Thumbs up for capitalization! Instruction begins with a lively, interactive Power Point presentation. After direct instruction, a series of sentences appear on the screen. Students put their thumbs up or down to signal whether a sentence is capitalized correctly. Corresponding lesson plans offer two practice sheets (with answer keys) and three alternative 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.
• PowerPoint presentation
• Lesson plans with extensions
• Text of PowerPoint presentation
• Two worksheets with answers
1. Direct Instruction – Display and discuss rules for capitalizing rooms, course titles, and awards. Instruction focuses capitalization of formal names (but not articles, conjunctions, or short prepositions).
2. Guided Practice – Continue the presentation with practice exercises. Students put their thumbs up or down to show whether the sentence 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 rooms, course titles, and awards in real-life situations.
This lesson is provided as a free sample of the nine modules that make up my Comprehensive Capitalization Unit
. The 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
• 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.