Thumbs up for capitalization! Instruction begins with a lively, interactive PowerPoint presentation. After direct instruction, a series of geographic names appear on the screen. Students put their thumbs up or down to signal whether the name of a place 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.
This set was developed for intermediate students, but it is also appropriate for reteaching, review, and remediation at the middle school level. It’s great for social studies class!
• PowerPoint presentation
• Lesson plans with extensions
• Text of PowerPoint presentation
• Two worksheets with answers
1. Direct Instruction – Display and discuss rules for capitalizing geographic names with the PowerPoint presentation.
• Capitalizing continents, countries, and islands
• Capitalizing regions, counties, cities, and towns
• Capitalizing streets
• Capitalizing buildings, colleges, and parks
• Capitalizing airports, monuments, and dams
• Capitalizing bodies of water
• Capitalizing landforms and biomes
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 geographic names in real-life situations.
Do your students need more capitalization practice? My Comprehensive Capitalization Unit
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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