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Adjective Aristocracy
Capitalize Proper Adjectives and Nationalities

Prerequisite Skill

None Assigned

Materials and Preparation

  • Guided Practice Worksheet 

  • Independent Practice Worksheet

Learning Objectives

Students will accurately capitalize nationalities and proper adjectives.

Introduction (5 minutes)

Present the concept with an example: "I read a book about Greek mythology." Identify the incorrect capitalization. Discuss the key idea: Capitalize languages, nationalities, and proper adjectives.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (10 minutes)

Question: "What needs correction in 'I read a book about greek mythology'?" Underline the error, rewrite the corrected sentence. Emphasize capitalization rules: Arabic, Canadian, Italian food. Solution: "Capitalize 'Greek'; it is a nationality."

Guided Practice (5 minutes)

Distribute Guided Practice Worksheet: Capitalize Proper Adjectives and Nationalities. In pairs or groups, students circle and discuss correct capitalization.

Independent Practice (10 minutes)

Distribute Independent Practice Worksheet: Capitalize Proper Adjectives and Nationalities. Students match words to pictures, ensuring correct capitalization.



Provide additional support through targeted assistance based on student needs.


Challenge advanced students with more complex sentences or creative writing tasks.

Assessment (5 minutes)

Evaluate based on participation, completion of worksheets, and exit ticket responses.

Review and closing (5 minutes)

Summarize the importance of proper capitalization in writing.


Address confusion regarding when to capitalize by providing extra examples and practice.

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