Vergil Workbook (A)
By Barbara Weiden Boyd, Katherine Bradley
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This Aeneid workbook has been carefully constructed by experienced teachers for students of Vergil at both the college and high school level. The workbook contains 1,856 lines of Latin text, the required reading for the AP* Latin Vergil Exam, which focuses on key passages in the epic. The passages, divided into thirty lessons, are accompanied by a set of 5-6 exercises that enable students to improve their Latin comprehension skills, and maximize their understanding of Vergil’s multilayered epic masterpiece.
A Teacher’s Manual is available separately.
A Vergil Workbook, 2nd Edition, scheduled for publication March, 2012, is being revised to correlate with the new 2012–2013 AP* curriculum. To learn more about the revised second edition, visit the 2nd Edition page.
- Latin text of the Aeneid includes 1. 1–519; 2. 1–56, 199–297, 469–566, 735–804; 4. 1–499, 642–705; 6. 1–211, 450–476, 847–901; 10. 42—509; 12. 791–842, 887–952 (a total of 1,856 lines)
- Vocabulary list based on the pull-out from Pharr’s Aeneid
- Comprehension questions, based on a close reading of the Latin, cover translation, interpretation, analysis, and Vergil’s diction
- Multiple choice questions on grammar, syntax, figures of speech, content, etc.
- Passages for scansion and translation
- Translation and analysis questions that build passage interpretation skills
- Various short answer exercises on grammar and syntax
- Essay questions including comprehensive review essays
- Questions modeled on the AP* Latin Vergil exam
Teacher’s Manual Features
- All-in-one teacher’s manual includes the complete student workbook and provides answers immediately following each question
- Complete answers to exercises
- Salient points necessary for complete answers to the comprehension questions
- Rubrics for scoring translation exercises using the chunking method
- Comprehensive, customized grading guidelines using the six-to-one grading rubric
- Scansion passages show scansion marks according to the meter
- Four Latin sight passages with multiple choice questions, along with answer key. Teachers can download these to help students build their Latin comprehension skills.
Katherine Bradley holds a BA and MA in Classics from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Classics Department at the Groton School (Groton, MA), where she regularly teaches all levels of Latin, including AP, as well as Greek. She previously taught Latin at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, MI.
Barbara Weiden Boyd is the Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME), where she teaches courses in Greek and Latin languages and literatures, classical mythology, the city of Rome, and the Roman family. Boyd earned her BA in Classics at Manhattanville College, and holds an MA and PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan. She has also taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome as a visiting professor for Duke and Stanford Universities, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation near Genoa, Italy, and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Since 2002 Boyd has directed (with Dr. Margaret Brucia) an AP* Latin summer workshop in Rome for high school teachers. She has served on the AP* Latin Test Development Committee for eight years, three of them as its chair, and has served as a faculty consultant for the grading of the AP* Latin exam.
Boyd specializes in Latin literature, especially the poetry of Vergil and Ovid. Her books include Ovid’s Literary Loves: Influence and Innovation in the Amores (1997); Brill’s Companion to Ovid (2002), an edited collection of scholarly essays on the Ovidian corpus; and a textbook for intermediate Latin students, Vergil’s Aeneid: Selections
from Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, & 12 (2001).
Comments and Reviews
The Vergil Workbook is designed to be used by both students in the Advanced Placement Latin (Vergil) class and the regular Latin (Vergil) class. It contains all the Latin passages from books I, II, IV, VI, X and XII which are on the national AP Vergil syllabus. The passages range in length from 33 lines to 113 lines. Incorporated into every lesson along with the Latin passages are comprehension questions; a literal translation question; short answer questions on figures of speech, translation and word analysis; multiple choice questions on grammar, syntax, figures of speech and content; a scansion section and a major essay question. In addition, there is a Latin-English vocabulary section at the end of the book which is taken from Pharr's Aeneid.
The Vergil Workbook has been thoughtfully and comprehensively designed. The exercise format which varies slightly from lesson to lesson mirrors the types of questions AP Vergil students will encounter on the national AP Vergil exam. This section in each lesson provides a plethora of supplen1entary practice exercises. I found this workbook to be an invaluable resource when I taught AP Vergil for many years at Boston Latin Academy. The exercises range in level of difficulty providing both challenging and rudimentary practice questions for students of all ability levels. The workbook, because of its comprehensive nature, can be a bit daunting for the beginning Latin teacher to use. However, one need not have students complete the workbook in its entirety but pick and choose sections which best suit the individual needs of a particular class at any given point. The Vergil Workbook can also be especially useful when the AP Latin Vergil teacher has completed the AP Latin Vergil syllabus and has moved on to review of the entire epic in preparation for the May AP exam. The Vergil Workbook is unequivocally a "must have" for the Latin (Vergil) teacher. It serves as a very useful tool for both the teacher and the student.
— Marie Carvalho
Boston Latin Academy
Classical Outlook Spring 2011
This five-star, totally hot Vergil Workbook will make the difference between being a young person with maximal command of the Aeneid and being a young person with a goofy "duh" look on his face at AP* Latin test time. Also, the price is right. Go for this workbook, kids.
— G. Robert Rust,
Amazon.com customer review, October 19, 2006