This skill, even though it is elementary, can be tricky for some students. I teach fourth grade writing and found that I still have students that struggle with nouns. If they struggle with identifying the type of noun, it will show up on their state writing and grammar exam. This is a quick assessment to see if your students know the difference between a common noun and a proper noun. The sentences are in simple form so that it focuses in on the skill needed. If students do not understand common vs proper nouns, they can easily practice with the attached sort at a station or in small group.