Kraken Latin is the best Latin program for middle-school-age kids who want to read real Latin stories and improve their grammar skills. 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.
“'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, Introduction to Kraken
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.
PAGE COUNT: 378 pages
ISBN 10: 1-947644-34-3
PUB. DATE: June 12, 2019
More teaching resources for Kraken Latin:
Kraken Latin 1 Teacher's Edition contains a daily lesson schedule for completing Kraken Latin in a year-long or two-year-long period; long detailed notes for teachers, whether in the classroom or homeschooling; answers to all worksheets, quizzes, and tests in the order they are taught. It even includes references to the page numbers in the student edition at the beginning of each lessons.
Kraken Latin 1 Bundle contains both the Student and Teacher books at 20% off the full price!
Kraken Latin 2 Student Edition continues where Kraken Latin 1 leaves off. This workbook contains vocabulary lists, chants, and blank worksheets for students to use as they learn Latin.