Teaching kids about capitalization does not have to be difficult: try incorporating capitalization games into your lesson plans. Before beginning to devise your own capitalization games or using games found on the Internet to teach your students about capitalization, make sure to review the rules of capitalization. The last thing you want to do is teach a student the wrong rules regarding when and when not to capitalize.
There are many games you can play with your students to teach them about capitalization rules. Your aim should to be to make learning about capitalization entertaining and interactive, allowing students to feel comfortable making mistakes and learning together. You can try to make up your own games, or you can find ones that have been tested by teachers throughout the country.
For example, here is a popular game idea to get you started:
Before playing, prepare at least 15 sentences that are chock full of proper adjectives, nouns, and other capitalized parts of speech.
When you are ready to play:
Have a challenge round in which you read the sentence very quickly the second time – see if your students can keep up!
There are several capitalization rules that you want to impart onto a student:
Note that you might say, “The senators came to the White House,” but that you would say “Senator Keeley came to the White House.” If you address someone by their title instead of using their name, such as, “Tell me, Doctor, how much medicine should I take?” the title must be capitalized.
There are many, many more rules of capitalization that confuse even advanced speakers, writers, and readers of English.
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