Today I spent time teaching basic capitalization rules to 10th graders and was amazed all the questions of "Why".
Capitalizing the first word of sentence was easy but after that they were questioning "why" the rest of the rules were important? It made me think are they important? Has technology changed the rules? Texting, IM, chating and email has changed their world and it is changing mine? I really think students need to understand the difference between formal English and casual English. It's like talking slang--it's not always appropriate. The students seem to understand this example and relate to it. I hope now they will apply what they are taught.