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Meredosia-Chambersburg High School

Course Syllabus – Yearbook


Course Information

Teacher Information

Credit Hour:  .5

Name: Mr. Shupe

Marking Period: Second Semester

Phone: 217.584.1291


E-Mail: jshupe@mcsd11.net




Course Description:

This course allows the student to help create the school’s yearbook, The Chief. Josten’s Yearbook Avenue is used to create the yearbook online. The student will continue to learn Photoshop Elements and photography that were introduced in the first semester.


Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete Yearbook will be able to:

  • Yearbook
    • Successfully navigate and use Josten’s online Yearbook Avenue program to create yearbook spreads.
    • Use equipment tied to page production (computer, scanner, printer, camera, etc.).
    • Understand and use design elements (color, shape, space, balance, eyelines, contrast, variety, emphasis/dominance, harmony, repetition/pattern, and unity).
    • Write captions.
    • Understand and use typefaces, typographic measurement, typographic standards, and typographic guidelines.
    • Understand image formats, image resolution, ethics of using others’ images, and image copyrights.
  • Photography
    • Take quality pictures.
    • Identify the parts of the camera.
    • Identify the use of each part of a camera.
    • Demonstrate different photography perspectives by taking pictures that represent each perspective.
    • Understand camera shutter speed, aperture, and F/stop.
  • Photoshop Elements
    • Place files.
    • Display drawing guides.
    • Change the foreground and background colors.
    • Use the Color Picker.
    • Use the brush tool, the blending modes, the eraser tool, the magic eraser tool, and the background eraser tool.
    • Use the marquee tools, the lasso tool, the magnetic lasso tool, the magic wand tool, the auto selection tool, and the quick selection tool.
    • Use the paint bucket tool and gradient tool.
    • Use layers to enhance photographs and graphics.
    • Create text.
    • Use the healing brush tool, the spot healing brush tool, and the clone stamp tool.
    • Use levels and hue/saturation.
    • Save and print images.


Student Evaluation


The grading system for Yearbook is based on total points. The assessments will be participation, classwork, homework, projects, and tests.


Attendance Policy

The attendance policy stated in the school’s handbook will be followed.


Classroom Expectations

  1. Arrive to class on time
  2. Be prepared
  3. Respect your classmates and teacher
  4. Give your all, all the time
  5. Be responsible for your actions
  6. No eating, drinking, cell phones, or iPods permitted in the classroom

Classroom Level Consequences

Students not following classroom/district rules may receive the following consequences from Mr. Shupe):

  • Verbal Warning                              
  • Change of seat assignment
  • Before or After School Detention

Class Requirements

If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to make up the assignments and/or tests when you return.  You may check the parental portal to check your grades and missing assignments.


Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offenses and will significantly affect your course grade.



A combination of class discussion, teacher guided activities, independent activities, and tests will be used in this course. Grades will be determined by the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments. The grade of each assignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment. Below is an overview of topic/ units for this course. Please note these topics are subject to change.



  • Yearbook
    • Introduction to Josten’s Yearbook Avenue
    • Introduction to equipment.
    • Elements and principles of design
    • Journalistic writing
    • Typography
    • Creating and editing images for print
  • Photography
    • Parts of the camera
    • Photography perspective
  • Photoshop Elements
    • Photoshop Elements basics
    • Color Basics
    • Painting Tools
    • Brushes
    • Making Selections
    • Filling and Stroking
    • Layers
    • Text
    • Manipulating Images
    • Enhancing Photos
    • Saving and Printing