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Common Core Language Standard 2
How to Teach Capitalization of Languages, Dialects, and People Groups: Mechanics Lesson 47
Capitalization rules for nouns can get tricky. Any proper noun name needs to be capitalized, including languages, dialects, and groups of people.
Today’s mechanics lesson is on capitalizing languages, dialects, and people groups. Display Instructional PowerPoint Slides
Now let’s read the mechanics lesson and study the examples.
Capitalize the names of languages, dialects, and people groups. Dialect refers to a variety of a language that is different in pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary than other varieties of that language. Examples: Spanish, Creole, Roma
Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to mechanics lesson.
Practice: Both Canadians spoke Swahili fluently to the Africans.
Let’s check the Practice Answers.
Mechanics Practice Answers: I woke up this morning at 7:30 a.m. because I fell asleep last night at 10:00 p.m.
Now let’s apply what we have learned.
Writing Application: Write your own sentence using the name of a language and people group.
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