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.

5.1b Form and use the perfect tense

Lesson 1: Present Perfect Tense
Students learn to use the present perfect form in this teacher-led lesson (e.g. have eaten)
Lesson 2: Past Perfect Tense
Students learn to use the past perfect form in this teacher-led lesson (e.g. had eaten)
Past Perfect vs. Simple Past
Students will fill in the blank nine times using past perfect or simple past tense.
Present Perfect Tense
Students will rewrite sentences, filling in the blanks with the present perfect form of the given verb.

5.1b Use past participles

Eaten, Been, Regular Past Participles
Write ten sentences using eaten, been, and regular past participles.
Made, Lost, Gone
Write ten sentences using the past participles made, lost, and gone.

5.1e Correlative conjunctions

Either, Or
Write five sentences using "either, or."
Group Project
In this passage, the blanks need to be filled with appropriate words depending on which correlative conjunction is used. To make changes, click on the blank and delete it. Then, fill in the space with one of the following words: or, neither, not only, both.
Not Only, But Also
Write five sentences using not only, but also.

5.2a Use colons and commas in a list

Baking a Cake
In this story, the lists need commas or colons. Click on a word to write in punctuation.
Colons and Commas in a List
Write ten sentences using commas and colons in lists.

5.2b Use commas after introductory words

Commas After Introductory Prepositional Phrases
Write ten sentences using commas after introductory prepositional phrases.
Dia de los Muertos
Rewrite the passage below by placing commas where appropriate.
Furthermore, Similarly, In addition, Moreover (Starter)
Students will combine sentences 7 times to practice using "furthermore," "similarly," "in addition," and "moreover" effectively in sentences.
However, Still
Write ten sentences using the introductory prepositional phrases however and still.
Later, First, Instead, Next (Starter)
Students connect ideas by adding an adverb to the beginning of a sentence. The adverb is provided for the student.
Snow Day
This story has three introductory words. However, they do not have a comma placed after them. To make changes, click on a word and add a comma to the end of it.

5.2c Use a comma to set off the words "yes" and "no"

Commas for "yes" and "no," tag questions, and addressing people
Write ten sentences using commas to set off the words "yes" and "no," address people, and for tag questions.
Commas with Yes and No
Write four sentences with correct comma use after "yes" and "no."