10 Things To Do After Your Final Yearbook Deadline
Congratulations! You’ve completed your yearbook. Now the only thing you have left to worry about is what to do with your classroom full of students for the next four, six or eight weeks until school is out. Don’t panic! There are plenty of yearbook-related activities to keep your class busy, learning, and happy for the last few weeks of the school year.
1. CREATE A YEARBOOK….FOR YEARBOOK
Over the year, your yearbook staff has probably amassed a handful of funny stories, inside jokes and silly photos. Maybe they attended a conference together or had staff parties. You might’ve been limited to dedicating only a page or two to the yearbook staff in the actual yearbook, so give your students the creative freedom to put together a yearbook of all their own memories through the year. Design it, write articles and include photos just like you would for the real yearbook.
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2. MAKE A SPRING E-ZINE
Some events, like prom, graduation and end-of-year sports don’t always make it into the yearbook. Have your yearbook staff design a magazine that includes everything you couldn’t fit into the yearbook, including extra photos, interviews about seniors’ college plans and more, and publish it online using a free site that converts PDFs into flipbooks. Share the link via social media so everyone can read it — or publish a printed version using Picaboo! Prices start at only $9.49.
3. GET PERSONAL
Have each student create a yearbook that’s all about them. They get to choose the colors, theme, and style, write an article or two about their accomplishments, and choose favorite photos to include. This activity is a great training tool for incoming staff members.
4. SAY THANK YOU
Using your yearbook theme as inspiration, design matching notecards, letterhead or envelopes and have your class send thank you notes to advertisers, administrators and anyone else who helped make the yearbook a success. (This is also a good time for a quick refresher course on proper ways to address letters.) Check out our sister site, Picaboo.com, for customized photo notecards.
5. KEEP EDUCATING
It’s never a bad idea to review basic AP style rules or practice writing in active voice. Exercise editorial and column writing, then have students submit articles to the school newspaper. Photographers can complete a photojournalism project.
This is also a great time to teach students the art of creating resumes, writing cover letters or putting together portfolios of their work. These life skills are important to have and often overlooked.
6. GO VIRAL
Delve into broadcast journalism by having students produce a commercial or trailer for the yearbook. Maybe it’s a look back over your work through the year, or a sneak peek at what’s to come. You could also use this opportunity to advertise for open staff positions or any needed contributors for next year. iMovie has great templates to get you started. Share the video as much as possible online, or ask your school administrator if you can play the commercial over classroom televisions during activity period.
We love this one from Cottonwood Elementary School in Nevada:
7. SHOW OFF A LITTLE
You worked hard this year, and you deserve a little recognition! Now is a great time to research student journalism and yearbook competitions, and submit your yearbook for a chance to win.
8. GET STYLE
If you don’t already have one, create a style manual for your yearbook, or update your current style manual to make sure it’s accurate with the current AP Stylebook.
9. FOCUS ON SELLING & DISTRIBUTION
You worked hard to create the yearbook, now work equally as hard to make sure everyone gets a copy. Plan a distribution or signing party in the cafeteria, or create and prepare distribution lists. Check out this post for a list of ways to prepare for the perfect Distribution Day.
10. GET STARTED ON NEXT YEAR
Let each student develop a theme project for next year. They can create graphic or verbal elements, cover designs and titles pages, end sheets and spreads. Then give each student the option to submit their theme project via formal presentation to the entire staff for consideration for next year’s yearbook. The class can vote on a favorite to develop for next year.