What good is a yearbook if names and faces are not labeled and described? Learn how to write captions from yearbook advisors and companies.

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Students love taking photos! Writing captions, not so much. Students may not have all the information or they simply need practice. Here are some questions they should ask themselves:

  • Name the people in the photo.
  • Describe what the people are doing. Do not write obvious statements like "posing for a picture" or "smiling at the camera."
  • Where are they? At our school? If it is at a different school, which one?
  • When did this event happen? Name the date or at least the month.
  • What important fact can you add?
    • If this is a competition, who won?
    • What was the score?
    • What position did the student play?
    • Who did the actor portray in the theatre production?

To make caption writing easier, I highly recommend the following weekly activity:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Photos

Student editors confirm that all photographs have been uploaded to Google Photos.

Photos

Daily Caption Writing

Teacher posts a link to the photo in Google Classroom as a Question.

  1. Identify.
  2. Describe.
  3. Sentence starters!

Student editors choose the best caption and document it.

Daily Caption Writing

Teacher posts a link to the photo in Google Classroom as a Question.

  1. Identify.
  2. Describe.
  3. Sentence starters!

Student editors choose the best caption and document it.

 Daily Caption Writing

Teacher posts a link to the photo in Google Classroom as a Question.

  1. Identify.
  2. Describe.
  3. Sentence starters!

Student editors choose the best caption and document it.

Photos

Student editors confirm that all photographs have been uploaded to Google Photos.

As the year progresses, student editors can edit the photos and select the best ones for the Daily Caption Writing Activity in Google Classroom.

Daily Caption Writing in Google Classroom

Daily Caption Writing in Google Classroom

  1. Teacher selects + to add a Question.
  2. Teacher types a Question Title and Description.
  3. Teacher adds the Link to the Google Photo, as well as the Weekly Caption doc and Yearbook page assignment.
  4. Teacher selects Ask.
  5. Student staff member types their caption in the Answer.

To learn more about using Google Classroom to organize the yearbook, click here.

Captions in Google Photos

If Google Photos is an option for storing yearbook photos, captions can be added directly to the photo.

  1. Select the i icon on the photo.
  2. Label faces as necessary. This will make captioning easier for future photos.
  3. Copy and paste the best caption in the Description section of the photo.
  4. Select x.
Captions Google Drive

Captioning in Google Drive

If Google Photos is not an option for the yearbook class, captions can be added directly to the photo.

  1. Double click on the photo in Google Drive.
  2. Select the Comment icon.
  3. Highlight the photo.
  4. Type the caption.
  5. Select Save.

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