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
Students choose the correct relative pronoun from the underlined choices throughout a text.
Relative Clauses with Modifiers
Students practice writing with relative clauses with adjectives and prepositional phrases by combining three sentences using who, that, or which. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
That 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative clauses by combining two sentences using that.
That 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative clauses by combining two sentences using that.
That and Which (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative clauses by combining two sentences using that or which. Students are provided the correct pronoun to use on each prompt.
Where, Why, When
Students practice using where, why, and when by rewriting sentences with the correct underlined option.
Which 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative clauses by combining two sentences using which.
Which 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative clauses by combining two sentences using which.
Which, That
Students practice using relative pronouns by rewriting sentences with the correct underlined option.
Who 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative clauses by combining two sentences using who.
Who 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative clauses by combining two sentences using who.
Whose, Whom, Who
Students practice using relative pronouns by rewriting sentences with the correct underlined option.
Who, That, Which 1 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing with relative pronouns by combining two sentences using who, that, or which. Students must choose the pronoun that best connects the ideas.
Who, That, Which 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative pronouns by combining two sentences using who, that, or which. The correct joining word is provided.
Who, That, Which 2 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing with relative pronouns by combining two sentences using who, that, or which. Students must choose the pronoun that best connects the ideas.
Who, That, Which 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing with relative pronouns by combining two sentences using who, that, or which. The correct joining word is provided.

4.1b The progressive tense

Lesson 1: Present Progressive Tense
Students learn to use the present progressive form (e.g. am eating). This is lesson 1 of 3 in the progressive tense lesson series.
Lesson 2: Past Progressive Tense
Students learn to use the past progressive form (e.g. was eating). This is lesson 2 of 3 in the progressive tense lesson series.
Lesson 3: Present Perfect Progressive Tense
Students learn to use the present perfect progressive form (e.g. have been eating). This is lesson 3 of 3 in the progressive tense lesson series.
Past Perfect Progressive vs. Simple Past
Students practice deciding between simple past tense and past progressive by filling in the blank with one of the provided options.
Present Progressive Tense 1 (Intermediate)
Students rewrite sentences, filling in the blank with the present progressive form of the provided verb.
Present Progressive Tense 2 (Intermediate)
Students rewrite sentences, filling in the blank with not and the present progressive form of the provided verb.
Present Progressive Tense 3 (Intermediate)
Students rewrite sentences, filling in the blank with the present progressive form of the provided verb.
Present Progressive Tense 4 (Intermediate)
Students rewrite sentences, filling in the blank with the present progressive form of the provided verb.
Present Progressive Tense (Starter)
Students practice deciding between simple present tense and present progressive by filling in the blank with one of the provided options.
The Progressive Tense
Students practice writing progressive tense verbs by rewriting sentences, changing the underlined verb to the progressive tense.

4.1c Can/may vs. should/must

Can, May, Must, Will
Students practice using different modal auxiliary verbs by rewriting sentences using the correct underlined option.
Could, Would, Should
Students practice using different modal auxiliary verbs by rewriting sentences using the correct underlined option.
One Giant Leap for Mankind
Students choose the correct modal verb from the underlined choices throughout a text.
World Record: Holding Breath Underwater
Students choose the correct modal verb from the underlined choices throughout a text.

4.1e Prepositional phrases

Placing Prepositional Phrases
Students practice writing with prepositional phrases by rewriting sentences, moving the prepositional phrase to the correct spot.
Placing Prepositional Phrases
Students practice writing prepositional phrases by combining two sentences.
Prepositional Phrases: In, At, On, To
Students practice using prepositions by combining two sentences.
The Apollo 8 Photograph
Students choose the correct preposition from the underlined choices throughout a text.

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

Bayard Rustin: Early Life
Students find and correct run-on sentences within a text.
Bayard Rustin: LGBTQ Activism
Students find and correct run-on sentences within a text.
Bayard Rustin: Mr. March-on-Washington
Students find and correct run-on sentences within a text.
Bayard Rustin & the First Freedom Ride
Students find and correct run-on sentences within a text.
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 lesson 1 of 4 in the basic fragments lesson series.
Lesson 1: Missing Subject or Verb Fragments (Advanced)
Students learn to correct long, complex fragments that are missing a subject or a verb. This is lesson 1 of 3 in the advanced fragments lesson series.
Lesson 2: Dependent Clause Fragments
Students learn to identify and correct basic dependent clause fragments. This is lesson 2 of 4 in the basic fragments lesson series.
Lesson 2: -ing Fragments (Advanced)
Students learn to correct long, complex fragments that are missing to be before an -ing word. This is lesson 2 of 3 in the advanced fragments lesson series.
Lesson 3: Dependent Fragments (Advanced)
Students learn to correct long, complex dependent clause fragments.This is lesson 3 of 3 in the advanced fragments lesson series.
Lesson 3: -ing Fragments
Students learn to identify and correct basic -ing fragments. This is lesson 3 of 4 in the basic fragments lesson serries.
Lesson 4: Fragments Review
Students apply what they learned in the basic fragment lessons 1-3 by identifying and correcting fragments within a paragraph. This is lesson 4 of 4 in the basic fragments lesson series.

4.1g Commonly confused words

Affect, Effect
Students practice recognizing the difference between affect and effect by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
Alexander and the Pirate Diomedes
Students find and correct commonly confused words errors within a text.
A Lot, All Right
Students practice using a lot and all right by rewriting sentences using the correct underlined option.
Deucalion and the Flood
Students find and correct commonly confused words errors within a text.
Further, Farther
Choose the correct word to complete the sentences.
Greece & Grease, Bear & Bare
Students practice recognizing the difference between commonly confused words by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
It's, Its 1
Students practice recognizing the difference between its and it's by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
It's, Its 2
Students practice recognizing the difference between its and it's by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
Lose, Loose
Students practice recognizing the difference between lose and loose by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
Of, Off
Students practice recognizing the difference between of and off by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
Please & Pleas, Finally & Finely
Students practice recognizing the difference between commonly confused words by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
Than, Then
Students practice recognizing the difference between than and then by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
Than & Then, You're & Your, Lose & Loose
Students practice recognizing the difference between commonly confused words by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Their, They're, There
Students practice recognizing the difference between there, their, and they're by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
Their, They're, There 2
Students practice recognizing the difference between there, their, and there by filling in the blank with the correct word.
The Leader of the Birds
Students find and correct commonly confused words errors within a text.
Thrown & Throne, Meant & Mint
Students practice recognizing the difference between commonly confused words by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
To, Too, Two
Students practice recognizing the difference between to, too, and two by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
To, Too, Two 2
Students practice recognizing the difference between to, too, and two by filling in the blank with the correct word.
Who's, Whose
Students practice recognizing the difference between who's and whose by filling in the blank with the correct word.
You're, Your
Students practice recognizing the difference between you're and your by rewriting sentences with the correct word.
You're, Your 2
Students practice recognizing the difference between you're and your by filling in the blank with the correct word.
Zeus and the Frog King
Students find and correct commonly confused words errors within a text.

4.2a Use correct capitalization

Capitalization Review
Students rewrite sentences, adding the correct capitalization.
Capitalization Review: People, Places, and Holidays
Students rewrite sentences, adding the correct capitalization.
Capitalization Review: People, Places, and the Pronoun "I"
Students rewrite sentences, adding the correct capitalization.
Capitalize Geographic Names 1
Students rewrite sentences, adding the correct capitalization.
Capitalize Geographic Names 2
Students rewrite sentences, adding the correct capitalization.
Capitalize Names of People 1
Students rewrite sentences, adding the correct capitalization.
Capitalize Names of People 2
Students rewrite sentences, adding the correct capitalization.
Capitalizing Titles of People
Students practice capitalizing titles of people by rewriting sentences using the correct capitalization.
Capitalizing Titles of People 2
Students practice capitalizing titles of people by rewriting sentences using the correct capitalization.
Correct Capitalization
Students rewrite sentences, adding the correct capitalization.
Diwali
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Last Flight of the Apollo
Students find and correct capitalization errors within a text.
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.

4.2c Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction

And, Or 1 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using and or or. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
And, Or 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using and or or. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
And, Or 2 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using and or or. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
And, Or, But, So 1 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using and, or, but, or so. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
And, Or, But, So 2 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using and, or, but, or so. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
And, Or, But, So 3 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using and, or, but, or so. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
And, Or, But, So 4 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using and, or, but, or so. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
And (Starter)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using and.
But, So 1 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using but or so. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
But, So 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using but or so. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
But, So 2 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using but or so. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
But, So 3 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using but or so. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
But, So 3 (Starter)
Students practice writing compound sentences by combining two sentences using but or so. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Comma before Coordinating Conjunctions
Students rewrite compound sentences, adding commas in the appropriate places.
The U.S. Open
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.

CCSS Grade 4 Formative Assessments

Shackleton Returns from the Antarctic
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Thanksgiving
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Great Chicago Fire
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.