I’ll bet you never thought you would enjoy teaching capitalization. Try this! Teach kids the big capitalization rule. Then spend a little time each week with the small rules. It works beautifully in my classroom!
The Big Capitalization Rule
The Big Rule: Capitalize the names of specific people, places, and things.
The Caveat: Don’t capitalize articles, coordinating conjunctions, or short prepositions.
Yep, kids need to know parts of speech to fully handle capitalization. Little kids should learn the big rule. As they learn their parts of speech, they can work on the little rules. Click here to download posters for capitalization rules and capitalization of titles.
The Little Capitalization Rules
Now that’s a lot of little rules! In my classroom, I chunk them into nine lessons:
- Capitalizing Dates and Names of People
- Capitalizing Holidays and Product Names
- Capitalizing Geographic Names
- Capitalizing Titles
- Capitalizing Celestial Objects
- Capitalizing Time Periods, Historical Events, Documents, and Laws
- Capitalizing Groups, Languages, Religions, Deities, and Scriptures
- Capitalizing Rooms, Course Titles, and Awards
- What Not to Capitalize
Each week we begin with a PowerPoint presentation. After direct instruction, a series of terms appear on the screen. Students put thumbs up if the term is capitalized correctly. If they think it’s wrong, thumbs go down. Instant formative assessment!
Are you looking for some extra practice worksheets for your class? Try these from K-12 Reader.
Enjoy Teaching Capitalization of Titles
At my grade level, kids need to learn to capitalize titles. Here are some fun ways to practice:
- Type the titles of students’ most recent writing onto a page. Keep capitalization as is. Now ask which titles are correct and which are wrong. Make corrections.
- Ask students to capitalize names of popular holiday songs or movies.
I post new ideas, activities, and free downloads every week. Click here for an index (and to see what’s coming soon!)
Enjoy teaching capitalization!