• Yearbook Class

    Course Title: Yearbook 1, 2, 3, 4

    Subject Area: Visual Arts

    Student Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

    Length of Course: 20 Weeks

    Credit Assigned: 0.5-1


    Yearbook 1 & 2: none

    Yearbook 3 & 4 by Teacher Recommendation ONLY

    *Course can be rigorous. Involves work outside of class, multi-tasking, deadlines, and good attendance.

    Enrollment Limit: 22


    This course fulfills 1 credit for the Technology requirement at Akron High School. 



    This full-year course offers students an introduction to the basic elements of visual communication and the print world. Students will learn the fundamentals of photography as they document important events from the school year. Students will develop their pre-collegiate communication skills via reporting, writing, class discussions, presentations, and publications. Students will create the yearbook and a variety of narrative projects that show how photography and the written word combine to inform society.


    Yearbook 1: Students will learn basic skills to create our printed yearbook. This includes the basics of photography, camera usage, and compositional skills. We will also focus on layout and page design. Writing assignments will include interviewing techniques, caption writing, and printed story methods, including polls, surveys, feature stories, and headline construction. In addition, we will focus on ethics in journalism, including libel, copyright, and proper use of trademarked materials. A special emphasis will be on staying organized, teamwork, critiquing, editing, and meeting authentic deadlines. Assignments will be within the school and extend into the community. 

    Yearbook 2/3: This is for students that hope to take a greater leadership role on the yearbook (editor or editor-in-chief). Editors will take a larger role in theme selection, page layout and creation, decision-making, and developing teamwork amongst their fellow students. In addition, students will develop more effective camera skills, advanced writing and editing techniques, and take a greater role in sales decisions and marketing.


    Goals / Objectives:

    • To research award winning magazines, newspapers, and yearbooks as a guideline for creating a publication.

    • To learn about censorship, copyright, libel, trademark, and fair use.

    • To complete writing exercises including feature stories, opinion articles, polls / reviews, sports stories, etc.

    • To develop strong research and note taking skills as they learn to become reporters.

    • To strengthen their computer skills as they use various programs to create publication.

    • To research the historic role of graphic design and photography in publication.

    • To work together to design a theme for the yearbook.

    • To design a cover and page layouts to visually support the theme.

    • To learn about color theory and typography and understand the importance of both in marketing & mass communication.

    • To learn to become a photojournalist. Students will learn the finer points of photography and writing as they capture captivating and narrative photos rather than mere candid photos.

    • To take on various professional-type roles in production.

    • To produce a 144-page yearbook in full color by the end of March.

    • May learn about advertising, business strategies in marketing, budgeting, fundraising, and selling the yearbook.

    • To identify the use of different literary elements and their overall effect on the story.

    • To meet deadlines, learn how to multitask and prioritize, and produce a finished, edited product quickly.


    Time allotments per projects:

    Cover and template designs due by November.

    Approximately 2 interviews or writing assignments per marking period, involving work outside of class.

    Monthly photography assignments, including attending sporting events & other important school activities outside of class.

    Four major deadline submissions for the yearbook- all before end of March


    Methods of Study:

    This course will follow aspects of the Jostens, Lifetouch, and Walworth yearbook curricula for the yearbook production. Students will have required reading and response, writing, teacher lectures, class discussions, student individual and group presentations, class critiques. Student’s daily understanding will be assessed by discussions. Written and photographic assignments will be given weekly. Students will be required to multitask. Strict deadlines need to be met in order to produce professional quality publications. This course is very difficult for students that have poor attendance or students that do not attend outside school events.



    Class Participation, Critiques, Being Prepared, & Effort…………..50%

    This grade depends on your active class participation, your constructive use of the entire class period, your concentration/effort, and your clean-up and care of tools, space, and artwork. If course numbers dictate, we may have quizzes that are linked to our final assessment as part of APPR. Quizzes will equal no more than 10% of effort grade.

    Major Projects…………….50%

    Approximately 4 – 5 major projects (photography, design, written) will be assigned each marking period.  Rubrics will be given at the beginning of every new project.  You project must be complete and turned in on time to receive full credit.  Projects can be reworked for a higher grade.

    Extra Credit…………….5%

    Students can earn extra credit through participation in the arts outside of class: including, but not limited to: volunteer work, contests, assisting with maintenance of art tools, etc.  Please see me if you are interested.


    (MP1=25%)+ (MP2=25%)+ (MP3=25%)+ (MP4=25%)= 100%

    *A Written Local Final Exam MAY be a part of this class, depending on the number of students that sign up for the course.

    (MP1=20%)+ (MP2=20%)+ (MP3=20%)+ (MP4=20%)+(Final Exam=20%)= 100%