We always begin a sentence with a capital letter. We begin new line of a poem or rhyme with a capital letter. We begin a capital letter at the beginning of an exclamation and the first word in direct speech. Capital letters are used at the beginning of proper nouns (including: special places, special events and special names). They are used for titles, headings, headlines, days of the week, months of the year, and the personal “I”.
BY MOTHER GOOSE
Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And can’t tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.
Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep,
And dreamt she heard them bleating.
But when she awoke, she found it a joke.
For they were still all fleeting.
Then she took her little crook.,
Determined for to find them;
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they’d left their tails behind them.
It happened one day, as Bo-Peep did stray
Into a meadow hard by,
There she espied their tails, side by side,
All hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
And ran o’er hill and dale;
And tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
To tack each sheep to its tail.
Source: Childcraft (1980)
Passage: Read the passage below and observe the capital letters.
Sharon ran out of the house. It was New Year’s Day and she wanted to see the fireworks. I met Sharon by the bridge three miles from Saint Michaels R.C. Church along the Royal Main Road. She held on to a book under her arms. “The Ugly Coat” was the name of the book and it was written by Eva Lee Hernandez. “Can I borrow that book when you are done with it?” I asked Sharon. I knew Ms. Hernandez, the author. “Sure!” was all she said.