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.

7.1a Explain the function of phrases and clauses

Appositives at the Beginning
Students will combine sentences 8 times to practice writing appositive clauses at the beginning of a sentence.
Appositives at the Beginning, Middle, or End
Students will combine sentences 8 times to practice writing appositive phrases at the beginning, middle, or end of sentences.
Appositives at the End
Students will combine sentences 10 times to practice writing appositive phrases at the end of sentences.
Appositives in the Middle 1
Students combine sentences 6 times to create sentences with appositive phrases in the middle.
Appositives in the Middle 2
Students combine sentences 7 times to create sentences with appositive phrases in the middle.
-ed Participial Phrases
Students will combine sentences 10 times to practice writing participial phrases with -ed past participles.
-ing and -ed Participial Phrases
Students will combine sentences 7 times to practice using -ing and -ed participial phrases.
-ing Participial Phrases at the Beginning 1
Students combine sentences 7 times to create sentences that begin with -ing participial phrases.
-ing Participial Phrases at the Beginning 2
Students combine sentences 5 times to create sentences that begin with -ing participial phrases.
-ing Participial Phrases at the End
Students will combine sentences 10 times to practice writing -ing participial phrases at the end of a sentence.
-ing Participial Phrases in the Middle
Students combine sentences 10 times to create sentences with -ing participial phrases in the middle.
Lesson 1: Appositive Phrases
Students learn to combine sentences using a descriptive phrase in the middle of a sentence. This is the first of two lessons in the appositives lesson pack.
Lesson 2: Appositive Phrases Review
Students apply what they have learned in appositives lesson 1 by writing three sentences using descriptive phrases in the middle. This is the final lesson in the appositives lesson pack.

7.1b Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas

Advanced Combining: Complex Sentences with Modifiers
After, Before 1 (Starter)
Combine sentences using after or before to create 6 complex sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
After, Before 2 (Starter)
Students combine sentences 6 times to practice using the words after and before. The correct joining word is provided for the students.
Although, Though, Even though, While (Starter)
Students combine sentences to create 8 complex sentences about sea turtles. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
As long as, If, Unless 1 (Starter)
Combine sentences using as long as, if, or unless to create 6 complex sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
As soon as, Until 1 (Starter)
Students combine sentences to create 6 complex sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
As soon as, Until 2 (Starter)
Students will combine sentences 7 times to practice using the subordinating conjunctions "as soon as" and "until."
Asteroids
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about asteroids. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Christopher Columbus
Students combine sentences to create 6 sentences about Christopher Columbus. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Complex Sentences Review
Combine sentences using a variety of conjunctions to create 6 complex sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word from a list of three and incorporate an adverb of manner
Compound-Complex Sentences 1 (Intermediate)
Students choose between four given conjunctions to create 6 compound-complex sentences about ice hockey. This activity is for students who have mastered compound and complex sentences.
Compound-Complex Sentences 1 (Starter)
Students use two given conjunctions to create 7 compound-complex sentences. This activity is for students who have mastered compound and complex sentences.
Compound-Complex Sentences 2 (Starter)
Students use two given conjunctions to create 8 compound-complex sentences about the history of cars. This activity is for students who have mastered compound and complex sentences.
Compound Sentences Review
Students choose between and, or, but, and so to create 9 compound sentences about archaeology.
Dyslexia
Students combine sentences 5 times to create sentences about dyslexia. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Eclipses
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about eclipses. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Fold Mountains
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about fold mountains. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Ham and Alan Shepard
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about Ham and Alan Shepard of the NASA space program. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Hernan Cortes
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about Hernan Cortes. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Hernando de Soto
Students combine sentences to create 5 sentences about Hernando de Soto. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Hui Zong's Defeat
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about Emperor Hui Zong's defeat. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Humanism
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about humanism. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Hydrothermal Vents
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about hydrothermal vents. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
International Space Station
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about the International Space Station. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Ishi
Combine sentences to create 7 sentences about Ishi of the Yahi people. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Jamestown
Students combine sentences to create 5 sentences about the Jamestown settlement. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Joining Words and Describing Words 1
Students combine sentences 8 times to practice writing complex sentences about a soccer game using conjunctions, adjectives, and adverbs.
Joining Words and Describing Words 2
Students combine sentences 7 times to create complex sentences about coral reefs using conjunctions, adjectives, and adverbs.
Lesson 1: And, Or, But, So
Students learn to combine sentences using and, or, but, and so to create a compound sentence. This is the first of two lessons in the compound sentences lesson pack.
Lesson 1: Compound Objects and Predicates
Students learn to combine sentences by using compound objects and predicates. This is the first of three lessons in the compound subjects, objects, and predicates lesson pack.
Lesson 1: Conjunctions of Time (After, Until, Before, etc.)
Students learn to combine sentences using after, before, as soon as, until, when, whenever, and while to show the accurate order of events. This is the first of four lessons in the complex sentences lesson pack.
Lesson 2: And, Or, But, So Review
Students apply what they have learned in compound sentences lesson 1 by writing a paragraph that includes four compound sentences. This is the final lesson in the compound sentences lesson pack.
Lesson 2: Compound Subjects
Students learn to combine sentences by using compound subjects. This is the second of three lessons in the compound subjects, objects, and predicates lesson pack.
Lesson 2: Conjunctions of Opposition (Although, etc.)
Students learn to combine sentences using even though, though, and although to show contrast. This is the second of four lessons in the complex sentences lesson pack.
Lesson 3: Compound Subjects, Objects, and Predicates Review
Students apply what they have learned in compound subjects, objects, and predicates lessons 1 and 2 by writing a paragraph that includes a compound subject, a compound object, and a compound predicate. This is the final lesson in the compound subjects, objects, and predicates lesson pack.
Lesson 3: Conjunctions of Cause and Effect (Because, Since)
Students learn to use because and since to explain why or give a reason for something. This is the third of four lessons in the complex sentences lesson pack.
Lesson 4: Subordinating Conjunctions Review
Students apply what they have learned in complex sentences lessons 1-3 by writing a paragraph that includes four complex sentences. This is the final lesson in the complex sentences lesson pack.
Magellan
Combine sentences to create 7 sentences about Magellan's trip around the globe. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Maya Mystery
Combine sentences to create 7 sentences about the Maya civilization. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Parts of Vascular Plants
Combine sentences to create 7 sentences about the parts of vascular plants. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Plant Cells and Animal Cells
Combine sentences to create 7 sentences about plant and animal cells. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Plants in the Food Chain
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about the role of plants in the food chain. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Reduced Relative Clauses
Students will simplify 10 sentences to practice reducing relative clauses.
Renaissance Beginnings in Italy
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the beginnings of the Renaissance in Italy. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Shihuangdi Unifies China
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the unification of China under Shihuangdi. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Since, Because 1 (Starter)
Combine sentences using since or because to create 6 complex sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
Since, Because 2 (Starter)
Students combine sentences about Nelson Mandela to create 6 complex sentences using since and because. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
Subordinating Conjunctions 1 (Intermediate)
Students choose between three given conjunctions to create 6 sentences about the history of hip hop.
Subordinating Conjunctions 2 (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using a variety of conjunctions to create 6 complex sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word from a list of three.
Subordinating Conjunctions 3 (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using a variety of conjunctions to create 6 complex sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word from a list of three.
Subordinating Conjunctions 4 (Intermediate)
Combine sentences using a variety of conjunctions to create 5 complex sentences. Students choose the most accurate joining word from a list of three.
Tang Dynasty Inventions
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the inventions during the Tang Dynasty. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Telescopes
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about telescopes. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Tenochtitlan Origin Myth
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the Tenochtitlan Origin Myth. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Boston Massacre
Content: The American Revolution Level: Advanced - no joining words provided Combine simple sentences to create 6 new compound or complex sentences that include modifying phrases and compound predicates.
The Boston Tea Party
Content: The American Revolution Level: Advanced - no joining words provided Combine simple sentences to create 5 new compound or complex sentences that include modifying phrases and compound predicates.
The Dawes Act
Students combine sentences 5 times to create sentences about the Dawes Act. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Importance of the Buffalo
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the importance of the buffalo to the Native American tribes living on the Great Plains. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Iroquois Confederacy
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about the Iroquois Confederacy. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Medici Family
Combine sentences to create 7 sentences about the Medici family. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Mongol Invasion of China
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the Mongol invasion of China. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Northern Renaissance
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the Northern Renaissance. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Rock Cycle
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the rock cycle. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Royal Road
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the Royal Road. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The Stamp Act
Content: The American Revolution Level: Advanced - no joining words provided Combine simple sentences to create 4 new compound or complex sentences that include modifying phrases and compound predicates.
The Travels of Marco Polo
Students combine sentences to create 6 sentences about Marco Polo. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The War Begins at Lexington and Concord
Combine sentences to create 7 sentences about the beginning of the American Revolution. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
The War Ends at Yorktown
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the final battle of the American Revolution. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Time Conjunctions Review (Starter)
Combine sentences using time conjunctions to create 8 complex sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
Tsunamis
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about tsunamis. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Turning Point: Bunker Hill
Combine sentences to create 7 sentences about the Battle of Bunker Hill. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Turning Point: Saratoga
Combine sentences to create 6 sentences about the Battle of Saratoga. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Vascular and Non-vascular Plants
Combine sentences to create 5 sentences about the differences between vascular and non-vascular plants. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
When, Whenever, While (Starter)
Combine sentences using when, whenever, or while to create 9 complex sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.
While, Even though (Starter)
Combine sentences using while or even though to create 5 complex sentences. The correct joining word is provided for the student.

7.1c Misplaced modifiers

Placing Prepositional Phrases
Write ten sentences using correctly placed modifiers.

7.2a Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives

Coordinate Adjectives
Students will combine sentences 10 times to practice using coordinate adjectives.
It's All Happening at the Zoo
In this story, seven things are described with two adjectives. However, instead of just using a comma, the word "and" is placed between the adjectives. To make changes, click on "and," delete it, and replace it with a comma.

7.2a Use cumulative adjectives

Cumulative Adjectives 1 (Intermediate)
Students write 9 sentences by putting two adjectives in the correct order before a noun.
Cumulative Adjectives 1 (Starter)
Students write 9 sentences by putting adjectives in the correct order before the noun they describe.
Cumulative Adjectives 2 (Intermediate)
Students write 9 sentences by placing two adjectives in the correct order before a noun.
Cumulative Adjectives 2 (Starter)
Students write 9 sentences by putting two adjectives in the correct order before the noun.
Cumulative Adjectives (Advanced)
Students write 6 sentences by putting two adjectives before the noun in the correct order. Students will also incorporate an adverb of manner.

CCSS Grade 7 Formative Assessments

Coney Island
Correct the following ten errors.
Figure Skating
Find and correct the 11 errors in the passage. To edit a word, click on it and re-type it.
Harlem Renaissance
Correct the following underlined mistakes.
Hip Hop in New York
Correct the following six errors in the passage below.
Hope Powell: Hope for Women's Soccer!
Correct the underlined words or phrases with the appropriate changes.
Mediterranean Diet
Correct the following errors (6) in the passage below.
Pasta
Correct the following underlined errors.
Plants: Fruit or Vegetable?
Find and correct the errors in this passage. Click on a word to change it.
Pluto
Correct the underlined errors in this passage!
Shred and Skate
Proofread the underlined words or phrases with the appropriate corrections.
The Beach Boys
Correct the underlined words or phrases with the appropriate changes.
The First Broadway Musical
Correct the following errors in the passage below.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Correct the following underlined errors.
The Symphony Orchestra
There are 9 errors in this passage. To edit a word, click on it and re-type it.