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Punctuate and Capitalize
In this punctuate and capitalize worksheet, 3rd graders answer 15 questions about days and months, then use commas to separate items in a list.
Punctuate and Capitalize: Grade 5
In this punctuate and capitalize: grade five learning exercise, 5th graders write direct quotes for 10 pictures, using correct capitalization, then write a creative story using colons and apostrophes.
New! Spanish Punctuation & Capitalization
Grammar rules in all languages, but that doesn't mean it's the same from English to Spanish. This informational webpage describes the similarities and differences between English and Spanish for the following: periods, commas, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, capitalization, and various other less common symbols. There is at least one example for each punctuation mark and capitalization exception.
Stop! Do you need a period at the end of that sentence? Learners work together to place periods appropriately in a paragraph written on poster board. They edit and correct the paragraph for punctuation and capitalization to show knowledge of a complete sentence.
Third graders write about a personal experience using appropriate grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling. They self-edit their work, looking for errors in punctuation, grammar, capitalization and spelling.
Improving a Paragraph 4
Assign a paragraph a day! For the first four days, class members will need to focus in order to improve a paragraph and make it their own. Revision suggestions are given for each prompt. On the fifth day, give writers the chance to compose their own paragraph. Accompany these paragraphs with lessons on how to improve word choice and grammar. Sample revisions are included.
What's In a Noun: Grammar and Usage
Nine lessons in a grammar and usage unit provide endless opportunities for drill and practice. Topics include the four types of sentences, subject and predicates, nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs and prepositions, conjunctions and interjections, as well as capitalization and punctuation. The scripted unit includes a culminating activity, handouts, worksheets, a bibliography, and an assessment.
Sixth graders practice dialogue punctuation. In writing skills lesson, 6th graders study properly written forms of dialogue. Students use narrative writing samples to help them learn to correctly punctuate dialogue examples.
Punctuation and Conversation
Sixth graders explore language arts by answering study questions. In this punctuation usage lesson, 6th graders read several sentences and identify the correct punctuation that should be used in the sentence. Students complete an animal vocabulary graphic organizer and share their answers with their peers.
It's so hard to remember how to punctuate titles! Give your class this practice packet to help them remember. On the first page, learners review the rules for punctuating the titles of short stories, monologues, commercials, etc. Then, learners apply what they learned to the 60 sentences that follow.
Fundamentals of Composition: Punctuation and Capitalization Rules
Set your scholars up for success by teaching them about punctuation and capitalization. This visually pleasing presentation includes a section for each of the following: commas, colons, dashes, semicolons, quotation marks, apostrophes, and capitalization. There are 60 slides total, and the potential for multiple short lessons if these slides are split up according to topic.
Editing Practice Sheet #2 - Punctuation and Capitalization
In this editing practice worksheet, 4th graders read 6 sentences before correcting punctuation and capitalization errors in each. They write each sentence correctly on the blank line beneath it.
Reading Poetry: "love is a place" by E. E. Cummings
Show your class how to read, and analyze poetry through the rules of grammar as you explore “love is a place” by E.E. Cummings. Some might consider this plan overbearing and beating poetry to death, which might be true, if you do all of the activities. However, the plan offers a unique way to show young learners how to read closely and deeply. The guided worksheet moves readers through the poem and has them analyze the literary devices, syntax, and grammar of the poem in search of meaning. A little part of this resource would go a long way.
Letter Writng and Snalil Mail Relay
Eighth graders observe and demonstrate how to write letters using the modified block format. They examine and discuss the components of a modified block-letter, and write and send a letter to a former teacher using proper form and punctuation.
Letter Writing and Snail Mail Relay
Use proper letter format and grammar to participate in a mail relay. After completing a pre-test about their knowledge of proper letter format, middle and high schoolers write letters to pupils in other high schools, which are relayed around the country. They show proper format and details to fit the intended audience.
Students investigate the properties of plastic eggs filled with solids, liquids, and gases and use these observations to hypothesize whether a chicken egg is hard-boiled or raw.
Reinforce the rules for the correct usage of punctuation marks in sentences and paragraphs. Clarity and organization of thought form the main focus of this instructional activity. Use this activity to emphasize the use of ellipses and other punctuation symbols.
Explore grammar by participating in a part of speech game. Students define conjunctions and view a Schoolhouse Rock video about them. They identify conjunctions in sample sentences and participate in a flash card grammar game in which they face off against classmates.
Sure, your class knows the basic capitalization rules, but do they know the rules for geographical locations, ships, proper adjectives, and words after semi-colons? This four-page document details rules for the middle and early high school learner, and it offers two practice opportunities to assess their comprehension.
Sixth graders use narrative strategies (e.g., dialogue and action) to develop characters, plot and setting and maintain a consistent point of view. They create and accurately punctuate dialogue necessary to help the plot progress, reference setting and develop character.