Use the questions provided below to challenge fourth-graders when it comes to their capitalization skills.
The first exercise includes sentences with standard capitalization rules for proper nouns and sentence placement. These rules include:
- The first word of a sentence
- Days, months, and holidays
- Names of people and places, titles of people
- Buildings and other structures
- Organizations and other groups of people
- Historical events and documents
- Titles of books, games, newspapers, magazines, movies, plays, television shows, works of art, etc.
The second set of exercises covers these rules, and adds the following capitalization categories:
- Names of people (including their job titles)
- Family members when used as a name
- Groups of people
- Historical events and documents
- The first word in a quote
You can print or project these worksheets for classroom use. Or, keep reading to test your own capitalization knowledge! Answer keys can be found at the bottom of this article.
A. Instructions: Rewrite the following sentences using the correct capitalization.
- we loved night at the museum.
- one of my favorite spanish painters is pablo picasso.
- the president lives in the white house.
- i want to visit yellowstone national park next june.
jack and jill is a kid's magazine.
B. Instructions: Write down the words that require a capital letter.
- i went to the museum of modern art in new york city and saw starry night by van gogh.
- on wednesday, betty and i went to see star trek.
- she loves to play the legend of zelda on her nintendo.
- children love december because of christmas and hanukkah.
- people of all ages enjoy tom and jerry cartoons.
A. Instructions: Write down the numbers of the sentences that are not capitalized correctly.
- _____ I saw mr. Jones at the theater.
- _____ She said, "That is all right with me."
- _____ My Mother is the greatest.
- _____ Henry wanted to see Alvin And The Chipmunks.
- _____ Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet.
- _____ He explained, "You see, dad, it is just a small dent."
- _____ His dad replied, "you have to pay for the damage."
- _____ I have read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban five times.
- _____ My Brother and Sister are both older than I.
- _____ There were democrats and republicans at the debate.
B. Instructions: Write down the words that need a capital letter. There are 25 in all.
history is full of interesting things. two funny names of battles are battle of bull run and battle of the bulge. the sphinx in egypt is hard to say and spell. the moai of easter island is a group of huge statues and no one is certain why they were built. the notre dame cathedral in paris, france is really spooky, as is dracula's castle in romania. someday i would like to visit historic places like these.
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- We loved Night at the Museum.
- One of my favorite Spanish painters is Pablo Picasso.
- The president lives in the White House.
- I want to visit Yellowstone National Park next June.
- Jack and Jill is a kid's magazine.
- I, Museum, Modern Art, New York City, Starry Night, Van Gogh.
- On, Wednesday, Betty, I, Star Trek.
- She, The, Legend, Zelda, Nintendo.
- Children, December, Christmas, Hanukkah.
- People, Tom, Jerry.
1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10 are wrong.
History is full of interesting things. Two funny names of battles are Battle of Bull Run and Battle of the Bulge. The Sphinx in Egypt is hard to say and spell. The Moai of Easter Island is a group of huge statues and no one is certain why they were built. The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France is really spooky, as is Dracula's Castle in Romania. Someday I would like to visit historic places like these.
Using proper writing conventions is important when you want to be understood. Improper capitalization can lead to confused readers and misunderstandings. If your fourth-graders could use more capitalization practice, check out some helpful (and fun!) capitalization games.