Students sometimes get into trouble when they use capitals to add emphasis to their writing. For example:
Wrong – Even though I like Reading, I would rather study Programming. (These are the general names of subjects, not the names of specific classes.)
Right – Even though I like reading, I would rather study math.
There are 6 uses of capitals:
1) The 1st word in a sentence or a direct quotation. For example:
She wanted to go to the lake.
She said, "Let's go to the lake."
2) The word 'I' and people's names. For example:
I feel the need for speed when driving.
A lumberjack might eat chicken, but Lumberjacks like Canes!
3) The names of specific places, institutions, and languages. For example:
Stephen F. Austin is a university in East Texas.
Spanish is another language commonly spoken throughout the southern United States.
4) Product names such as:
Xerox makes copiers, but not all copies are xeroxes.
A smartphone can be an iPhone or a Blackberry or an Android. (Note how brand names are spelled like the manufacturer does.)
5) Calendar items such as:
I sent my friend a Hanukkah card while she sent me a Christmas card.
Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday of November.
6) Titles such as:
My doctor is named Dr. Payne.
She always keeps the latest issue of MAD and National Lampoon in her waiting room.