How and Why to Write Syllabus for Homeschool Courses

Here’s how and why to write syllabus for homeschool courses.

How and Why to Write a Syllabus for Courses in Homeschool High School

How and Why to Write Syllabus for Homeschool Courses

I sometimes get questions about the purpose of a syllabus for homeschool courses and why a homeschool mom might need to create one for her high schooler. A syllabus is a chronological summary of a course that the student uses as a guide to help organize his/her studies.

Here’s how and why to write syllabus for homeschool courses:

First why create a syllabus?

  • Syllabi use is an important study skill for college-bound homeschool high schoolers
  • Syllabi use helps students develop independent learning skills
  • Syllabi are great “proofs” that a student had a good curriculum in case they transfer to a traditional school or in case a college advisor wants to know what was studied

How do you create a syllabus?

Of course, there’s not ONE right way to create a syllabus, but there are a few basic guidelines. A good syllabus will detail the topics to be covered in a course and when they will be covered. The syllabus often includes:

  • Name of text (often including author, publisher, edition and isbn if applicable)
  • Other materials that will be used
  • Brief summary of the purpose and goals of the course
  • Grading scale
  • Due dates of key projects
  • Test dates and topics (or chapters) to be covered
  • Homework assignments
  • Often the syllabus is broken down week-by-week or day-by-day to show what topics will be covered and accompanying assignments

Here is an example of a syllabus I created when I taught 7Sisters Advanced Creative Writing courses (Poetry and Myth-Fantasy Short Story) at our local homeschool umbrella school.

Creative Writing Class 11th and 12th Grade Syllabus 

Vicki Tillman  vicki@7SistersHomeschool.com

Advanced Poetry Writing 7SistersHomeschool.com
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Texts:

Advanced Guide to High School Poetry Writing by Vicki Tillman 7SistersHomeschool.com

Advanced Guide to High School Story Writing: Myth-Fantasy by Vicki Tillman 7SistersHomeschool.com

Grading:

  • Attendance 10%
  • Class Participation 40% (this includes passing around homework- so you must keep homework current to get a good participation grade)
  • Homework 50%
  • Homework must be neatly done, stapled together, and handed in weekly.

    Myth-fantasy Writing Guide 7SistersHomeschool.com
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  • Poetry lessons should be completed directly in the worktext. Narrative story will be completed in worktext except for the complete story. (This will be handed in typed on separate paper.)
Week 1Thursday, March 12

Class

Intro to CW, Elements of Poetry Theme

 Friday, March 13

Home

Lesson 1

 Monday, March 16

Home

Lesson 2

 Tuesday, March 17

Home

Lesson 3

 Wednesday, March 19

Home

Lesson 4

Week 2Thursday, March 19

Class

Week 2 Tone and Week 3 Symbolism

 Friday, March 20

Home

Week 2 Lesson 1 and 2

 Monday, March 23

Home

Week 2 Lesson 3 and 4

 Tuesday, March 24

Home

Week 3 Lessons 1-4

Week 3Thursday, March 26

Class

Weeks 4 Sound and

Week 5 Rhythm

 Friday, March 27

Home

Week4 Lessons 1 and 2

 Monday, March 30

Home

Week 4 Lessons 3 and 4

 Tuesday, March 31

Home

Week 5 Lessons 1 and 2

 Wednesday, April 1

Home

Week 5 Lessons 3 and 4

Week 4Thursday, April 2

Class

Myth/Fantasy Story Week 1

 Friday, April 3

Home

Lesson 1

 Monday, April 6

Home

Lesson 2

`Tuesday, April 7

Home

Lesson 3

 Wednesday, April 8

Home

Lesson 4

Week 5Thursday, April 16

Class

Myth/Fantasy Story Weeks 2 and 3

 Friday, April 17

Home

Week 2 Lesson 1 and 2

 Monday, April 20

Home

Week 2 Lesson 3 and 4

 Tuesday, April 21

Home

Week 3 Lesson 1 and 2

 Wednesday, April 22

Home

Week 3 Lesson 3 and 4

Week 6Thursday, April 23

Class

Week 4 Story and Week 5 Revise

 Friday, April 24

Home

Week 4 Lesson 1 and 2

 Monday, April 25

Home

Week 4 Lesson 3 and 4

 Tuesday, April 26

Home

Week 5 Lesson 1 and 2

 Wednesday, April 27

Home

Week 5 Lesson 3 and 4

Week 7Thursday, April 28

Class

Share your stories with the class

 

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How and Why to Write Syllabus for Homeschool Courses

 

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Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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