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Capitalization II. Starting a sentence. Always capitalize the first word in every sentence. Yesterday, we decided to go shopping after school. Poetry. If you are writing poetry that is traditional or quoting poetry, you should capitalize the first word on every line.

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Starting a sentence
Starting a sentence

  • Always capitalize the first word in every sentence.

  • Yesterday, we decided to go shopping after school.


Poetry
Poetry

  • If you are writing poetry that is traditional or quoting poetry, you should capitalize the first word on every line.

    The willow is like an etching

    Fine lined against the sky.

    The ginko is like a crude sketch,

    Hardly worthy to be signed.

    Eve Merriam, “Simile: Willow and Ginko”


Modern poetry
Modern Poetry

  • Some poets choose not to capitalize the first word in every line.


Direct quotations
Direct quotations

  • When you repeat, verbatim (word for word), what someone else says, you are using a direct quotation.

  • You should always capitalize the first word of a direct quotation if it begins a complete sentence.

  • My teacher asked, “Has anyone read about the Coliseum?”


Divided quotations
Divided quotations

  • If you are quoting part of what someone said, you keep the first word of the quote in lower case letters.

  • In divided quotations, do not capitalize the first word in the second part unless it starts a new sentence.

  • “Did you know,” asked Theresa, “that the leaning Tower has been tilting for 800 years?”


Outlines
Outlines

  • Capitalize the first word of each entry in an outline and the letters that introduce major subsections.

  • I. Famous buildings of the Middle Ages

    A. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

    1. Construction of the bell tower

    2. Repairs to the tower foundation

    B. The Tower of London

    1. Construction of the royal fortress

    2. Additions to the original site


Parts of a letter
Parts of a letter

  • Capitalize the first word in the greeting and the closing.

  • Dear Margaret,

  • Sincerely,


Titles
Titles

  • Capitalize the first word, the last word, and all other important words in a title.

  • Do not capitalize articles ( a, an, the)

  • Books- The Outsiders

  • Plays- The Diary of Anne Frank

  • Short Stories- “The Tell-Tale Heart”

  • Magazines- Seventeen, Skateboarding

  • Newspapers- The Knoxville News Sentinel


  • Musical Compositions- Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Jingle Bells

  • Movies- Transformers, Kung Fu Panda

  • Television Shows-Lost, Designed to Sell

  • Works of Art- Starry Night, Michelangelo’s David

  • Games- Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, The Sims, Da Blob


Capitalize any word that needs capitalization
Capitalize any word that needs capitalization

  • i think that positano, italy is one of the most amazing cities i have visited.

  • We visited the louvre when we were in paris.

  • Mom’s favorite game show is jeopardy.

  • Our teacher asked, “have you ever read this novel before?”

  • We went to see cats when we toured new york city.

  • There was an article about our school in the roane county news.


  • Her favorite t.v. show is the hills.

  • I read the poem, “the fog,” by carlsandburg in one of my classes.

  • Mrs. Nipper said she would give us extra credit if we read a biography like the narrative of Frederick Douglass.

  • Have you ever seen the monalisa?

  • The phantom of the opera has been made into a movie.


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