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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. 
Students practice correct punctuation and capitalization in paragraph writing. In this punctuation and capitalization lesson, students read a paragraph in a group and place stop signs for period marks. Students use a red pen to correct capitalization errors and write the edited paragraph on their paper.
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 instructional activity, 6th graders study properly written forms of dialogue. Students use narrative writing samples to help them learn to correctly punctuate dialogue examples.
This test could be quite challenging for a 5th grader, but as they say, practice makes perfect. There are 44 multiple choice questions where the correct sentence must be chosen. This is an online test that covers punctuation, capitalization, and writing numbers.
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.
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.
In this punctuation activity, students complete a test regarding punctuation an correct capitalization. Students respond to 44 multiple choice test questions.
Plagiarism, punctuation, and capitalization are the focus of this presentation which outlines the rules for using information from another source. Examples contrast improper use of source material to correct citation format. Both high school and college learners would benefit from this presentation, and it might prove helpful in avoiding future issues.
The Oxford comma, who'd have thunk it would be at the center of a great debate? Also known as the serial comma, this pesky piece of punctuation premiers as the star of a short video that investigates the question "To use, or not to use...", main arguments for and against the use of a comma before the conjunction indicating the final item in a list. The general consensus? It's optional.
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.
Young scholars write a declarative and an interrogative sentence and capitalize the first words in the sentences, then use the correct punctuation. They write two complete sentences.
An outstanding worksheet for young writers is here for you. In it, learners are coached on when it's necessary to capitalize letters when writing. There is a very good worksheet embedded in the plan to give them extra practice.
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.
In the context of reading Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington (or any pumpkin reading), young editors explore correct punctuation by listening to a short reading with no punctuation. They indicate whether a period or question mark should end unpunctuated sentences by holding up appropriate sticks.
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.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders practice the correct usage of grammar rules through the editing and correction of a variety of poorly written paragraphs. You create (or find) the paragraphs, as they are not provided here. And be sure to cut and laminate stop signs as well! The kids will love being able to use this manipulative.
In this ESL punctuation and capitalization worksheet, students correct all errors in sentences about President Obama. Page has links to answers and additional resources.
Learners correct five sentences by rewriting them on the lines. They correct by using correct punctuation and capitalization. Good, basic practice!

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