The middle school Latin program involves the study of reading comprehension, grammar, derivation, writing, and culture. Students read stories, playlets, and cultural material written in Latin. As they read the material, the students are taught the grammar needed to comprehend what they have read. After vocabulary has been presented, students are given the opportunity to learn English derivatives that come from the Latin vocabulary. Throughout the year, class opens with Catholic prayers prayed in Latin, and students frequently work in small groups to read and practice the concepts learned. Starting in grade six, students write their own comic books, short stories, and playlets. By the time they reach grade seven, students begin working on a small illustrated book to be written in Latin during both seventh and eighth grade. This book asks students to use the vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills they have learned and to apply them to the writing of their book. Significant practice is given in editing and revising skills as students’ knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary matures. A popular project enjoyed by students is the production and videotaping of a Latin story featuring students as the actors. By the end of eighth grade, students are expected to 1) understand a significant amount of basic Latin, 2) determine the meaning of an English word based on its Latin root, 3) write a coherent book in Latin, and 4) revise and edit their book.