This learning packet should review:
-Capitalizaton of proper nouns
-Standard rules for capitalization
-Capitalization in titles and headings
-Common errors in capitalization
By culling and modifying some of the best resources online regarding the concept of capitalization, this learning packet aims to help learners tackle this concept regardless of their familiarity level. Using a wide range of tools (video, text, slide show presentation) and using an easily accessible, quick-to-comprehend format, the packet appeals to a wide range of learning styles and ages of students who wish to become capitalization masters!
This engaging and informative slide show presentation offers learners the chance to explore key capitalization rules and then apply their knowledge by checking out ten sample questions. Learners should see how their own answers would compare to the correct answers.
Source: www.chompchomp.com/presentations/capitalization.ppt, modified by Rebecca Oberg
Filmed in a garage by a teacher, this basic yet very helpful video offers students an easy way to approach capitalization rules, boiling them down to a few important guidelines and offering relevant examples.
If you have a question about whether a specific word should be capitalized that doesn't fit under one of these rules, try checking a dictionary to see if the word is capitalized there.
Use capital letters in the following ways:
The first words of a sentence
The pronoun "I"
Proper nouns (the names of specific people, places, organizations, and sometimes things)
Family relationships (when used as proper names)
The names of God, specific deities, religious figures, and holy books
Exception: Do not capitalize the nonspecific use of the word "god."
Titles preceding names, but not titles that follow names
Directions that are names (North, South, East, and West when used as sections of the country, but not as compass directions)
The days of the week, the months of the year, and holidays (but not the seasons used generally)
Exception: Seasons are capitalized when used in a title.
The names of countries, nationalities, and specific languages
The first word in a sentence that is a direct quote
The major words in the titles of books, articles, and songs (but not short prepositions or the articles "the," "a," or "an," if they are not the first word of the title)
Members of national, political, racial, social, civic, and athletic groups
Periods and events (but not century numbers)
Words and abbreviations of specific names (but not names of things that came from specific things but are now general types)
This short, to-the-point video clip offers a basic and academically sound explanation of several capitalization rules along with examples. The clip's simple style directs the students' focus solely on learning the concept of proper capitalization from a professional.