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Common and Proper Nouns

Common nouns name any person, place, or thing. Common nouns begin with small letters unless they are beginnings of sentences. For example: goldfish, eggplant, shoelace, boy. Proper nouns name particular people, places, or things. They begin with capital letters. Some have more than one word. For example: Kelly, Martin, Mrs. Yee, Alaska.


Commonly Known As Divide a sheet of paper into two columns. Label the left column Proper Noun and list the names of five important or famous people. Lable the right column Commonly Known As. Work with a family member to write the common noun or nouns associated with each person. For instance, if you had Ben Franklin in your left column, you might put inventor, politician or writer in the right column.