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.

Basics of Sentence Patterns

Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 1: Basics of Sentence Patterns
Students answer questions on 5 areas of sentence structure, aligned to the Pre-AP English 1 course framework. These skills include writing with subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement and forming compound and complex sentences.

LO 3.3A Ensure sentences are grammatically correct and that their internal structures provide clarity

1984
Students combine sentences based on an excerpt from the novel 1984 by George Orwell.
All the Light We Cannot See
Students combine sentences based on an excerpt from the novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
Students combine sentences based on the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Beirce.
“Drowning in Dishes, but Finding a Home”
Students combine sentences based on the essay “Drowning in Dishes, but Finding a Home” by Danial Adkison.
"Lamb to the Slaughter"
Students combine sentences based on the short story "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl.
"Lottery"
Students combine sentences based on the poem "Lottery" by Rasma Haidri.
Out of My Mind
Students combine sentences based on an excerpt from the novel Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.
Romeo and Juliet
Students combine sentences based on an excerpt from the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
"Tamara's Opus"
Students combine sentences based on the poem "Tamara's Opus" by Joshua Bennett.
“Teenagers have Stopped Getting Summer Jobs—Why?”
Students combine sentences based on the article "Teenagers Have Stopped Getting Summer Jobs—Why?" by Derek Thompson.
“The Decline of the American Teenager’s Summer Job”
Students combine sentences based on the article “The Decline of the American Teenager’s Summer Job” by Lexington.
"The Fight"
Students combine sentences based on the poem "The Fight" by John Montague.
"The First Day"
Students combine sentences based on the short story "The First Day" by Edward P. Jones.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Students combine sentences based on an excerpt from the novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow.
"The Hamilton Mixtape"
Students combine sentences based on the piece "The Hamilton Mixtape" by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Night Circus
Students combine sentences based on an excerpt from the novel "Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern.
“The Red Fox Fur Coat”
Students combine sentences based on the short story "The Red Fox Fur Coat" by Teolinda Gersão.
"The Work You Do, the Person You Are"
Students combine sentences based on the essay "The Work You Do, The Person You Are" by Toni Morrison.
"What Happened During the Ice Storm"
Students combine sentences based on the short story "What Happened During the Ice Storm" by Jim Heyen.
“What to Do with Kids This Summer? Put ‘Em to Work”
Students combine sentences based on the opinion piece “What to Do with Kids This Summer? Put ‘Em to Work” by Ben Sasse.

Tools for Sentence Expansion

Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 2: Tools for Sentence Expansion
Students answer questions on 5 areas of sentence structure, aligned to the Pre-AP English 1 course framework. These skills include using conjunctive adverbs, appositive phrases, and participial phrases, writing with parallel structure, and forming relative clauses.