Latin Alive! Book One

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A yearlong course for grades 7-8 and up

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.

Please Note: Due to the extent of the 2017 revisions, we do not recommend using a combination of old and new versions, such as an updated version 3.0 of the student book with an old teacher's edition. We recommend upgrading to Version 3.0 for both the student and teacher's editions. The video is still compatible with either version of the text (but please see our Support tab on our website for a PDF chart of page number changes pertaining to the Chapter 1 video).

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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About the Author:

Gaylan DuBose graduated with high honors from the University of North Texas in 1964 with a major in English and minors in Latin and history. He earned a master of arts in classics from the University of Minnesota, to which he had received a fellowship in 1970. He retired from teaching in May 2010 after 47 years in the classroom. During his career, he was chosen as teacher of the year twice at Travis High School and once at Westwood High School. Recently, the American Classical League honored Gaylan with the prestigious 2016 Meritus Award.

Since retiring, he has continued to tutor individual students in Latin and Greek and also works with elementary school students, tutoring them in reading and mathematics. Gaylan has served on the National Latin Exam's Committee for Scholarship. He also volunteers at the Austin Public Library and is the choir director, organist, and minister of music for his church.

Karen Moore is the lead author for the Latin Alive! series. She began her study of Latin in 7th grade and added Greek to her linguistic studies during her college years. Karen earned a BA in classics from the University of Texas and has her Texas teacher certification for Latin, history, and history secondary education. She has taught Latin (alongside Greek and ancient humanities) to students in grades 3 12 for over 15 years. Currently, she serves as the academic dean and teaches advanced Latin at Grace Academy, a classical Christian school in Georgetown, Texas. Karen is the coauthor of the Libellus de Historia Readers for the Latin for Children series and has also published a Latin for Teachers DVD set based on her acclaimed Latin training camp for teachers.

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I just got my Latin Alive 1 bundle and watched some of the DVD . . . SO EXCITED!! Thank you for allowing me to give my daughter a classical education at home. --Micki, homeschool mom

My son and I are eager to work through the Latin Alive! book. We have already jumped ahead to peek at the readings. He absolutely LOVES the immersion of Roman culture throughout the book. Thanks for a great product. --Melanie, homeschool mom

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