Nouns: Review Part I

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12426

Generally, we like to be specific when referring to names of people, places, and things. It is common to use the proper names of things. Learn how to use nouns to make your writing more interesting!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


When you have tea, are you very specific on how you want it, or do you generally drink it straight from the pot?

What part of speech are "tea" and "pot"?

If you said, "Noun," you are correct.

  • Are they common or proper nouns?
  • Are they general or specific nouns?

This is what you will be reviewing in this lesson, but first you need to know what a noun is.

A noun is a part of speech that names a person, place, thing, or idea. "Tea" and "pot" are definitely nouns, because they name things. They are both common nouns because they are not naming a specific tea nor a specific pot. Common nouns name people, places and things in general, whereas proper nouns name a specific person, place, and thing. For example, "mom," "lake," and "car" are common nouns. "Janet," "Lake Erie," and "Corvette" are proper nouns.

In order to refresh your memory a little more, watch this short video clip on common and proper nouns (ends at 1:07). Take out a piece of paper and pencil. Define common noun and proper noun in your notes.

Noun Song from Grammaropolis - "Noun Town":


As you learned in the video, a common noun is a general name for a person, place, or thing, such as "city." The proper noun gives a specific name to that general place, such as "St. Louis." Also, you will capitalize a proper noun.

Remember, a noun names a person, place, thing, or idea. A common noun gives a general name to the person, place, or thing, and a proper noun gives a specific name to the person, place, or thing.

Continue to the Got It? section to practice finding nouns.

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