Notes of Lessons: Latin, Class III

Notes of Lessons: Latin, Class III

[We have thought that it might be of use to our readers (in their own families) to publish from month to month during the current year, Notes of Lessons prepared by students of the House of Education for the pupils of the Practising School. We should like to say, however, that such a Lesson is never given as a tour de force, but is always an illustration or an expansion of some part of the children’s regular studies (in the Parents’ Review School), some passage in one or other of their school books.—Ed.]

Subject: Latin • Group: Language • Class III • Time: 30 minutes

By Catherine L. Neligan
The Parents’ Review, 1906, pp. 139-140


I. To increase the girls’ interest in Latin.

II. To increase the girls’ power of reflection by encouraging them to trace the Latin origin of words in our own language.

III. To improve their Latin pronunciation.

IV. To facilitate their translation.

V. To increase their knowledge of Latin grammar.


Step I.—Give the girls a short exercise on the Latin vowels, consonants, and diphthongs, illustrating their approximate sounds on the blackboard as follows:—

Vowels Sounded as in Latin example (from lesson)
ā ahā! ārido
ă ăha! ăquilă
ē spāde tēla
ĕ spĕd tamen
ī feet ūniversī
ĭ fit ĭd
ō nōte nōtus
ŏ nŏt fovea
ū shōe dūcunt
ŭ shŏŏk apŭd
Diphthongs Sounded as in Latin example
ae āisle notae
au cow auxilium
oe boil proclium

Step II.—Girls to read the vocabulary, noticing the gender of each word, also those which resemble any of our English words.

Step III.—Girls to read and translate the following Latin sentences:—

Aquilifer tamen nōn timet. In aquam dēsilit. Nostrī stupent, nam in barbarōs aquilam portat. “Vultis-ne,” exclāmat, “aquilam barbarīs prōdere?” Tum nostrī ex nāvibus dēsiliunt. Barbarīs vada nōta sunt, nostris ignōta. Aliī equōs incitant et cum nostrīs proclium committunt. Aliī in ūniversōs tēla mittunt. Multī Rōmānī summo in perīculō sunt. Cæsar id animadvertit. Itaque scaphās armātīs complet et nostrīs auxilium submittit.

Step IV.—Grammar questions on verbs and prepositions: In, Exand Cum. Declension of Is, Ea, Id, to be written on the board and learnt.

Step V.—Girls to write Latin sentences on the board, using words learnt during the lesson, as Proverb: “The blind man leads the blind man, and they both fall into the ditch.” Our men are in danger. Cæsar notices it, and (he) sends help to our men. The barbarians are in boats. The Romans jump out of the ships on to dry land.