ELA Standards

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9-10.1b Use various types of phrases and clauses to convey specific meanings and add variety to writing.

1984
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an excerpt from a novel by George Orwell.
Advanced Combining
Students practice writing a variety of sentence structures by combining four, five, or six sentences using the method of their choice.
All the Light We Cannot See
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an excerpt from a novel by Anthony Doerr.
Alternative Transportation
Students choose the correct conjunctive adverb from the underlined choices throughout a text.
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a short story by Ambrose Bierce.
Appositives at the Beginning 1
Students practice writing with appositives phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the appositive phrase at the beginning of a sentence.
Appositives at the Beginning 2
Students practice writing with appositives phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the appositive phrase at the beginning of a sentence.
Appositives at the Beginning, Middle, and End 1
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students decide whether the appositive fits best at the beginning, end, or in the middle of a sentence.
Appositives at the Beginning, Middle, and End 2
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students decide whether the appositive fits best at the beginning, end, or in the middle of a sentence.
Appositives at the End 1
Students practice writing with appositives phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the appositive phrase at the end of a sentence.
Appositives at the End 2
Students practice writing with appositives phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the appositive phrase at the end of a sentence.
Appositives in the Middle 1
Students practice writing with appositives phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the appositive phrase in the middle of a sentence.
Appositives in the Middle 2
Students practice writing with appositives phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the appositive phrase in the middle of a sentence.
Appositives in the Middle 3
Students practice writing with appositives phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the appositive phrase in the middle of a sentence.
Appositives in the Middle 4
Students practice writing with appositives phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the appositive phrase in the middle of a sentence.
Appositives, Relative Clauses, and Participial Phrases 1
Students practice writing with descriptive phrases by combining two sentences. Students choose the structure that works best with the ideas in the prompt.
Appositives, Relative Clauses, and Participial Phrases 2
Students practice writing with descriptive phrases by combining two sentences. Students choose the structure that works best with the ideas in the prompt.
“Drowning in Dishes, but Finding a Home”
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a personal essay by Danial Adkison.
-ed and -en Participial Phrases 1
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences.
-ed Participial Phrases
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences.
However and Therefore at the Beginning of a Sentence (Intermediate)
Students practice using however or therefore. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas and then add it to the beginning of the correct sentence.
However at the Beginning of a Sentence (Starter)
Students practice using however to connect two ideas. Students must decide which sentence goes first and add however to the beginning of the second sentence to show a relationship of contrast.
-ing and -ed Participial Phrases 1
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences.
-ing and -ed Participial Phrases 2
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences.
-ing Participial Phrases at the Beginning 1
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence.
-ing Participial Phrases at the Beginning 2
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence.
-ing Participial Phrases at the End 1
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the participial phrase at the end of a sentence.
-ing Participial Phrases at the End 2
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the participial phrase at the end of a sentence.
-ing Participial Phrases in the Middle
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the participial phrase in the middle of a sentence.
-ing Participial Phrases in the Middle 2
Students practice writing with participial phrases by combining two sentences. Students must place the participial phrase in the middle of a sentence.
"Lamb to the Slaughter"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a short story by Roald Dahl.
Lesson 1: Participial Phrases
Students learn to combine sentences using a descriptive phrase at the beginning of a sentence that begins with an -ing, -ed, or -en word. This is the lesson 1 of 2 in the participial phrases lesson series.
Lesson 2: Participial Phrases Review
Students apply what they learned in Lesson 1: Participial Phrases by writing a paragraph that contains three sentences that begin with a participial phrase. This is lesson 2 of 2 in the participial phrases lesson series.
"Lottery"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a personal essay by Rasma Haidri.
Out of My Mind
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an excerpt from a novel by Sharon M. Draper.
Relative Clauses: That and Which
Students learn to write with that and which in this teacher-led lesson.
Romeo and Juliet
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an excerpt from a play by William Shakespeare.
"Tamara's Opus"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a poem by Joshua Bennett.
“Teenagers have Stopped Getting Summer Jobs—Why?”
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an article by Derek Thompson.
“The Decline of the American Teenager’s Summer Job”
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an article by Lexington.
"The Fight"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a narrative poem by John Montague.
"The First Day"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a short story by Edward P. Jones.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an excerpt from the a novel by Heidi W. Durrow.
"The Hamilton Mixtape"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a song by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Night Circus
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an excerpt from a novel by Erin Morgenstern.
“The Red Fox Fur Coat”
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a short story by Teolinda Gersão.
Therefore at the Beginning of a Sentence (Starter)
Students practice using therefore to connect two ideas. Students must decide which sentence goes first and add therefore to the beginning of the second sentence to show a cause and effect relationship.
"The Work You Do, the Person You Are"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a personal essay by Toni Morrison.
"What Happened During the Ice Storm"
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on a short story by Jim Heynen.
“What to Do with Kids This Summer? Put ‘Em to Work”
Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an article by Ben Sasse.

9-10.2a Use conjunctive adverbs to link ideas

Conjunctive Adverbs 1 (Intermediate)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by combining two sentences using one of the three provided joining words. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Conjunctive Adverbs 2 (Intermediate)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by combining two sentences using one of the three provided joining words. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Conjunctive Adverbs 3 (Intermediate)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by combining two sentences using one of the three provided joining words. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Conjunctive Adverbs 4 (Intermediate)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by filling in the blank with one of the three provided options.
Conjunctive Adverbs 5 (Intermediate)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by filling in the blank with one of the three provided options.
However, Therefore, Consequently, For example (Intermediate)
Students add however, therefore, consequently, and for example to the middle of a sentence to connect the idea to the sentence before it. Students choose which joining word to use.
Moreover, Similarly, Consequently (Intermediate)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by filling in the blank with moreover, similarly, or consequently. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Nevertheless, Furthermore, Therefore (Intermediate)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by filling in the blank with nevertheless, furthermore, or therefore. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Otherwise, Likewise, Hence (Intermediate)
Students practice using conjunctive adverbs by filling in the blank with otherwise, likewise, or hence. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Semicolons with However and Therefore 1 (Intermediate)
Students practice using a semicolon with however or therefore. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.
Semicolons with However and Therefore 2 (Intermediate)
Students practice using a semicolon with however or therefore. Students must choose the joining word that best connects the ideas.

9-10.2a Use semicolons

Follow-Up Activity for Lesson 1: Colons, Dashes, and Semicolons
Write 4 sentences using colons and semicolons.
Synesthesia
Find and correct the semicolon, colon, and comma errors in this passage.
The Rosetta Stone
Find and correct the semicolon, colon, and comma errors in this passage.

9.1a Use parallel structure

Aumakua
Students find and correct parallel structure errors within a text.
Either/Or, Neither/Nor, and Both/And
Students practice using correlative conjunctions by combining two sentences. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Lesson 1: Parallel Structure
Students learn to write with parallel structure so that actions in a list are in the same form. This is the only lesson in the parallel structure lesson pack.
Parallel Structure 1 (Starter)
Students practice writing with parallel structure by combining two sentences.
Parallel Structure 2 (Starter)
Students practice writing with parallel structure by combining three sentences.
Parallel Structure 3 (Starter)
Students practice writing with parallel structure by combining two sentences.
Parallel Structure 4 (Starter)
Students practice writing with parallel structure by combining three sentences.
Parallel Structure with Joining Words 1
Students practice writing complex sentences with parallel structure by combining two sentences. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
Parallel Structure with Joining Words 2
Students practice writing complex sentences with parallel structure by combining two sentences. Students are provided the correct joining word to use on each prompt.
The First Women's Basketball Game
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Triathlon
Students find and correct parallel structure errors within a text.

CCSS Grade 9 Formative Assessments

Colonial Life in the American Revolution
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Fossils
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
George Washington
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Godasiyo the Woman Chief
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Here Be Dragons
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Isabella I of Castile
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
James Joyce
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Lewis Carroll
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
Mae Jemison
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Mahatma Gandhi
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Man on the Moon
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Mars
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Maya Calendar
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Native Americans & Horses
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Navajo Code Talkers
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Paul Revere's Ride
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Plate Tectonics
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Roanoke
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Rocks
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Romanticism
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Sailing with the Stars
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Santa Maria del Fiore
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Shihuangdi's Search for Immortality
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Sputnik 1
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Stars and Galaxies
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Tenochtitlán
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Cape of Good Hope
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Fula People
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Iditarod
Students correct a variety errors within a text. The errors are underlined.
The Sapa Inca
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Silk Road
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Sons of Liberty
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Spice Trade
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Statue of Liberty
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
The Tambora Eruption
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Totem Poles
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Vision Quests
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Who was Cervantes?
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Women in the American Revolution
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Yellowstone National Park
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.
Yuri Gagarin: First Person in Space
Correct the errors in the passage.
Zheng He and the Pirate
Students find and correct a variety of errors within a text.