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Course Overview:​

In this course students will gain skills in the following areas: page design, advanced publishing techniques, copy writing, editing and photography while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events.


There is an emphasis on journalism skills in this class! Participants gain useful, real world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork, and design principles.

Course Syllabus


  1. Students will learn publishing industry terminology.

  2. Students will become familiar with Design software.

  3. Students will work with various types of technology to produce a “book of memories” such as digital camera, computer, and scanner.

  4. Students will apply computer skills and design principles to the production of yearbook pages.

  5. Students will learn copy writing techniques.

Units of Study


Unit #1 – Theme & Marketing

  • The Purpose of Yearbook Class

  • Functions of Yearbook

  • Covering the Year

  • Staff Roles and Responsibilities

  • Creating Goals

  • Introduction to Theme

  • Theme Planning: Spin-offs

  • Theme Planning: Verbal

  • Theme Planning: Visual

  • Theme Development

  • Establishing Our Identity

  • Marketing Our Identity

  • Setting Goals


Unit #2 – Photography

  • Introduction to Photojournalism

  • Storytelling Through Photos

  • Event and Spread Checklist

  • Interview and Caption Writing

  • Evaluating Your Work

Unit #3 – Design

  • Design Basics

  • Yearbook Design

  • Learning Your Creation Program

  • Creating a Yearbook Layout

Unit #4 – Alternative & Traditional Copy, Marketing

  • Quick Reads, Easier Writes

  • Introduction to Writing & Reporting

  • Constructing Polls & Surveys

  • Adding Quick Reads to Basic Design

  • The Work Day

  • Captions

  • Feature Story Writing

  • Headlines

  • Editing for Accuracy

  • Marketing Work Day

  • Marketable Coverage Using Theme


Student will become familiar with Adobe Photoshop and utilize Josten’s Yearbook Avenue support site for templates and design material.


You'll be tracking your progress in this course using a site called Simplegradebook. Use the Simplegradebook Tutorial to create your account and get connected.

  • 25% - Assignments: non-book related assignments

  • 65% - Yearbook: assignments related to production of the book

  • 10% - Participation

​Assignments (25%): Each of you is responsible for several personal assignments that demonstrate the techniques we will be covering in the next several weeks.
Yearbook (65%): The actual production of the book will comprise the majority of your mark in this class. Your current section editor will provide your team with a spread to complete, some guidelines on how the page should look, and a due date for completion. Moreover, that editor will help the team get started on producing the page. Each team is responsible for approximately 16 pages of book content throughout the year and upon your submission of a completed page spread it will be processed by your current editor who will check it for: accuracy, alignment, layout, fonts, photo/image types, and so on. Then the page will be printed off and submitted to the editor and managing editor for final approval, marking, and uploading to the printer.
Participation (10%): This is a very social class. We are here to document as much of the school year as possible and present it in a book format. Your participation and attendance are a mandatory component of the course. You must take part in all online and in-class discussions! 


Please complete the Getting To Know You Assignment at the beginning of this course. Then complete the Yearbook Staff Data form.

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