What Is a Noun?
When he was old, King Canute sat on his throne, on the beach, and faced the ocean. The tide was coming in. He commanded, “I am King Canute! I order you waves to stay back!”
He lived over a thousand years ago. He was from Denmark and had come to England when he was young. He and his Viking warriors had conquered most of the country. The war had been very bloody.
He became a king who ruled with what is called “an iron hand.” That means he imprisoned or killed anyone who opposed him.
But then King Canute became a Christian, and he began ruling in a more peaceful way.
He had many enemies. Even his own sons wanted him dead. King Canute was very sad. He was tired and sick. But he was still king. He was the king of England, Scotland, Denmark, and Norway.
Of course, he could not stop the waves. They splashed against him the same way they would a poor man.
“There is only one great king,” he told those around him. He pointed toward the sky. “And he is in Heaven.”
He took off his golden crown, walked into the church, and put it on the statue of Jesus, where it stayed the rest of King Canute’s life.
Use the first noun test to determine which of the following are nouns. Don’t worry what part of speech the other words are.
Noun test: the _______
Use both noun test to determine which of the following are nouns. Don’t worry what part of speech the other words are. Remember: A word only has to fit in one blank to be a noun. the _________ named _________
7. King Canute
Check your work. Then go back through the essay and color all the nouns that you found brown. (You don’t need to color all the nouns.)