Thumbs up for capitalization! Instruction begins with a lively, interactive PowerPoint presentation. After direct instruction, a series of dates and names appear on the screen. Students put their thumbs up or down to signal whether a date or name is capitalized correctly. Corresponding lesson plans offer two worksheets (with answer keys) that can be used as practice or assessment, as well as extension activities that ask students to apply their knowledge.
Students learn to capitalize days of the week, months of the year, and specific names of people, places, and things. The lesson focuses on capitalizing relatives when used as names (Grandma or Uncle Jeff) but not when used to refer to a relative (the grandma or my uncle).
This set was developed for intermediate students, but it is also appropriate for reteaching, review, and remediation at the middle school level.
• PowerPoint presentation
• Lesson plans with extensions
• Text of PowerPoint presentation
• Two worksheets with answers
1. Direct Instruction – Display and discuss rules for capitalizing dates and names with the PowerPoint presentation.
2. Guided Practice – Continue the presentation with practice exercises. Students put their thumbs up or down to show whether the phrase is capitalized correctly. This is great for whole-class engagement and formative assessment.
3. Independent Practice – Worksheet A allows students to practice their new skills independently.
4. Assessment – Worksheet B may be used as assessment or additional practice.
5. Extensions – Three extension activities allow students to practice capitalizing dates and names in real-life situations.
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includes the nine modules listed below. This bundled set provides a pretest, nine PowerPoint presentations, nine sets of lesson plans, eighteen worksheets (with answer keys), extension activities, a quick reference guide, and a posttest at a reduced price.
If you don't need them all, pick and choose from this list:
• Capitalizing Dates and Names
• Capitalizing Titles
• Capitalizing Historical Events and Documents
• Capitalizing Geographic Names
• Capitalizing Holidays and Product Names
• Capitalizing Groups, Languages, and Religions
• Capitalizing Celestial Objects
• Capitalizing Rooms, Course Titles, and Awards
• What Not to Capitalize
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College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard L.2 – Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.