Ch 2: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.2

About This Chapter

With the aid of this chapter's lessons, you can help satisfy the requirements for the Common Core and instruct an eighth grade class on capitalization, punctuation and spelling. You will also find lesson examples and a summary of what students will learn during this chapter.

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

About This Chapter

Students who master this standard can properly use forms of punctuation, such as colons, semicolons, periods, ellipses and dashes. Lessons cover spelling and take a look at different words that may sound alike. Basic capitalization rules are also taught. Lessons in the standard delve into topics that include:

  • Using proper punctuation
  • Homonyms, homophones and other words that sound alike
  • Capitalization rules in writing
  • Commonly confused words

Students can display their mastery of the standard by composing sentences that employ proper capitalization and punctuation, with correctly placed colons, periods and other punctuation devices. Students will also avoid mistaking commonly confused words. Learning this standard provides college and career preparation, since proper punctuation is vital to good writing.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Below are a few tips on using these lessons to provide instruction in the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.2 standard:

Punctuation Lessons

Have students watch the lessons on proper punctuation. Give students example sentences that are missing common punctuation and have them fill in needed colons, semicolons, periods, ellipses and dashes.

Commonly Confused Word Lessons

Show students the video lessons on homophones, homonyms and other commonly confused words. Give students a series of sentences with blanks and a series of options where commonly confused words may go. Let the students fill in the proper spellings of these words.

Capitalization Rules Lessons

After watching the video lesson on capitalization rules, have students each write three sentences with no capitalization. Have them trade their sentences with a partner and mark where the capitalization should go.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.