Proper + Capitalization

Using capital letters in English can seem arbitrary if you don't know the capitalization rules. Guide English learners through the concept of common nouns and proper nouns using the English alphabet with a helpful practice packet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign for homework after going over the letters of the alphabet and proper/common nouns in class
  • Have pairs work together 
Classroom Considerations

  • Does not provide an answer key
  • Designed for adult English learners, but adaptable for younger students
  • Uses some obscure proper nouns for more difficult letters; be prepared to explain their definitions
Pros

  • Provides review pages for writing letters of the English alphabet as well as capitalization for proper nouns, making the resource valuable for speakers of language that use different alphabets
  • Offers learners the opportunity to reflect on words that they did not know
Cons

  • Some errors on the page (e.g. uppercase A and for common nouns, lowercase j for a brand name) are counterproductive to the lesson