Yearbook Project Ideas for High School

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

High school yearbook projects can range from history to current day, from fashion trends to politics. These projects require students to learn about local history, community, and culture to craft finished pieces as part of their final publication. Updated: 02/15/2020

High School Yearbook Projects

High school students can benefit from these in-depth projects, as they require research and encourage learning about the local community. The projects can be completed by individuals, in partners, or with teams. Consider assigning one project to multiple teams as a form of competition to earn their way into the final yearbook publication. Alternatively, assign one project per team and include them all in the finished product. Either way, your yearbook students will gain valuable knowledge and develop research, interviewing, writing, and graphic design skills.

Memory Lane Montage

In this project, students will peruse past yearbooks looking for things they can compare to current times. Then, they will create a montage of images that are tied together by their selected theme. For example, they may want to create a montage of prom pictures that show the different outfits, dance styles, and prom themes of past and present.

They will then complete extensive research to learn more about each of the images they selected, from sources linked to the time period of each photo. As part of the final yearbook, students will create a descriptive montage that includes captions explaining the trends of the time in each image.

  • Materials: a collection of past yearbooks, research resources, research organizer, access to technology, photography equipment, graphic design software (to craft image montage / collages), bulletin board and thumb tacks (to work on physical layout)
  1. Provide students with copies of past yearbooks to peruse, with a focus on similar features. Have students make a list of things they find across all the yearbooks, such as prom or sporting events.
  2. Ask students to select a topic and find images related to it from multiple yearbooks, spanning the longest time period possible.
  3. Provide guidance and equipment for students to capture high-quality image from a printed source. Allow for basic (black and white / plain paper) printing of these images, bulletin board space, and thumb tacks so students can begin to physically build their montage.
  4. Once physical boards have been constructed, provide time, resources, and an organizer for students to research their focus area. For example, if they've chosen spirit week, they could explore the fashion trends of the different years they are highlighting.
  5. After research is complete, have students craft descriptive captions so that images are accompanied by meaningful explanations.
  6. Provide access and direction for students to use graphic design software to create their final digital product.
  7. Give students time to get feedback from others and make necessary changes.

Alumni Interviews

In this project, students will identify alumni who are leaders in the local community or who have found success and made an impact on a state, national, or global scale. After completing additional research about one selected person, students will compose a list of related questions. Then, they will conduct and record in-depth interviews, take or request photos that represent the person's story, and compose a thorough article to feature in the final yearbook.

  • Materials: research resources, list of successful school alumni, research organizer, access to technology, interviewing tips, photography equipment, graphic / text design software

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