Capitalization Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the principles of capitalization
  • list the rules for capitalization
  • identify errors in capitalization


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Use correct capitalization.


  • A worksheet with 50 sentences that need correction in terms of capitalization


  • Begin by writing 15-20 words on the board with errors in capitalization. Use proper nouns, titles, first words in a sentence and the pronoun I.
  • Now ask students to identify any errors in the words listed on the board.
  • When all students have finished noting the errors in the words on the board, discuss their answers as a class.
  • Now play the video lesson Capitalization Rules in Writing, pausing at 0:52.
  • Now ask the students to try to identify the four types of words demonstrated on the board that require capitalization. Why is it important in these situations? Discuss this as a class.
  • Play the rest of the video lesson now.
  • Considering what was stated in the video lesson regarding capitalization, were the students correct in their discussion? Fill in any missing information now.

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