Scandite Muros

Scandite Muros
Sight-Reading Latin for the AP® Latin Exam: A New Approach

AP® Latin / Intermediate High — Advanced Low

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Scandite Muros readies students to scale the ever-intimidating "wall of Latin." Use the classroom-tested strategies to incorporate regular sight-reading into your Pre-AP®, AP®, and advanced Latin classes.

Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.

Roger Bacon

The Secret Weapon for AP® Success

From verb endings to participles to subjunctives, each chapter takes on the toughest elements of Latin and makes them accessible and compelling to every student through effective learning strategies, AP®-style multiple-choice questions, and passage-specific vocabulary lists.

Students will learn to identify different genres by spotting trends in verbs, various lyric meters, prose types, and more. Applying English word order rules helps students make judgments about word order while reading.

Sight-readings included in the text are broken down into manageable sections designed to accompany the required AP® selections of Vergil and Caesar. Use each passage to elicit further discussion on genre, authorial styles, and historical influences.

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  • Helps students become fluent readers
  • Classroom-tested strategies focus on areas where students struggle most
  • Prepares students for sight-reading on the AP® Latin Exam
  • Includes AP® style practice tasks
"Exceptionally inviting and feels less intimidating than most other Latin textbooks. The book abounds in colorful pictures, charts, graphs, and subdued, warm background colors and graphics; the font of the text is large and easy to read, line spacing is ample and the pages are not overcrowded with material. Lienau eschews the formal, technical style typically associated with grammar instruction for a simple, straightforward, and light-hearted style that is reminiscent of a teacher talking to students in a classroom.

...The greatest assets of the book are the 20 sight-reading passages of Chapter 6. Given that they are aligned with passages from the AP® Latin reading list and should prove easy to integrate into any AP® Latin course, this feature alone makes this book worthy of consideration. As the title encourages, Scandite Muros, along with the corresponding Explorer tool, functions as an excellent instructional and motivational tool for students to achieve success in scaling that difficult wall of Latin."

Michael Holstead

Adjunct Instructor of Classical Studies, St. Norbert College

"Jane Lienau has done the AP® Latin community a tremendous service with her Scandite Muros! She describes her own approach to teaching the current AP® Latin syllabus in some detail, based on many years of experience. It behooves us all to consider her approach and arguments carefully. But ultimately, whether you approach AP® Latin the way Lienau does or not, it is her collection of sight readings and accompanying practice questions that is wonderfully useful. Reading unseen passages challenges the best students, and preparing adequate multiple-choice questions for student AP® Latin Exam practice challenges teachers. Lienau's diverse, well-chosen, and above all interesting set of sight readings provide material for useful practice and interesting discussion. Finally, Lienau has chosen passages that match up well with passages on the AP® syllabus, allowing students to do realistic comparative essay question practice. Every AP® Latin teacher should buy a class set of this book."

Stephen F.


Each book comes with a subscription to Learning Site®

The Interactive Digital Textbook

Your FlexText® is the page-by-page digital version of the textbook and is available through your Explorer® class or the FlexText® Library link on your Dashboard. Don't want to bring home your textbook? No problem! FlexText® is available wherever there is internet access.

A Community Bulletin Board

Learners and teachers alike use the Classroom Forum anytime as their online community bulletin board. Teachers love posting lesson openers, polls, links to external resources, and more. And students can comment, exchange GIFS, and upload audio, videos, and photos.

Learning to hold a conversation

Mock conversations with pre-recorded conversation prompts challenge your learners to hone their conversational skills. Learners record themselves replying to comments and questions, and the recorded conversations can be added to their portfolio as an artifact.

Tracking Their Own Progress

Online student portfolios follow learners from unit to unit, level to level. Students can upload evidence of what they can do in the language - assigned Can-Do statements, activities, quizzes, audio files, PowerPoint and Word files, and more. This allows them to set goals and reflect on their progress related to Can-Do Statements.

Efficient, Integrated Grading

Use the online calendar to remind students of upcoming assignments and deadlines, assign tasks to specific learners or an entire class, and more. Explorer® lets you know when your students complete their work and alerts students as soon as you’ve graded. Grade each quiz question response without opening each question in Explorer®. Automatic grading is available where appropriate.

More Than 200 Ideas

Wayside’s Instructional Strategies Toolkit provides loads of instructional ideas and approaches that can be filtered by mode, skill, proficiency level, activity type, learning style, and more! Whether you are a new teacher or want to find new strategies, the toolkit provides built-in world language methodology and pedagogy training at any time.

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