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Humans of your school personality profile


Giving students an opportunity to practice all aspects of yearbook journalism and to learn the process (finding a story, running an interview, transcribing, finding the heart of the story, planning to photograph, photographing and selecting the best photo) helps students learn how to complete a spread on a smaller scale.

Students will complete an interview, take a candid photo of the person in their environment, and publish an edited version of both in full color, to be displayed in the halls and featured in online storytelling. Profiles may also be included in the yearbook


  • Students will build interviewing skills.
  • Students will build reporting skills.
  • Students will build portrait photography skills.
  • Students will learn photo selection.
  • Students will write a caption.
  • Students will build credibility as a program.
  • Students will build connections in and among our community

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1.b Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2.b 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.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.3.c Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution).


Presentation: 25-30 minutes, with discussion

Project planning and execution will vary depending on size, scope and publication goals. This project may be an excellent way to begin or end the year for an entire staff, or it might be a project for a smaller group to work on for an extended time.


All materials and directives for the students to learn and execute their plan are given in the assignment. Advisers may want to “chunk” and break up the parts of the project with mini deadlines.

Slideshow: Humans of your school personality profile

Handout: Humans of your school personality profile assignment

Rubric: Humans of your school personality profile rubric


Lesson step-by-step

Teacher and students can work through the lesson and examples and then develop their own timeline


Students work on this project in pairs or with mentors.


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