Face the beast. Learn its grammatical wiles. Master the kraken.
Students in the logic stage (grades 6-8) are no longer content just to memorize chants and vocabulary—they are ready to master the systems that make Latin the most approachable of the classical languages, and to dive into the stories that make it the most legendary language.
Kraken Latin 1 contains thirty-two weeks' worth of grammar lessons on all the indicative tenses, demonstratives, and personal pronouns, weekly worksheets and readings, English-to-Latin and Latin-to-English glossaries, reference charts for each lesson, fun activities, and much more. As she walks students through important grammar, Natali H. Monnette helps junior high students towards reading "real" Latin by integrating adaptations and translations from the Vulgate, Roman history, fun original stories, and classical myths.
If you're an older student wanting to advance from elementary studies or just to begin the study of Latin, Kraken Latin 1 was written for you.
This curriculum is perfect following any elementary program, such as the Latin Primer series by Martha Wilson.
Tests & Quizzes Packet
Free flashcards (available here)
The complete Kraken Latin video course is available for streaming with a subscription to Canon+. Visit mycanonplus.com to learn more.
“'Hail, emperor, they who are about to die salute you!' Perhaps you are familiar with the Latin phrase quoted above. Suetonius, a Roman historian, recorded that captives and criminals uttered these words to Emperor Claudius just before they were forced to fight to the death in a mock naval battle.* And perhaps you, just as other Latin students before you, feel that these words appropriately describe your mental state as you approach this year of Latin! Some of you have never studied Latin before, and may be approaching this book with some trepidation. Some of you have already spent several years learning this language, and have the battle scars to prove it. Take courage. Although the study of Latin may seem daunting at times, you will survive and be all the better for it. I won’t pretend that Latin is easy for everyone, because—as with any other language—you will need to study hard in order to master it. This primer is the first in a series that will guide you through some major basics of Latin grammar. The goal is not merely to revel in these grammatical delights (although you are certainly welcome do so), but to equip you to translate and then read “real” Latin. And so welcome to Kraken Latin. Whether Latin feels like a battle or a journey, may you prosper in your endeavors!" -Natali H. Monnette
Natali H. Monnette received a B.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College. She also earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Idaho focusing on Linguistics and Classical Languages. She currently teaches Latin to junior high kids in Wenatchee, WA, and she has also taught junior high and high school kids at Logos School and undergraduates at New Saint Andrews College, both in Moscow, ID. She and her husband Jess live in Wenatchee with their two children. Natali has a particular fondness for fairy tales, Virgil’s Aeneid, the Vulgate, and Nutella.
My daughter and I have tried a couple of other curriculums and Kraken is the most straightforward and engaging that we have experienced. We are so grateful that we made the switch! The instructor is dynamic and witty and clear in her explanations. The worksheets are well laid out and appropriate in the content they cover. We highly recommend Kraken Latin.
I’ve used Memoria Press Latin for years with my homeschool children. I needed a change and decided on Kraken. So far I am very pleased! It is engaging yet rigorous. I do think it would be difficult to teach for someone with no Latin background. If that is you, get the videos.
Kraken Latin 1
Really good books. We are teaching our five children and ourselves Latin. Frankly I find our prepositions and all more logical, comfortable, and familiar rather than this heavily inflected language. -A native English speaker.
As a 8th grade student coming from other latin curriculums, Kraken Latin has been much more manageable and enjoyable. I love the imaginative stories that make me want to finish the exercises, just to see what happens! Being only 2 books including the teacher's guide, it makes this curriculum functional, while still challenging me to work my hardest and slay the Kraken!
We are loving Kraken Latin! My kids love for Latin has returned. Kraken is still challenging but the stories are fun and more applicable to every day language. It is also getting them closer to the goal of being able to read the Vulgate. The DVD instructional videos are super helpful.
I have been using Kraken Latin to tutor privately this summer to a 10th-grade student. It teaches Latin grammar and vocabulary in a systematic and comprehensive way, and it is also lively and interesting for the student. I appreciate the English-to-Latin translation exercises, which many modern textbooks neglect to include. The teacher guide is very helpful and recommended as well. Great textbook!
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