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Caption Writing. The Most-Read Copy in the Yearbook by Lori Oglesbee. Pre-writing. Start with an excellent, story-telling, action/reaction photograph. Pre-writing. Start with an excellent, story-telling, action/reaction photograph.

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caption writing

Caption Writing

The Most-Read Copy in the Yearbook

by Lori Oglesbee

pre writing
Pre-writing
  • Start with an excellent, story-telling, action/reaction photograph.
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Pre-writing

  • Start with an excellent, story-telling, action/reaction photograph.
  • Talk to the photographer. (He/She was there.)
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Pre-writing

  • Start with an excellent, story-telling, action/reaction photograph.
  • Talk to the photographer. (He/She was there.)
  • Interview people in the photograph and others who were there.
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Pre-writing

  • Start with an excellent, story-telling, action/reaction photograph.
  • Talk to the photographer. (He/She was there.)
  • Interview people in the photograph and others who were there.
  • Gather the correct spellings of names.
parts of a caption
Parts of a Caption
  • Caption headline: usually clever tie-in to the photograph.
parts of a caption1
Parts of a Caption
  • Caption headline: usually clever tie-in to the photograph.
  • Sentence 1: Names all visible people and details the action/reaction and is written in present tense.
parts of a caption2
Parts of a Caption
  • Caption headline: usually clever tie-in to the photograph.
  • Sentence 1: Names all visible people and details the action/reaction and is written in present tense.
  • Sentence 2: Gives needed information that is not obvious in the photograph and is written in past tense.
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Parts of a Caption
  • Caption headline: usually clever tie-in to the photograph.
  • Sentence 1: Names all visible people and details the action/reaction and is written in present tense.
  • Sentence 2: Gives needed information that is not obvious in the photograph and is written in past tense.
  • Sentence 3: Meaningful quote.
caption example
Caption Example
  • Sister Act: After hearing her name announced as a member of the homecoming court, Christa Washington collapses into her best friend, Robin Elliot’s arms on the gym floor.
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Caption Example
  • Sister Act: After hearing her name announced as the last member of the homecoming court, Christa Washington collapses into her best friend Robin Elliot’s arms on the gym floor. All five of Christa’s older sisters had been named to the homecoming court and had planned to attend the event.
caption example2
Caption Example
  • Sister Act: After hearing her name announced as the last member of the homecoming court, Christa Washington collapses into her best friend Robin Elliot’s arms on the gym floor. All five of Christa’s older sisters had been named to the homecoming court and had planned to attend the event. “I felt so much pressure,” Christa said. “I didn’t want to let my family down.”
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Who: Geoff AndertonWhat: represents the senior class at the Hillcrest pep rallyWhen: Friday, Sept. 5Where: gymWhy: Geoff claims to be the ghost of seniors past to carry on the tradition of seniors’ winning the spirit stickExtra: became so popular that he was asked to join the cheerleaders on the court by the end of the season.

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Senior Spirit: At the Hillcrest pep rally,Geoff Anderton starts his run as the ghost of seniors past. Geoff wore the regalia to remind the Class of 2003 that it was their responsibility to win the spirit stick. “This started out as a joke, then I could work the crowd into a frenzy and win the stick,” Geoff said. “Before I knew it, I was on the floor with the cheerleaders.”

sports captions
Sports Captions
  • Add the result of the play and game/match
sports captions1
Sports Captions
  • Add the result of the play and game/match
  • Name players from both teams.
sports captions2
Sports Captions
  • Add the result of the play and game/match
  • Name players from both teams.
  • Use stats for the second sentence.