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Components & theme concepts for a yearbook

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  • 1.Yearbook Components By Mrs. Goodwin

2. Reader Services (Make the yearbook user friendly)

  • Table of Contents
  • should compel readers to look inside, heightening their interest by using excerpts from the actual sections.
  • Title Page
  • should include name and year of the book, school name,school address and school phone
  • Dividers
  • introduces each major section by including a title and design that fits that section

3. More Reader Services (Make the yearbook user friendly)

  • Index
  • includes a complete alphabetical list of the activities, events, and the people in the yearbook & pages to find them.
  • Folio/Folio Tabs
  • page number & page content info. on the bottom of each page
  • Colophon
  • page or column tells about the staff and the acknowledgments

4. The Cover

  • Foreshadows the inside story
  • Sets the tone and mood
  • Attracts attention
  • Everyone knows that you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but everyone does.

5. Endsheets (holds the pages inside the front & back cover)

  • Contribute substantially to the story
  • Enhance the tone or mood
  • Complement the cover
  • May include a table of contents
  • Often used for students signatures

6. Opening and Closing

  • Introduce and conclude thestory logically
  • Relate specific details
  • Heighten the tone or mood
  • Establish distinctive, consistent design

7. Sections

  • Divide content into manageable areas
  • Introduced with divider pages
  • Include basic sections:
      • Student Life - events, issues, trends
      • Academics - classes, awards, trips
      • Sports - teams including action shots
      • Organizations - clubs, committees, councils
      • People - grade mugshots & teachers
      • Graduation


      • Students in the spotlight
      • Athletes
      • Leaders
      • Award winners
      • Less prominent majority

Primary audience of the yearbook: 9.

  • School staff
  • Parents and community
  • Other yearbook staffs
  • Journalism community

Secondary audience of the yearbook: 10.

  • Content that interests them
  • Photos of themselves and their friends
  • More photos than words
  • Stories presented in a creative way focusing of students and their experiences
  • A cover that makes a good first impression

What readers want to see: 11.

  • Picture book captures moments using photos that show action and reaction.
  • History book records details about events and activities from the routine to the extraordinary.
  • Reference book confirms students enrolled at the school, spelling of names and scores or games.
  • Educational book an opportunity for those who create the book to learn.
  • Fun book exciting for students to read and staff to produce.

Functions of the yearbook: 12.

  • Gives the yearbook a unique personality & approach - different from any other year
  • Ties the pages together - makes the book cohesive
  • Sets a mood - serious, frivolous, spirited, sophisticated, etc.

Purpose of a theme: 13.

  • Is the theme slogan appealing on a yearbook cover, t-shirt or poster?
  • What colours, graphics, photos can illustrate the theme?
  • What specific information will support the theme?
  • Can you develop spin-offs phrases or concepts to use throughout the book & in every section?
  • Is it appealing to the students?
  • Does it reflect what is happening in the school?

Considerations in choosing a theme:

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