What impressions do you get from the articles?
The article on the left was (respectfully) extracted from a high school yearbook. Undoubtedly it wasn't given a thorough proof reading for lack of time.
  • What makes it a GREAT example of a BAD article?
    • Define specific "types" of writing mistakes found in this article.

  • What specific steps should yearbook students take to prevent this type of article from reaching print?

Easily, the most demanding part of your responsibilities as a yearbook student is to develop your skills as a writer. It's a common perception that "nobody reads the stories" that appear on the yearbook pages, but the pictures alone are not enough to tell the whole story. The times, places, and people involved in the events you cover MUST be accurately chronicled for the book to be meaningful in 5, 10 or 20 years.

A yearbook without writing is only a scrapbook of pictures - ask you parents if they can remember
  • the names of most of the people in their yearbooks,
  • the highlights of any particular year, or
  • the reasons why certain events took place

Pictures are FAR more valuable when you "tell the rest of the story" and put them into context.