Write out a paragraph or several sentences from your book that use capitals in several different ways. The page of notes includes some of the rules of capitalization but capitals maybe used for other purposes as well. Explain the “rule” being used for each of the capitals or explain the purpose of capitalizing in each situation from your book. (You should have at least four examples of different types of capitalization.)
Capitalize the first word of a quoted sentence.
Examples:He said, "Treat her as you would your own daughter.""Look out!" she screamed. "You almost ran into my child."
Capitalize a proper noun.
Example:Golden Gate Bridge
Capitalize a person's title when it precedes the name. Do not capitalize when the title is acting as a description following the name.
Examples:Chairperson PetrovMs. Petrov, the chairperson of the company, will address us at noon.
Capitalize the person's title when it follows the name on the address or signature line.
Example:Sincerely,Ms. Haines, Chairperson
Capitalize the titles of high-ranking government officials when used before their names. Do not capitalize the civil title if it is used instead of the name.
Examples:The prime minister will address the Legislature.All legislators are expected to attend.The senators, lieutenant governors, and attorneys general called for a special task force.Governor Fortinbrass, Lieutenant Governor Poppins, Attorney General Dalloway, and MLA’s James and Twain will attend.
Capitalize any title when used as a direct address.
Example:Will you take my temperature, Doctor?
Capitalize points of the compass only when they refer to specific regions.
Examples:We have had three relatives visit from the South.Go south three blocks and then turn left.We live in the southeast section of town.Southeast is just an adjective here describing section, so it should not be capitalized.
Always capitalize the first and last words of titles of publications regardless of their parts of speech. Capitalize other words within titles, including the short verb forms Is, Are, and Be.
Exception:Do not capitalize little words within titles such as a, an, the, but, as, if, and, or, nor, or prepositions, regardless of their length.
Examples:The Day of the JackalWhat Color Is Your Parachute?A Tale of Two Cities
Capitalize federal or province/state when used as part of an official agency name or in government documents where these terms represent an official name. If they are being used as general terms, you may use lowercase letters.
Examples:The state has evidence to the contrary.That is a federal offense.The Provincial Board of Equalization collects sales taxes.We will visit three provinces during our summer vacation.The Ontario Provincial Police has been subject to much scrutiny and criticism lately.Her business must comply with all county, provincial, and federal laws.
You may capitalize words such as department, bureau, and office if you have prepared your text in the following way:
Example:The Bureau of Land Management (Bureau) has some jurisdiction over Indian lands. The Bureau is finding its administrative role to be challenging.
Do not capitalize names of seasons.
Example:I love autumn colors and spring flowers.
Capitalize words derived from proper nouns.
Example:I must take English and math.English is capitalized because it comes from the proper noun England, but math does not come from Mathland.
Capitalize the names of specific course titles.
Example:I must take history and Algebra 2.