Module 11, Capitalization, Lesson 6:

Names in School


Only capitalize the names of school subjects if they are languages or specific names of classes.

English, language arts, math, Algebra 1, science, Biology 101, history, U.S. History to the Civil War
There are many math classes. Many specific names of classes have numbers in them. Others are long, complicated names so students and teachers can tell the difference between classes on a schedule.

Capitalize the names of classes (groups of students) only when they are part of the name of something else.

Ana is going to be a junior next year.
The junior class sponsors the Senior Prom each year.

Capitalize the names of historical events, periods, and documents. Primeval and medieval are adjectives but are not capitalized. 20th century and other centuries are not capitalized).

War of the Roses, Civil War, Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance

Capitalize the names of special events, awards, and degrees.

Spring Soiree, Academy Award, Language Arts Award, Bachelor of Science (not bachelor's degree, which could be any degree at that level)

Capitalize the names of planets and universal bodies.

Venus, Polaris, Halley's Comet, Milky Way

Note: If you think about the history of astronomy, as people noticed planets, stars, and later moons and other objects in the universe, they gave them names. Strangely, no one ever named our sun, our moon, or our planet! Therefore, we don't capitalize sun and moon when we refer to ours. That would be like capitalizing student when referring to you. We only capitalize earth when we are using it as the name of the planet, usually in context with other planet names. (We usually put the in front of earth when it is not capitalized.)

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
The moon affects the tides as it waxes and wanes.
Dinosaurs no longer roam the earth.
Mars takes longer to circle the sun than Earth does.

Practice What You've Learned

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Click on the words that should be capitalized.
Don't Ever Do Your English Homework During Math Class.
Halley's Comet Passes Near Earth Every Seventy-five Years Or So.
Astronomers In The Middle Ages And Renaissance Believed That A Person's Life Was Influenced By The Position Of The Stars At His Or Her Birth.
Tonight The Ceremony Awarding The Golden Globe Awards Will Be Aired.
Tau Ceti, A Star In The Constellation Cetus, Has Five Planets.
The Bill Of Rights Was Inspired By The Magna Carta, Which King John Of England Signed To Give The Barons More Rights.
When You Are A Freshman In College, Make Sure You Take Philosophy 101 And Biology 101 Your First Semester.
Only The Juniors Are Allowed To Take World History Through The Eyes Of Women, A Great New Class.
Three Italian Soccer Players Have Received The Golden Foot Award For Athletic Achievement And Personality.
David Copperfield, One Of My Favorite Magicians, Won The Merlin Award Given By The International Magicians Society.