Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

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AP Latin


Jacqueline Cross


Phone Number

856-848-8200 #527

Course Website

Google Classroom Code: hpigy

Course Description

        AP Latin is designed to give students the experiences needed to be successful on the College Board AP Latin exam. The course’s goals are to develop the students’ abilities to translate the required passages from Caesar’s De bello Gallico and Vergil’s Aeneid into English as literally as possible, to help them understand the context of the written passages (including the political, historical, literary, and cultural background of each author and text), and to help them understand the reasons behind the particular style of writing and the rhetorical devices employed. The course should also help students to be successful in analyzing Latin passages to understand how and why the author uses the language in a particular way and the effects he is hoping to produce. Students will learn to analyze the text and draw their own logical conclusions. This course should give students tools to read Latin prose and poetry aloud and with accurate comprehension and appreciation. For the Vergil text, students will learn dactylic hexameter and how it is used to enhance the text and create effect, and students will scan the poetry at least once a week.

Students are expected to keep up with assignments on a daily basis. At each class meeting, they will be expected to translate literally and demonstrate comprehension of the Latin passages from books 1, 4, 5, and 6 of Caesar’s De bello Gallico in the fall semester and passages from books 1, 2, 5, and 6 in Vergil’s Aeneid in the spring semester, prior to taking the AP exam.  

Required Readings in Latin                                        

Required Readings in English

Course Expectations and Assessments

Course Policies 

        Homework is an essential part of learning Latin.  Homework provides an opportunity for you to practice independently what students have learned in class, to extend learning beyond the classroom, and to help students prepare for upcoming lessons and discussions.  Homework WILL be collected, checked, and graded as part of their support grade.

        Students may retake primary assessments within ONE WEEK of receiving a grade on the original assessment.  In order to be eligible for a retake, students must complete a Retake/Test Corrections Form.  Students may NOT retake benchmark assessments.

        All work your student completes in this class must be original.  This means not copying work or answers from another source (including Google Translate), another person (unless working together in a group), or submitting work that was previously completed for another class.  Any work found to be NOT original will receive a 0% and may be reported to administration.

Textbook and Materials


        Weekly lesson plans are available for parents and students to view in Google Classroom.  Students can always either email me or come up to me to ask for extra help.  I can meet with students before school, during lunch, or after school.

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences