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Common &
Proper Nouns
Nouns
People, places, and things
Examples
• rocks
• Chicago
• George Washington
• freedom
Common Nouns
A general person, place, or thing
Ex: What book are you reading?
Proper Nouns
A specific person, place, or thing.
Ex: I am reading “The Lord of the Flies.”
Who Cares?
Proper nouns are ALWAYS capitalized!
Learning the difference between proper and
common nouns will help you write in
standard English.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.2: Demonstrate
command of the conventions of standard English
capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Common vs. Proper Nouns
month June
soda Diet Coke
movie / book The Hunger Games
holiday Labor Day
student George
Common nouns are general.
Proper nouns are specific.
More Examples of Common and
Proper Nouns
Newton's First Law of Motion states that
an object in motion remains in motion unless
force is applied to it.
Is Newton’s First Law of Motion
a common or proper noun?
Proper Noun
More Examples of Common and
Proper Nouns
Friction causes heat.
Is friction a common or proper noun?
Common Noun
More Examples of Common and
Proper Nouns
William Shakespeare is my favorite
playwright.
Does this sentence have a
common noun or a proper noun?
Both!
Review
• Proper nouns are specific people,
places, and things.
• Common nouns are generalized people,
places, and things.
• You should always capitalize people’s
names and titles, holidays, product names,
the names of geographic features, dates,
appropriate words in titles… Capitalize
specific people, places, and things.
common-and-proper-nouns.pptx

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common-and-proper-nouns.pptx

  • 2. Nouns People, places, and things Examples • rocks • Chicago • George Washington • freedom
  • 3. Common Nouns A general person, place, or thing Ex: What book are you reading? Proper Nouns A specific person, place, or thing. Ex: I am reading “The Lord of the Flies.”
  • 4. Who Cares? Proper nouns are ALWAYS capitalized! Learning the difference between proper and common nouns will help you write in standard English. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • 5. Common vs. Proper Nouns month June soda Diet Coke movie / book The Hunger Games holiday Labor Day student George Common nouns are general. Proper nouns are specific.
  • 6. More Examples of Common and Proper Nouns Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object in motion remains in motion unless force is applied to it. Is Newton’s First Law of Motion a common or proper noun? Proper Noun
  • 7. More Examples of Common and Proper Nouns Friction causes heat. Is friction a common or proper noun? Common Noun
  • 8. More Examples of Common and Proper Nouns William Shakespeare is my favorite playwright. Does this sentence have a common noun or a proper noun? Both!
  • 9. Review • Proper nouns are specific people, places, and things. • Common nouns are generalized people, places, and things. • You should always capitalize people’s names and titles, holidays, product names, the names of geographic features, dates, appropriate words in titles… Capitalize specific people, places, and things.