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How can nouns enhance my
writing?
What is a noun?
As you probably know, a noun is a person,
place, thing, or idea
Using nouns
We use nouns all the time in our writing
Using nouns
Can you find the nouns in the sentence?
The surface of
the pond
shimmered in
the sunlight.
Using nouns
Can you find the nouns in the sentence?
The surface of
the pond
shimmered in
the sunlight.
Try this one
The boy watched the
creek from the
bridge.
Try this one
The boy watched the
creek from the
bridge.
Using nouns
When we write
with specific,
interesting
nouns, we can
help our readers
to build pictures
in their minds
Using nouns
Tom paddled the
thing at the
place.
Why is this
sentence not very
specific?
Using nouns
Tom paddled the
thing at the
place.
The nouns aren’t
very clear! How
could we use
stronger, more
interesting n...
Using nouns
Tom paddled the
kayak at the
marsh.
The nouns aren’t
very clear! How
could we use
stronger, more
interesting n...
Be specific
Use some specific
nouns to describe
the picture.
Try this one!
Proper Nouns
When we want to be even more specific, we
can use proper nouns. These are nouns that
name a specific person, ...
Proper Nouns
When we want to be super specific, we can
use proper nouns. These are nouns that name
a specific person, plac...
Proper Nouns
When we want to be super specific, we can
use proper nouns. These are nouns that name
a specific person, plac...
Proper Nouns
What proper
nouns should be
capitalized in this
sentence?
mark looked at
the water at
laurel lake.
Proper Nouns
What proper
nouns should be
capitalized in this
sentence?
Mark looked at
the water at
Laurel Lake.
Proper Nouns
What proper
nouns should be
capitalized in this
sentence?
Mark looked at
the water at
Laurel Lake.
Notice tha...
Proper Nouns
What proper
nouns should be
capitalized in this
sentence?
sanderville fourth
graders visit
waterside park.
Proper Nouns
What proper
nouns should be
capitalized in this
sentence?
sanderville fourth
graders visit
waterside park.
Proper Nouns
What proper
nouns should be
capitalized in this
sentence?
Sanderville fourth
graders visit
Waterside Park.
Try writing
Try writing a
sentence about
this! It’s a
candy house
made of
Hershey bars at
Chocolate
World.
Try writing
Try writing about
this. It is a store in
Williamsburg,
Virginia.
What have you learned?
What have you
learned about nouns?
How can specific
nouns enhance your
writing?
Emily Kissner 2016
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Nouns: Proper and Common

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How can I use specific nouns to enhance my writing? This presentation discusses use of specific nouns for word choice and capitalization of proper nouns.

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Nouns: Proper and Common

  1. 1. How can nouns enhance my writing?
  2. 2. What is a noun? As you probably know, a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea
  3. 3. Using nouns We use nouns all the time in our writing
  4. 4. Using nouns Can you find the nouns in the sentence? The surface of the pond shimmered in the sunlight.
  5. 5. Using nouns Can you find the nouns in the sentence? The surface of the pond shimmered in the sunlight.
  6. 6. Try this one The boy watched the creek from the bridge.
  7. 7. Try this one The boy watched the creek from the bridge.
  8. 8. Using nouns When we write with specific, interesting nouns, we can help our readers to build pictures in their minds
  9. 9. Using nouns Tom paddled the thing at the place. Why is this sentence not very specific?
  10. 10. Using nouns Tom paddled the thing at the place. The nouns aren’t very clear! How could we use stronger, more interesting nouns?
  11. 11. Using nouns Tom paddled the kayak at the marsh. The nouns aren’t very clear! How could we use stronger, more interesting nouns?
  12. 12. Be specific Use some specific nouns to describe the picture.
  13. 13. Try this one!
  14. 14. Proper Nouns When we want to be even more specific, we can use proper nouns. These are nouns that name a specific person, place, or thing. The boy is in the bus at the orchard. No proper nouns
  15. 15. Proper Nouns When we want to be super specific, we can use proper nouns. These are nouns that name a specific person, place, or thing. Brent is in the bus at Hollabaugh’s Orchard. With proper nouns
  16. 16. Proper Nouns When we want to be super specific, we can use proper nouns. These are nouns that name a specific person, place, or thing. Brent is in the bus at Hollabaugh’s Orchard. Notice that proper nouns are capitalized
  17. 17. Proper Nouns What proper nouns should be capitalized in this sentence? mark looked at the water at laurel lake.
  18. 18. Proper Nouns What proper nouns should be capitalized in this sentence? Mark looked at the water at Laurel Lake.
  19. 19. Proper Nouns What proper nouns should be capitalized in this sentence? Mark looked at the water at Laurel Lake. Notice that both Laurel and Lake get capital letters!
  20. 20. Proper Nouns What proper nouns should be capitalized in this sentence? sanderville fourth graders visit waterside park.
  21. 21. Proper Nouns What proper nouns should be capitalized in this sentence? sanderville fourth graders visit waterside park.
  22. 22. Proper Nouns What proper nouns should be capitalized in this sentence? Sanderville fourth graders visit Waterside Park.
  23. 23. Try writing Try writing a sentence about this! It’s a candy house made of Hershey bars at Chocolate World.
  24. 24. Try writing Try writing about this. It is a store in Williamsburg, Virginia.
  25. 25. What have you learned? What have you learned about nouns? How can specific nouns enhance your writing?
  26. 26. Emily Kissner 2016

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