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 (e.g. have eaten). This is lesson 1 of 2 in the perfect tense lesson series.
Lesson 2: Past Perfect Tense
Students learn to use the past perfect form (e.g. had eaten). This is lesson 2 of 2 in the perfect tense lesson series.
Past Perfect vs. Simple Past
Students practice deciding between simple past tense and past perfect by filling in the blank with one of the provided options.
Past vs. Present Perfect Tense
Students will fill in the blanks with the past or present perfect form of the given verb.
Present Perfect
Students rewrite sentences, filling in the blank with the present perfect form of the provided verb.

5.1b Use past participles

Eaten, Been
Students rewrite sentences, changing be and ate to their participle form.
Made, Lost, Gone
Students practice writing irregular past tense verbs by rewriting sentences, changing the underlined present tense verb to past tense.

5.1e Correlative conjunctions

Either, Or
Students rewrite sentences, adding either in the appropriate places.
Not Only, But Also
Students rewrite sentences, adding not only and but also to the appropriate places.

5.2a Use colons and commas in a list

Baking a Cake
Students add commas and colons to lists throughout a text.
Colons and Commas in a List
Students rewrite sentences, adding colons and commas to lists.

5.2b Use commas after introductory words

Commas after Introductory Prepositional Phrases
Students rewrite sentences, adding commas after introductory prepositional phrases.
Conjunctive Adverbs at the Beginning of a Sentence (Starter)
Students practice using later, first, instead, and next to connect two ideas by adding the provided joining word to the beginning of the second sentence.
Dia de los Muertos
Students add commas to a text.
Furthermore, In addition, Moreover (Starter)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by combining two sentences using furthermore, similarly, in addition, or moreover. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
However, Still
Students rewrite sentences, adding commas after however and still.
Snow Day
Students add commas after introductory words throughout a text.

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

Commas for Tag Questions and Addressing People
Students rewrite sentences, adding commas in the appropriate places.
Commas with Yes and No
Students rewrite sentences, adding commas in the appropriate places.