Latin Foundations - Riverside High School
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Latin Foundations

Taught by Benningfield, Allen

Section #: 1060 (ETYMOLOGY)

Etymology, a language studies course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, is the study and application of the derivation of English words and word families from their roots in ancient and modern languages (Latin, Greek, Germanic, Romance Languages). Students analyze meanings of English words by examining roots, prefixes, suffixes.  Students analyze the connotative and denotative meaning of words in a variety of contexts and the reasons for language change.  Students write about word history and semantics in texts that require etymological sensitivity, such as Renaissance poetry or works in translation.

Etymology Project:  Students complete a project, such as doing a case study on specific words or creating a historical timeline of the development of specific words, which demonstrates knowledge, application, and progress in Etymology course content.

Recommended Grade Level: 11, 12
Recommended Prerequisites: 4 credits in English Language Arts
Credits: 1 semester course, 1 credit per semester
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for all diplomas

NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to combine this course with a literature or composition course that
they take before, concurrently, or after the course.