Syllabus: Desktop Publishing / Yearbook

Desktop Publishing Fall Semester (Weeks 1-18)

All InDesign Lesson materials comes from Taylor Yearbook Co. and Walsworth Yearbook Co.

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Week 1:

Course Introduction and Expectations

Lesson 1: Publishing terms and mini-book

Week 2:

Lesson 2:  InDesign CS2:  Using Pallettes

(All InDesign Lessons are listed as CS2, but should be compatible with CS3 – and easily workable with CS1)

Lesson 3:  InDesign CS2:  The Workspace

Lesson 4:  InDesign CS2:  The Pointer Tools

Week 3:

Lesson 5:  InDesign CS2: Using Box Tools

Lesson 6:  InDesign CS2: Using The Control Pallette

Lesson 7:  InDesign CS2: Adding Strokes

Week 4:

Lesson 8:  InDesign CS2:  The Basics of Text, Periodic Table of Typefaces,

Lesson 9:  InDesign CS2:  Using Text Pt 1

Lesson 10:  InDesign CS2:  Using Text Pt 2

Week 5:

Lesson 11:  InDesign CS2:  Using Text Pt 3 & 4

Lesson 12:  InDesign CS2:  Using Text Pt 5 & 6

Lesson 13:  InDesign CS2:  Using Text Pt 7

Week 6:

Lesson 14:  InDesign CS2: Using Grids

Grid Copying Exercise

Lesson 15:  InDesign CS2:  Placing Objects

Lesson 16:  InDesign CS2: Using Color

Week 7:

Lesson 17:  InDesign CS2:  Creating Objects

InDesign UNIT Test

Quick Grammar Guide, Brainstorming How To..., How To Get The Interview,


  1. Does your school also offer Yearbook Production as a class, or is it an extracurricular activity?

    • We offer it as a class.

      • Is it one you teach, & haven’t posted a syllabus for, or is it one another instructor teacher? & if so, how do you coordinate that, since yours is the intro course?

        [Tangent: also, your comment on the “Not Ready For College Writing” article was spot-on!]

      • I teach yearbook. Honestly it is the hardest to do a syllabus for. I am working on one, but I find every book is so different – every staff is different too. Hard to nail down what they need to know vs. what they need to get done.

  2. AMEN TO THAT! 🙂

  3. Do you use a book for your Desktop Publishing class or strictly lessons from Indesign? I will be teaching a Desktop Publishing class to middle school students and have struggled developing lessons due to their lack of basic computer skills. I have the Adobe Creative Suite CS4 but am afraid it may be to difficult for students with limited basic computer skills and little access to computers outside of school. (We are a Title I school in the Houston area) I am not sure if I should dive right in or start in with basic desktop publsihing skills through Microsoft Office. As if this wasn’t enough I need to create a yearbook through these classes as well.

  4. Thanks for the awesome info. My school just informed 4 days before we teach that I will be doing yearbook this year. I’ve never used InDesign or taught a yearbook class. My head is spinning. Thanks again and if anybody else has any good info I would love to take a look at it.

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