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Capitalization of Proper Noun Names and Characters

People and Character Names Capitalization

Capitalizing People and Character Names

Capitalization of Proper Noun Names and Characters                                                      

Common Core Language Standard 2

Play the quick video lesson HERE and click the upper left back arrow to return to this lesson.

A proper noun can be simple, such as Donny, or complete, such as Mr. Donny Duck III. Now technically speaking, the words added to the simple proper noun are called proper adjectives, but we’re more interested in how to properly capitalize them in this lesson.

Today’s mechanics lesson is on capitalizing proper noun names and characters.

Now let’s read the mechanics lesson and study the examples.

Capitalize people’s and characters’ names. Also capitalize named places and things. Don’t capitalize articles, conjunctions, and prepositions in the middle of the name, named place, or named thing. Don’t capitalize words representing these parts of speech when found in the middle of people’s or character names.

  • Articles (a, an, the) Example: Courage the Cowardly Dog
  • Conjunctions Example: Punch and Judy
  • Prepositions Example: St. Francis of Assisi

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to mechanics lesson.

Practice: My dad was a Native-american and his favorite superhero was Batman.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Mechanics Practice Answers: My dad was a Native-American and his favorite superhero was Batman.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using a character’s name including an article.


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