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 - Mixed Topics
Students practice deciding between simple past tense and past perfect by filling in the blank with one of the provided options.
Present Perfect - Monk Parakeets
Students practice forming the prefect tense by rewriting sentences, filling in the blank with the perfect form of the provided verb.
Simple Past vs. Present Perfect - Mixed Topics
Students will fill in the blanks with the past or present perfect form of the provided verb.

5.1b Use past participles

Been & Eaten - Mixed Topics
Students rewrite sentences, changing "be" and "ate" to their participle form.
Gone, Lost, & Made - Mixed Topics
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 - Mixed Topics
Students rewrite sentences, adding "either" in the appropriate places.
Not Only/But Also - Mixed Topics
Students rewrite sentences, adding "not only" and "but also" to the appropriate places.

5.2a Use colons and commas in a list

Colons & Commas in a List - Mixed Topics
Students rewrite sentences, adding colons and commas to lists.
Proofreading Commas & Colons in Lists - Baking a Cake
Students add commas and colons to lists throughout a text.

5.2b Use commas after introductory words

Commas after Introductory Prepositional Phrases - Mixed Topics
Students rewrite sentences, adding commas after introductory prepositional phrases.
Commas with However & Still - Mixed Topics
Students rewrite sentences, adding commas after "however" and "still."
Conjunctive Adverbs at the Beginning - Mixed Topics
Students practice using "later," "first," "instead," and "next" by combining sentences. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Furthermore, In Addition, & Moreover - Mixed Topics
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by combining sentences using "furthermore," "similarly," "in addition," or "moreover." Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Proofreading Commas after Introductory Words - A Snow Day
Students add commas after introductory words throughout a text.
Proofreading Commas - Day of the Dead
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.

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

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