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.
Relative Clauses with Modifiers
Students will use who, that, and which to write 6 sentences that each include a relative clause and a modifier.
That 1 (Starter)
Combine sentences using that to create 8 sentences using restrictive relative clauses.
That 2 (Starter)
Combine sentences using that to create 9 sentences using restrictive relative clauses.
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.
Where, Why, When
Write ten sentences using the relative pronouns where, why and when.
Which 1 (Starter)
Combine sentences using which to create 8 sentences using nonrestrictive relative clauses.
Which 2 (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 1 (Starter)
Combine sentences using who to create 8 sentences using restrictive or nonrestrictive relative clauses.
Who 2 (Starter)
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, 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.
Who, That, Which 2 (Starter)
Combine sentences using who, that, or which to create 7 sentences using relative clauses.

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)
Past Progressive Perfect vs. Simple Past
Students will fill in the blank nine times using past progressive perfect or simple past tense.
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.

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
Students combine sentences 10 times by placing the prepositional phrase after the verb it modifies.
Prepositional Phrases: In, At, On, To
Combine sentences to create 10 sentences that include a prepositional phrase beginning with in, at, on, or to.
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
Write ten sentences using affect & effect.
Alexander and the Pirate Diomedes
Proofread the story, making sure that all the commonly confused words are spelled correctly.
A Lot, All Right
Write the correct version of the commonly confused phrases for the sentence.
Deucalion and the Flood
Proofread the passage below, making sure that all the commonly confused words are spelled correctly.
Greece, Grease; Bear, Bare
Write six sentences using these commonly confused words correctly.
It's, Its 2
Write nine sentences using it's & its.
Lose, Loose
Write six sentences using lose and loose.
Of, Off
Write seven sentences using of and off.
Please & Pleas, Finally & Finely
Write six sentences using these commonly confused words correctly.
Than, Then
Write seven sentences using than and then.
Than & Then, You're & Your, Lose & Loose
Write nine sentences using these commonly confused words correctly.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Correct the underlined errors in the passage below.
Their, They're, There
Write twelve sentences using their, they're, and there.
Their, They're, There 2
Write six sentences using their, they're, and there.
The Leader of the Birds
Proofread the passage below, making sure that all the commonly confused words are spelled correctly.
Thrown & Throne, Meant & Mint
Write six sentences using these commonly confused words correctly.
To, Too, Two
Write twelve sentences using to, too and two.
To, Too, Two 2
Write six 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
Write nine sentences using you're & your.
You're, Your 2
Fill in the blank six times with you're or your.
Zeus and the Frog King
Proofread the passage below, making sure that all the commonly confused words are spelled correctly.

4.2a Use correct capitalization

Capitalization Review
Students rewrite 11 sentences with the appropriate capitalization.
Capitalization Review: People, Places, and Holidays
Students review capitalization rules by rewriting 10 sentences with the correct capitalization. Each sentence has more than one capitalization error.
Capitalization Review: People, Places, and the Pronoun "I"
Students review capitalization rules by rewriting 10 sentences with correct capitalization. Each sentence has more than one capitalization error.
Capitalize Geographic Names
Write ten sentences with the correct capitalization of geographic names.
Capitalize Geographic Names 2
Write nine sentences with the correct capitalization of geographic names.
Capitalize Names of People
Write eleven sentences using the proper capitalization of names, product names, book titles, and formal titles.
Capitalize Names of People 2
Write ten sentences using the proper capitalization of names, product names, book titles, and formal titles.
Capitalizing Titles of People
Students rewrite sentences 14 times, choosing between a capitalized or lowercase title.
Capitalizing Titles of People 2
Students rewrite sentences ten times, choosing between a capitalized or lowercase title.
Correct Capitalization
Write twelve sentences using correct capitalization.
Diwali
Find and correct the errors in the passage.
The Last Flight of the Apollo
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)
Students choose between “and” and “or” to create 7 compound sentences about Jackie Robinson.
And, Or 1 (Starter)
Students combine sentences using the provided conjunction to create 7 compound sentences about the Olympics.
And, Or 2 (Intermediate)
Students choose between “and” and “or” to create 7 compound sentences about primaries and caucuses.
And, Or 2 (Starter)
Students combine sentences using the provided conjunction to create 7 compound sentences about penguins.
And, Or, But, So 1 (Intermediate)
Students choose between four given conjunctions to create 9 compound sentences about bats.
And, Or, But, So 2 (Intermediate)
Students choose between four given conjunctions to create 8 compound sentences about tundras.
And, Or, But, So 3 (Intermediate)
Students choose between four given conjunctions to create 6 compound sentences about polar bears.
And, Or, But, So 4 (Intermediate)
Students choose between four given conjunctions to create 9 compound sentences about dolphins.
And (Starter)
Students combine sentences using "and" to create 6 compound sentences about deserts.
But, So 1 (Starter)
Students combine sentences using the provided conjunction to create 7 compound sentences about pandas.
But, So 2 (Intermediate)
Students choose between “and” and “or” to create 8 compound sentences about Frida Kahlo.
But, So 3 (Intermediate)
Students choose between "but" and "so" to create 7 compound sentences about coqui frogs.
But, So 3 (Starter)
Students combine sentences using the provided conjunction to create 7 compound sentences about Pele.
But, So (Intermediate)
Students choose between "but" and "so" to create 8 compound sentences about tornadoes.
Comma Before Coordinating Conjunctions
Write ten sentences with the correct punctuation.
Or (Starter)
Students combine sentences using "or" to create 6 compound sentences about owls.
The U.S. 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.