15 Strategies to Help Learners Who Use Capitalization Incorrectly While Writing

Are you looking for strategies to help students who use capitalization incorrectly while reading? If so, keep reading.

1. After checking the student’s work, require them to make all appropriate corrections in capitalization.

2. Inspect the student’s work at several points throughout a task to make sure the student is capitalizing where needed.

3. Display a capitalization rules chart in the front of the classroom.

4. Place emphasis on one rule of capitalization until the student masters that rule, then move on to another rule (e.g., proper names, cities, states, streets, etc.).

5. Find names, cities, states, etc., on a newspaper page and underline them.

6. Provide the student a sequence of sentences representing all the capitalization rules. Get the student to find the rules for each capitalization. Remove each sentence from the task when the student can explain the rules for the capitalization in the sentence.

7. Get the student to take part in writing learning activities that should cause them to do as well as possible in capitalization and other writing skills (e.g., writing letters to a friend, rock star, famous athlete, etc.).

8. Get the student to practice writing words that are always capitalized (e.g., countries, bodies of water, nationalities, languages, capitols, days of the week, months of the year, etc.).

9. Spotlight all the capitalized letters in a passage or paragraph and have the student explain why each is capitalized.

10. Create a notebook of rules for capitalization to be used to proofread work.

11. Give the student a list of rules for capitalization at their desk to use as a reference.

12. Teach the student capitalization at each level before introducing a new skill level.

13. Get the student to practice correct capitalization by providing the student with several sentences with errors on the smartboard or overhead projector. The student is then expected to correct the capitalization errors and discuss them with the teacher.

14. Do not require the student to learn more information than they are capable of learning at any time.

15. Consider using one of the apps on one of our best writing apps lists:

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