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April 3, 2013

School hopes Latin curriculum will boost student SAT scores

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They pointed out that no one speaks Latin anymore, so when they learn to use full sentences, it will be like talking in code.

Sixth-grade English and homeroom teacher Patrick Murphy said his students were absorbing the Latin lessons like sponges. They were moving so quickly through the textbook that he’s come up with other ways to teach them about the language.

Last week, students were working on a project called “Latin Is Alive.”

The children had to provide examples of scientific terminology that comes from Latin, everyday words that come from Latin, mottoes of states or universities that use Latin, inventions of ancient Romans that we use today and Latin abbreviations.

He also had students create their own lessons to teach third-graders to pray the rosary in Latin.

Some children developed songs to help the younger students commit prayers to memory. Others developed games on the computer that quizzed students on the prayers.

Developing those lessons helped the sixth-graders, too.

“I learned [the prayers] by going over it when I recreated this lesson,” Dominic Schultz said.

Murphy said he would be sending the lessons to third-grade teachers to help them plan their Latin lessons.

Keogh said she took Latin classes in college, but her third-graders are “schooling” her now. They know more than she does, she said.

And they love it, she said.

“They think it’s neat,” Keogh said. “It’s a great program. It’s such a beautiful language when you hear it.”

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