Eighth grade Latin moves at a faster pace, preparing students for upper-school-level work. With their understanding of pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs, they begin to translate with more precision, focusing on the works of Roman authors, historians, and poets. They learn more Latin expressions that have been absorbed into English (i.e. habeas corpus, sub poena, etc.), create a graphic novel version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and design travel brochures for ancient Rome based on their own research. They also hunt for signs of Roman architecture on the East Side and visit the ancient art gallery at the RISD museum.
French speakers learn past and future conjugations, expand their understanding of contextual vocabulary, and begin to write complex sentences. Students are continually reading, writing, and speaking to develop both their understanding of the structure and pronunciation of French. They take the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL).
In connection with their study of the Rwandan genocide in History, students review the history of colonialism in Africa, and the role that language played in cultural power struggles. Students are introduced to Francophone literature by studying texts and excerpts from numerous French writers.Inquire