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.

1.1b. Use Common, Proper, and Possessive Nouns

Audrey Hepburn
In the passage below, correct the errors that you find.
Common and Proper Nouns
Write eleven sentences using common and proper nouns.
Possessive Nouns
Write ten sentences using possessive nouns.
Possessive Pronouns
Write 8 sentences using possessive pronouns.

1.1c. Use Singular and Plural Nouns with Matching Verbs

Regular Plural Nouns
Write ten sentences using regular plural nouns.
Singular and Plural Nouns with Matching Verbs
Write ten sentences using singular and plural nouns with matching verbs.
Training for the Gold
In this passage, there are eight verbs that do not agree with their subjects. To make an edit, click on a word and type your changes.

1.1e. Use Verbs to Convey a Sense of Past, Present, and Future

Apples? Apples.
Rewrite the necessary verbs in the passage below so they are in their proper tenses.
Future Perfect
Re-write sentences using the future perfect tense.
Future Tense Verbs
Write sentences using the correct future tense form of verbs.
Gift of the Magi
Rewrite the underlined verbs in the passage below so they are in their proper tenses.
Monk Parakeets
Present Perfect Tense practice.
Past Perfect
Re-write the sentences using past perfect verbs.
Past Progressive Perfect
Re-write sentences using the past progressive perfect tense.
Past Tense Verbs
Write ten sentences using the correct past tense form of verbs.
Peregrine Falcons
The present-perfect tense is formed by using have or has with a past participle.

Use the present perfect when you’re talking about something that happened in the past that is still happening today. Ex: I have been sick for the past few days.

Also use it to talk about something happened in the past, but you’re not sure exactly when. Ex: I have shopped there before.

Proofread the passage and choose the correct words.
Pigeons
Proofread the passage and choose the correct word to form either the past perfect or present perfect.
Present Perfect
Re-write sentences using the present perfect tense.
Squirrels
The future-perfect tense is formed by using "will have" + a past participle. Use the future perfect tense when you’re referring to something that is expected to be done before some other future act or time

Ex: By the time we get there, the game will have already started.

Read the passage carefully. Delete the underlined word and replace it with its future perfect form.

1.1g. Conjunctions: And, But, Or, So

And, Or
Write 10 sentences using the conjunctions and, or.
Making the Team
Rewrite the following passage by choosing the correct conjunction from the underlined choices.
So, Because
Write 10 sentences using the conjunctions so or because.

1.1h. Use Determiners: Articles, Demonstratives

A, An
Write ten sentences using the articles a or an.
A, An, The
Write ten sentences using the determiners a, an, or the.
A Little Stranger on the Road
Rewrite the following story by choosing the correct word. Remember to delete the slash "/" and the incorrect word before clicking the submit button.
Beach Days
Correct the 8 underlined errors with the correct demonstrative.
Glacier National Park
Proofread the passage and select the correct words.
Lesson 1: Choosing Between A, An, and The
Students learn to choose between a, an, and the before a noun. This lesson 1 of 2 lessons on using articles.
Lesson 2: Using The with Proper Nouns
Students learn when to use "the" before proper nouns and when no article is needed. This is lesson 2 in the series of articles lessons.
The Grand Canyon
Proofread the passage and select the correct words.
The Redwood Forest: A, An, The
These, Those
Write ten sentences using these or those.
This, That
Write ten sentences using the words this and that.
Using The with Proper Nouns
Choose between the definite article or no article to write 10 sentences.
Using "The" with Proper Nouns 2
Write 8 sentences, using the definite article "The" when appropriate.
Welcome to the Quill Carnival!
There are 8 underlined demonstratives. Choose the right word, then delete the incorrect one.

1.1i. Frequently Occurring Prepositions

After, During
Write eight sentences using the correct preposition.
At, In, On (Place)
Write ten sentences using at, in, and on.
At, In, On (Time)
Write ten sentences using at, in and on.
Between, Beyond
Write six sentences using the correct preposition.
By, As, Like
Write nine sentences using by, as, like.
From
Write five sentences using the correct preposition.
Grand Teton National Park: Prepositional Phrases
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Proofread the passage and select the correct words.
Into, Through
Write ten sentences using into and through.
Jade Meets a Moose
Choose the correct preposition from the underlined choices.
Lesson 1: Using In, At, and On to Show Time
Lesson 2: Using In, At, and On to Show Location
Of, For, With
Write nine sentences using of, for, and with.
To, Over, Toward
Write ten sentences using to, over and toward.

1.2a. Capitalize Dates and Names of People

America Used to be a Different Place
Rewrite the following passage by capitalizing all the dates and names of people.
Capitalize Holidays and Dates
Write ten sentences using the correct capitalization of holidays and dates.

1.2c. Use Commas for Dates and Lists

Commas in Dates and Addresses
Write ten sentences with correct commas use in dates and addresses.
Commas in Lists
Write nine sentences using commas in lists of nouns and adjectives.
Rosemary’s Diary
Read the following story and make sure all the dates and lists have their proper commas.
Use Commas for Dates and Lists
Write ten sentences using commas in dates and lists.

CCSS Grade 1 Formative Assessments

Anansi Becomes the God of Stories
Find and correct the errors. Choose the correct phrase from the underlined choices. Make sure you remove the incorrect choice!
Rhode Island: A Small State With a Big Heart
Proofread the passage for errors, examining proper nouns and simple verb tense agreement.
The Fox and The Crow
Proofread the passage correcting errors involving conjunctions, determiners, and frequently occurring prepositions.