How to Capitalize Titles Correctly!

Contributor: Stefani Allegretti. Lesson ID: 13882

Titles are all around us! There are titles for books, artworks, songs, and more! In this lesson, you will learn how to capitalize titles correctly.

categories

Grammar, Writing

subject
English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:
  • Did you know there are special words that should be capitalized in titles?

It's true! Let's learn more about these special words.

Before learning about the special words that should and should not be capitalized in titles, let's define this interesting word.

  • What is a title?

A title is simply the name of something. You could think of your name as your title!

We see titles in many places.

We see titles on books. We see titles of songs. We see titles of artworks like the Mona Lisa. We can even see titles on essays, research papers, and so much more!

The Three Little Pigs book cover

When you are writing a title, there are some important rules to remember. The most important rule is which words to capitalize in a title.

The first letter of all the words in a title should be capitalized except for some very special types of words. These are words we sometimes think of as small, short, and maybe even unimportant; however, they actually are very important to identify, especially when writing a title.

These words are called coordinating conjunctions, articles, and prepositions. These words are easy to spot because they are usually super short. In fact, they usually are made of only three letters or less. WOW!

Learn more about the words that should and should not be capitalized in titles with Capitalizing Titles Mini Lesson from Amanda Porter:

All words in a title are typically capitalized except coordinating conjunctions, articles, and prepositions unless one of these short, little words is the first word or the last word in the title.

The first and last words in a title should always be capitalized.

Let's look at some examples of popular book titles below. These titles are correctly capitalized.

  • Can you find the words that are capitalized and the words that are not capitalized?
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • To the Lighthouse
  • The Horse and His Boy

The words that are not capitalized in the titles above are either coordinating conjunctions (and), articles (the), or prepositions (of, in), unless of course they are the first or last word in the title (The).

Take a closer look at some common examples of these words so you can recognize them in a title!

Coordinating Conjunctions Articles Prepositions
for a in
and an by
nor the on
but   of
or   to
yet   for
so    

 

Awesome work learning about how to correctly capitalize titles!

Now, let's move on to the Got It? section to see what you remember.

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