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

-ing Participial Phrases at the Beginning 3
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence.
Lesson 1: Appositive Phrases
Students learn to combine sentences using a descriptive phrase in the middle of a sentence. This is lesson 1 of 2 in the appositive phrases lesson series.
Lesson 2: Appositive Phrases Review
Students apply what they learned in Lesson 1: Appositive Phrases by writing three sentences using an appositive phrase in the middle. This is lesson 2 of 2 in the appositives phrases lesson series.

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

Advanced Combining: Complex Sentences with Modifiers
Students learn to write complex sentences that include adjectives and adverbs in this teacher-led lesson.
After, Before 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using after or before. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Although, Even though, Though, and While at the Beginning 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using although, even though, though or while at the beginning of a sentence. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Although, Even though, Though, and While at the Beginning 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using although, even though, though or while at the beginning of a sentence. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Although, Since, When (Intermediate)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using although, since, or when. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
And, Or, But, So 5 (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.
As long as, If, Unless 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using as long as, if, or unless. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
As soon as, Until 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using as soon as or until. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
As soon as, Until 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using as soon as or until. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Asteroids
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Black Women's Suffrage
Students combine sentences to create 7 sentences about Black women's suffrage. This is an advanced, un-cued sentence combining activity.
Compound-Complex Sentences 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing compound-complex sentences by combining three sentences. Students are provided the correct joining words to use on each prompt.
Compound-Complex Sentences 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing compound-complex sentences by combining three sentences. Students are provided the correct joining words to use on each prompt.
Compound-Complex Sentences (Intermediate)
Students practice writing compound-complex sentences by combining three sentences. Students are provided four joining words and must choose the two that best connect the ideas.
Dyslexia
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Eclipses
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Fold Mountains
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Ham and Alan Shepard
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Hui Zong's Defeat
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Humanism
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Hydrothermal Vents
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Impossible Colors
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
International Space Station
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Ishi
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Joining Words and Describing Words 1
Students practice writing compound and complex sentences that include an adjective by combining three sentences. Students combine sentences using the joining word of their choice.
Joining Words and Describing Words 2
Students practice writing compound and complex sentences that include an adjective by combining three sentences. Students combine sentences using the joining word of their choice.
Lesson 1: And, Or, But, So
Students learn to combine sentences using and, or, but, and so to create compound sentences. This is lesson 1 of 2 in the compound sentences lesson series.
Lesson 1: Compound Objects and Predicates
Students learn to combine sentences by using compound objects and predicates. This is lesson 1 of 3 in the compound subjects, objects, and predicates lesson series.
Lesson 1: Conjunctions of Time (After, Until, Before, etc.)
Students learn to combine sentences using subordinating conjunctions of time to show the accurate order of events. This is lesson 1 of 4 in the complex sentences lesson series
Lesson 2: And, Or, But, So Review
Students apply what they learned in Lesson 1: And, Or, But, So by writing a paragraph that includes four compound sentences. This is lesson 2 of 2 in the compound sentences lesson series.
Lesson 2: Compound Subjects
Students learn to combine sentences by using compound subjects. This is lesson 2 of 3 in the compound subjects, objects, and predicates lesson series.
Lesson 2: Conjunctions of Opposition (Although, etc.)
Students learn to combine sentences using even though, though, and although to show contrast. This is lesson 2 of 4 in the complex sentences lesson series.
Lesson 3: Compound Subjects, Objects, and Predicates Review
Students apply what they learned in Lesson 1: Compound Objects and Predicates and Lesson 2: Compound Subjects by writing a paragraph that includes a compound subject, a compound object, and a compound predicate. This is lesson 3 of 3 in the compound subjects, objects, and predicates lesson series.
Lesson 3: Conjunctions of Cause and Effect (Because, Since)
Students learn to use because and since to show a cause and effect. This is lesson 3 of 4 in the complex sentences lesson series.
Lesson 4: Subordinating Conjunctions Review
Students apply what they learned in the complex sentences lessons 1-3 by writing a paragraph that includes four complex sentences. This lesson 4 of 4 in the complex sentences lesson series.
Magellan
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Maya Mystery
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Parts of Vascular Plants
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Plant Cells and Animal Cells
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Plants in the Food Chain
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Reduced Relative Clauses
Students practice reducing relative clauses by rewriting sentences.
Renaissance Beginnings in Italy
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Shihuangdi Unifies China
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Since, Because 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using since or because. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Since, Because 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using since or because. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Since, Because 3 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using since or because. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Subordinating Conjunctions 1 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using one of the three provided joining words. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Subordinating Conjunctions 2 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using one of the three provided joining words. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Subordinating Conjunctions 3 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using one of the three provided joining words. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Subordinating Conjunctions 4 (Intermediate)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using one of the three provided joining words. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Subordinating Conjunctions with Adverbs (Intermediate)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using one of the three provided joining words. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Tang Dynasty Inventions
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Tenochtitlan Origin Myth
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Boston Massacre
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Boston Tea Party
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Dawes Act
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Importance of the Buffalo
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Iroquois Confederacy
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Medici Family
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Milky Way
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Mongol Invasion of China
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Northern Renaissance
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Rock Cycle
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Royal Road
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Stamp Act
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The Travels of Marco Polo
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The War Begins at Lexington and Concord
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
The War Ends at Yorktown
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Time Conjunctions 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using a joining word of time. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Time Conjunctions 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using a joining word of time. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Tsunamis
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Turning Point: Bunker Hill
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Turning Point: Saratoga
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
Vascular and Non-vascular Plants
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining two or three sentences using the method of their choice.
While, Even Though (Starter)
Students practice writing complex sentences by combining two sentences using while or even though. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.

7.2a Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives

Coordinate Adjectives
Students practice using coordinate adjectives by combining two sentences.
Coordinate Adjectives 2
Students practice using coordinate adjectives by combining two sentences.
It's All Happening at the Zoo
Students connect coordinate adjectives by replacing and with a comma.
Lesson 1: Coordinate Adjectives
Students learn to use coordinate adjectives in this teacher-led lesson. This is 1 of 3 lessons on using coordinate and cumulative adjectives.

7.2a Use cumulative adjectives

Adverbs and Cumulative Adjectives 1
Students practice using adverbs and cumulative adjectives by combining four sentences so that two cumulative adjectives are in the right order before the appropriate noun and the adverb of manner is placed correctly.
Cumulative Adjectives 1 (Intermediate)
Students practice using cumulative adjectives by combining three or four sentences.
Cumulative Adjectives 1 (Starter)
Students practice using cumulative adjectives by combining three sentences.
Cumulative Adjectives 2 (Intermediate)
Students practice using cumulative adjectives by combining three sentences.
Cumulative Adjectives 2 (Starter)
Students practice using cumulative adjectives by combining four sentences.
Cumulative Adjectives 3 (Starter)
Students practice using cumulative adjectives by combining four sentences.
Cumulative Adjectives 4 (Starter)
Students practice using cumulative adjectives by combining three sentences.
Cumulative vs. Coordinate Adjectives 1
Students practice using cumulative and coordinate adjectives by combining three or four sentences.
Cumulative vs. Coordinate Adjectives 2
Students practice using cumulative and coordinate adjectives by combining three or four sentences.
Lesson 2: Cumulative Adjectives
Students learn to use cumulative adjectives in this teacher-led lesson. This is 2 of 3 lessons on using coordinate and cumulative adjectives.
Lesson 3: Coordinate vs. Cumulative Adjectives
Students learn to use and differentiate between coordinate and cumulative adjectives in this teacher-led lesson. This is 3 of 3 lessons on using coordinate and cumulative adjectives.

CCSS Grade 7 Formative Assessments

Coney Island
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Figure Skating
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Fruit or Vegetable?
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Harlem Renaissance
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Hip Hop in New York
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Hope Powell
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Inauguration Day
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Mediterranean Diet
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Pasta
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Pluto
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Shred and Skate
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
The Beach Boys
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
The First Broadway Musical
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The First Space Walk
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
The Symphony Orchestra
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Veterans Day
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.