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Course Catalog 2017-2018

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Latin II

Latin IV: Roman Religion

The students in Latin II continue with the Cambridge Latin series, which employs the inductive method of learning Latin. In this reading method, students not only gain proficiency in reading Latin passages but also acquire a considerable amount of cultural information. Unit III finds us in Roman Britain in the year 83 A.D., and we continue to follow Quintus, a young man from Pompeii, whom we first met in Unit I. The story line involves military exploits and political struggles, with tales of loyalty and treachery that tie in well with background readings on myriad cultural topics and historical events. More complex grammatical constructions are also introduced in Unit III, and students are well on their way to making the transition from reading stories to unaltered Latin texts. The study of mythology in Latin II focuses on the hero paradigm. After studying the major Greek heroes, students present, in the second semester, a modern reincarnation of the hero from a movie, television series, or book of their choice. (1 credit; full year)

Roman religion was not just a single religion but encompassed a vast collection of gods and deities from all corners of the Roman Empire. The Romans themselves discussed the nature and meaning of their religious practices, such as divination, and questioned the value of religion itself. We will read a wide range of thinkers on these topics, from philosophical works to poetry from religious festivals to comedies and novels. Our study of this polytheistic world will provide us with a comparative viewpoint from which to look at the role of religion in the world today. (1/2 credit; second semester)

Chinese Language and Culture This is a beginning course in Mandarin Chinese. The students learn all the elements of the language, memorizing over 300 characters and learning the pronunciation and tone for each word. Students participate numerous times a day as they work together on projects and dialogues. The class uses various games to empower students to speak Chinese and have fun communicating with each other. Students will be able to introduce themselves, their friends, and family members. They will also learn to discuss their hobbies, school, dates, time, and food. The class combines language learning with exploration of the culture. The students are exposed to music, food, ancient games, historical events, holidays, and traditions as well as current topics impacting China and Chinese speaking countries. The class will view several movies that depict females as concubines or as young girls with bound feet in the past, as martial artists, and as modern women in Shanghai. By combining the study of language and culture, the students gain an understanding of an important part of the global community. Grade Level: 9-12 (1 credit; full year)

Latin III Unit IV of the Cambridge Latin Course brings us back to Rome in the year 83 A.D., and we see the continuous storyline, which began in Unit I, come to a dramatic close. Students are now poised to make the transition from stories to literature and do so by reading and analyzing selections from various authors, including Pliny, Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, Tacitus, Martial, and Cicero. The study of mythology in Latin III focuses on Greek drama. Students read five of the most important and influential dramas of classical Athens, including Oedipus Rex, Medea, and the Oresteia. (1 credit; full year)

Latin IV: The Myths of Rome This one-semester course will examine the stories that Romans of the early Empire told about the origins, peoples, and gods of early Rome. We begin with Livy’s history of Rome, ab urbe condita, which recounts the myths surrounding Rome’s early beginnings, including its founding. From Livy we move to Propertius, who, though wellknown for his love elegies, moves into the realm of myth at the end of his career, retelling many stories of early Rome. Finally, we read Ovid, who wrote two masterpieces during the Augustan period, Fasti and Metamorphoses, the former full of myths of early Rome, and the later incorporating Julius Caesar and Augustus into the world of myth. Throughout, we will ask what the difference between history and myth was for the Romans and what it is for us today. (1/2 credit; first semester)

ESL Small in size, this class is designed to provide intensive support for the international student whose English language skills need strengthening. Great emphasis is placed on oral comprehension, a crucial skill for all other classes and for a healthy adjustment to the Miss Hall's community. Grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and understanding elements of American culture are included in this year-long course. This class is usually offered to ninth grade students. (1 credit; full year)

Advanced ESL This year-long course is structured to increase international students' confidence in their ability to read academic material with solid comprehension and increasing speed. Readings from current events, psychology, government, the natural sciences and literature, as examples, are used for discussions, collaborative projects, and writing prompts. Advanced grammar studies and vocabulary exercises support the curriculum. (1 credit; full year)

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Miss Hall's School 2017-2018 Course Catalog  
Miss Hall's School 2017-2018 Course Catalog