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LATIN 101 C: Introductory Latin

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 11:30am - 12:20pm
MLR 316
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Grace Funsten

Syllabus Description:

Latin 101 — First Year Latin

Autumn 2018, MTWThF 11:30-12:20, MLR 316


Instructor: Grace Funsten                          


Office: Denny Hall 400K

Office Hours: Th 2:00-3:00 & by appointment


Download the full syllabus here: Funsten Fall Syllabus.docx


Required books:

  • Wheelock's Latin.(7th ed.) This book explains Latin grammar and syntax and contains many short readings from ancient Roman authors and many practice exercises. In Autumn term we will complete chapters 1-15.
  • Thirty-Eight Latin Stories. (5th ed.) Designed to accompany Wheelock's Latin(7th ed.)


Schedule (as of November 30, 2018):


NOTE 1:This schedule only includes a rough outline of weeks 3 through 11. I will keep you updated on the assignments for the following weeks via email and Canvas.

NOTE 2: Any exercises or readings listed for a particular day are meant to be completed for that day.


Week 1

W        Sept 26: Introduction, pronunciation, parts of speech

TH      Sept 27: Wheelock Chapter 1: verbs & adverbs

F          Sept 28: Vocabulary, Sententiae 6-15


Week 2

M        Oct 1: Wheelock Chapter 2: Cases, First declension nouns and adjectives

T         Oct 2: Vocabulary, Sententiae 10-15, 18

W        Oct 3: Wheelock Chapter 3: Second declension nouns and adjectives

TH      Oct 4: Test 1 Review Sheet

F          Oct 5: Test 1


Week 3: Chapters 3, 4, and 5

M        Oct 8: Vocabulary, Chapter 3 Sententiae 1-5

T         Oct 9: Wheelock Chapter 4: Second declension neuter & sum

W        Oct 10: Vocabulary, Chapter 4 Exercitationes 1-6, 11

TH      Oct 11: 38 Latin Stories: Pandora's Box (p.2)

F          Oct 12: Vocab Quiz 1Wheelock Chapter 5: future and imperfect of first and second conjugation


Week 4: Chapter 6

M        Oct 15: Chapter 5 Exercitationes 6-11

T         Oct 16: 38 Latin Stories: The Adventures of Io (p. 6)

W        Oct 17: Wheelock Chapter 6: sum and possum, complementary infinitive

TH      Oct 18: Chapter 6 Exercitationes 1-5

F          Oct 19: Test 2


Week 5: Chapters 7 and 8

M        Oct 22: Wheelock Chapter 7: Third declension nouns  

T         Oct 23: Chapter 7 Sententiae 3-8

W        Oct 24: 38 Latin Stories: Cleobis and Biton (p. 10)

TH      Oct 25: Wheelock Chapter 8: Third conjugation present  

F          Oct 26: Chapter 8 Exercitationes 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10


Week 6: Chapter 9

M        Oct 29: 38 Latin Stories: Laöcoon and the Trojan Horse (p. 12)

T         Oct 30: Wheelock Chapter 9: hic, ille, istic, UNUS NAUTA adjectives

W        Oct 31: Chapter 9 Sententiae 1-7

TH       Nov 1: Review Sheet for Test 3

F          Nov 2: Test 3 (will cover chapters 1-8)


Week 7: Chapters 10 and 11

M        Nov 5: Wheelock Chapter 10: fourth conjugation verbs 

T         Nov 6: Chapter 10 Exercitationes 8-13

W        Nov 7: Extra credit Quiz: hic, haec, hoc. Wheelock Chapter 11: ego, tu, demonstratives is and idem 

TH      Nov 8: Chapter 11 Exercitationes 1-4, 10-12

F          Nov 9: Vocab Quiz 2. 38 Latin Stories: Ulysses and the Cyclops (p.18)


Week 8: Chapter 12

M        Nov 12: Veterans Day, NO CLASS

T         Nov 13: Wheelock Chapter 12: Perfect active system  

W        Nov 14: Ch. 12 Sententiae 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

TH      Nov 15: Review Sheet for Test 4

F          Nov 16: Test 4 (will cover ch. 1-12)


Week 9: Chapter 13

M        Nov 19: Wheelock Chapter 13: reflexive pronouns and possessives

T         Nov 20: Chapter 13 Exercitationes 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12

W        Nov 21: 38 Latin Stories: Echo and Handsome Narcissus

TH      Nov 22: Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASS

F         Nov 23: Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASS


Week 10: Chapters 14 and 15

M        Nov 26: Wheelock Chapter 14: third declension i-stem 

T         Nov 27: Chapter 14 Exercitationes: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13

W        Nov 28: 38 Latin Stories: Europa and the Bull

TH      Nov 29: Wheelock Chapter 15: numerals, expressions of space and time

F          Nov 30: Vocab Quiz 3, Chapter 15 Sententiae: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8


Week 11: Review

M        Dec 3: 38 Latin Stories: How the Aegean got its Name

T         Dec 4: Verb Review (hw for today: conjugation worksheet)

W        Dec 5: Extra Credit Quiz (verb tenses), Vocabulary Review (hw for today: vocabulary worksheet)

TH      Dec 6: Nouns and Adjectives Review (hw for today: declension worksheet)

F          Dec 7: Final exam review (hw for today: final exam review sheet)


FINAL EXAM:Wednesday, Dec 12, 2017, 2:30-4:20 p.m. in MLR 316


Recent UW first year Latin students want you to know:

Latin is a breath of fresh air from the usual STEM courses I take. It is a totally different type of learning that exercises a different part of the mind. The course load was manageable and the stories you will read are very interesting. -Pre-med Biology major class of 2020

I'm taking Latin because it really connects to a lot of modern languages and it is easy to see the parallels. Plus, it is super interesting and fun to learn! -Physics major class of 2018

I'm taking Latin because I read lots of history books and many great works were written in Latin. I wish to understand English and other languages in a historical context by studying the root language they descend from.-Environmental Science major, class of 2017

I needed to fulfill my language requirement and Latin was the most interesting language that I was able to take.
-Physics major

Latin is a language I have wanted to learn for a while and need a language credit was just what I needed to push me here. And I have loved every second of it.-Biochemistry major class of 2018

Taking Latin ... has showed me many of [the origins] of words in other languages, especially English ... It's a beautiful language that takes you back in time to thousands of years ago.-Psychology major class of 2017

Latin is an amazing course that stimulates the mind and develops fascination for a world now 2000 years old.
-Electrical Engineering major

I am taking Latin because I want to be an attorney and Latin is giving me a good basis in the meaning of legal terms. Taking Latin is also a great way to expand your vocabulary and develop your grammar skills. -Business and Political Science

I am taking Latin because it is very useful for the study of History, but also because it enhances an in depth understanding of language as a whole.
-History major class of 2017

Latin is an interesting language that I found very useful in my STEM courses, more so than I expected. It provides insight and a deeper understanding of various subjects and it's quite universal!-Biochemistry and Chemistry major class of 2017

Latin can be seen everywhere once you start looking for it, even in the physical sciences.-Biochemistry and Chemistry major class of 2017

Latin is incredibly useful in learning the roots of lots of words in science, so it makes memorizing scientific terms a lot easier. It is also fun to be able to read literature written thousands of years ago. -Biochemistry major

Catalog Description: 
An intensive study of grammar, with reading and writing of simple Latin prose. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:12pm