Before completing a writing assignment, children should proof their work to ensure proper use of capital letters. Every child progresses differently. Incorporating capital letters in writing is a gradual progress. However, many reading programs expect students to use correct capitalization by forth grade. When appropriate, review the following capitalization rules with your child.
| Capitalize the first word in a sentence.|
Example: My dog is white.
|Capitalize the pronoun I.|
Example: My father and I like to ride our bikes.
Example: January 1, 2012
|Capitalize the names of people.|
Example: George Washington, Mrs. Smith
|Capitalize the first word of both the salutation and close of a letter.|
Example: Dear Connor,
Your friend, Emma
|Capitalize specific dates, e.g., events & holidays.|
Example: Fourth of July, Thanksgiving & Wimbledon
Do not capitalize seasons, e.g. spring, winter & fall.
|Capitalize trade names (products) and organizations. |
Example: Crest toothpaste, Dove soap, & Dell
|Capitalize geographic names.|
Example: United States, Asia, Maryland, New York City
|Capitalize abbreviation and acronyms. |
Example: US, St., Mrs. & SCUBA
|Capitalize the first word & important words in titles of books, magazines, newspapers etc.|
Example: Wall Street Journal, War Games
Do not capitalize insignificant words, e.g., a, an, the, and & if.
|Capitalize the first word in a direct quotation.|
Example: She said, “I do not like peas.”
|Capitalize the names of races, languages, religions and deity. |
Example: Caucasian, Spanish, Catholic & God
Fry, E.B., Ph.D. & Kress, J.E., Ed.D. (2006). The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists 5th Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
Montgomery County Public Schools Elementary Integrated Curriculum Framework, September 2010.