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Featuring underrepresented students in the yearbook


Feature Pages and Feature Sections provide contemporary and meaningful forums to include personal coverage and varied forms of storytelling in your publication. When a staff can target students who are not covered well in the publication and seek out these individuals with a focus or angle that is meaningful, it can be a great way to include underrepresented students in the publication and increase the chances that they will want a copy of the publication.


  • Students will study how several yearbooks incorporated feature storytelling in their publication.
  • Students will consider the size of their publication and staff to determine how to feature multiple responses to a meaningful topic in their publication in a personal way.
  • Students will develop an action plan for how to interview, photograph, report and design their feature material.
  • Students will develop an action plan for how to communicate their completed work to appeal to students to purchase the yearbook.

Common Core State Standards



Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.


Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.2.A Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


  • 25 minutes – Presenting the examples and discussing their effectiveness
  • 45 minutes – Feasibility study for features in your publication
  • 60 minutes – Plan the approach and process for the project
  • Length of time required to create feature page/section will depend upon the process students determine for their storytelling.


Slideshow: Featuring…YOUR STORY! slideshow

Rubric: Featuring…YOUR STORY! rubric

All materials and directives for the students to learn and execute their plan are given in the slideshow.

Lesson step-by-step

Teacher and students can work through the sample features and then develop their own parallel action plan.


Students can be broken into groups to tackle parts of the organizing, interviewing, photographing, designing and marketing components.