• Yearbook 


    Course Overview and Classroom Expectations


    A True Journalistic Product…

    …has credibility with its audience; it contains facts and can be used for record keeping. A journalistic approach will teach you skills in business, graphic design, visual communication, writing, photography and collaborative relationships - all which will serve you in whatever field you decide to pursue in the future. A non-journalistic book, on the other hand, simply will not stand the test of time.

    Philosophy: Yearbook is not a class for those looking for an easy “A”. The production of a yearbook takes hard-work, cooperation, dedication, patience, and passion. If you are a hard worker, have school pride, enjoy extra-curricular activities, taking pictures, writing, design, then you’re in the right place. I look forward to helping you produce a glimpse into your high school life, and hope you do too!

    Because this class is unique,, I will treat the class as an office job. You are expected to be in class, on time, and ready to work with all the materials you will need for the day. We will set goals every week and monitor those goals to see that we meet them. We may even have after school and a couple late night meetings (I’ll provide the pizza and snacks!) as a staff if needed to meet our deadlines.


    The Business of Yearbook is a Business: Course Objectives

    In order to capture and record the current school year for enjoyment and reference in the future, students will:

    • write copy and captions in appropriate journalistic style for yearbook 
    • use sound photojournalism techniques
    • design a professional, attractive theme-based yearbook 
    • write effective headlines and captions
    • edit, proofread and evaluate their own and others’ work
    • work cooperatively within time constraints (DEADLINES) and budget limitations 
    • learn and use effective sales and promotional techniques
    • take field trips throughout the year to expand knowledge of these skills

    Course Outline 

    • Program Area 1: Introduction to Graphic Design and Publishing Industries 
      • Students will be introduced to the graphic design and publishing industry through magazines, internet, etc. 
    • Program Area 2: Introduction to Equipment 
      • Students will use multimedia elements to create the yearbook with graphic design software.
      • Students will be introduced to each piece of equipment tied to page production: computer, scanner, printer, camera, etc. 
    • Program Area 3: Elements and Principles of Design 
      • Students will learn about design elements through production of a finished yearbook. 
      • Students will learn about color, shape, space, balance, eyelines, contrast, variety, emphasis/dominance, harmony, repetition/pattern, and unity. 
    • Program Area 4: Journalistic Writing 
      • Students will learn about journalistic writing (story and caption writing) through the production of a finished yearbook. 
    • Program Area 5: Typography 
      • Students will maintain a consistent typographic theme throughout the yearbook production process. 
      • Students will learn about typefaces, typographic measurement, typographic standards, typographic guidelines. 
    • Program Area 6: Creating and Editing Images for Print 
      • Students will learn when to use particular image formats for yearbook. 
      • Students will learn about formats, resolution, ethics, and copyright laws. 
    • Program Area 7: Leadership 
      • Students will participate in leadership activities such as: good attendance, school involvement, time management and organization, and will perform other leadership tasks within the classroom and school. 


    Text & Materials

    • Students will work extensively with an online publication site by Jostens called Yearbook Avenue (YBA). They will also become familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite design application Photoshop and Illustrator.
    • You will need pens, pencils, highlighters, a flash drive, a reporter’s notebook, a 1-inch binder, headphones (if you want to listen to music as you work), and some sort of recording device (your phone is ok). 


    Outside-of-School Work

    Most of the work will be done in class, but since you are capturing the year through pictures, captions, and articles you will be required to attend extra-curricular activities. Also, THE WEEK AFTER SCHOOL lets out; you WILL BE REQUIRED to complete editing of all pages and submission of the book whether or not your spreads are done. This will be the final exam for this class. 


    Late Work

    Yearbook students will be expected to meet all deadlines! Therefore there is no such thing as late work. Yearbook Avenue (we will learn about this soon) allows you to work from any computer with internet.



    This class involves cooperation, time management, and responsibility. All students will be expected to “pull their own weight” in order for the yearbook to be successful. Students will be expected to work together and communicate problems or concerns about the yearbook to the yearbook adviser, editor, and assistant editor.


    Your grade will be determined through the following:

    Class Work - 15%

    Page Spreads - 50%

    Pictures - 15%

    Daily Participation - 10%

    Ad Sales - 10%



    Every person on the yearbook staff is expected to attend at least seven games/events. This will consist of checking out a digital camera (or using your own), going to the event, and photographing the event. Students will sign up for events as they are announced. EVENTS DO NOT JUST HAPPEN DURING THE WEEK AND THEREFORE STUDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO ATTEND SOME WEEKEND EVENTS FOR PICTURES.


    Photo Shoot Expectations:

    • At least 50 QUALITY pictures will be taken per event
    • After the event takes place, you will bring the camera back the NEXT day and fill out a photo editor form and give to Photo Editor.
    • All pictures will be uploaded to Yearbook Avenue

    Several other photo assignments will be given to cover classroom activities, clubs, etc.


    Ad Sales

    Students will be required to visit local businesses in the surrounding communities to sell yearbook ads. This is what helps support our yearbook as well as build communication skills, social skills, and money management. Each ad agreement will require a student signature and a signature from a member of the business.. If students do not sell ads it will affect their overall grade.



    Students are required to monitor and meet all deadlines within this yearbook course. Meeting deadlines will be part of the student’s spread grade.



    It is YOUR responsibility to obtain assignments from any absence. You have as many days to complete the assignment as you were absent.


    ***Regardless if you are gone for an activity absence or regular absence your deadlines must be met. You will have had plenty of time to get the work completed. Time management is key.***