A Yearbook Curriculum You'll Love Teaching

Treering's Free yearbook curriculum open on a laptop in photo class

Creating a yearbook is no easy task. There are countless components from design and photography to storytelling and marketing. If you’re teaching a class, there are documents to write and objectives to obtain. Club advisers also need a starting point. We know no two schools/classes/clubs are alike. Here you will find ALL the resources you need in a 100% editable format. Our modular yearbook curriculum is flexible enough to work for any class, and even parent groups, and covers each yearbook topic. Oh, did we mention it’s FREE? And CTE-aligned?

Overview of the nine yearbook curriculum modules
Each curriculum module includes readings, hands-on exercises, resources, and assessment tools.

Module 1: Getting Started for the Advisor

This first module helps you as the teacher get organized and off to a great start. You’ll find templates to help you customize your syllabus, grading rubrics, and so much more. You’ll be ready for recruiting, parent orientation, and accrediation in a few clicks.

Laptop with yearbook curriculum slide.
Establishing roles early on helps everyone have the correct expectations.

Module 2: Kicking Off the Year(book)

Set your students up for success. Here they will learn the importance of the yearbook, the purpose of the different roles, and how to work together as a team.

Module 3: Getting on the Same Page

The key to yearbook success is an organized plan. Your students will learn how to build a yearbook ladder, set up their photo folders, and begin assigning spreads.

Module 4: Creating a Theme From Beginning to End

Coming up with a yearbook theme is more than picking colors. Here, your students will learn the purpose of the yearbook theme and how to develop one on their own while applying it to this year’s book.

Module 5: Design Makes it Real

Yearbook design is more than making a page pretty. In this module of the yearbook curriculum, students will learn the various elements of design and how to apply them consistently to their yearbook to re-enforce their theme.

Module 6: Raise Your Voice: Yearbook Storytelling

Telling the story of the year through headlines, captions, and interviews can be intimidating when working with limited space on each spread. In this module of the yearbook curriculum, students will have fun removing their fears and getting to the heart of the story.

Slide from the photography module of the FREE yearbook curriculum
Understand all the buttons, knobs, and features of your DSLR.

Module 7: See the Year Through Your Favorite Lens

Level up your students’ photography game. By learning some basics in exposure and composition, your yearbook photos will go from standard snapshots to professional, story-telling photographs.

Module 8: Spread the Word & Make Your Yearbook a Sell-out Success

Whether you’re using your yearbook as a fundraiser or not, selling and marketing your yearbook is an important part of the yearbook process. Help your students build a marketing plan to reach their sales goals.

Editing information from Google Slides in yearbook curriculum
This free yearbook curriculum includes checklists, editing techniques, and resources help you get print-ready.

Module 9: Edit or Regret It

Mistakes happen to everyone. With this step-by-step checklist, your students will learn how to avoid as many as possible before sending your yearbook to print.

Using the Free Yearbook Curriculum

Like all things Treering, this yearbook curriculum is flexible. Here’s how advisers and coordinators told us they use it:

  • Flipped classroom: assign a reading and discuss it the next day
  • I Do, You Do, We Do: student editors take a chunk of a module, model it, teach it, and then the class applies it together
  • Traditional instruction: plug and play!

You know your students best!

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