In Latin 3, students take their knowledge and appreciation of Latin to the next level, reading some of the
best Latin prose and poetry ever written or spoken. Great writers, such as Caesar, Cicero, and Catullus,
appeared at a time when a vibrant new religious faith emerged—one that would eventually transform Roman culture. The great Roman poet Vergil himself served as a sort of secular prophet, proclaiming that the golden age of Caesar Augustus would usher in a new era of world peace. Little did he know that it would not be Caesar who would transform the world, but a newborn babe in Bethlehem.
Students’ skills with the Latin language give them direct access to the beauty and power of these great
authors’ thoughts. The power of the Latin language would also be used to convey the spiritual truth that
Christ introduced into the world. The purpose of this course is to strengthen students’ Latin vocabulary as
well as their appreciation for well-crafted writing and the way language enables us to understand the mind of God. Students go directly to the source and recognize why Latin and those who spoke it are still relevant today.
Latin 1, Latin 2
11th – 12th Grade recommended
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
- University of California (UC)
Course Types Available:
• 1 credit – 2 semesters (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
• ½ credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
• ½ credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
• Placement test available
• No credit recovery available
• Students who complete Latin 3 receive honors credit.
Biblical Integration Information:
Biblical Integration goals
• Explain how language is used to have fellowship with God
• Explain how man is separated from and then reconciled to God
• Explain how God’s plan is revealed in culture and language
• Challenge the false beliefs of a pagan culture with examples from Scripture
Themes of Biblical Integration
God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through both oral language (Jesus Christ,
the Living Word) and written language (the Bible). He has also set patterns and guidelines for how humans are to communicate both with Him and with each other. God’s original purpose for language was for us to communicate with Him and with each other with truth and love (Ephesians 4:15); grace (Colossians 4:6); kindness and tenderness (Ephesians 4:32); care (Matthew 12:36); encouragement (1Thessalonians 5:11); and without anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene talk (Colossians 3:8), or haste (Proverbs 29:20). God also intended for mankind to use language in order to live out the greatest commandment: to know and love both Him and our neighbors (Matthew 22:39). He also intended for language to enable us to live out the Great Commission to disciple and serve others, both at home and in our communities (Matthew 28:16-20).
Man’s fallen nature and innate sinfulness impact his ability to use language to communicate respectfully
and gracefully with God and others. Sin leads to pride, confusion, and frustration; as a result, man often values forms and applications of language that are in opposition to God. These alternate forms and applications of language are destructive―cursing rather than blessing―and are often used for sinful purposes rather than truth.
Rather than succumbing to our fallen nature and engaging in forms or subjects of communication that are
in opposition to God, we should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages. We should allow the Holy Spirit to change our hearts in order to align our speech with the heart of Christ. As
we mature in our faith, we become more aware of the positive power of language to express truth, and
of the negative power of language to cause deceit. Receiving the truth from Christ helps us to be discerning when we hear deceitful language. When language is used in a God-honoring way, it has a
positive impact in all aspects of our daily life as well as in the lives of others (Proverbs 13:17). Learning
another language will make us informed consumers, which will enable us to be good stewards of our resources and to offer help to others. This is, in part, how we live out the greatest commandment and the
Great Commission: through our study of foreign languages. When used for God’s glory, language can be
used to build relationships between ourselves and speakers of other languages, as well as to share the gospel and God’s faithfulness with others. As we learn new languages, we build the tools to speak of God’s redemption to all we encounter, even those who speak another tongue. We just have to be willing
to step out of our own spheres and into those of other cultures around the world, in order to share the
truth with all.
Required Course Materials:
• A word processing program (WordPad is sufficient)
• A folder on your hard drive to save your assignments, as well as a non-local back-up location (i.e. Cloud-based folder or email) assignments.
• Plenty of paper for computer printing
• One two-inch, three-ring binder and three-hole punch -OR- Composition notebook for handwritten notes
• One set of subject separators/tabs for your notebook
*Additional common household items, and access to research materials as well as word processing and
presentation software, may be required for the completion of lab activities and/or other assignments. See
course for details.