Middle School Latin 1 (Electives)

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

This fun, interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Since mastering a classical language presents different challenges from learning a spoken world language, students learn Latin through ancient, time-honored, classical language approaches which include repetition, parsing, written composition, and listening exercises. These techniques, combined with a modern multimedia approach to learning grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, provide students with a strong foundation for learning Latin. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading comprehension activities, writing activities, multimedia culture, history, and mythology presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on engaging with authentic classical Latin through weekly encounters with ancient passages from such prestigious authors as Virgil, Ovid, and Lucretius. The curriculum concurs with the Cambridge school of Latin; therefore, students will learn ancient high classical styles of pronunciation and grammar in lieu of generally less sophisticated medieval styles, making it possible for students to comprehend the most Latin from the widest range of time periods. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, understand and analyze the cultural and historical contexts of the ancient sources they study, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

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Course Outline

The Middle School Latin 1 course helps students

  • Engage in language learning
  • Master common vocabulary terms and phrases
  • Comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns
  • Engage with primary sources from ancient Roman authors
  • Generate language incorporating basic vocabulary and grammar patterns
  • Read and write for meaning in basic Latin
  • Analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Greek and Roman cultures
  • Regularly assess progress in proficiency through quizzes, tests, and speaking/writing submissions

Vocabulary Theme

  • Each unit presents a new set of vocabulary words pertaining to a particular theme. Each topic is first presented in context and then the vocabulary is further practiced at the word and sentence level. A printable vocabulary list is also provided.

Grammar Concept

  • Each unit introduces a new grammar pattern. The concept is first introduced in a contextualized situation and then presented in a multimedia grammar animation. The concept is then further practiced in several interactive activities throughout the unit. A printable explanation of the pattern is also provided.

Presentation of Culture through Culture Videos

  • In each unit students learn about various cultural aspects (e.g. practices, products, and perspectives) of Greek or Roman cultures through short video presentations.

"Out of Seat" Activities

  • Several times during the year, students are given opportunities to use the language "outside" the course. These are specific assignments directing students to interact in a genuine way with the Latin language and to find application for the study of Latin in their lives.

Written Activities

  • Students complete written activities in each unit. These activities give students a chance to become more familiar with writing Latin along with reinforcing the grammatical forms they have learned.

Primary Sources

  • Each unit contains a primary source which will introduce students to ancient Roman authors such as Vergil, Ovid, Lucretius, Julius Caesar, and Cicero. These brief passages are a chance for students to apply what they have learned to an actual, albeit simplified, passage of Latin.


  • Reading comprehension quizzes verify that students comprehend the main ideas and/or significant details of target language passages or conversations.
  • Culture comprehension quizzes verify that students have understood important concepts presented in the culture presentations.
  • Unit tests assess students' mastery of the vocabulary words and grammar concepts presented that unit.
  • Midterm and Semester Exams are comprehensive in nature. They focus principally on the vocabulary, grammar, and translation concepts taught throughout the units.


  • Journal assignments allow students to make cultural comparisons, reinforce new vocabulary and grammar patterns, and practice communicating in the language.

Semester 1

Table providing curriculum detail for Middle School Latin 1 Semester 1. Navigate on row headings to choose a course topic, then on column headings to find details for each unit.
  Vocabulary Grammar Culture

Unit 1


Grammatical Terms, English Grammar Review, Introduction to Latin Grammar

Introduction to Rome

Unit 2


Case, Gender and Declension

Introduction to the Early History of Rome

Unit 3



Review of cases

Latin Numbers 1-10


Introduction to the Roman Republic

Unit 4

First Declension Nouns

First Declension Nouns

Introduction to the Roman Empire

Midterm Review and Test

Unit 5

First Conjugation Verbs

First Conjugation Verbs

Word Order

Roman Religion

Unit 6

Roman food

Second Declension Nouns

Roman Food

Unit 7

Second Conjugation Verbs

Second Conjugation Verbs

Latin numbers 11-20 

Roman Art

Unit 8

Roman Family

Third Declensions Nouns

Form Review

Roman Family

Unit 9  Final Review and Test


Semester 2

Table providing curriculum detail for Middle School Latin 1 Semester 2. Navigate on row headings to choose a course topic, then on column headings to find details for each unit.
  Vocabulary Grammar Culture

Unit 10

Third Conjugation Verbs


Third Conjugation Verbs

The Roman Domus

Unit 11


Review of Present Tense

Roman Architecture

Unit 12

Months, Days and Seasons

Review of 1-3rd Declension Noun Endings

Roman Holidays

Unit 13

Gladiator and Roman Games

The Imperfect Tense

Roman Games

Midterm Review and Test

Unit 14

Animals and Adjectives

Noun Adjective Pairs

Roman Farms and the Country

Unit 15

Geography and Verbs

Future Tense

Latin Numbers 50-100, 500, 1000

Roman Geography: The Growth of the Empire

Unit 16

Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

The City of Rome

Unit 17

Semester Overview

Grammar Review 1-3 Declensions, 1-3 Verb Conjugations Present, Imperfect and Future

Review of Roman Culture

Unit 18  Final Review and Test
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Number of Lessons and Scheduling

45 minutes

Total Lessons: Two semesters. Each semester consists of 18 weeks (90 days) of content.

Total Lessons: 180

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling