Capitalization (Grades 4-6)


In our Capitalization lesson plan for grades 4-6, students learn how to identify and use capitalization rules correctly in their writing and when editing other people’s writing. Students also have a discussion about why proper capitalization is important and necessary.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to add additional questions to the activity page or the homework assignment for more practice.

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What our Capitalization (Grades 4-6) lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Capitalization for grades 4-6 guides students to identify and apply the rules correctly to develop their writing and editing skills. Students also have a discussion about why proper capitalization is important and necessary. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the orange box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. For this lesson, the only supplies you will need are the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can copy the handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. If you’d like, you can have students complete the homework assignment in class for practice, and complete the practice worksheet for their homework assignment. You can also add additional questions to the activity page or the homework assignment for more practice.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that students may have learned bad capitalization habits, so they may have some trouble applying what they learn during this lesson. This teacher notes page includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.



The Capitalization (Grades 4-6) lesson plan includes two pages of content. The lesson begins by emphasizing how important learning to capitalize properly is. It’s important when writing essays, letters, and other formal documents. Most words that we need to capitalize are proper nouns. Proper nouns are the names of specific people, things, and places. Other words that you need to capitalize are the first word of a sentence and people’s titles.

The lesson then explains some important capitalization rules with examples for each. You should always capitalize the pronoun “I,” both parts of street names (for example, “Fountain Street”), and the first letter in a sentence. You must also capitalize the names of people and their titles, though you do not have to capitalize titles on their own when they do not include a name. Some more words that we capitalize are specific place names, countries, states, cities, towns, regions, political parties, names of bridges, buildings, tunnels, and monuments. You should also capitalize the names of mountains, bodies of water, and other specific environmental features, and schools and colleges. Finally, you must capitalize the titles of articles, books, songs, movies, magazines, plays, art pieces, and TV shows.


The Capitalization (Grades 4-6) lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


Students will work with a partner to complete this activity. This activity asks them to think about each of the eight categories outlined on the worksheet and list five examples for each category, making sure to capitalize them correctly. The categories are people we both know, streets we have both been on, TV shows we like, movies we’ve seen, states we’d like to visit, restaurants we like, other schools we know about, and businesses where we shop.

Students may work alone for this activity if you’d prefer.


For the practice worksheet, students will read a few paragraphs and circle all of the words that need to be capitalized.


The homework assignment asks students to ask five adults that they know outside of school five questions each and record their answers. They must make sure to capitalize their answers correctly. Some of the questions they will ask the adults are “What is your full name?” and “What was the name of the elementary school you attended?”

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes an answer key for the practice worksheet. No answer keys are provided for the activity worksheet or the homework assignment, as students’ answers will vary. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts, Video

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.L.4.2.A, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.6.2

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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