Checking for Capitalization

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Capitalization and Proofing

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will demonstrate correct capitalization in their writing.

Know Before You Start: This lesson reminds students to check their writing for correct capitalization.

Hook:

  • Display the sample comic. Ask students to analyze the comic for missing capital letters.

  • Have students discuss with a partner where capital letters should be used in the comic.

  • Discuss when capital letters should be used e.g., proper nouns, titles, the start of a sentence, etc.  

  • Model and discuss how capitalization helps the reader to understand text.

Activity:

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-panel comic demonstrating the correct use of capitalization.

  • Panel 1: Write a paragraph using incorrect capitalization.

  • Panel 2: Show the paragraph written correctly.

Closure: Students can peer edit each other’s comics and check for capitalization.

Differentiation:

  • Print out the comic for students to correct.

  • Provide visual reference for basic capitalization rules.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.