November 2, 2017
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by Mia Perez

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Typing 201: Capital Letters and Punctuation

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Students will be able to type capital letters, periods, question marks, and exclamation marks using correct finger placement.

(5 minutes)
  • Write these sentences (or something similar without capitalization or punctuation) on the board: i can’t wait for this weekend; what day is today; i want to go to the pool to practice my diving.
  • Ask students to explain what is wrong with these sentences.
  • Invite volunteers to come up to the board to edit these sentences.
  • Support students to see that these sentences are missing capital letters and ending punctuation.
  • Ask students why capital letters and ending punctuation are necessary. What would it be like to read a text without them?
  • Tell students that today we are going to learn how to type capital letters, periods, question marks, and exclamation marks using our practice paper keyboards.
(5 minutes)
  • Project the worksheet Typing Capital Letters and use this keyboard to model for your students correct finger placement for typing capital letters and ending punctuation.
  • Explain that to type the capital case of a letter, type the letter key as you hold down the shift key with the pinky finger of the hand opposite the one you are typing the letter key with.
  • Explain that to type a period, use the right hand ring finger to reach down to press the period key.
  • Explain that to type a question mark, use the right hand pinky finger to reach down and press the question mark key while holding the shift key with the pinky finger of your left hand.
  • Explain that to type an exclamation mark, use the left hand pinky finger to reach up and press the exclamation mark key while holding the shift key with the pinky finger of your right hand.
(20 minutes)

Part 1

  • Refer to the projected Typing Capital Letters and use this keyboard to model for students correct finger placement for typing capital letters.
  • Distribute Typing Capital Letters to each student.
  • As a class, go through and color the shift key and each home key identified in the instructions to match with the correct finger. For example, color the “A” key red because the left pinky finger has a red circle.
  • Model for students how to complete some of the letter combinations in the first column on the worksheet using correct finger placement.
  • Tell students to use their paper keyboards to finish practicing the letter combinations in the first column.
  • Walk around the class to ensure that students are typing and placing their fingers correctly.

Part 2

  • Project the worksheet Typing Punctuation Marks: Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Marks and use this keyboard to model for students correct finger placement for typing punctuation marks.
  • Distribute the worksheet Typing Punctuation Marks: Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Marks to each student.
  • As a class, go through and color the shift keys, the period, question mark, and exclamation mark keys so that they match with the correct finger placement. For example, color the question mark key pink because the right pinky finger has a pink circle.
  • Model for students how to complete some of the punctuation mark combinations in the first column on the worksheet using correct finger placement.
  • Tell students to use their paper keyboards to finish practicing the punctuation mark combinations in the first column.
  • Walk around the class to ensure that students are typing and placing their fingers correctly.

Part 3

  • Project the worksheet Typing Sentences and use this keyboard to model for students correct finger placement for typing sentences with capital letters and punctuation marks.
  • Distribute Typing Sentences to each student.
  • As a class, go through and color the shift keys, the period, question mark, and exclamation mark keys so that they correspond with the correct finger placement. For example, color the exclamation mark key red because the left pinky finger has a red circle.
  • Model for students how to type the first three sentences on the worksheet using correct finger placement.
  • Tell students to use their paper keyboards to practice typing the fourth and fifth sentences.
  • Walk around the class to provide support and feedback to students as they are typing.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell students they will continue to practice typing capital letters and punctuation independently using the worksheets that they have already begun working on.
  • Review the instructions on the the worksheets Typing Capital Letters; Typing Punctuation Marks: Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Marks; and Typing Sentences.
  • Tell students to complete the remaining columns and sentences on each worksheet.

Support:

  • Students can focus their typing practice on the first columns for the two worksheets Typing Sentences and Typing Punctuation: Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Marks.
  • Students can work with a partner to take turns reading aloud the different capital letter combinations, punctuation combinations, and sentences as shown on the worksheets while their partner practices typing. This will assist those students who have difficulty typing while looking at a text.

Enrichment:

  • Students can practice typing more complex sentences or paragraphs from a classroom book.
(20 minutes)
  • Using the worksheet Typing Sentences ask students to type a variety of capital letter combinations, punctuation mark combinations, and sentences.
  • Monitor students as they are typing to ensure correct finger placement.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to think and talk about how big of a role computers play in their daily lives. How often are they on the computer? What do they use computers for?
  • Ask students to think about the role of typing and why typing is an important skill to have this day and age.

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