Capitalization and Punctuation
A Project LA Activity

Why?
Writers use capital letters and punctuation marks to help the reader better understand what is written.

Capital Letters
All sentences begin with capital letters.
We enjoyed reading the book.
Those girls finished cleaning the counter.

Capital Letters
Proper nouns begin with capital letters.
Mrs. Clark asked if Amy would help.
Uncle Rob took us to Texas.

Capital Letters
The pronoun I is always capitalized.
I dont need your help.
My aunt and I picked up the papers.

Capital Letters
A capital letter begins the first, last, and any important word in the title of a book, magazine, song, movie, poem, or other work.
Read the last chapter of Tom Sawyer.
She saw Snow White when she was five years old.

Punctuation: Period
A complete sentence that makes a statement ends with a period.
Its your birthday. You blow out the candle.

Punctuation: Period
Most abbreviations end with a period.
Dr. Howard lives on Oak Rd. near St. Marys Hospital.

Punctuation: Question Mark
A question ends with a question mark.
When will you be finished?

Punctuation: Exclamation Mark
A statement expression strong feeling or excitement ends with an exclamation mark.
What a beautiful day it is!

Punctuation: Comma
A comma separates things in a series.
I ate pizza, a burger, and ice cream.

Punctuation: Comma
A comma comes before the conjunction that compounds independent clauses.
She finished her work, and then she went to bed.

Punctuation: Comma
A comma separates an interruption from the rest of the sentence.
Mr. Walker, our teacher, was happy.

Punctuation: Comma
A comma separates quoted words from the rest of the sentence.
I wanted to go, she remarked.

Punctuation: Comma
A comma separates items in an address or date.
Miami, Florida
January 6, 2003

Punctuation: Colon
A colon shows the reader that a list or explanation follows.
I will need the following items: scissors, paper, glue, and paint.

Punctuation: Quotation Marks
Quotation marks are used to identify the exact words of a speaker .
President Bush said, We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.

Online Complete Sentence Activities
Capitalization & Punctuation Practice I
Capitalization & Punctuation Practice 2
Capitalization & Punctuation Practice 3
Capitalization & Punctuation Practice 4
Capitalization & Punctuation Practice 5
Capitalization & Punctuation Practice 6
Capitalization
Periods, Question Marks & Exclamation Marks