Visual Syllabus – A Fun Way to Deliver the Boring Stuff…and More!

While prepping for my American Inventors class (I’m teaching one for my local homeschool co-op), I decided that I wanted to spice up my syllabus.  I stumbled across this simple but neat looking visual syllabus.  It’s only $1.75 on TPT. I’ve never used one before, but I decided to try it.  It was very easy to edit, and it looked pretty cool afterwards.  I did make a few changes and tweaks to fit my needs.  It’s much more visually appealing than a regular old syllabus.  I will say, however, that while you can give the basics on this syllabus, you STILL need to make sure you give out a copy of your procedures (which definitely won’t fit on this).

You could also use this syllabus for notes.  Change out some of the clip art and you can add note content instead of syllabus content.  It wouldn’t need to be anything fancy, but sometimes delivering content in a different manner helps break the monotony.  You could use it to create a broad overview of a war.  Have the dates in one box, the good and bad guys in another, important battles in another, and important people in another.  Oooooh, even better, give the blank template to your students and (as a review) have THEM create a “cheat-sheet” about the war!  That would be a great way to review the basics about a war or other large topic.

Here’s my syllabus that I created for my class.  I blacked out some top secret stuff that I didn’t think you needed to know…stuff I could let you read, but then I’d have to kill you!  This syllabus is doesn’t include all of the stuff that I would put in if I were teaching a large class full of 30 students, but it still has the basics.  Oh, and by the way, I wasn’t paid or anything like that to write about that syllabus product.  I just like sharing neat and useful things I find!



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