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AP® Latin

For new and experienced AP teachers

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Latin curriculum, drawing from the Curriculum Framework
  • Build activities and assessments that will help students read, understand, translate and analyze Latin poetry and prose
  • Help students reach beyond translation to read with critical, historical and literary sensitivity
  • Implement strategies to effectively prepare students for the AP exam
  • Develop or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements

Workshop materials

Each participant will receive a copy of the Workshop Handbook and Resources, which contains:
  • AP Latin Course and Exam Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Latin and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Latin Practice Exam
  • AP Latin free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary)

Curriculum Module: Using Context to Enhance the Teaching of Caesar's De Bello Gallico

The name Julius Caesar is universally recognizable, but the perceptions of his persona often focus on the warrior-general or on his death as portrayed in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. Latin teachers know Julius Caesar's De Bello Gallico and De Bello Civile. In both works, the central issues involve war and leadership. The redesigned AP Latin course asks students to read carefully through text, analyze vocabulary usage, understand the content and, especially, comprehend and evaluate the military leader who both fought in and wrote about the Gallic Wars during the first century B.C.E. The lessons in this curriculum module consist of six learning activities that explain how teachers can use background information from primary sources to heighten students' contextual knowledge of the Latin text they will translate.

  • Lesson 1: Making Sense of War and Caesar's Use of Force in the Context of Roman Culture
  • Lesson 2: Caesar's Qualities as a Roman General in the First Invasion of Britain
  • Summative Assessment

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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