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: Students should understand capitalization rules.


  • 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.


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

    • Panel 1: Include text using incorrect capitalization.

    • Panel 2: Show the same text written correctly.


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


  • Print out the sample comic for students to correct.

  • Provide visual reference for basic capitalization rules.

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.