recommended. It provides much additional vocabulary practice, grammar exercises, and translation sentences for every chapter of the Wheelock’s text; for every grammatical concept and new vocabulary introduced. The additional work and practice really helps a child grasp the paradigms, vocabulary and grammatical structure of the language.

38 Latin Stories Designed to Accompany Wheelock’s Latin by Anne H. Gorton & James M. May. In 38 Latin Stories, students can begin reading stories in Latin as soon as they have completed chapter 3 in Wheelock’s Latin. Stories include passages from Greek and Roman mythology, Latin translations of The Odyssey and Iliad, Virgil, Cicero’s Orations, Caesar’s Gallic War, and other classic Roman authors such as Quintilian, Sallust, Horace, Livy, Pliny, and more.

Schola Classical TutorialsSchola Classical Tutorials in Latin
Wes Callihan, tutor

For 9th grade and up. Members of our family have had the privilege of taking several tutorials with Schola now, and it is a wonderful way to learn a subject. Wes Callihan knows his material and his highly qualified, and he is a great teacher--kids love him. The Latin Tutorials are for beginning Latin students who are at least fourteen years old. The text used is Wheelock’s. Latin I covers basic grammar and syntax and includes readings in Latin, and includes cultural and historical study about the Roman and medieval world. Latin II covers the remainder of the grammar in Wheelock’s Latin and includes readings in classical and medieval Latin, including the Vulgate Bible.

The National Latin Exam

For beginning through advanced students of Latin in high school and college. The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and National Junior Classical League, is taken in the second full week of March every even year. Exams are available for high school and college students in every level of Latin study, from first year through advanced. Registrations are due in January of the year the test is to be taken.

The AP Latin Course

For advanced study after completion of a dialectic stage Latin course, such as The Latin Road to English Grammar, Henle’s Latin, Wheelock’s Latin, or Schola Classical Tutorials in Latin. AP Latin comprises two courses, Vergil and Latin Literature, which are designed to correspond to college Latin studies in the fourth through sixth semesters. The basic objectives are progress in reading, translating, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting Latin. AP Latin Examinations are offered for both courses; you may take either one, or both, in any given year. The Latin Literature course contains a Catullus requirement which may be onerous to students, as the poetry of Catullus often dwells on themes of sexual love. In both courses, as in the parallel courses at colleges, the student will be expected to translate accurately from Latin into English the poetry or prose read, and to demonstrate a grasp of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Because the appreciation of Latin literature requires an understanding of the literary techniques of Latin writers and of poetic meters where appropriate, stylistic analysis is an integral part of the advanced work in both courses. In addition, AP Latin courses include the study of the cultural, social, and political context of the literature on the syllabus. The works selected for the AP Latin courses are among those frequently studied in comparable college courses.

Vergil’s AeneidVergil’s Aeneid
Clyde Pharr

Study companion for the AP Latin exam in Vergil. Pharr’s Vergil is an excellent edition of the first six books of the Aeneid in Latin. Each page of Latin text includes vocabulary notes for that page, and explanations of difficult or unusual grammar. The appendices include an extensive review of Latin grammar, vocabulary word lists used in the book, and the history of Vergil and the Aeneid. This excellent book makes reading the Aeneid in Latin a joy instead of a chore, and with the experience gained here in the first six books, the student can go on to the Dover edition to read the final six books with greater felicity. A paperback edition is also available.

Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 10 and 12Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 10 and 12: Pallas and Turnus
Barbara Weiden Boyd

Study companion for the AP Latin exam in Vergil. Vergil’s Aeneid by Pharr, offered above, includes the complete text of Books 1-6 of the Aeneid, and is a necessary tool to study for the AP Latin exam on Vergil, which tests Books 1-6. The exam also tests Books 10 and 12, and this student text, laid out exactly like Pharr’s with all its helpful features, is the perfect aid for the student wishing to complete his studies in Vergil in preparation for the AP Latin exam. A teacher’s edition is also available.

Study aids for the AP Latin Course in Latin Literature:

Catullus: Advanced Placement Edition provides an annotated Latin text of the Catullus selections covered on the AP exam, and a variety of excellent supports including vocabulary lists on the facing pages, explanations of meters and figures of speech, and an introduction to the life and poetry of Catullus. A teacher’s edition is also available, which includes the Latin text, a working English translation, bibliography, and tests.

Cicero’s Pro Caelio provides all the linguistic and background material for the Cicero component of the Advanced Placement exam in Latin Literature, Cicero emphasis. User-friendly for both teachers and students, this presentation of Cicero’s oratorical tour de force features the entire text of the oration with emphasis on the AP passages, vocabulary on the facing pages, notes on difficult grammar and references in the speech, stylistic commentary, comprehensive vocabulary in the appendix, and an introduction to Cicero and his work.

Horace: Selected Odes and Satire I.9 more than meets the needs of the Latin student studying for the AP exam in Latin Literature, Horace emphasis. The book includes the Latin text of selected odes, and the Satire I.9, an introduction to each ode, vocabulary and notes on the Latin with each page of Latin text, and a complete vocabulary in the back of the book. A teacher’s edition is also available.

Ovid: Amores, Metamorphoses provides the Latin text of selections from Ovid’s Amores and Metamorphoses, an introduction to Ovid’s life and works, vocabulary for the Latin that appears in the poems, background notes on the selections, and a bibliography for further study. A teacher’s edition is also available.

The AP Latin Course Website

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