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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

Curriculum

Language Arts – Yearbook I and II

 

Technology

 

The learner will be able to practice and apply program basics of Adobe InDesign CS to create yearbook pages that include text, photography and graphic design.

 

The learner will be able to practice and apply program basics of Adobe PhotoShop to adjust photography as needed for yearbook pages.

 

The learner will be able to design page layouts.

 

The learner will be able to select and adjust fonts for text on pages.

 

The learner will be able to add graphic features to pages, from a variety of sources.

 

The learner will be able to scan 35mm photos and artwork for usage on the pages.

 

The learner will be able to create digital photography file folders for cataloging purposes.

 

The learner will be able to transfer digital file folders from the computer to CD.

 

The learner will be able to back up electronic files from the networked server to the hard drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photography

 

The learner will be able to use a digital Canon Rebel SLR camera, using a variety of functions and settings, to take both still and action shots.

 

The learner will be able to change lenses on the above camera to maximize on photographic opportunities.

 

The learner will be able to understand and apply the “rule of thirds” when engaging in photography.

 

The learner will be able to understand and adjust color, contrast, light balance, etc. when using a digital camera.

 

The learner will be able to understand the importance of capturing an image or event from a variety of angles and distances and be able to use such techniques when photographing an event.

 

The learner will be able to download digital photography onto a computer, either directly from a digital camera or on a digital card reader.

 

The learner will be able to fully shoot an event, from beginning to end, and learn how to shoot in front of large crowds.

 

The learner will be able to participate in the design of photography backgrounds for school dances.

 

The learner will be able to assist in setting up the backdrops for dances.

 

 

 

 

 

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Copy Writing and Editing

 

The learner will be able to write copy and captions in a journalistic, objective style.

 

The learner will be able to compose a well-constructed story, complete with introduction and conclusion, factual information and quotes from individuals associated with the piece.

 

The learner will be able to identify grammatical errors in writing when editing his or her own piece or pieces written by other staff members.

 

The learner will be able to cite when to use past or present tense in copy and captions.

 

The learner will be able to write effective leads for copy and captions.

 

The learner will be able to construct well thought-out surveys and to effectively share the results of those surveys with readers.

 

The learner will be able to construct complete captions that not only tell the story of the photo highlighted but also give background information about the person and/or event covered.

 

The learner will be able to write feature stories.

 

The learner will be able to effectively cover different academic departments, organizations, teams, etc. over the course of a year or season to give an accurate representation of each particular group for that time period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interviewing

 

The learner will be able to understand the “five W’s and the H” in interviewing and journalistic writing when constructing interview questions.

 

The learner will be able to write open-ended questions that allow for expansion.

 

The learner will be able to ask follow-up questions when interviewing.

 

The learner will be able to devise impromptu questions as needed.

 

The learner will be able to take effective notes during an interview.

 

The learner will be able to operate and use a hand-held recorder to tape an interview, with prior permission from the interviewee.

 

The learner will be able to translate and/or dictate notes from the interview and effectively use the information in journalistic copy.

 

The learner will be able to follow up with an interviewee to verify direct quotes and/or information gathered during an interview to ensure accuracy.

 

The learner will be able to write and send off a thank-you note to interviewees, as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Classroom and Time Management

 

The learner will be able to participate in workshop-style instruction and learning at the beginning of the course to ensure understanding of operational procedures of a small business.

 

The learner will be able to choose deadline work effectively to ensure a manageable work flow throughout the year.

 

The learner will be able to fill out a daily/weekly work report to describe in detail independent work completed for accountability purposes.

 

The learner will be able to productively use his or her time both during the classroom period and before/after school to ensure the timely completion of deadline work.

 

The learner will be able to assist others on staff both during classroom time and before/after school when needed or when the learner is experiencing a “slow period” in his or her own workload.

 

The learner will be able to put in the required amount of field work time (time spent outside of the classroom) to meet minimum grade requirements and to fulfill deadline requirements in a timely manner.

 

The learner will be able to spend time outside of the school day to help out with photography needs, even when the photo shoot is for another staff member.

 

The learner will be able to keep track of his or her own materials needed for success on the job (i.e. paperwork, photography, memos, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, etc.).

 

 

 

 

 

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Professional Duties

 

The learner will be able to participate in professional meetings with administration, teachers, area business professionals, publication professionals, etc. as a solid representative of the Retro Yearbook.

 

The learner will be able to conduct professional phone calls to the public at large, including area businesses.

 

The learner will be able to effectively participate in a professional obligations such as school picture day, sports and organizations picture days, etc. and work in an organized, timely, professional manner.

 

The learner will be able to accurately fill out paperwork and forms.

 

The learner will be able to handle money during fundraising events and be expected to be accountable for turning in accurate figures when calculating expenses.

 

The learner will be able to participate in large-scale fund raisers, such as the Battle of the Bands, and be expected to contribute to the organization, set-up and tear-down of such major events to assist the student business managers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yearbook II Additional Objectives

Editor-in-Chief

 

The editor will be able to make decisions that affect the publication as a whole, having the final say in things such as overall theme and design, divisions and layouts for such, organizational ladder (which determines page order in book), etc. and to “veto” ideas not conducive to the overall theme of the book.

 

The editor will be able to approve, along with the classroom adviser, elements of design for section editors in charge of different sections of the book (such as academics, sports, organizations, etc.).

 

The editor will be able to effectively run daily meetings at the beginning of class to ensure proper communication is taking place on staff.

 

The editor will be able to work with both the classroom adviser and the business adviser and to discuss any pertinent issues involving the operation of the student-run business.

 

The editor will be able to assist other staff members with understanding of operational procedures and practices, such as computer software, layout and design and, if needed, assistance with photography procedures.

 

The editor will be able to professionally interact with administration and other adults in the community as the main student representative of the Retro Yearbook.

 

The editor will be able to motivate other staff members to perform their professional obligations to the publication to the best of their ability (and to have fun along the way) and in a timely fashion that allows the publication to meet its printing deadlines given by the publisher, currently Herff Jones.

 

The editor will be able to download all yearbook pages onto CDs to send off to the publisher for printing and to fill out appropriate paperwork needed for such mailings.

 

The editor will be able to edit proofs that come back from the publisher (throughout the end of the school year and the summer) for last-minute corrections before actual printing takes place. All proofs will be edited by the classroom adviser before being sent off for the final time. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Business Managers

 

The business managers will be able to run the financial side of the Retro Yearbook’s $35,000 (on average) business, under the guidance of the faculty business adviser. This student-run business receives no financial assistance from the school district, except for the provision of computer equipment.

 

The business managers will be able to effectively organize shift work and sales for yearbook sales at summer registration.

 

The business managers will be able to organize receipts and document personalizations for books, ensuring proper documentation of all yearbook purchases, with editing assistance from other student managers and from advisers.

 

The business managers will be able to organize a second sales week during the lunch hours at the end of October to allow those who hadn’t yet purchased books an opportunity to do so.

 

The business managers will be able to review yearbook sales lists and to then send out reminder letters to families who have not yet purchased books to do so as soon as possible.

 

The business managers will be able to make and/or return phone calls regarding yearbook sales.

 

The business managers will be able to draft and send out letters to parents of seniors regarding the purchase of senior ads and will be able to organize and document paperwork and sales of such ads.

 

The business managers will be able to design senior ads (and may need to scan senior photos to convert into digital images) for parents who request them to do so.

 

The business managers will be able to make and/or return phone calls to address questions and/or concerns regarding senior ad sales.

 

The business managers will be able to draft and/or update paperwork for business ads and to conduct professional meetings with area businesses to sell ad space in the book.

 

The business managers will be able to organize and document business ad sales and to send out receipts for sales.

 

The business managers will be able to design business ads for companies who request them to do so or to send in camera-ready artwork designed by the company.

 

The business managers will be able to determine how much space is available for all ad sales and to keep track of space available.

 

The business managers will be able to organize all fundraising events, including Battle of the Bands, the Retro’s main fund raiser. Responsibilities included in, but not limited to, organizing this major event are conducting auditions (if needed), communicating with student musicians, contacting and communicating with event judges, soliciting donations for prizes, advertising, designing T-shirts/tickets/programs (or running a student competition for such designs), organizing money boxes for various stations at the event, creating shift work for staff members the night of the show, emceeing the show, etc.

 

The business managers will be able to fill out deposit and withdrawal forms from the school’s bookkeeper to manage the Retro Yearbook account and will be able to determine financial needs and responsibilities on a monthly basis.

 

 

 

 

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Photography Editor

 

The photography editor will be able to assist other staff members with understanding and practicing solid photography skills.

 

The photography editor will be able to troubleshoot problems with camera equipment and to keep all equipment in working order.

 

The photography editor will be able to create an electronic organizational system for all digital photography and will be able to monitor this system on a weekly basis, including making sure all digital files are backed up on CD and removed from the district’s networked server.

 

The photography editor will be able to assist other staff members with using PhotoShop to adjust digital photography as needed.

 

The photography editor will be able to assist other staff members with transferring photo files from electronic folders to electronic yearbook pages and to adjust photos as needed on layouts.

 

The photography editor will be able to organize schedules for sports and organization picture days and for school picture days and to distribute these schedules to teachers and coaches.

 

The photography editor will be able to distribute picture order forms to pertinent parties to ensure payment to the professional photography company on the day pictures are taken.

 

The photography editor will be able to communicate with parties in the district and in the community, as well as with the professional photography studio, about photography issues and/or needs.

 

The photography editor will be able to assist the professional photography company at photography events.

 

The photography editor will be able to be in charge of the design and set-up of aesthetically pleasing photography backdrops for dances and will be able to locate items needed for such.

 

The photography editor will be able to ensure that all captioned names in the yearbook have been properly indexed throughout the year.

 

The photography editor will be able to assist the Editor-in-Chief with sending off pages by ensuring that all electronic photography files have been included in the mailing.

 

The photography editor will be able to assist the Editor-in-Chief with proofs that come back that have photography issues.

 

The photography editor will be able to design the index pages, to include photos and rosters for all students groups, and to create the index for the book. The final work for the index will take place after all pages for the book are completed (usually in June).

 

 

 

 

 

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