NOTE: Students should be familiar with the parts of speech.
"Capitalize the first and last words and any important words." That's the rule I learned in elementary school. But how do you tell for sure which words are important? Are all two-letter words unimportant? Are all conjunctions unimportant?
This product takes the confusion out of capitalizing titles because the rules apply to parts of speech, not to "important" words. For example, the articles "a" and "an" are not capped (unless they are the first or last word of a title), but "is" and "be" are because they are verbs, and subjects and verbs are the most important parts of speech in our language. And while coordinating conjunctions are not capped, subordinating conjunctions are.
Students are first given a list of titles to capitalize on their own. The titles in this list were chosen to reflect every situation students might run into while capitalizing titles. Then the teacher reads the correct answers. This is an effective method because students get the chance to correct their mistakes, making it more likely that they will remember the right answer.
Then students use inductive reasoning to create their own rules based on the list of titles they just worked with. At this point, they observe which parts of speech are always capitalized, sometimes capitalized, or never capitalized. Note: The parts of speech along with definitions are provided.
Students then apply the rules by creating their own titles.
Finally, students are quizzed on capitalizing titles and on additional information offered, such as end marks allowed in titles.
This is a very thorough lesson plan that should leave students with a firm knowledge of title capitalization. Check out the preview to see pages 1 and 2!
Answer keys for all activities are provided.
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