A yearlong course for grades 7-8 and up
REVISED VERSION 3.0 TEXT (2017). Please see compatibility notes below.
The Latin Alive! series is a relevant, rigorous, yet engaging introduction to Latin for middle and high school students. This Latin curriculum will truly make the Latin language come alive both for students who have studied Latin (such as students who have completed the Latin for Children curriculum) and for those who have not previously been introduced to Latin.
Written by experienced and enthusiastic Latin teachers, the Latin Alive! series provides complete Latin training that enables students to read and translate original Latin. The Latin Alive! series features a unique blend of grammatical training and engaging reading of original Latin texts that will help maintain student interest and impart skill, capacity, and mastery. Where other curricula downplay training in grammar, the authors of this series have found a way to teach grammar so that students understand and enjoy it. The authors present Latin grammar in small, digestible sections that are clearly illustrated and explained. As students find success decoding and reading Latin, their pleasure will increase.
The Latin Alive! series also creates student enjoyment by illustrating the relevance of Latin in history, ancient and contemporary culture, the Romance languages, English derivatives, and the grammatical structure of English. Students will see in multiple ways the benefits of Latin study. By providing training in Roman culture, myths, and history (as well as robust Latin instruction), the series also prepares students well for the National Latin Exam and an Advanced Placement Latin course.
Latin Alive! Book 1 (Student Edition) contains 36 weekly chapters, including 7 review chapters. Clear grammatical explanations explain all five noun declensions and cases, all verb conjugations, irregular verbs, and various pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. Each chapter begins with the Latin motto of a United States state seal and includes extensive study of Latin derivatives. The student edition also includes contributions by Christopher Schlect, historian and academic dean at New Saint Andrews College.
Please Note: Due to the extent of the 2017 revisions, we do not recommend using a combination of old and new versions, such as an updated version 3.0 of the student book with an old teacher's edition. We recommend upgrading to Version 3.0 for both the student and teacher's editions. The video is still compatible with either version of the text (but please see our Support tab above for a PDF chart of page number changes pertaining to the Chapter 1 video). The version number can be found on the copyright page of each book (see example here).
How does this text compare with Latin for Children?
This first text in the Latin Alive! series serves as both an introduction for middle school and high school students who have not previously studied Latin, and also as a “bridge text” into more advanced study for students who have studied Latin in grammar school. If your student has gone through all of the Latin for Children primers, you will find this first year of Latin Alive! to be one of accelerated review, with greater explanation of grammar and increased reading and translation.
Dimensions: 8.5in x 11in
Karen Moore, Author
Gaylan DuBose MA, Author