Yearbook Class Curriculum IdeasSep 6th 2016
Looking for ways to supplement your yearbook curriculum this year? You can help your students learn about such important components as journalism and photography. Do not assume that your students will not do the work or, because they lack the knowledge, they will not wish to learn. Help your yearbook students as you would any student—help them learn about creating a yearbook they can all be proud to share with their school.
The internet, particular Pinterest and yearbook resource sites, is a great way to get some new ideas from some of the best yearbook creators out there. Perhaps plan on creating your own yearbook handouts to help your students learn from the very basic to the more advanced skills needed to put together a yearbook they would all be proud to have been a part of.
Teach the Basics
Some students may come into your class not knowing how to handle a digital camera—a camera phone, sure, but not an actual camera. Some students may know very little about journalism, so going back to basics should be the first step. Ensuring that all of your students know the basics will help immensely when it comes to both photography and journalism. Be sure to also teach your students basic yearbook terminology.
Since journalism is such a big part of creating a good yearbook, teaching your students about the basics of journalism and creative, yet factual writing, will benefit everyone. Getting the facts right is important, but being colorful and descriptive in their writings can add that extra little bit to their creation.
Current Trends Are Great Ideas
Many award-winning yearbooks follow the current trends set in popular magazines and publications. By using some of these popular magazines, you can help your students learn by example. While most teachers advocate reading magazines in class, by sharing with your class what makes one magazine different from another you can help teach your students the nuances between different articles and layouts. Questioning your students on why one article differs from another can help them to understand more about both journalism and photography.
Help your students to learn about layouts and how to create them. Like any other class, assign homework so they can take more time to work on assignments than class time allots. Share old yearbooks from your school with your students, as well as other school’s yearbooks.
The Camera Is Your Friend
Finally, make sure your students are comfortable using a camera, especially since no yearbook would be complete without pictures of the student body. Let them experiment with pictures of each other, both group and individual shots. Some ideas to help them learn would be assignments like taking action shots or posed shots. In addition, learning about valuable software, such as Photoshop, would be useful to your students. Doing some homework of your own will go a long way to helping your students create a yearbook they can be proud of.