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Capitalization Activities and Worksheets

Understanding how and when to capitalize in the English language is contingent on one’s understanding of nouns: specifically common and proper nouns.  The capitalization rules are such that the first letter in every sentence must be capitalized. Additionally, the pronoun I and proper nouns, whenever they are used in the sentence, must be capitalized.  Nouns can be thought of as common or proper.  Proper nouns refer to a specific person, place, or thing (or brand), of which there is only one.  Common nouns are the generalized form.  For example, the word  teacher is not capitalized because it could refer to any teacher; however, Mr. Morton is capitalized because it refers to a specific teacher.  I hope that you will find these resources helpful in the course of your learning or instruction.

Online Capitalization Practice Test 1 – Check out this twenty-question online practice quiz. Students identify which words should be capitalized in a sentence and enter responses. It grades automatically and students can print results.
Online Capitalization Practice Test 1


Online Capitalization Practice Test 2 – Twenty more capitalization practice questions. This interactive tests is graded automatically and you can print your results.
Online Capitalization Practice Test 2

Noun Types and Capitalization Lesson – This is an animated PowerPoint slideshow to help teach you or your students how to distinguish noun types, common and proper nouns, and capitalization rules.
Noun Types and Capitalization Lesson PowerPoint

Common and Proper Nouns and Capitalization Worksheet – In this worksheet students determine which items should be capitalized in sentence with all lowercase letters, and then they explain why these items should be capitalized. Also, the practice converting common nouns to proper nouns.
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Capitalization Practice Worksheet: Circle the capitalization errors and add end marks to the sentences. Rewrite the following sentences, correct capitalization errors and add end marks.
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5 Comments

  1. Janet

     /  April 4, 2013

    I took the quiz today (before I present it to my kids). Question #18 still indicates that “west” should be capitalized. In this case, since it is a direction, it should not be capitalized?

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    • As I was once corrected, directions should be capitalized if they refer to a specific place, such as the American West, or the North and South fought in the Civil War, but not when they are used as general directions.

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  2. Lee

     /  March 6, 2013

    These worksheets really help you study. Also, the lessons on Power Point are helpful.

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  3. Margaret Thorstenson

     /  November 26, 2012

    There is an error in Online Capitalization Practice Test 1. Question #18 says that the word “west” should be capitatized, but I don’t think that’s correct. You only capitalize directions when you’re referring to a specific area. For example, I would like to live in the West. In sentence #18, it was used as a direction.

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