Classroom Tools for Yearbook Success

Instill yearbook pride with the company that’s been in the business for over a hundred years. Jostens classroom tools teach basic and advanced yearbook design in a format that’s fun and easy. Empower and educate your staff with real-world skills that make your school’s yearbook a truly memorable, invaluable experience.

1,2,3 Yearbook Journalism Curriculum

Teaching a yearbook class or training an extracurricular staff is as easy as 1,2,3 with an innovative curriculum produced by Jostens.

The 1,2,3,4 Student Yearbook Guide is a 104-page, colorful, hardbound textbook featuring concise text presented in a 1,2,3 format and supplemented by dozens of visuals from the nation’s best yearbooks.

The 1,2,3 Teacher’s DVD provides all the tools an educator needs to teach a yearbook course. PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, worksheets and grading rubrics coordinate with the 1,2,3 Student Yearbook Guide textbook. Contact your Representative to find out more.

Get the Picture Photojournalism Curriculum

Intended for a photography class or an in-depth unit within a yearbook class, the Get the Picture curriculum was created by eight nationally acclaimed scholastic journalism experts and photography teachers.

The Get the Picture, 120-page, hardbound textbook provides complete instruction in photojournalism for the yearbook photographer.

The Get the Picture Teacher’s CD contains worksheets, quizzes and PowerPoint presentations to accompany the Get the Picture textbook. Contact your Representative to find out more.

The Radical Write

For two decades, countless high school publications students have learned the art of journalistic writing from The Radical Write, the popular textbook written by Bobby Hawthorne.

Jostens is honored to publish this acclaimed textbook. By popular demand, a third edition of The Radical Write was released in 2011. Hawthorne teamed with Jostens to publish a new edition with updated text and a new design.

A humorous, no-holds barred examination of the content of student publications, this best-selling text suggests alternatives to the content clichés that dominate high school journalism. Both newspaper and yearbook writing are covered. The hardbound 220-page text features 14 chapters.

Hawthorne showcases writing samples extensively throughout The Radical Write, allowing students to learn by reading the word of others. Sidebar quick tips appear in the narrow columns on the edges of the pages. And, anecdotes from Hawthorne add personality to the pages.

A website for teachers featuring exercises, activities and supplemental materials is now available at

The Radical Write [item #2087] sells for $40 per copy and is available for purchase for schools working with any yearbook company. To order, call 1.800.972.5628 or email Jostens customers may visit Yearbook Avenue > Plan > Order supplies.

Gotcha Covered Look Book

The largest and most comprehensive publication of its type in the world, the Gotcha Covered Look Book is a "best of the best" annual of creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage and storytelling copy and action-packed photography selected from outstanding yearbooks printed by Jostens.

Each spring, all high school yearbook staffs working with Jostens receive a copy of the Look Book in the mail. Others may receive a copy by contacting their Jostens Yearbook representative.

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Look Book Companion App

The Look Book Companion App enhances the experience by providing yearbook staffs a new level of access to educational and inspirational content. Users are able to mark favorite designs and build a personal flipbook featuring those selections. Descriptive keywords provided for each design in the Look Book coordinate with the organizational structure of the Look Book Companion App, making it easy to navigate between print and digital.

The Look Book Companion App is available for free in the Apple App Store.