A two-page syllabus for American Literature that is structured and styled like the Constitution of the United States. This visual syllabus aligns with the course content in order to reinforce the American history focus of the course and serve as a springboard for a later lesson when students enter an Early American Texts unit and learn about the Bill of Rights. Students will create their own amendments for our class constitution (aka syllabus); this text-to-self activity will give students a stronger understanding of the relationship between the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and allow student voice to play a larger role in the democratic classroom.
History teachers can easily turn this syllabus into an American History syllabus.
The syllabus has many key sections: course objectives, texts, required materials, grading, grading scale, assignments, homework, class participation, plagiarism policy, and absence policy. It can easily be edited to accommodate your classroom.