The Forms Series:
Based on twenty years of teaching experience, the Forms Series will be your guide as you and your students continue to successfully climb the mountain of Latin Grammar all the way to the top! The uniqueness of the Forms Series lies in two features:
1. It is committed to the trivium model of teaching grammar systematically in order to facilitate retention and understanding, rather than topically, to facilitate translation.
2. Extensive workbook exercises ensure skills mastery and rapid recognition of inflected forms.
The Forms Latin Series’ grammar-first approach focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary because these are the skills suitable for the grammar stage student. The Forms Series is for students of all ages because all beginners—regardless of age—are in the grammar stage of learning. Syntax (how to use the grammar) and translation are logic- and rhetoric-stage skills, respectively, and quickly overwhelm the student unless they are introduced at a slow, gentle pace and taught for mastery. By the time students reach Fourth Form, they will be so confident they will swallow up the syntax presented in it easier than their counterparts. First Form is the ideal text for all beginners, grades 5 and up, or is a great follow-up to Latina Christiana I at any age. Now every school and homeschool can have a truly successful Latin program that creates Latin scholars rather than Latin drop-outs.
Fourth Form mastery:
- Relative and interrogative pronouns
- Defective verbs
- Infinitives and their use
- Gerunds and gerundives
- Deponent verbs
- Irregular verbs
- Indefinite prounouns
- Purpose clauses
- Sequence of tenses
Sample DVD Lesson
Fourth Form Latin Errata (2022)
Blank Drill Forms
Revised Fourth Form Final Exam
Revised Fourth Form Final Exam Key
First-Third Form Recitation List
Catherine Glass –
My daughter has really taken to Shakespeare. So, while on vacation I was looking for some copies of Shakespeare to pad her library. While sitting in a shop reading the introductions to various editions I was taken with the introduction of the Folger Edition, “Reading Shakespeare’s Language”. The editor claims that for most people reading the language of Shakespeare can be a problem but those who “have studied Latin and those who are used to studying poetry will have little difficulty understanding the language of Shakespeare.” The editor goes on to argue that English syntax, particularly because English places such importance on the positions of words in sentences, contributes to the difficulty in understanding Shakespeare. He also states that Shakespeare uses a lot of inversions, like placing a verb before the subject, which contributes to its complexity for the modern reader. The editor does not make any further link to Latin study and understanding Shakespeare, but I would argue that studying Latin, which does invert words frequently and is an inflected language, really contributes to my daughters ability to read his works with such ease and joy. Catherine