2 STEP 1 - LEARN Expanded captions have three parts. A lead-in A first sentence in present tenseA second sentence in past tenseAn optional quote as a last sentence
3 EXPANDED CAPTIONS IN THREE STEPS // 1THE LEAD-IN. Used to capture the reader’s attention, it signals to which photograph the caption relates. It can be one or two words or a short phrase. The lead-in serves as a mini-headline for the caption. Often, it is typeset in a different typeface or size to give it added impact. An example would be “BREAKING FREE”2SENTENCE ONE. Written in present tense, the first sentence completely identifies the who, what, when and where and describes the content, focusing on interesting, little-known details that go beyond the obvious. It answers the reader’s questions concerning the action of the photo. Use specific names, visual nouns and strong action verbs. Avoid starting a caption with the name of an individual or the group. An example: “In the winter musical, seniors Charlotte Gunn and Taubert Nadalini perform a duet from the Disney hit High School Musical.”3SENTENCE TWO. Written in past tense, it presents behind-the-scenes facts. This part of the caption often focuses on the why and how. It supplies readers with answers to their questions and should tell about something that cannot be seen in the photo. An example: “The pair performed as Gabriella and Troy, while other starring roles included freshman Link Lipsitz and Ryan and Hockaday student Ashley Rich as Sharpay.”OPTIONALTo add a personalized touch, add a direct quote as the last sentence in the writing. An example: “Performing in the winter musical was the highlight of my high school career,” said Gunn of her experience.
4 St. Mark’s School of Texas [TX] BREAKING FREEIn the winter musical, seniors Charlotte Gunn and Taubert Nadalini perform a duet from the Disney hit High School Musical. The pair performed as Gabriella and Troy, while other starring roles include freshman Link Lipsitz as Ryan and Hockaday student Ashley Rich as Sharpay.St. Mark’s School of Texas [TX]
5 Loudoun Valley High School [TX] LAST MOMENTAt Senior Night Dec. 17, Ny Gillis and Molly Russo receive a flower from Coach Jenifer Cooper-Barrlow. The coaches and teammates honored the work the seniors put towards the team. “My favorite event is bars because I have something to hold on to. Swinging through the air is thrilling and such a rush,” Ny said.Loudoun Valley High School [TX]
6 STEP 2 - PRACTICEUsing the 1, 2, 3 process, write an expanded caption for the photo on the next slide.
7 1THE LEAD-IN. One or two words2SENTENCE ONE. Written in present tense, the first sentence completely identifies the who, what, when and where and describes the content, focusing on interesting, little-known details that go beyond the obvious.3SENTENCE TWO. Written in past tense, it presents behind-the-scenes facts.OPTIONAL DIRECT QUOTEBecause this is practice, you may use fake facts and names. Real captions must ALWAYS be factual.Amanda Pankhurst, Amboy High School [IL]
8 STEP 3 - DOChoose a photo from the photos on the caption class page that you have not used yet. On notbook paper, write an expanded caption for it using the 3-step process.