According to CCSS Language Standard 2, students at pretty much every grade level have to learn how to capitalize. Don’t worry though. It’s pretty simple to teach students how to capitalize if you know the way. I’ll show you the way, and then you can use my collection of worksheets, lessons, and tests to help your students master capitalization.
I made a table of contents for this page. It is below. If you already know how to teach capitalization, click on the table of contents below to skip ahead. Otherwise I suggest you review this page from top to bottom. I organized it this way for you.
How to Teach Capitalization
First, teach your students about proper nouns. Don’t give them a list of 800 types of proper nouns to capitalize. Just teach them what a proper noun is and tell them that proper nouns are always capitalized.
Second, teach students that we capitalize titles. This can be titles of books or movies as well as professional titles. However, there are some words in titles that we don’t capitalize. If you have younger students, explain to them that we don’t capitalize “little words” like and or in. If your students are more developed, tell them that we don’t capitalize articles and prepositions in titles.
Last, remind them that we capitalize the first word of every sentence and the pronoun I. They probably already know this, but it is the third case where we capitalize words.
Now that you know the plan, it’s time to prepare your materials. You may be interested in using the PowerPoint lesson that I created on capitalization if you have a projector. After teaching them when to capitalize, give them some homework or classwork on capitalization. Why not give them both? Check out my free capitalization worksheets below. Does your class have access to tablets or computers? Why not assign your students online capitalization homework or classwork? They will get instant feedback and it will save you a bunch of tedious grading. I think you’ve got it from here, but if you have any questions or need some help, leave a comment at the bottom of the page. In review…
Teach Students to Capitalize These Words
- Proper Nouns (and Brand Names)
- Titles (except articles and prepositions [little words to the primary students])
- First word in a sentence and the pronoun I
Spend some time teaching them about nouns, particularly proper nouns. Teach them about capitalizing titles. Remind them to capitalize the first word in the sentence and the pronoun I. And that’s it. You can use my PowerPoint lesson on capitalization or show them my video lesson on capitalization.
Here are some capitalization worksheets. I tried to use simple examples to make these worksheets more accessible, but I also tried to make them fun to read. I think that I struck a decent balance. Feel free to download the RTF versions of these worksheets and edit them so that they are more appropriate for your students. However, I recommend that students complete these activities online. Grading all of those examples can be EXTREMELY tedious for teachers, and students deserve feedback in a timely manner, so why not have a computer grade them? Check out one of my online capitalization activities here. They are free. Students can print, save, or email their results as a PDF file or even post their scores to Facebook. The online or Ereading Worksheets version of each activity is the bottom link. I think that you are going to love what I made for you.