# Capitalize Your Story

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July 28, 2015

This second-grade lesson teaches students the basics of capitalization. Little readers will have a great time checking sentences for proper capitalization and listening to a story by Justin McCory Martin.

### Learning Objectives

Students will be able to properly capitalize sentences and proper nouns.

## Lesson

### Introduction (5 minutes)

• Tell the students that today, they're going to learn about capitalization.
• Capital letters are mostly used as the first letter of proper nouns (the name of something or someone) and the first letter of sentences.

### Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

• Write three sentences on the board. Some examples are: They have to go to school. My cousins live in Canada. That hat belongs to Tom.
• Circle the capital letters.

### Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)

• Ask the students to write a few sentences describing themselves.
• Once they're done, have them exchange their papers with their peers.
• Ask the students to circle the letters that have been capitalized correctly with a blue crayon. Have them use the same crayons to draw a triangle around the letters that need to be capitalized but weren't.

### Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

• Ask the students to work on the Correct the Capitals: Ken and Correct the Capitals: Kimiko worksheets.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• Enrichment: Have advanced students work on the Practice Capitalization with a Homemade Calendar activity during Independent Working Time.
• Support: Give struggling students one-on-one assistance during Independent Working Time.

## Review

### Assessment (10 minutes)

• Write 3-5 sentences on the board. Do not capitalize your letters.
• Have students copy down the sentences on lined paper. Then, have them fix the sentences and capitalize the sentences correctly.
• Collect students' papers once they're done. Review them later to assess their understanding of the lesson content.

### Review and Closing (20 minutes)

• Read aloud Grammar Tales: The Mega-Deluxe Capitalization Machine by Justin McCory Martin to the class.
• To review, ask students to tell you the cases in which letters need to be capitalized.