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Getting to Know the AP Latin Course

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the course and exam.

AP Latin Course and Exam Description

 

Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Latin curricular requirements:

  • The syllabus must have a clear indication of how the required reading list below (both Latin and English) will be distributed over the duration of the course. The Latin readings should be distributed concurrently with their associated English readings. Simply listing the required readings is not sufficient. Required Readings in Latin:
  • Vergil, Aeneid
    • Book 1: Lines 1–209, 418–440, 494–578
    • Book 2: Lines 40–56, 201–249, 268–297, 559–620
    • Book 4: Lines 160–218, 259–361, 659–705
    • Book 6: Lines 295–332, 384–425, 450–476, 847–899
  • Caesar, Gallic War
    • Book 1: Chapters 1–7
    • Book 4: Chapters 24–35 and the first sentence of Chapter 36 (Eodem die legati … venerunt.)
    • Book 5: Chapters 24–48
    • Book 6: Chapters 13–20

Required Readings in English:

  • Vergil, Aeneid
    • Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12
  • Caesar, Gallic War
    • Books 1, 6, and 7.
  • The syllabus must describe instructional strategies (e.g. activities or assignments) that provide opportunities for students to read and comprehend Latin poetry and prose. These strategies must address at least 2 skills in Skill Category 1. Evidence must be provided that instructional strategies are applied throughout the course. And one of the skills must be Skill 1.I – “Demonstrate overall comprehension of passages in Latin texts.” The instructional strategy must be labeled with the skill(s).
  • The syllabus must describe instructional strategies (e.g. activities or assignments) that provide opportunities for students to translate Latin texts as literally as possible into English. At least 1 of these strategies must address 1 of the skills in Skill Category 2. Evidence must be provided that instructional strategies are applied throughout the course. The instructional strategy must be labeled with the skill(s).
  • The syllabus must describe instructional strategies (e.g. activities or assignments) that provide opportunities for students to relate Latin texts to Roman historical, cultural, and literary contexts. At least 1 of these strategies must address a skill related to each of the 3 contexts in Skill Category 3 (see below). Evidence must be provided that instructional strategies are applied throughout the course.
    • Skills in Skill Category 3 related to each context: Historical Contexts: Skill 3.A, Skill 3.B Cultural Contexts: Skill 3.C, Skill 3.D Literary Contexts: Skill 3.E, Skill 3.F. The instructional strategy must be labeled with the skill(s).
  • The syllabus must describe instructional strategies (e.g. activities or assignments) that provide opportunities for students to analyze linguistic and literary features of Latin texts. At least 1 of these strategies must address 1 of the skills in Skill Category 4. Evidence must be provided that instructional strategies are applied throughout the course. The instructional strategy must be labeled with the skill(s).
  • The syllabus must describe instructional strategies (e.g. activities or assignments) that provide opportunities for students to develop an argument that analyzes Latin poetry and/or prose. At least 1 of these strategies must address 1 of the skills in Skill Category 5. Evidence must be provided that instructional strategies are applied throughout the course. The syllabus must include evidence that the practice of these skills culminates in a series of essays, on average once a month. The instructional strategy must be labeled with the skill(s).
  • The syllabus must provide opportunities on at least a monthly basis for students to demonstrate comprehension of passages of Vergil and Caesar not included in the required reading lists, as well as passages from other authors read at sight. And the syllabus must list the authors read at sight.

Authors recommended for sight-reading work include:

  • Prose authors: Nepos, Cicero (but not Cicero’s letters), Livy, Pliny the Younger, and Seneca the Younger
  • Poetry authors: Ovid, Martial, Tibullus, and Catullus
  • Portions of the works of Vergil and Caesar that are not included in the required reading list

AP Latin resource requirements:

The school ensures that each student has access to his or her own copy of the required passages of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War in Latin and the entire works in English.

Because world language instruction targets proficiency building, which can be accomplished in multiple ways with or without a specific textbook, the AP Latin course does not have a list of example textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Latin.

This annotated sample AP Latin syllabus shows how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

AP Latin Sample Syllabus 1 (.pdf/518KB)

Review this document for help creating your syllabus.

Syllabus Development Guide: AP Latin (.pdf/142.17 KB)

This resource includes the guidelines reviewers use to evaluate syllabi along with three samples of evidence for each requirement. This guide also specifies the level of detail required in the syllabus to receive course authorization.

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