Students need to know how to write titles correctly when they begin writing research papers. This skill is also in the 5th grade Common Core State Standards.
Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works.
The skill is not difficult to learn. Students need to remember just a few rules.
Rule 1 – Punctuating Titles
Underline the title of any book, magazine, or newspaper (longer complete materials). Enclose titles of reports, songs, and poems (shorter or small parts of a complete material) in quotation marks.
Rule 2 – Capitalizing Titles
Capitalize the first word, the last word, and each important word in the middle when writing titles.
Words that are not important include:
- articles (a, an, the)
- coordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
- prepositions that are less than five letters (in, of, to, on, from, by. . . )
You can download a mini lesson covering this skill here. This is part of my Shiloh Book Unit. Go to page 22 of the sampler to get to the “Writing Titles Lesson.” The lesson includes a hook activity. It also includes two printable practice pages for students. An answer key is also included.
Free Printable Practice
[This is a free sample that I am offering from my Shiloh Book Unit.]