Learning Recommendations:  Application required. Students applying for this course should have completed Yearbook 1 with an A or B, and should be good at meeting deadlines, writing, and photography. Strong skills in time management are highly recommended.

General Description: In this year-long, second year course, students will advance the yearbook journalism and computer skills they learned the first year. Their primary job is to create the yearbook. The fundamentals of yearbook journalism include coverage of the year’s events, ethics, writing story copy, writing captions, creating sidebars, and photojournalism. Computer skills include creating aesthetically pleasing layouts, using enhancing graphics, and effectively using color. Integral to the second and third year student’s role is developing and carrying out a theme, both verbally and graphically, that suits the school. Additional responsibilities include planning the yearbook ladder, and leadership is an expected role for Yearbook 2 students, which will manifest in editorial positions and/or mentoring new staff members.


  • Layout and design using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop software
  • Writing copy, captions, and headlines
  • Libel and copyright issues
  • Digital Photography
  • Publicity

Strategies:  Students learn through a combination of:

  • Modeling
  • Individual and team work
  • Direct instruction
  • Use of technology

Students will have the use of a personal camera for the year as well as access to sports cameras as needed.

Homework:  Students will be required to attended selected school events including but not limited to sporting events, concerts, club meetings, and spirit week events.

FINE ART CREDIT NOTE: This course counts as a fine art credit for graduation but may not meet the four-year college admissions requirement for Fine/Visual/Performing Arts.