AP Latin Preparation
Term: Yearlong 2018-19, September 4–May 24
Target Grade Levels: Grades 11–12
Instructor: Mr. Kotynski
Schedule: M/W/F 3:30 p.m. EST, 60–75 min.
AP Latin Preparation is an accelerated and advanced course in Latin, designed for students who are ready to take a deep dive in their Latin studies. It is best taken only after spending at least half a year reading unmodified Latin, though a full year of reading is preferable. Unlike other courses, the AP syllabus cannot be modified to suit the students. It requires hard work, dedication, and a love of Latin. The year is roughly divided into two halves: the first half consists of reading selections from Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, while the second half consists of reading selections from Vergil’s Aeneid. In addition to reading Latin, students encounter and discuss the history and culture surrounding the lives of the authors, as well as the literary background of each. The most exciting aspects of the course are the conversations and discussions surrounding the great questions of morality, human responsibility, authorial intent, and historical reliability, and just plain arguing about the characters and their foibles.
Placement & Summer Preparation:
- In order to take this AP preparation course, incoming students must have completed Latin 4: Readings or the equivalent.
- All incoming students must complete the summer work available through the links below. (Note to Students: Please give yourself time to complete this work, since it will probably require you to spread out the workload over a number of weeks.)
- Scholé Academy administers placement exams in order to get to know each student and find the best learning environment for him or her, as we seek to educate our students well and wisely. After registration, a placement exam will be provided to students who have not completed Latin 4 with Scholé Academy online. Registration is finalized when the student’s placement exam has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
The AP Latin Exam: This course prepares students to take the AP Latin exam. While Scholé Academy does not facilitate registration for the exam, students are encouraged to register for the exam individually.
- Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico by Hands-Friedrich Mueller (ISBN: 9780865167520)
- A Caesar Workbook by Rose Williams and Debra L. Nousek (ISBN: 9780865167537)
- Caesar: The Gallic War by Caesar, translated by Carolyn Hammond (ISBN: 9780199540266)**
- Julius Caesar: Dictator for Life by Denise Rinaldo (ISBN: 9780531223314)
- Vergil’s Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6 by Barbara Weiden Boyd (ISBN: 97800865167643)
- A Vergil Workbook (2nd Edition) by Katherin Bradley and Barbara Weiden Boyd (ISBN: 9780865167742)
- The Aeneid by Vergil, translated by Robert Fagles (ISBN: 9780143105138)**: print copy and audiobook versions required
Edward Kotynski grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last fourteen years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited two volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be joining Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski enjoys playing soccer, unicycling, and playing board games. He lives with his wife, five children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
from Classical Academic Press