ELA Standards

We've built over 300 research-based writing, grammar, and proofreading activities organized by the Common Core standards. We are a nonprofit organization, and all of our activities are and will always be free. Each of our activities takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Teachers using Quill in a 1:1 classroom tend to assign Quill activities as a warm up exercise at the beginning of a class or as a group activity with the whole class.

4.1a. Use Relative Pronouns

Alligators vs. Crocodiles
Choose the correct relative pronoun in each underlined section. Delete the incorrect response.
That and Which (Starter)
Combine sentences using that or which to create 10 sentences using restrictive or nonrestrictive relative clauses. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
That (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using that to create 9 sentences using restrictive relative clauses.
That (Starter)
Combine sentences using that to create 8 sentences using restrictive relative clauses.
Where, Why, When
Write ten sentences using the relative pronouns where, why and when.
Which (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using which to create 8 sentences using nonrestrictive relative clauses.
Which (Starter)
Combine sentences using which to create 8 sentences using nonrestrictive relative clauses.
Which, That
Write eight sentences using the relative pronouns which and that.
Who (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using who to create 8 sentences using restrictive or nonrestrictive relative clauses.
Whose, Whom, Who
Write twelve sentences using the relative pronouns whose, whom, and who.
Who (Starter)
Combine sentences using who to create 8 sentences using restrictive or nonrestrictive relative clauses.
Who, That, Which 1 (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using who, that, or which to create 9 sentences using relative clauses. Students choose the most accurate joining word.
Who, That, Which 2 (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using who, that, or which to create 8 sentences using relative clauses. Students choose the most accurate joining word.

4.1b. The Progressive Tense

A Snowy Ride
Correct the 6 errors in this reading.
Lesson 1: Present Progressive Tense
Students learn to use the present progressive form in the teacher-led lesson.
Lesson 2: Past Progressive Tense
Students learn to use the past progressive form in this teacher-led lesson.
Lesson 3: Present Perfect Progressive Tense
Students learn to use the present perfect progressive form in this teacher-led lesson (e.g. have been eating)
Present Progressive Tense 1 (Intermediate)
Add a verb to create 6 affirmative sentences using the present progressive tense.
Present Progressive Tense 2 (Intermediate)
Add a verb and "not" to create 6 negative sentences using the present progressive tense.
Present Progressive Tense 3 (Intermediate)
Add a verb to create 6 questions using the present progressive tense.
Present Progressive Tense 4 (Intermediate)
Write 8 sentences using the present progressive tense in a mix of questions, negative sentences, and affirmative sentences.
Present Progressive Tense (Starter)
Choose between a present progressive or present simple verb to write 7 sentences.
The Progressive Tense
Write twelve sentences using the progressive tense.
We Choose The Moon
Rewrite the following story by replacing the underlined infinitive forms of the verbs with their past progressive forms.

4.1c. Can/May vs. Should/Must

Can, May, Must, Will
Rewrite each sentence, choosing the correct underlined modal auxiliary.
Could, Would, Should
Rewrite each sentence, choosing the correct underlined modal auxiliary.
One Giant Leap for Mankind
Rewrite the story by choosing the correct words from the underlined choices.
World Record for the Oldest Person
Replace the underlined word with the correct modal verb.
World Record: Holding Breath Underwater
Choose the correct word from the underlined choices. Delete the incorrect word.

4.1e. Prepositional Phrases

Placing Prepositional Phrases
Combine sentences by placing the prepositional phrase after the verb it modifies to create 10 sentences.
Prepositional Phrases: In, At, On, To
Combine sentences to create 10 sentences that include a prepositional phrase beginning with in, at, on, or to.
Putting the World in Perspective: The Apollo 8 Photograph
Choose the correct preposition from the underlined choices. Click on the text to delete the incorrect preposition.

4.1f. Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.

Lesson 1: Missing Subject or Verb Fragments
Students learn to identify and correct simple fragments that are missing a single subject or a single verb. This is the first of four lessons in the basic fragments lesson pack.
Lesson 1: Missing Subject or Verb Fragments (Advanced)
Students learn to correct long, complex fragments that are missing a subject or a verb, such as "across the river a little Iowa town in the middle of nowhere." This is the first of three lessons in the advanced fragments lesson pack.
Lesson 2: Dependent Clause Fragments
Students learn to identify and correct basic dependent clause fragments, such as "when the door opened." This is the second of four lessons in the basic fragments lesson pack.
Lesson 2: -ing Fragments (Advanced)
Students learn to correct long, complex fragments that include incomplete -ing words, such as "under the sand in a beautiful wooden box, the treasure waiting to be found." This is the second of three lessons in the advanced fragments lesson pack.
Lesson 3: Dependent Fragments (Advanced)
Students learn to correct long, complex dependent clause fragments, such as "even though he had practiced every night and he was a talented singer." This is the final lesson in the advanced fragments lesson pack.
Lesson 3: -ing Fragments
Students learn to identify and correct basic -ing fragments, such as "skiing down the mountain." This is the third of four lessons in the basic fragments lesson pack.
Lesson 4: Fragments Review
Students apply what they have learned in basic fragment lessons 1-3 by identifying and correcting fragments within a paragraph. This is the final lesson in the basic fragments lesson pack.

4.1g. Commonly Confused Words

Affect, Effect
Choose between "affect" and "effect" to complete the sentence.
Greece, Grease; Cleans, Cleanse; Bear, Bare
Write nine sentences using these commonly confused words correctly.
Lose, Loose
Write seven sentences using lose and loose.
Of, Off
Write seven sentences using of and off.
Please, Pleas; Poor, Pour; Finally, Finely
Write nine sentences using these commonly confused words correctly.
Than, Then
Write eight sentences using than and then.
Than, Then; You're, Your; Lose, Loose
Write nine sentences using these commonly confused words correctly.
Their, They're, There
Write twelve sentences using their, they're, and there.
Thrown, Throne; Meant, Mint; Although, All Though
Write nine sentences using these commonly confused words correctly.
To, Too, Two
Write twelve sentences using to, too and two.
Who's, Whose
Students will write 10 sentence to practice choosing between who's and whose.
You're, Your
Choose the correct version of you're or your for the sentence.

4.2a. Use Correct Capitalization

Capitalization Review
Students rewrite 11 sentences with the appropriate capitalization.
Capitalize Geographic Names
Write ten sentences with the correct capitalization of geographic names.
Capitalize Titles and Names
Write eleven sentences using the proper capitalization of names, product names, book titles, and formal titles.
Capitalizing Titles of People
Students fill in the blank with the given uppercase or lowercase word.
Correct Capitalization
Write twelve sentences using correct capitalization.
Diwali
Find and correct the errors in the passage.
The Last Flight of the Apollo: The Apollo-Soyuz Test Mission
Rewrite the following story by capitalizing all the appropriate words. All the words that are currently capitalized are supposed to be.
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Find and correct the errors below.

4.2c. Use a Comma Before a Coordinating Conjunction

And, Or 1 (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using and/or to create 7 compound sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word.
And, Or 2 (Starter)
Combine sentences using and/or to create 8 compound sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
And, Or, But, So 2 (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using coordinating conjunctions to create 8 compound sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word.
And, Or, But, So (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using coordinating conjunctions to create 9 compound sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word.
And, Or (Starter)
Combine sentences using and/or to create 6 compound sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
And (Starter)
Combine sentences using and to create 6 compound sentences.
But, So 2 (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using but and so to create 8 compound sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word.
But, So (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using but and so to create 9 compound sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word.
But, So (Starter)
Combine sentences using but and so to create 9 compound sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
Comma Before Coordinating Conjunctions
Write ten sentences with the correct punctuation.
Or (Starter)
Combine sentences using or to create 6 compound sentences.
The US Open
There are ten errors in this passage. To edit a word, click on it and re-type it.

CCSS Grade 4 Formative Assessments

Lewis and Clark
Find and correct the errors.
Shackleton Returns from the Antarctic
There are eleven errors in this passage. To edit a word, click on it and re-type it.
Thanksgiving
The Great Chicago Fire
Find and correct the errors.