Lone Pine Latin Curriculum

Why Take Latin?

  • Develop your English skills:  Enrich your vocabulary, improve your grammar, and see how all the parts of the language fit together.  The structure of Latin will transfer to English and help you "see" English grammatical structures.
  • Sharpen your mind!  Develop your logic and organization skills:  The straightforward structure of Latin is a great way to organize your thoughts.  People who say Latin is hard haven’t met Orberg; we do painless grammar, and have a lot of fun in the process. 
  • Latin provides a solid basis for acquiring other languages:  French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Italian are all children of Latin!  English is said to be 60% Latin – especially the fun words like “pugnacious”!  
  • Explore history!  Acquaintance with ancient cultures promotes tolerance and understanding – and is a good way to relate to other people.  The civilizations of Greece and Rome link us with 57 nations on 4 continents.
  • Learn Greek and Roman mythology, learning to catch references that make all types of art (even movies!) richer experiences for you to enjoy.
  • Latin makes you smarter...!  Well, maybe that hasn't been proven, but it sure makes you feel smarter.  smile
  • Join in the fun!  Become a member of an over-2000-year-old club - the "People Who Know Latin" club.  Connect yourself to countless famous people and historical figures.  Discover some clever hidden jokes and messages in literature and popular culture.  Also, join our Latin Club and have a blast at our many events!
  • Connect with Lone Pine history:  From 2006-2017, Lone Pine was best known for our online Latin program which attracted students from around the world and produced the most NLE gold medals, book awards, Colorado JCL State Latin Convention wins, and AP Latin exam scores of 5 per student for any Latin program in existence.
  • Build your resume!  Latin on your transcript shows that you are a solid student working at a college-prep level.  Plus, you can win awards (and even scholarships) by doing well on the National Latin Exam – it’s recognized internationally.  An NLE award is a great achievement to record on your future applications.
  • Boost SAT/ACT scores!  2002 average verbal scores:  All students – 504.  Latin students – 667!  Spanish students – 581.  No other language averaged a higher score than Latin students.
  • Find out the answers to these burning questions:  Who are Julia and Marcus, and why is their brother up a tree? How could a man have been poisoned, if a servant tested his wine before he drank it?  What in the world does “malo malo malo malo” mean?  (It’s a real sentence!)  Why would anyone tie himself to the underside of a giant’s sheep?  (This happened again in WWII – with tanks, not sheep!)  What is a “vomitorium” -- is it really what it sounds like?  What are some hilarious Latin insults?  George Washington wanted to build “stercoraries” in American cities -- would you live near one?  Are you pugnacious or impecunious?  Who is the "word order lady" and why is she hilarious?  Who is Aunt Mildred?


Lone Pine Latin Curriculum:

  • Latin I - High School Latin 1 (Orberg Ch. 1-16), National Latin Exam Level 1

See the Latin I Chapter 16 packet (summarizing the year's learning)

  • Latin II - High School Latin 2 (Orberg Ch. 17-35), National Latin Exam Level 2

See the Latin II Chapter 35 packet (summarizing the year's grammar/vocabulary) and the NLE Syllabus - Intermediate Level - summarizing the year's history, mythology, and culture.  Students also create a large web of famous Romans, detailing the relationships between them.

  • Latin III - High School Latin 3 (Cicero, Caesar, Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, other authors), National Latin Exam Level 3

Latin III students read original excerpts from:

Caesar's De Bello Gallico
Cicero's In Catilinam (I-IV), Pro Caelio, other speeches, and selected letters and essays
Vergil's Aeneid
Ovid's Metamorphoses
Catullus' Carmina
Martial's epigrams
Pliny's letter about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
The Vulgate and Later Latin
Assorted other works, including prose, poetry, and a famous Roman ghost story!

Students finish Latin III with a sufficient Latin background to omit high school Latin or to place into a high level of Latin in 9th grade.


Study Latin until these are funny!





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