Latin Alive! Book 1 Student Edition

Latin Alive! Book 1 Student Edition

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ISBN: 9781600510540
Grades: 7-AD

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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.

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.

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Category Description for Latin Alive! (Gr. 7-AD):

Maybe you just recently decided to incorporate Latin into your homeschool, and you're looking over your shoulder at the fun and simple elementary programs that are now too basic and ahead at the thick and intimidating upper-level courses available. You wonder, "Can my child really handle that?" If you're wanting to begin now, never fear! This well-designed and manageable course by Classical Academic Press is designed for middle school and high-school students who are just starting out in Latin. The series, which consists of three books and a Reader level, which make up a 3 to 4 year program, provides students the opportunity to learn the Latin language and grammar, using an incremental approach. Drawing upon the successful teaching methodology used in Wheelock's Latin, the authors of this program have in essence taken the best approaches and features of Wheelock's, and designed a thorough course that is more appropriate (and exciting) for middle school and high school beginners. Also, because the novelty of studying Latin only goes so far, the program also does a fantastic job of demonstrating how relevant Latin is to us, even today. If you are not just starting out in Latin, or perhaps even wanting to continue your journey from Latin for Children, you will find much review in Book One, but thorough coverage of grammar and the reading passages from Latin writers will be well worth continuing your journey.

Book One contains 36 chapters, each intended to take a week to complete. Chapters are grouped into units, with several lessons of new material followed by a review lesson. A consistent format is followed through the lessons which always begin with vocabulary and pronunciation before continuing into grammatical lessons, exercises, and reading. The first chapter covers the classical pronunciation of the consonants, consonant blends, vowels and dipthongs. Examples of similar sounds from the English language are provided for each, followed by a Latin example. Syllabication, accent, and basic sentence structure are also discussed, which provides students the foundation to write out the syllables and practice the pronunciation of the rest of the vocabulary in the book which they are asked to do immediately after all new vocabulary is introduced throughout the rest of the book. The grammatical component of the lessons are divided into sections, each of which focus on one grammatical concept. The grammatical rule is explained and then modeled through examples. Exercises are then included for student practice. Several different types of exercises are found in the lessons, including identifying parts of sentences, declining and conjugating new vocabulary, parsing/diagramming/translating, conjugating verbs, translating only, and more. While the grammar portions of the lessons often utilize sentences, each chapter (starting in Chapter 4) also contains a Latin passage for students to read. In Book One, these have been carefully adapted from Livy's History of Rome.

In Book Two, the readings are less "adapted" to match the student's growing skill. The goal in Book Three is for students to be able to read original Latin texts with little help. The readings offer students the opportunity to read real Roman literature while they are learning the language, rather than the invented stories most beginners "cut their teeth" on before they are allowed to jump into the classics. To aid in comprehension, a list of characters mentioned in the passage and a glossary of words that have not been introduced yet in the lesson vocabulary are also included. Reading comprehension questions, which often include both Latin questions (to be answered in Latin) and English questions (to be answered in English) follow the readings and reinforce vocabulary. Additional segments which crop up in most lessons include Colloquāmur, Culture Corners and Derivative Detective.

Colloquāmur sections provide questions and responses in Latin, with the question translated into English. Students can use their knowledge of Latin and clues from the questions and responses to determine the English translation to the response. Additionally, they can use these as conversation practice in Latin. Culture Corners provide a dash of Roman culture and history to learning the language. In Derivative Detective, students dig into the English language to find the Latin origins of words and phrases. Occasionally a Latin in Science tidbit is also included, where students see how the Latin vocabulary they are learning has found its way into science vocabulary. I also like how every lesson begins with one of the state mottoes and seals which is also translated into English.

The Reader level can be used for a fourth year of Latin, or alongside Book 3 for additional translation work during that year. It includes Latin reading selections in many different genres from a variety of authors along with "About the Author" and "Culture Corner" features, helpful appendices and more.

A unit review is included at the end of each unit. These primarily consist of reading passages and multiple choice questions about the passage. Each review includes a passage in English that provides relevant historical and cultural information. This is followed by a suggested series of steps for the reading comprehension review. First, the Latin passage (with English title) is given, with each line numbered for easy reference and a glossary of vocabulary words. The following comprehension questions are multiple choice and many of them reference specific lines in the passage. The review readings have been designed with an eye towards preparing the student for the National Latin Exam or the AP Latin Exam, which is a feature I can’t say I’ve noticed in many other Latin programs at this level.

There is a nice balance in this program between self-instructional and teacher-directed. All the instruction is found in the student book as they read the lessons, work the exercises, and translate passages. The teacher’s book is basically a version of the student’s book (which correlates directly page-to-page) with answers. If you have no background in Latin and your child is a motivated student, you will probably use the teacher’s manual as primarily an answer key. However, there are just enough “extras” included in the teacher’s manual to make it useful for the co-op teacher as well. Besides answers, small shaded boxes appear here and there on the teacher’s manual pages offering suggestions for extra practice, additional activities, and teacher helps.

Although the introduction to the student at the beginning of the book describes the goals of the course well, the teacher’s book provides more background on the specific exercises. At the end of the teacher’s book, you’ll also find translations of all the Latin passages used, as well as unit tests (with answer keys), additional worksheets, and project ideas. Both teacher and student books include appendices with vocabulary presented in each chapter, reference charts and a complete glossary. Please note that the student books are not reproducible, but that the additional worksheets and tests in the teacher’s book are, for your family or classroom only.

The DVD & CD Sets are the next best thing to actually taking a Latin class. Or perhaps they’re better, since you can rewind and pause each lesson as needed! Although at first glance the price tag seems hefty, the set for Book 1 includes seven DVDs which contain video lessons for all 29 chapters. Although I half-expected author Karen Moore to fly through the lessons and concepts, she steadily and methodically progresses through each lesson, presenting material that complements the textbook beautifully. If you are serious about your Latin study and neither you nor your student has ever taken Latin previously, you will find the DVD/CD set a huge help purely from a pronunciation standpoint. As Karen teaches the lessons, she pronounces all of the Latin example words used. Just the repeated exposure to spoken Latin would be a huge help to a student learning to train their ear and tongue to the pronunciation of words that look – but don’t necessarily sound – similar to English.

The CD included in the set features seven tracks that correspond to the seven Unit Readings. An experienced Latin speaker reads each selection slowly and clearly, so students can follow along, and eventually speak along as well. The audio quality of both the DVDs and CD is excellent, and Karen’s deep love of Latin comes across in the lessons. If you are learning Latin for the first time, I think you would find this set a worthwhile investment. With its similarity to Wheelock’s Latin, the variety of activities and extra, and the solid vocabulary and grammar presented, I think you’ll find this a rigorous yet appealing choice to begin learning Latin at the upper grades. – Jess

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Their class requires the 3.0 edition so I wanted a trusted purchase and we love Rainbow Resources!
Melissa E on Aug 25, 2022
Middle schooler showing interest in Latin.
Esther K on Oct 16, 2021
Their class requires the 3.0 edition so I wanted a trusted purchase and we love Rainbow Resources!
Melissa E on Aug 25, 2022
Needed for a class
Carla C on Aug 6, 2022
Middle schooler showing interest in Latin.
Esther K on Oct 16, 2021
This was recommended to me by a friend instead of Henle Latin.
Tracy J on Aug 17, 2021
This book is a great Upper Level Language course with a comprehensive understanding of vocabulary and grammar that really benefits a Jr High or High Schooler's understanding of the English language.
Sarah B on Aug 16, 2021
To preview for a class
Kathleen R on Apr 25, 2021
school required.
Sarah M on Jun 25, 2020
Latin Alive is the best curriculum for preparing a student to take the National Latin exam. The online review games are helpful for memory work.
Shirley C on Jul 11, 2019
Needed for Homeschool Year
Christy L on Jul 8, 2019
"My son used this book last year but did not finish it. He wants to finish this book before moving on to book 2. He really knows his Latin!"
Nancy S on Aug 25, 2017
Christy L on Aug 21, 2017
Wilson Hill Academy course required
Karen R on May 17, 2017
see above
Tori S on Apr 27, 2017
I have 2 children and needed and extra workbook.
Angie R on Oct 10, 2016
For School
Raluca B on Sep 2, 2016
This book is part of our homeschooling curriculum this year.
Heliana E on Aug 4, 2016
need it for homeschool.. this was the brand the co-op teacher selected.
Anna D on Jun 28, 2016
I have the teacher's edition and DVDs. I just needed 2 more student books.
Kim W on Jun 23, 2016
It is a great Latin curriculum, easy to read, and has helpful explanations.
User on Nov 18, 2015
Needed for a class
Carla C on Aug 6, 2022
This was recommended to me by a friend instead of Henle Latin.
Tracy J on Aug 17, 2021
Does each level count as a high school credit?
Katherine on Apr 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I feel each level of this program meets or exceeds my expectations for one year of a high school foreign language. Both of my kids received credit for their high school foreign language requirement at different state colleges. Please note that some colleges require a proficiency test or require additional foreign language credits at the college level.
How much religion is included with this book? Thank you!
A shopper on Aug 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Little to none. There is some on Greek and Roman gods presented with the culture, but it's definitely not the focus of the book.
do I need to have the dvds to teach this course?
viola on Feb 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No. I have them and watched the first lesson, but the instructor just went through the lesson using the teacher's manual. Nothing additional was added. I have not used the DVDs since then. If you have the teacher's guide, you have enough.
I need version 3.0; what version is this text?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We are currently at version 3.0 of this book (for both the student and the teacher book) as of May of 2017.
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