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Name Game
Capitalize People and Pet Names

Prerequisite Skill

None Assigned

Materials and Preparation

  • Guided Practice Worksheet: Capitalize People and Pet Names 

  • Independent Practice Worksheet: Capitalize People and Pet Names

Learning Objectives

Students will correctly capitalize the names of people and pets in sentences.

Introduction (5 minutes)

Begin the lesson by discussing the importance of capitalizing names. Emphasize that names of people and pets are special and deserve to be written with capital letters.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (10 minutes)

Learn with an example question: Present a sentence with a capitalization error involving the name of a person or a pet: "Basketball is brandon's favorite sport." Ask students if they can identify the mistake and explain why it's incorrect. Key idea: Emphasize the rule: Capitalize the names of people and pets. Provide examples: "My sister is named Gema. Her cat is named Camie." Solution: Correct the example sentence: "Capitalize Duke's. It is the name of a pet. Basketball is Brandon's favorite sport.

Guided Practice (5 minutes)

Students will be given the guided practice worksheet "Capitalize People and Pet Names." They will work in pairs or groups, circling the names of people and pets that need capitalization.

Independent Practice (10 minutes)

Students will complete the independent practice worksheet "Capitalize People and Pet Names." This allows them to apply the capitalization rule on their own.



Provide additional support by offering extra practice, one-on-one assistance, or small group reinforcement for students who may need it.


Challenge students by having them create their own sentences with capitalized names or by incorporating names into a creative writing activity.

Assessment (5 minutes)

Assess students based on their completion of the guided and independent practice worksheets, as well as their performance on the exit ticket/formative assessment.

Review and closing (5 minutes)

Summarize the importance of capitalizing names and reinforce the skill through a brief review of the key concepts.


Address any confusion students may have regarding when to capitalize names. Reinforce the idea that names are special and should always begin with a capital letter.

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